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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