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Discussion in 'Twanger Central' started by jjpish68, Mar 1, 2014.
Wouldn't we all.
Tell my girlfriend that...
A musical minute.
Yeah..errr...that's what I meant.
You guys are awesome!
I hope so for your girlfriend sake
Just got home and got a chance to listen to all three new tracks. Think I'll practice till April and then try again on April's track.
Really some nice takes on this track and full of great ideas.
A lot going on here in the past 12 hours! Mellencaster, this second track sounds much better than the first one, I enjoyed it very much. TeleTex82, I really dig Your playing. And, it´s nice to see a face (even if for a second) and not only the torso with a guitar .
If I hear all this music, I really would like to jam with you - but You are so far away.
Thank you! This track has me wishing we could all jam together as well. We need an international TDPRI conference.
Here's my take on the March Jam track.
I got a bit lost around the end of the 4th verse and there's a couple of clunky notes in there as well.
Anyway I wouldn't mind a bit of constructive criticism, as blues isn't really my style but I'm keen to improve.
Hoodie - For me from about 3:10 on I thought you got to a good blues feeling/place and started to work the backing track. Someone else can probably get more technical.
Here's my take I just finished. Cheated a bit, doing two solos and using a couple parts of the first one in the second one where it got weak, but it's mostly the second one straight through. Also cut a couple minutes off the BT.
Hoodie you did get better towards the end with some bends and rhythmic variations.
Tap - Use a compressor? Nice one.
Thanks Mjark. No compressor, just a modified CV50 Tele (both pups in series, tone halfway down) straight in to a Frontman 25R OD channel with gain and reverb on 3, treble and bass on one, mid on 3, back into a Zoom PS04 to record (dry, no effects) though it's headphone jack. Mixed in Audacity with no effects added.
Anatomy of a Blues Jam
All the ingredients are there Hoodie and whether you realise it or not, your note articulations are nicely binding your various phrases together.
Blues isn't my style either, but back during my teens when I used to go jamming with a band (I wasn't good enough to be a member, but they let me hang around), I used to dread playing slower blues numbers because I would run out of ideas from about the 3rd round onwards. The lead guitar player is a decent and kind fellow and he helped me along with this.
• Make up or choose a simple blues melody line (string some short phrases together to make up one round). The lesser the notes the better so that you can repeat it over and over again easily. I actually see a picture of it's shape in my mind (I'm not schooled so I can't read or write music).
• Once you've memorised it, play the entire melody (one round), but wiggle the last note of each phrase to see if you can 'milk' as much sustain out of it as you can. Squeeze it all out, don't worry if it's not musical just yet. It's horrid if done all the time of course, but you're only developing a 'sense' of expression for now.
• Play the entire same melody again for the next round, but this time slide-up into the first note of a phrase, then slide-down out of the last note. Do it on all the phrases until you get to the end of one round. If you're comfortable, go ahead and bend the odd note or two in the middle - without losing track of your placement in the overall melody.
• Again the same melody for the next round, but this time invent melodic 'bridges' to fill the gaps in between the phrases. Same melody structure but you can change the bridges on the spur of the moment which ever way you please. Keep it fun, keep it simple, keep it easy. If you're getting lost, you're doing too much too soon. Pull back a bit.
Once you get bored with that, come up with another melody and progressively articulate that in the same way. Then another, then another, and so on. Before you know it, you can play what appears to be complex patterns to others, but for you it's just noodling around with a basic simple structure known only to you. In due course, you will progress to a point where you can change the melody every 2 or 3 rounds, or change them on every round.
The part where we all need to be picky is the kind of "melody" we choose. Some melodies just don't go well with the blues feel, so listen to some blues artists you like and borrow some tunes from them.
I like what's in your pantry, Tap.
I hope you won't mind if I borrow a few phrases to stock up for my own...
ARRGH! It just won't play, keeps buffering and I have FiOS but it seems to be on the fritz right now. What short parts I can hear are awesome though!
Who knew Jeff Beck was on TDPRI?
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