Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Gregorian Modes Light Until Dark

A quick lesson on the basis of Western Harmony:



This year, I am thankful for Western Harmony.
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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Johnny B. Goode Speed Trials

Jam Class had a little fun in our homage to Jackass. Enjoy, and by all means, try this at home.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

The Runner's Resting Heartbeat

When you wake up in the morning, before the cacophonous clutter of the day, let your tempo slide slowly south of 60pm to 48pm.  Slow down before life winds you up.

Instead of 60 times a minute, 48:
The Runner's Resting Heartbeat
Just like life, but 20% slower.

Use your favorite metronome if you choose. 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Last Minute Gig At Strathmore: Music of Paul Simon Tribute


I'm not sure that anyone actually 'chickened out', but I'll be filling in last minute tonight at the Strathmore 'Tribute to Paul Simon'. Hopefully you already have tickets, 'cause this thang is already SOLD OUT! If you're out of luck, try a little tenderness with one of your friends. Who knows?

Butterflies in my stomach, sure. But I'm no Turkey. I'll be there, slide guitar in hand to pay tribute to one of my heroes.

Thanks to Band House Gigs for the opportunity.

Hope to see some of y'all there!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

One Rhythm, Three Beats:
What I Learned From Ghana

I'm going with 'a picture is worth 1000 words' with this particular blog post.

Suffice it to say, I think about this when I hear Keith Richards talking about 'The Ancient Art of Weaving'.

Here is an Agbekor Clavé within three different metric contexts.



Don't just look at it. Do it.

Get the Clap:
1) Print it out.
2) Have a friend clap the different Cowbell beats while you clap the Clavé.
3) Then, switch: you clap the different Cowbell beats, and your friend claps the Clavé.

Getting good at this will make you super duper funky:



Well, perhaps it won't bring out the 'African Child' in you:



But, at least you can get 'The Clap':



Carry on....

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Coldplay - Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall
Verse Variations

Verse One (A and B Sections):



Variations:




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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall Intro:
18 Seconds Covered in 7 Minutes

Here's Coldplay's new song:



Here's my idea for playing the 18 second intro, lovingly explained in about 7 minutes:



Stay tuned, I'll be posting the other parts of this song (as well as tabs!) as soon as I can.

Thanks for watching.



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Monday, June 13, 2011

Coldplay: Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall

Here's Coldplay's new song:



Here's part of the guitar accompaniment I've created for your pleasure. This is the bit that begins at about 51 second into the above video. Coldplay uses lots of tunings and guitars. This is arranged for one guitar. Standard tuning, second fret capo:



Stay tuned, I'll be posting the other parts of this song as soon as I can get them uploaded.

Thanks for watching.



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Saturday, June 04, 2011

First Friday FREE-for-ALL


Initiated the DC GUITAR First Friday FREE for ALL last night. Had a handful of folks come by and jam through some Bluegrass, Coldplay, Elvis Costello (More properly, Nick Lowe!) and even Robbie Fulks.

It made me feel like watching this totally 80's Elvis Costello video:




But don't take my word for it, take the word of one of my students straight afterwards:

That was a total blast man. I really enjoyed it. It was fun being able to keep up! More than I expected!

James


Thank you, James. Thanks everybody who came out, learned a thing or two, and let the good times roll. Keep in touch on Facebook and find out where the next DC GUITAR First Friday FREE-for ALL is going to be.

Stay tuned,

dc

PS In the meantime, here's some more live Elvis from the 80's:






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THE GRAND CANDY: I Can See For Miles

Here's a little footage from the Jam Class Throwdown at Bangkok Blues. DC Guitar instructor puts a solo acoustic twist on The WHO's iconic 'I Can See For Miles':



Enjoy!

Please go to Youtube and check out The Grand Candy!

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Rest Strumming: Right Hand Muting Techniques

As a teaching tool for my students, I've started creating video summaries at the end of each lesson that I am able to immediately email to them. It's good practice for working on my video lesson technique over at the Jam Class YouTube Channel.

Here are a few videos I made at my friend Deb's lesson last week. (Check out her funky axe featured in the video!) I wanted her to have a few different strumming techniques she could practice while on vacation.

Each of these stum patterns is demonstrated on an open G chord.




I call this technique a 'rest strum' as it involves placing the side of your palm on the strings to mute them, creating a musical rest. The first étude, ex. 1, has you playing a downstrum on beats 1 and 3, and muting the strings on beat 2 and 4.

Ex.1:



In the second étude, Ex. 2, add some up strums:


Ex. 3 adds even more up strums for the full 'Proud Mary' strum pattern:

After the familiar 'Proud Mary' strum, another classic rhythm that you can employ rest strums to create is the rhythm from 'Hava Nagila'. This rhythm is so old we don't know where it came from. Here it is:



Musical notation of this rhythm, ex. 4:

Finally, take this rhythm and add a simple second bar for a two measure phrase, notated here in Ex. 5:

And here you have it, the iconic 'Bo Diddley Beat':



Enjoy these rhythm patterns. If you have any questions, come ahead and post them on the Jam Class Facebook page.


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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Grand Candy's 'Red House'

Matt Wise is a phenomenal guitar guitar player. He's one of a few guys who've come in for a lesson where I thought, 'Oh My God. What am I going to teach him? I'm certainly going to earn my paycheck today!' Did I ever!

Since Matt took a series of lessons with me in 2004, we've become great friends and sometimes collaborators. Check out Matt's phenomenal blues shredding and singing with The Grand Candy on Jimi Hendrix's iconic 'Red House':



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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Double Digit Pete Townshend Birthday

Pete Townshend once opined: 'I Hope I Die Before I Get Old'.

Well, that didn't work out so good for Pete, as he'll be 66 on Thursday.

To celebrate those doubled digits, I'm doing a two day throw-down at Bangkok Blues.

Thursday night at 7 I'll do a quick solo set of tunes including a bluesy variation on The WHO's seminal, and seldom performed live, 'I Can See For Miles' on Baritone Slide guitar. I'll also play some tunes by my band, The Grand Candy.

Friday Night at 10PM, Jam Class rides again. We'll have a few WHO tunes in store for you.

Pete Townshend stands on his own amongst his generation of iconic electric guitarists. This may have something to do with his 'See Me, Feel Me' proclivities.

However you slice him, however, you can't argue that he wasn't influential. He helped define hard rock guitar amplification as we now know it. Long Live Rock, now go get your hearing checked.

I gotta go practice for the shows. Hope to see some of you out there.

In the meantime, here's a link to a whole bunch more fun Pete stuff.

Here's the WHO's 'I Can See For Miles' live in 1979:



And a rehearsal from 2002:




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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Adele - Rolling In The Deep

A student asked if I could break down an easy way to play Adele's 'Rolling In the Deep' today. What a great recording that song is!

Here are a few clips we shot at the end of the lesson today. A few barre chords, some palm muting, a little finesse and you are on your way.

Enjoy!



If you work up a version, put it on youtube and let me know at youtube@dcguitar.com

Do the right thing and pay the girl:

iTunes:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/21/id420075073

Amazon:
http://amzn.to/g6MdfD








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Monday, April 04, 2011

Prepared Rest Strokes: Go for The Boing!

Prepared rest strokes are fingerpicking 101. The very core of your tone as a fingerstyle guitarist is formed by practicing this elementary gesture. This is from a video I shot for a student on Saturday. Normally I try to keep these under 60 seconds, so I can email from my iPhone. This is about ninety seconds. It's unedited.




Have fun and go for the boing!

It's as easy as 1, 2, 3: Set, pluck, relax.

If you have any questions about this guitar instruction, email me at youtube@dcguitar.com


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