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Re: So, what are you learning now? (on your instrument/s)
« Reply #3315 on: June 28, 2019, 01:33:30 am »
I recently learned a beautiful acoustic guitar arrangement of Pachabels Cannon which is so much fun to play.

That sounds like one you should post to AVOYP. One of my ambitions is to learn the Canon Rock version, but I could be inspired to (try to) learn an acoustic arrangement! 😃

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Re: So, what are you learning now? (on your instrument/s)
« Reply #3316 on: June 28, 2019, 03:40:02 am »
That sounds like one you should post to AVOYP. One of my ambitions is to learn the Canon Rock version, but I could be inspired to (try to) learn an acoustic arrangement!

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I think you'll like the acoustic arrangement Mari.   I found it challenging but not overly difficult.  I really enjoy playing it, one of those very satisfying tunes.   I love cannon rock too! Never tried learning the whole thing but I've done lots of jamming along with the backing just for fun,  and fun it is.       I'll possibly do a vid of cannon as you suggested Mari.  I'd be happy to knowing you may get something out of it.   Leave it with me.  Cheers





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Re: So, what are you learning now? (on your instrument/s)
« Reply #3317 on: July 21, 2019, 07:54:45 pm »
Mrs C and I have been avidly watching The fine TV adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale.
Series 3 is currently being broadcast in the UK.
Oh my - what prescient writing. It is spookily close to current events.
Anyway - series 3 episode 3 ...
There is a closing sequence in which the main protagonist delivers a monologue which seems to foretell of a tide turning.
And the background music is a song I used to listen to and play so many times in my younger days.
Yet a song I had totally forgotten about.
I was transfixed.
The song over powered what was a hugely powerful sequence in the drama.
Just because of the association I had of it.
I was unable to multi-task but could only listen to the song and not the monologue.
I had to re-watch the entire sequence next day and make myself concentrate on the characters words rather than the song.
And what a magnificent, powerful and moving sequence it is.
But wow, the song is all that too.
Perfect combination.

So, today was new string day on the acoustic.
And I had some spare time for playing.
I took the golden moment of crisp new strings and tuned to open D tuning.
D A D F# A D
I checked I still knew the basic shapes and then, for the first time in over 25 years, I played this:




Play it loud and soak it up.

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Re: So, what are you learning now? (on your instrument/s)
« Reply #3318 on: July 21, 2019, 08:06:53 pm »
And so, whilst in open D tuning I spent some merry time learning or re-learning:

Big Yellow Taxi

Shelter From The Storm
Tangled Up In Blue
Simple Twist Of Fate
You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
Up To Me
Dylan was big in to the open tuning for Blood on the Tracks - open E mostly though so capo 2 from open D.

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Re: So, what are you learning now? (on your instrument/s)
« Reply #3319 on: August 23, 2019, 08:53:51 pm »
I've been having a go at drop D, nothing exciting, the intro to A Day Of The Races and She's So Heavy the Beatles
The intro was the first thing I've tried to transcribe myself, She's So Heavy its repetative, but it helps me with a shake I have in my left hand, also I do the bass track for Boris the Spider which helps my hand (standard tuning) and  Black Sabbath's End Of The Beginning


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Re: So, what are you learning now? (on your instrument/s)
« Reply #3320 on: August 23, 2019, 09:16:27 pm »
More open tuning from me

Open G
Romeo & Juliet - Direc Straits
That's The Way - Led Zeppelin
Plus
Standard tuning
More Than Words - Extreme

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Re: So, what are you learning now? (on your instrument/s)
« Reply #3321 on: August 24, 2019, 08:56:18 am »
More open tuning from me

Open G
Romeo & Juliet - Direc Straits
That's The Way - Led Zeppelin
Plus
Standard tuning
More Than Words - Extreme

More than words is a great one to learn, the syncopated slaps have always been my nemesis! I will get it some day 😂
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Re: So, what are you learning now? (on your instrument/s)
« Reply #3322 on: August 24, 2019, 09:18:48 am »
Yeah, Darrell, you suggested I give it a shot ... so just listened to the original recording on the Pronograffiti album. 

Beautiful. 

So not sure what you mean by the "slaps" ... the steady percussive hit throughout perhaps.  ??? 

And then there are the body taps.   ::)   And if you tried to reproduce the original, the lead just before the outro with the harmonics with vibrato.   :o   And that is all before we talk about trying to sing the song.   :-X

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Re: So, what are you learning now? (on your instrument/s)
« Reply #3323 on: August 24, 2019, 11:25:20 am »
Yes David, that’s it the percussive part that goes on throughout - I made the mistake of learning the chords first without the percussive part and then trying to add it later, big mistake, start as per Justin’s lesson for it, in the long term of learning the song it’s much better!
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Re: So, what are you learning now? (on your instrument/s)
« Reply #3324 on: August 24, 2019, 12:54:48 pm »
Yes David, that’s it the percussive part that goes on throughout - I made the mistake of learning the chords first without the percussive part and then trying to add it later, big mistake, start as per Justin’s lesson for it, in the long term of learning the song it’s much better!

Thanks for the tip, Darrell ... I'll save the Justin Lesson for later.  For now am plugging away at a steady bass note for some 12 bar blues :)  So much harder to do that than just strumming a shuffle  :o

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Re: So, what are you learning now? (on your instrument/s)
« Reply #3325 on: September 22, 2019, 04:41:34 am »
After at least a month of barely picking up the guitar (life got busy), I've been putting some time into music the past week. I recorded a backing track (bass and guitar) for the song Loch Lomond, and have been learning to play the melody on a low-G whistle, trading off with my eldest daughter on viola. I had the track on my Ditto X2 looper. Tonight I went to save the guitar track, and accidentally held the switch too long and deleted it. Don't know what I was thinking. I'm annoyed. Now I have to re-do the bass and guitar.

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Re: So, what are you learning now? (on your instrument/s)
« Reply #3326 on: October 17, 2019, 03:36:57 am »
Working on a few things:
  • Experimenting with a cut-capo (guitar in EBEABE). Very cool, especially on a 12-string.
  • Working on arpeggios for the chords of the Autumn Leaves chord progression.
  • Wild Horses in Open G (inspired by Justin's video lesson). Playing this on my resonator guitar, since it's currently tuned to open g, anyway.
  • Working on smooth transitions to c-shape major barre chords (I find myself stumbling on that chord grip, sometimes).
  • Learning to play the soprano and alto recorder. This is a development of my whistle playing. I like the whistle, but it's annoying that each whistle is diatonic to a specific key. The recorder is chromatic, so it's a little more versatile. There's also a huge repertoire of recorder music (especially baroque pieces). Anyway, I'm working through a soprano/alto recorder method book.
  • Arranging various folk and classical pieces for viola + violin + (something). The something is usually guitar, but now can also be recorder or whistle.
A very recent arrangement of Telemann's Rigaudon in Am for soprano recorder, violin, and viola:
I just realized I neglected to add dynamics to the score. Need to address that.

I haven't arranged a guitar accompaniment part for the rigaudon, yet, but I think it would be pretty simple (probably just a bass note + chord on beats 1 and 2, for most bars). The harmony seems to based around A melodic minor (with those F#s and G#s), so it looks like it's mostly Am -> E7 transitions, then C -> G, then back to Am -> E7.

The recorder and violin parts are the same (i.e. doubled), although the soprano recorder is a transposing instrument that sounds an octave up from the way its notated. That melody line could be played by just about any treble instrument: recorder, violin, whistle (a g-whistle would be a good choice), guitar, flute, et cetera. If you try playing the melody line on guitar, I suggest playing it starting at the VII fret (the A on the d-string). That will make the staccato and legato portions easier than if you play it in first position with open strings.

The viola part could be played on some other "alto" or "bass" instrument: a tenor or bass recorder, a cello, et cetera. Even a piano (which could do the viola part with the left hand and the melody with the right). However, for many of those you'd need to adjust the viola part from alto clef to bass clef.


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Re: So, what are you learning now? (on your instrument/s)
« Reply #3327 on: November 11, 2019, 03:46:51 am »
Working on so much right now.

Here’s my list:

Enter sandman solo
Hey Joe solo and a big etc. The list is long.

I started practicing with a metronome every time I practice. It really keeps me on track .

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Re: So, what are you learning now? (on your instrument/s)
« Reply #3328 on: November 11, 2019, 08:12:27 am »
Since i realised a while ago that i completely neglected learning songs (i was too focused on technique), i made up a list.

Sitting on the dock of the bay
Working class hero
Polly
Redemption song

Layla as a future option....
I'll get it in the end. Just don't give up, that's the key....

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Re: So, what are you learning now? (on your instrument/s)
« Reply #3329 on: November 11, 2019, 09:00:30 am »
Transcribing the whole Far More album from Lari Basilio.

If you do not know her, here's the making of album:




A few months ago, Captain also posted an interview with her on Andertons YouTube channel if anyone is interested. She is an amazing musician and seems a very nice person as well. Was quite disappointed that I was on holidays and missed her gig.

 

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