Don’t just play a song. Make it memorable by creating a performance. Here are some of the elements you might use.
Sugar is a great way to learn some jazz chord structure.
Learn the elements of blues playing.
This is a discussion of basic music harmony. It includes scale structure, intervals, chord structure and chord progressions. I am hoping to provide a foundation for discussion of some more complex musical topics in the future.
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I love the Beatles classic, Yesterday. It is a very sophisticated song, sweetened by a string section and arranged by the talented George Martin. There is syncopation, as in most Beatles songs, a suspended chord for interest, and Martin uses counterpoint to bring out the melody of the song and to provide a nostalgic feeling to go along with the lyrics. I have loved this song for a long time, and years ago I worked out an arrangement to it. Play it as it is, or use just the elements you like. Either way, have fun.
Dad just posted another video on YouTube. This one talks about syncopation and using rubato in Travis picking. There are other good tips on how to make Wabash Cannonball and City of New Orleans interesting.
Dad posted a video on YouTube that shows how to Travis Pick Freight Train in a particular style. He uses thumb and three fingers to get a different sound and feel.
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