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FDP Forum / The Chop Shop / The 2014 what are you working on thread

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Albino Blue
Jan 25th, 2014 08:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ditto on what Peegoo said. I always do that too (Binder). Because later you might need a quick refresher or you can copy it for another band member to quickly learn. Or use it as a cheat sheet at a gig if you must.

As for timing: only practice with a metronome or a good backing track(s) or others at a jam. And count as you play. Listen to the drummer and bass player as well (beats). Synch in there.

And yes: Practice Practice Practice daily and JAM JAM JAM often with anyone, esp someone better. Don't feel intimidated! Learn what you can and write it down. Record audio or video too of you alone playing and when jamming. You'd be surprise what you learn about yourself that way. Also helps to improve your playing if you stay objective but not so critical you stop playing. So play a lot. Tune those strings down a 1/2 or whole step to be gentle on your fingers so you play more. Helps with Blues bending too.

Capture all that FREE Youtube stuff as well. Great lessons and backing tracks there.

GOOD LUCK. Don't stop believing ...

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Saskatchewan, Canada

Jan 27th, 2014 09:14 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've been learning On the Sunny Side of the Street in the key of D on my tenor sax. That makes it in the key of C on the guitar. I've memorized the chords and can play it in C on the guitar. Plus, I've memorized the lyrics which is kind of new for me. I'm the guy who knows a line or three from oodles of songs but knows ALL of the lyrics to maybe a half dozen songs. This is my committment to memorizing whole songs. For the above song, I have the sheet music with lyrics from a Bb Hal Leonard Fake Book and the backing track from Vol. 49 (Sugar) of the Jamey Aebersold series. And I have the actual song from Willie Nelson's Stardust album and from a Louis Armstrong cd. I've been practicing for an hour every day so I can burn the tune into my memory and fingers.
Next on my list is Moon River, which I'm working on to a lesser degree.

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Axe Victim
Jan 27th, 2014 09:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

As of yesterday, I have written ten songs for my band to record in the studio later this year.

We're are still tweaking some of the songs when it comes to arrangements, but most are complete.

ALSO - We're doing a U2 medley for live work (I Will Follow/Beautiful Day/Where the Streets Have no Name) and I'm still trying to get the guitar parts to sound more like The Edge. The guitar parts are pretty simple, but the FX can be tricky, particularly when you're singing lead.

(This message was last edited by 5Strats at 11:39 AM, Jan 27th, 2014)

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juneau ak.

Hey! I'll relic your guitar for free!
Jan 29th, 2014 12:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've noticed that my pick goes way down below the strings so I'm trying to be more conscious of that and working to keep from digging too deep.

Slow phrasing, I'm playing a guitar that has great sustain (SG) so I want to slow down and milk those notes and let them ring!

After playing slide guitar for the last 3-4 years I'm trying to get back into playing straight again. I had completely lost the callous on the slide finger.

6 Cylinder Slim

South Carolina

Shoes for Industry
Feb 9th, 2014 11:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

As usual, I'm learning songs I'll never have any use for professionally. I'm sure there was a mix up somewhere and I was supposed to be making music in the 1940's and 50's.

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It's A Dry Heat
Feb 11th, 2014 09:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've been busy learning the bass lines to the following:

The Tide Is High-Blondie
Your Precious Love-Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
Smiling Face-James Taylor
Stairway to Heaven-Led Zeppelin
More Today Than Yesterday-Spiral Staircase
The Joker-Steve Miller Band

Other recent (2013) bass line learnings:
Rhiannon-Fleetwood Mac
It Must Have Been Love-Roxette
Rescue Me-Fontella Bass

--Want to learn bass lines no matter how long it takes:
I Want You Back-Jackson 5
What's Going On?-Marvin Gaye
If I can get those, I will consider myself arrived.

I don't play in a band, and only occasionally get to play with a guitar player; so it's mostly just for my satisfaction at home. Usually just playing along with MP3s or Amazing Slowdowner.

(Sigh--If I only could read standard notation, but that's a topic for another thread.)



Feb 11th, 2014 09:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Have migrated to using a Microsoft Surface RT for charts/sheets. I like it because everytime I edit or make notes on a chart I can save it. I don't have to look through files to see the last version that I played.

Our music leader uses a program called Planning Cneter Online, that will give e-mail me with schedule/rehearsal reminders, pdf charts of the songs and MP3 files with the songs in the keys that we will be playing them in. Planning Center is iPad centric so using a MS Tablet has some quirks.

I ahve added an Air Turn bluetooth foot operated page turner. Nice

Here is the unintended outcome of all of this. I tend to memeorize arrangements anyway, so I have found that, with a tablet insead of a book, I tend to spend less time looking at my music stand for some reason. A couple of weeks back, my tablet went in to some kind of a weird password mode 10 minutes before time to play. I thought, I can mess around with this, or I can go to the bathroom. I went to the bathroom and played the service by memorey.


6 Cylinder Slim

South Carolina

Shoes for Industry
Feb 24th, 2014 10:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If you're learning The Tide Is High, go to the source.

The Paragons Tide Is High


USA, Lubbock

Anybody got a band-aid?
Feb 24th, 2014 01:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've picked up about 10-15 things I've wanted to know for a while.

Need to work on my three ring binder. Funny is when I started I kept one handy. Now I just mark the chords on my favorites tab on Google Chrome and it follows me everywhere. Chrome on the smart phone and tablet helps. Always accessible. Still would like to do the three ring binder thing.

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Bluz Cowboy
Feb 24th, 2014 03:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Last night I started messing around with "Starting Over" by the Big John L. As I got into it, thinking "how genius is this", what great chords, I got to thinking "how would those guys I play with ever learn this?" So I went on to something easier, "Crippled Inside".

Cal Webway
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Poet Lariat
Feb 25th, 2014 06:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

instrumentals, cause I still can't find someone to back up.

"Hill St. Blues theme".
Have had most of it for yrs, but wanna do more of it middle section.

"A Day In the Life":
Also hv done half'ed-a** thru past few yrs, but finally sitting dn with the recording getting nuances etc.

"Everybody Wants to Rule the World"-
for my 6 string bass Dano, with homemade B-Bender.
By ear figured 64%, but also sitting down with the recording finally.

Beach Boy's "Surf's Up"
Gettin' it good. Have to do some gentle tapping at times as I chord, as doing the melody in that section within the chording is not fully possible

some classical, "Moonlight Sonata" etc

(This message was last edited by Cal Webway at 08:45 AM, Feb 25th, 2014)

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Saskatchewan, Canada

Feb 25th, 2014 09:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wheels by The String-A-Longs on guitar.

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It's A Dry Heat
Feb 25th, 2014 09:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"If you're learning The Tide Is High, go to the source."

Thanks, Slim. Very cool version that I hadn't heard before.

Added one more song bassline this past week...Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing"

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Saskatchewan, Canada

Feb 27th, 2014 08:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Don't Get Around Much Anymore on the tenor sax as well as those mentioned in my above posts. I have a backing track for it so I can play along with it.

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I walk

between the raindrops
Mar 2nd, 2014 11:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Been working on bass lately. I have a cheepie Gretsch Jet short-scale bass, sort of like a Les Paul, that sounds pretty good despite my poor technique (thanks to flats).

Playing guitar and singing is difficult, but I can do it. Playing bass and singing is pertnear impossible!

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I like guitars and amps
Mar 11th, 2014 09:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

working on my ear training. I play along with the XM down here in florida. 60's 70's 80's, classic rock station and just keep rolling through them picking up on whatever comes up. Identify the key and the chords usually are easy to figure out. Now it would be nice if I can figure out how to remember what I just played

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Hamilton, Canada

Music is your only friend....
Mar 11th, 2014 10:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm trying to learn horn riffs on guitar, generally.

I'm having a hard time keeping up to Cannonball Adderly.

Screech Owl


Mar 13th, 2014 08:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A riff book with short lines, different keys. Using relative scales to intermix with the riffs to extend them, then adding some of my own lines, most of which are just other artists riffs that I've changed somewhat due to short memory.

Mark From Hawaii
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The Aloha State, USA

only cowboys stay in tune after all
Apr 19th, 2014 05:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm trying to learn Lee Ritenour's "What Do You Want". Back in the late 70s I wanted to learn the song then forgot all about it until a few months ago. I think it's doable this time around.

Edited to add that the tune was written By Don Grusin.

You Tube: What Do You Want

(This message was last edited by Mark From Hawaii at 07:11 PM, Apr 19th, 2014)

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Bogue Falaya River

is STILL dark and cold.
Nov 28th, 2014 07:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"And Your Bird Can Sing."

Trying to decide exactly what position to play it in. Just doing one line.

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