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David Crosby youTube Acoustic Guitar

This youtube features David Crosby.   Crosby, the first name in the awesome band Crosby, Stills, Nash and later on, Young.  He may not have had the same success solo as did Neil Young, but it was his solo stuff and material with Graham Nash that I always was most fascinated by.  His voice and his open tuning guitar wer a perfect combination.  David Crosby was a former member of the Byrds, think ‘Turn, Turn, Turn’ and ‘Hey Mr Tambourine Man’ , he band also included Gene Clark and Roger McGuinn.  The harmonies of the Byrds and later on CSN set the standard for other bands, who could forget their version of Woodstock and Wooden Ships.  It would be correct to say I love this guys musicality and if you aren’t aware of his solo material check him out.  

Note: David Crosby and his buddies would often use open tunied guitars.

Here is his Official Website – David Crosby

This David Crosby youtube is called A Thousand Roads

I’ll continue to post articles, guitar hints, approaces to glearning guitar, TAB, guitar notation and youtubes on a regular basis.

 

 

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Rockabilly Blues – Part 1 of 3

The Rockabilly Blues that I have written the Guitar Tab and Music Notation for is the first of a series of three.  Once you get this one worked out play it fast but make sure it is in time.  It will roll off your fingers in no time. 

It’s important as a guitar player to be able to play lots of variations of simple riffs over common chord patterns.  By doing this it wil help you become a strong improviser and after some time it will be easy to go from guitar accompaniment directly into a solo in a seamless manner.  Often as a guitar player you’ll find yourself in a situation where thee are a number of guitar players playing at once. Someone is always going to go for the straight rhythm guitar and sure enough, a few others will want to solo over the top of everything.  So the ability to be able to play melodic parts to accompany a piece of music is very useful and a lot of other players often won’t even consider doing it. 

Parts two and three will be a little more complex. I will upload these within the next couple of days, come back and give them a try.

  Rockabilly Blues Riff in G

The printable version is available to download, the following link will open the acrobat reader pdf file rockabilly_blues_in_g_part_1

 

Posted in acoustic, Acoustic Guitar, bluegrass guitar, blues, Blues Guitar, Guitar Riffs, learning guitar

Rockabilly Blues Riff for Guitar in G

Blues Rockabilly Riff, I wrote this a few minutes ago.  I was thinking a little about Flatt and Scruggs the great Bluegrass players and I picked up the nearest guitar that I could find, which happened to be my semi-acoustic Ibanez 105N, pictured below.

Ibanez Artcore 105N

I was going to write a Bluegrass type of tune and the following came out instead, it’s sort of a rockabilly riff I guess, a litle like ‘Your Mamma Don’t Dance’ by Loggins and Messina.  It’s what I call a ‘Three Chord Wonder’, a tune with three chords only but a valid piece of music. 

You could play it slow, fast, Electric, Acoustic, Swing…whatever. So long as it is IN TIME.  Start slow and gradually get your speed up.  So many players are in a hurry to play fast, it’ll come.
Blues Rockabilly Riff in G for Guitar
To download the printable pdf file click the link g_blues_rock_riff

 

 

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Dan Fogelberg youTube Acoustic guitar

I first heard Dan Fogelberg around the time that Souvenirs came out. In fact one of my all time favourite songs is Wysteria of the Homefree album

If you want to do the Acoustic Guitar Singer Songwriter thing, thisis how to do it.   A poem, a story a ballad, a simple melody and a guitar part that stands up by itself, hamer ons, simple chords and and a straight forward finger picking hand.  Dan Fogelbergs death was a loss to the musical community.  But the beauty of the technology we have is it’s ability to capture and freeze time.

A sentimental tune  and it was great that he was successful with it because many people would have got to hear a lot of his other music.  If you are not aware of Dan Fogelbergs music, explore his first few albums.  This guy is good and as a singer songwriter it’s the level to aspire to.

 

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James Taylor youTube Fire and Rain

James Taylor playing Fire and Rain, his flawless fingerpicking on an Olsen guitar is a reminder how a well written song can stand up over time.  This acoustic guitar recording is about ten years old now.  Gone is the hair, and the face is a little older but the silky tenor voice still has a gorgeous texture.

 The second version is closer to original recording time. It’s a wonderful trip down memory lane.

I’ve posted two versions on my guitar blog site so you can make a comparison. 

It’s a reminder to us all how music is not necessarily something that we do for a little while, once we can play it can be with us our whole life. The need for us all to express emotions is an essential part of living a healthy emotional life.

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Acoustic 12 Bar Blues Guitar

Acoustic Twelve Bar Blues in A is a simple guitar lesson I wrote tonight.  It’s called the Daily Lama Blues, please excuse my play on words, it just seemed topical.  It’s a basic twelve bar chord pattern that you could play with a pick or fingerstyle.  Yesterday I posted about a Keith Richard (from the Rolling Stones) acoustic blues and it inspired me to write a Blues Guitar tune that could easily be built upon and turned into a piece of music that would easily stand up as a tune in any blues repertoire.  Like everything I do on my sites, it is copyrighted by default. 

This blues should be played at a slow pace. You could use a straight sort of A minor Blues scale but if you want something more interesting, have a look through this guitar blog site or my other one at the-guitarplayer.com and you’ll find things that will get you out of those boring old patterns.

Here  is the TAB and Guitar Music Notation

Guitar Blues in A

To download the printable Guitar Blues Arrangement in the Key of A in TAB and Music Notation click the link

daily_lama_blues

 

 

 

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Keith Richards Youtube Acoustic Blues in A

Keith Richards playing acoustic Blues guitar. If you are a Rolling Stones fan you’ve got to see this youtube video of ‘Keef’ playing acoustic guitar in the key of A, 32 20 Blues, Robert Johnson style. Complete with ‘tude and ‘ciggie’ hangin’ out of mouth. I love the tone of the old Gibson guitar.

In fact, even iof you don’t like the Stones, if you play guitar, check it out

Posted in MUSIC

Eurovision Song Contest Highlights

Eurovision Song Contest Highlights

Each year I wait for the Eurovision song Contest with more than a 100 million viewers.  To hear a mix of the different culural music mixed with commercial music is always an interesting experience and I look forward to hearing music that has some sort of integrity.   What turns me off usually is the really bad copies of American music, tackiness, kitsch, and sometimes can’t for the life of me work out what is serious and what is not.  There was a dose of non-music but I was overall very impressed.

Fortunately this year had some memorable musical entries that had a certain amount of cultural flavour and didn’t sell out to sound like Macdonalds music:

My favorites, not in any particular order were:

Albania, a 16 year old girl sang so beautifully, great arrangement and if I was to buy any tune that was recorded and add to my collection it would have to be her song.

The guy from Isreal had a beautiful voice.

Portugal, beautiful harmonies, had a lot of integrity.

Croatia had a 75 year old rapper and a lovely folk sounding song, double bass, piano accordian, acoustic guitar.

Bosnia and Herzegovina, very theatrical, I loved it and so did everyone that watched it with me.

Serbia decided to perform a sweet ballad, it had some folk roots.

The Armenian girl really went for it

I didn’t realize that French girls have beards.

Turkey had great solid rock song.  The drummer was awesome.

Norway had a classic pop ballad.

Denmark probably had the catchiest tune, however if you sing a chorus six times, sooner or later people will get it.  But my biggest question about them was how come they all had dark hair.  I’m an Anne Linnet fan from way back

The heavy metal boys from Finland, leather outfits and all, ripped.  Screaming guitars, classic sound, I loved it even though my heavy metal days are long behind me. Fire smoke and all.

Goodbye California Girls, the Ukraine girl has just knocked you out.  And she can sing.

The guy from Spain was mad, his guitar was too small.  But if that’s what it takes to get a harem of dancers, I shall shrink my guitars immediately.

There were others that were good but these are my highlights.

Congratulations to all those countries that decided to send music and not the nonsense that get served up sometimes.

I guess if I had to vote for three, it would be Albania, Bosnia / Herzegovina and Croatia

 

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Joni Mitchell Youtube – Guitar Open Tuning

Joni Mitchell is one of the truly great acoustic guitar innovators.  A lot of people that aren’t guitar addicts may not realize how great she is and would just see her as a good songwriter, poet and singer.  Don’t be fooled by those labels, her contribution to open tuned acoustic guitar is almost unparalleled.  Others such as Davey Graham, Michael Hedges, Pierre Bensusan, Alex De Grassi and others made massive contributions to this artform that has pushed the guitar into new areas but Joni Mitchells work really neds to be explored by guitar players, her relaxed style, her throwing out the rule book, unconvential strumming/picking hand.  And the amount of open tunings she used to create a backdrop for her musical poetry.  I was fortunate enought o see her live, wow.

Don’t be fooled, she is extraordinary. The song is Night Ride Home

in this song she’s playing a semi-acoustic.  The song is Edith and the Kingpin

Note Pat Metheny in the background.  Here is a link to Pat Metheny on a Linda Manzer Baritone Acoustic Guitar.  PAT METHENY

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Acoustic Guitar Made Easy or Easier

Acoustic guitar can be made easy and here’s two fantastic tips that you probably wouldn’t have considered.

Do you ever have the problem that when you haven’t played acoustic guitar for a while or when you’ve bought a new guitar, it’s not that easy to play; holding down the strings seems almost impossible and you get frustrated an almost give up?

Here’s a solution that I know works, I’ve tried it, so have many friends that I have told about it.

I’m a practical person, and being practical I often end up with good results.  This a time can mean being at odds with what the so called ‘experts’ say.  When you buy a new acoustic guitar and you’re a bit green/ new to things , you may end up with a great sounding instrument.  It sounded great in the shop when the salesman played it, you thought, well he’s good, he knows what he’s talking about, so you take his advice.  Good or bad you take it anyway.  He knows, you don’t.  Many of the guitar salemen that I have met have no idea about beginning guitar, or they forgot what it was like, ‘they suffered, you must suffer’.

The goal of every guitarist is to play music.  ( Well maybe not, one guy asked in my Online Guitar Survey, “Is it a chic magnet”. I haven’t yet answered, but it made me laugh and I do have an answer but will not due to the abuse that I would get from the female community.)   Oh..back on track, the sooner we make music the better.  So what you need is your guitar set up so it’s easier to play. Is that logical?  Yes.  Well here are simple things that you can do to make it easier, regardless what the salesman says.  And it’s so simple that it’s ridiculous and I have no idea why othr teachers don’t recommend it.

1).  Use Extra Light strings.  Many players say to use Mediums and Lights…”hey man you’ll get a better tone”.   Sure this is true but if you can’t hold the strings down, there’s NO TONE.  Start off with Extra Light strings and over a period of months or years, gradually move to heavier ones if it REALLY seems necessary.  

2) .  Tune the guitar down a semi-tone to E Flat ( Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb, note the little b  = flat = one note lower).  This works for me really well also because my voice is pitched to sing a lot of songs in G flat instead of G and E flat Minor instead of E Minor.  The benefit will be that it takes a bit of tension out of the strings and you’ll be playing a lot faster and with greater ease than struggling  Yes you’ll lose a fraction of volume but hey, the end result needs to be about YOU playing music and getting the enjoyment from it. To get around the tuning issues of playing with other players or recordings, just use a Capo at fret one.  I like the Shubbs,  I can keep my guitars in tune better with them. http://www.shubb.com/capos/index.htm NOTE:  One of the other sites will gladly sell you one, or duck down to your local music store and support them.  This technique of tuning down is common amongst a lot of twelve string players, the reason is obvious!

 Shubb Capo

The other ones that a lot of great players use are the Kaysers.  They are my personal second choice.

You’ve got to be prepared to throw a lot of traditions and accidentally made norms out the window if you want to become your OWN musician; find ways to fast track what you are doing, eliminate the unnecessary junk and focus on things like having good timing, a good ear, fluency in your playing, sensitivity, dynamics.

When using lighter strings and tuning down a semi-tone you may need to have a minor neck adjustment done to your guitar.  Always go to someone that is really a specialist.

These two ideas really work, I know from personal experience and that’s the only thing that matters for me. 

Ok, go ahead do the survey, I don’t want any more questions like ‘Is it a Chic Magnet” 🙂

 

 

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Guitar Scale C Major – A Smoother Way

You know when you are playing guitar scales and your fingers get a bit caught up and it’s difficult to move up to another fret and it feels a little clumsy?

Well here’s a simple solution that could easily fix that problem once and for all.

Generally in rock or jazz, most players will play just straight up and down the fretboard and not use the open strings.  That way of playing is great, learn it, use it when necessarily but here’s another way that I sorted that could be very valuable to you.

What I’ve used in the following guitar fretboard exercise lesson is a rather simple idea, but it works beautifully in helping you develop a smooth guitar fretting hand technique.  I’ve taken a plain old C major scale that you’ve heard for years and maybe already can play.  Instead of the standard way of playing everything in the Fist position (First Fret = First Finger), running out of notes and jumping to the Fifth fret, what I’ve done is jumped to the Fifth fret before I’ve run out of notes.  I play the F note at the Sixth fret with my second finger.  When I play the high E string, it gives me a moment to release my hand and relocate it at the Fifth Position (Fifth Fret = First Finger) .  This will give you a bit of breathing space and help you become a much more fluent player. 

If you don’t already play this way because you never considered it, I guarantee it will be of great use to you. 

Breaking the old guitar habits is good for you.

C Majaor Scale Guitar Lesson

I’ve uploaded the TAB and notation. Click the Link to Download the Free TAB and Notation version:

c_major_guitar_scale

This site is updated regularly with information for guitar players of all styles an levels.

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Country Guitar Scale in the Key of A – Part 2

The Country Guitar Scale as I mentioned in my previous Country Guitar Scale article is none other than an F# Minor Blues scale starting on A.  Because there is a relationship between F sharp minor and the key of A major it works beautifully.

Try using a standard chord pattern like A F#m D E7, one bar for each and see how thie scale fits.

I’ve started the scale on A, wheras in my previous article I started on the F sharp.  The descending part has a  variation in it to make it more interesting than the the standard up down scales that make guitar players dizzy and turn them into great scale players but lousy musicians.

Guitar Lesson Country Guitar Scale

To download the printable version (adobe acrobat format) click on the following link: a_country_scale1

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The Gap Between the Worlds mp3

Dedicated To My Son Joshua (1980 – 1999)

A few years ago I recorded a piece of music called ‘The Gap Between the Worlds’ it seems a relevant time to share it with my friends. It’s in open-tuning and is a little ambient and has a certain amount of beauty in it.

To add beauty to the world is a worthwhile thing. we all don’t see the same things as beautiful, but to me this is. The song is in an mp3 format.

There is something extraordinary about having children, a part of us living on when we quietly leave the stage of life. To have a child that leaves before us no doubt is the greatest fear of any parent. As a parent that has met with this experience I feel qualified to discuss it from the point of view where what I say is potent and maybe useful to others that may go through this experience.

Children are a gift; we hold them gently in our care for sometime, we welcome them with open arms and if we are to live in happiness we must be prepared to let them walk freely from the world when it is their time to go. If we don’t do this we can find ourselves in a prison house of grief. This prison house will prevent us to live our own life’s journey in a way that is fitting for the gift of life that we have been given.

Where there is pain, there is clinging; clinging or attachment to things that we know do not last, regardless how deep our love may be for that thing, experience or person. Those that love us and have moved into forever only wish us well and wish to have us live in joy, not suffering for what might have been.

So today is the Birthday of my child that moved from this world in 1999, and I will not pretend that sadness doesn’t swallow me at times, but I will say I have the duty to myself and those around me to take the wisdom from my sons passing and seek to embrace the moments that I have here in this life and live them with the value that they deserve.

And the only Path worth following is one with a Heart and that is the Gap Between Worlds.

Tony Hogan

To listen click: The Gap Between the Worlds

 And here is another piece recorded shortly after my son moved on:  The Bardo

 

 

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David Wilcox Youtube

My first encounter with the music of David Wilcox was when I read an Acoustic Guitar Magazine in the early 90’s.  A few years later when they named the top 10 acoustic guitar albums, his album ‘How Did You Find Me Here’ was included in the list.  I’m not surprised.  David Wilcox plays mainly open tunings, he also uses capo’s and half capos.  His technique is very smooth and relaxed and it’s not until you try and play his music that you realise how good he is.  As far as I am concerned, David would have to be one of the best singer songwriters on the planet.  I was fortunate enough on the day I was looking for his music in the 90’s to find two of his albums in the shops, as I live in Australia, this is a little odd.  I have never sen his music in the shops here since.

I’ve posted information about him because I know that there are many people that wish to play guitar and sing. David Wilcox is a perfect example of how we can express music with one guitar and one voice.  He’s a master songwriter with a perfect voice.

 

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Guitar Bloggers Unite for Human Rights

Bloggers Unite

Today is  a very important day, many guitar players may not be aware of the importance of it.  Once we are aware of something, from that moment on we have the choice to act upon it if it appeals to our intelligence / conscience / heart. So here’s my story.

I’ve always had a knack of finding great ‘T shirts’.  I found one about a year or so back, it was a cheapie and it said ‘Music is the Weapon of the Future’.  Not being an overly violent person apart from enjoying football and martial arts, I could see the wisdom in it and it appealed to my sense of humour.  A lot of people would talk to me about the shirt whenever I wore it, this would lead into some tremendous discussions on the role of music and its misuse.  Although I have a social conscience, I’ve never really gone out hugging trees and tying myself to fences or other inanimate objects to make a statement, for me, food is an essential item and not being near a coffee shop or kitchen can be extremely stressful.

Apart from being a money spinner, an obsession or hobby, music is a very powerful tool. It has the ability to influence peoples subconscious.  Stop for a moment, and think about the songs you grew up with and the lyrics than run through your head.  Here’s a few examples:  ‘What do you get when you fall in love, you only get pain and lies and sorrow… I’ll never fall in love again’ (Um, yes I will) ;  ‘I don’t like Mondays’ (actually I don’t mind them), ‘If you leave me now you’ll take away the the greatest part of me'(No, no, I’m the greatest part of me, not you) … all musically valid of course, I have nothing against any of these great songs but if you let too many of those thoughts run around in your head, eventually if you are not careful, you’ll end up manic depressive or accidentally thinking that what somebody else was processing through writing music could be the the norm or absolute truth without even giving it too much thought.

Social change does not come from the top of the social hierarchy, there are decisions made that impact on everyone but from little things big things grow (thanks Paul Kelly).  As musicians, songwriters and performers, we are in a prime position to not only create an awareness of things through music but also to create music that can enhance the communities we live in. I don’t just mean by writing songs about Human Rights issues, I mean writing music and lyrics that if people find themselves repeating the words over and over in a mantra style that at the end of the day when it has finally turned itself off, the person will feel good about themselves, not beaten and battered by love.

I have a friend, a very good drummer and he knows I like bluegrass music ( as well as many other styles) and he came up to me one day and said “Did you know that there are more suicides by people that , listen too country music than any other style’.  My obvious response was ‘no’.  

What I think we now need is music that when it is played backwards says things like “I will fall in love again and I’ll send you a picture of us on a romantic holiday”, “I like Mondays, because if I don’t by the time it reaches Friday I’m going to feel so crap that I’ll hate that too” ,  “if you leave me now, well, thanks for the visit but I’m up grading to a better model” .

As musicians we have the ability to bring about powerful social change.  If you have written a piece of music that you like that can add something nice to the world we live in, please let us know about it through our comment section. 

I also would like to encourage the other guitar blog sites to write about this issue today in some way. For more information on todays  joint venture between Blogcatalog and Amnesty International go to http://unite.blogcatalog.com/ And we could also congratulate them on there efforts to help create a more harmonious world.

 

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A Country Scale for Guitar Improvisation

Country Guitar Scales are the same as Blues Guitar Scales. 

If you are playing a country or folk song on guitar in the key of A, the chances are you would be using the chords A. D and E.  Yes there are a lot of other chords you could use as well but I thought it best to keep it as simple as possible, then develop from there.  If you were to use the A Blues scale, it would sound OK in a blues but would sound very awkward in country or folk. So here’s a great alternative. 

What I and many other players would use would be an F# minor Blues Scale, (# = sharp) .  Thee is a relationship between F# minor and A major, in the same way that there is a relationship between E minor and G. 

Play the following scale slowly, record a backing track of a dozen or so bars of simple chord patterns using A D and E and you’ll se how it fits.  If you’ve never used this scale in this way before I’m confident it will open new doorways for you for improvisation.  I’ll guarantee it will take you to the next phase of your playing when this ‘penny drops’.  I will be doing a number of variations on this scale to make it a bit more musical, and that’s it isn’t it, make better music.A Country Guitar Scale

For the printable pdf file Click a_country_scale in pdf format

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Guitar Blogs and Directories – Open Letter

Guitar Blogs and Directories;

Dear Fellow Internet Developers

As each day goes by I am starting to see my guitar posts and content appear on websites from one side of the Internet to the other.  As a musician of almost 40 years experience I am more than happy to aid other musicians in their development as I consider that the world will be a better place if we can create beautiful music.   The content I write is well thought out and is aimed at nurturing various aspects of the guitar players education, it includes helpful hints, TABS, Scales, Notation, youTubes of things that you may not be aware of, ideas to help when you’re feeling uninspired, performance tips and numerous high quality information that I have gathered over 30+ years from studying with great musicians, performing in numerous line ups and self study in areas that relate to harmony and improvisation, open tunings,  that I couldn’t find in books or learn from any othe players. 

As there are so many other blogs etc starting to access my work, it would be appreciated that if you are going to do so , it would be polite if you forwarded a comment to me to discuss this with me as I do not want to be associated with most of the garbage that is out there.   Places like guitarnoize, 20lbcat and the guitar blog ring and some others have some good original material but there are many blogs that are just using some of our good content and links to drive traffic to their blogs to sell somebody elses affiliate lessons and in many cases, the owners of these blogs have very little to offer in the way of good quality information.

If you are going to use portions of my posts please contact me prior to doing so.  A number of people are also adding useless comments of little value to my comments in order to add their web address, if you plan to do this and not genuinely add a  useful comment please save yourself the time and do it on someone else’s blog that does not care so much about quality of what they do. 

If you have a good quality blog relating to guitar, I will more than likely help support you in whatever you are doing as I am dedicated to high quality music of any style. By maintaining a decent standard amongst associated guitar blogs it will benefit both the developers and visitors alike

Regards Tony Hogan

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Gordon Giltrap youtube

Gordon Giltrap recorded an excellent album in the seventies (1977) .  At the time, my memory tells me he was playing Flyde guitars, a guitar company that made a lot of unique instrument.  If you haven’t heard him and you like beautiful guitar playing I suggest you watch this youTube.  It’s called Mrs Singers Waltz, and I guess if ever a contemporary tune sounded romantic, this is it.  Complete with a couple waltzing.

I heard that Gordon had recently been playing guitar with the great Scottish guitarist martin Taylor… my mind boggled at the idea of these two guys teaming up.  Especially when they were both favourites of mine in their respective styles.

Being able to play great solo guitar for me is much more satisfying than playing guitar solos, bith are valid.  Although there are strings in this tune it would still stand up as a solo piece.  It’s a wonderful thing to watch all these players play after enjoying their music 30 years ago and they just get better, more musical and are a great inspiration to us all as we seek out our own musical personalities.

Gorgeous guitar playing

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Seventies Style Acoustic Guitar Part 2

Acoustic guitar players in the seventies often played a lot of musical cliches, no problem really, it is really common to all styles.  I’ve written a reasonably simple chord pattern with a descending bass part.  Whenm you play it you’ll say, oh where have I heard that?  The answer is everywhere.

The first bar is a standard sort of pattern built around a D major chord, after playing the D chord then the bass notes step down on the A string (fifth string). You’ll notice I’ve included the left hand fingering in the Guitar TAB. 

Then in the second bar we play a G chord and step down a couple of frets ans on the last beat we play an A7th chord to lead us back to the D chord. 

Here’s why you need to learn the basic stuff.  It will help you develop your ears, when you play with others you will automicaly run on auto because you’ll HEAR the chord changes, this will free you up to be creative and musical.   A lot of players are in a hurry to play technical things and miss the foundations.  Be aware of that issue, if you want to be good player, take your time, get a good understanding of everything.

D Chord Moving Bass Parts For Guitar

 

The printable version in TAB and Music Notation is available, this is free, no strings attached (joke huh)  d_chord-bass_parts

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Steven Baughman YouTube – Three Irish Tunes

Steven Baughman is a magnificentopen tuning fingerstyle guitar player. I first heard of himabout 8 years ago when I was playing Celtic style guitar and from memory Pierre Bensusan had mentioned how good he was, so I followed through on therecommendation.

Traditional Celtic tunes are not only beautiful to listen to but as a player they give you a lot back in return for your efforts, regardless how old they often are, there is always something new to be found in them. I recommend if you plan on learning any of the Celtic tunes, see if you can get to hear a vocal version, this may help you interpret them. The third song is very humorous in its execution in this song check out the rhytmic texture created by his right hand, also watch Steve’s left hand very closely in the first two songs. A lot of players try this style, Steve Baughman does it better than most.

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David Qualey youTube – Jesu Joy of Mans Desiring

The David Qualey youTube recording of Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring by Bach is a very interesting one, although the song has been played by many guitarists globally on classical guitar, his interpretation is rather unique. You’ll notice it’s very realaxed and very musical and it’s not stiff like a lot of recordings or performances I’ve heard.

I first heard David Qualey in the eighties when he recorded the album Solioquy on the Windham Hill label, William Akkerman’s record label that brought us the greats Michael Hedges and Alex DeGrassi.

What I like about David’s playing is it’s very relaxed and he manages to take a standard classical piece and make it his own.

I love the intro he has given this song.

David’s site is located at http://www.david-qualey.com/index.html

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John Renbourn and Stefan Grossman Youtube

If you are a regular reader of my guitar blog you would already know that John Renbourn and Stefan Grossman are two of my all time acoustic guitar favorite players, if you have not heard of themm you are in for a treat.  I’ve posted this youtube guitar duet of them because it is a fascinating setting to find them in, we have John Renbourn the great British fingerstyle player who plays Baroque and other old music coupled with the excellent American fingerstyle blues / folk  player/historian and they are playing the beautiful jazz tune by Thelonius monk on acoustic guitars, both improvising very passionately… it doesn’t come any better.  If you like music wih heart and gentle passion you’ll feel this one.

Guitar duets…the only thing more beautiful than one guitar

NOTE:  The above mentioned video has been deleted from youtube

Here is Pork Pie Hat

It’s humbling to hear these guys play guitar, a lesson to us all

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How To Play Guitar Chords – Seventies style

How to play Guitar chords for acoustic guitar.  In the seventies there were a lot of acoustic guitar duos and bands. I have decided to post a a few chord patterns that have a sort of seventies sound for the next few posts.

This first exercise that I made up starts on a D major chord , then it moves up the fretboard to a D minor Seventh, from there it goes to a G and back to the D minor 7. That movement from Major to Minor is very sweet.

The next 4 bar are a D chord, followed by a C with a D bass C/D, then it goes to a D again but it is played up at fret 5 and returns back to the C/D.

The final four bars are starting on a D minor 7, moving to a G, then a C and back to a D. It’s a good idea to learn to train your ears to hear chord changes, don’t just play them, listen.

Some of the interesting duos and bands of the seventies were Batdorf and Rodney, Seals and Crofts, Tufano and Giammarise. Cecilio and Kapono, England Dan and John Ford Coley, many may not realise it that Hall and Oates were very acoustic on the album Abandoned Luncheonette album, Loggins and Messina, Aztec Two Step, and years later Buskin and Batteau.

Work through the chords and play them with another player using straighter chords. The use of these type of chords will also give you an open tuning sort of sound.

NOTE: you could also drop your bottom E string a whole tone down to D. Enjoy!

D chord Guitar Exercise

 To Download the printable version click the link d_chord_exercise

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Acoustic Blues Guitar – youTube Stefan Grossman

You may be familiar with Stefan Grossman from the many guitar instruction videos and books.  One of my all time favourite guitar albums is called Thunder on the Run and I particularly like Stefan Grossman and John Renbourn playing duets together.  Stefan has also done brilliant work with Duck Baker.

Apart from being a guitar historian and teacher, Stefan is a magnificent guitar player who gets a beautiful tone from his instrument, Franklin guitar.

In this Tutorial stefan is showing how to play a simple blues in E.  There are many musical cliches in this but the way they are executed is what seperates Stefan out from the bunch.

Note how he uses the repeatative alternating bass part, also take a close look at the outro and how hie finishes on the E7#9 chord.

 

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Eric Bibb – Blues Guitar on 12 string youTube

The blues can be very simple and even broken down to one chord or riff, the most common blues are generally three chords; or you could go to the other extreme and play a jazz blues with numerous chord changes. Regardless whether we play a complex or a simple blues, the end result needs t be be music with feeling. My feelings are, a good way of measuring a players musicality is to get them to play ab blues.

I found this youTube video by Eric Bibb and the first thing that struck me was the texture of the guitar, he’s using a twelve string, it has a small body, the sound is incredibly sweet. Eric Bibb has a very smooth voice and he plays gospel as well as a sort folk style at times, but in most of his music there is blues underlying his tunes.

Have a listen to the chords he ues at times throughout this song ‘aint No Cane On the Brazos’ , what I like is he dares to be a little different in his harmonizing of songs. Eric Bibb has a beautiful sense of time and at times has so musicality that it scares me. His music is simple in structure, quite frankly I think he will be one of the most influencial blues players over the next so many years. We can all take a musuc lesson from him just by listening to his approach.  We can all learn from the different ways that other players take something that is very simple and stretch it to make it their own.

One guitar, one voice, perfect in its execution.

Eric Bibb Hompage