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On the Fly 2

Hi, Since the last post (Below) Linked as "On the fly" I have added the bass, being a guitar player I find it challenging to not play guitar type stuff and lay the bass groove down, but with a bit of disipline I managed to find a part that does not sound like a guitar bass, I have also tweaked the drums and added some fills for excitement.
As mentioned the tune started as a jam between myself and a drum beat and seemed to take shape with a head, groove and solo sections. It is not what I would normally write and call a composition however it is developing and is sort of fun.

Might consider developing it further soon, extending it and adding new sections to make it more interesting.

On The Fly 2 with Bass and Drum Tweaks

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On the Fly

Hi just thought I would post some stuff that I am playing around with in my home studio.

Allthough I normally write compositions ( there are many), a couple of nights ago I loaded up a drum track (single loop not with fills) and had a bit of a jam with it. It sort of resulted in a tune that I now call “On the Fly”.

It begins with the funky clean guitar, I then add an overdriven guitar using a line 6 pod which becomes a Hook and then developes into a solo.

It is in its raw form, been pretty much live one guitar recorded and then another directly after that. There are two overdriven at points and a clean guitar.

I'm thinking of adding  some keyboards, possibly a rock organ.

So at this point it is the raw germ of an idea that I will cut and paste into an arrangement and more likely rewrite using some of the recording and sections of it.

Might have some bass to the track soon using a bass I have here and play it myself?

I have included only the first section up until bar 48 in it's raw form.

Will post developments…..

On the Fly 1

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13th Chords

In the Apple store checking out the new iPad pro with pen, must say am pretty impressed with it. Thought I would try some drawing of guitar graphs with it and remembered being asked about favourite 13th voicings for guitar, so skecthed some out and took a photo with my iPhone.

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Almost Blues

Hi, this is a blues that I recorded when testing iRig on the iPad. There are 2 clean parts, a comping part or rhythm part, a lead part, a walking bass line (midi) and a midi drum part (midi) using garage band.

After transcribing it became a popular study with some of my students so I thought I would post it here along with the transcription (tabbed in Guitar Pro 6).

Below is the lead part and I have included the rhythm (comping) part for good measure.

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Almost Blues 2013 rhythm

Improvisation Blog


When I was in my teens I would jam along with tracks for hours. Some favourite artists were: Jeff Beck, Deep Purple (Ritchie Blackmore), Santana and Pink Floyd.

I learned the solos by ear, and some of my favourites verbatim. There were no TABs available back then and no Youtube videos showing the solo note for note. Knowing basic Pentatonic and Blues scales in the common keys (E A D G and C) and some Major and Minor scales in common positions helped, as I had a template to work out the solos from. All of the solos with the exception of  some of Jeff Beck's did not deviate from these basic scales.

My improvising skills were progressing, but not enough to go to the next level, i.e. Jazz Fusion using complex chord changes etc.  Jamming, transcribing and doodling was not going to do it alone.

I decided to work deliberately on improvisation skills, for example learning a Dorian Scale in multiple positions and then improvising over a Dm type groove (usually  recording myself playing a rhythm part). Of course it was necessary to practice this in other keys, so I would make a chord progression using only minor 7th chords, i.e. Dm7 (x4 bars) Fm7 (x4 bars) Em7 (x4 bars) Ebm7 (x4 bars) etc. This made it possible to explore diferent keys and not be limited to common positions.

Doing this in Major (Ionian), 7th (Mixolydian) and Minor  (Dorian and Aeolian) scales in differing keys enabled a more thorough veiw of the guitar neck and of course the notes in many positions both physically and theoretically. It goes without saying that studying reading music before hand gave a huge advantage because I knew where the notes were, and what they are called, and studying theory of music added a clearer view of things generally.

Of course there is far more to improvising than just scales, and there are many more tools and techniques that I teach my advanced students. I think that jamming, transcribing and doodling are of course very useful activitys, but deliberate study of  improvisation and relevant theory needs to be included to make serious improvement.