Tech Talk by James
Notes on Emotional Play by Play
It is important to learn all the scales in each position up the neck targeting the root or tonic of the Key. Let the guitar games begin… all over the guitar. You have to get past the memorization stage. Reacting melodic to the beat serves the song better than just riffing unless the riff opens the song and is the song.
The fewer the notes played in the chord – triads- the more freedom you have within the chord progression to improvise. Tighter does mean more fun once you’re locked in the pocket.
Playing in the Zone
Are you able to say more with less? Taste is as important as hot lead guitar. Why? A song is not a song if it sounds only like scales. Playing for the song is playing from the heart they say. Play with feeling using technique without being a slave to it.
Why do we play like we play?; and how does personality affect the outcome of songwriting? Yes.A good question of balance. So be aware of your strengths and focus energy there.
James Taylors Secret CAPO Tuning from his Barn Studio in the Berkshires: This is the real deal! Use an electronic tuner with the built in Cents feature which is for fine tuning. Most tuners nowadays have this.
1. E = -3 cents
2. B = - 6 cents
3. G = -4 cents
4. D = - 8 cents
5. A = - 10 cents
6. E = - 12 cents
To “deal with the vagaries” of tuning when applying a capo , as Mr. Taylor puts it, use this method to compensate for the temperance factor of acoustic guitars. Alternately you actually can tune up after applying a capo. Make sure you have fairly new strings and have adequately stretched them.
The Unique Way of Turning A Scale On Its Head
Take a major or minor scale and find it all the way up the neck in linear fashion and play it across the fingerboard from one end to the other and then reverse.
Why Music and Your Muse Collide
When opportunity and being ready meets stream of consciousness great things start to happen, and we catch fire! Once you get outta your own way the muse can take over.
M= Music, U= Upstart S= Streaming E= Exponentially…. = MUSE.
Remember that its muscle memory and the knowledge base working together. Did you have something to say ? “I sure hope so” becomes I know so.
Listening to Others
When you playing with other musicians don’t just react to yourself and what you play in your head, listen to what others are doing and react to them. This makes you a better team mate and a better guitar player. Yes. It is true you hot dog ! Jamming and playing with others is better than hogging all the hot sauce.
Minor Pentatonic is a bit more gritty, has more bite. Major Pentatonic has a more old time smooth blues feel to it. Be sure to develop your ability to really listen so your ear can hear the difference. Making this sound like music as opposed to Scales is an art unto itself, that’s why you really have to listen.
Guitar Chime and Chiming in
Know when to play and when not to. A guitar outta tune sounds dissonant. Make sure your dead in tune right on the money. Then paly and leave space for others to play too. A guitar has a rich chime to it when in tune, and you can hear it. Get used to the idea. It’s a part of your playing or soon will be. “Listening is half the song “… Phil Lynnott, Thin Lizzy. “ The Drummers always go first” … Ringo Starr.
… Learn these now! Start in A Major and branch out into E, C, D and then G Major. The Five Basic Ideas
1. Blues Scale 2. Minor Pentatonic Scale 3.Natural Minor Scale 4.Major Pentatonic Scale 5. Major Scales
Learn the Five basic patterns in each key. Learn the formulas for the scales. i.e.: These are common “boxes” to work out of switching between major and minor pentatonic. A lot of Rock and Blues is based on these scales Use these and build the roadmap of the neck in your mind. Put as much feeling into your playing as possible. Don’t stand there “parrot fas