2012 #Gibson #SG Standard #P-90. Currently open-tuned because I wanted to learn a specific song that required #DADGAD tuning. First time I have really sat down and worked with an open tuning and I must say…once I get over the fact that all the notes on 3 of the 6 strings are now two frets up the fretboard from where I expect them to be…it’s fun! Like using a #capo, it makes me sound like I actually CAN play the #guitar! ;)
Good Weakis a post-punk band from Monroe, NY. It is a band that has essentially formed out of the ashes of a once great indie-punk group known as No Dice, Chicago.
This track starts off with such a fucking nice groove that is gradually assembled. It comes in with just bass and drums to start. The bassline to this track has this nice funky riff that grabs your attention, all with the drums bouncing around the track with a nice ghost note beat. Then, as the guitar kicks in it casually glides across the now more complete instrumental. The feeling of the track is also just so smooth. When I listen to this song I feel like I’m walking down the street and I’m the coolest guy on the block (Of course, I never am).
When this track ultimately picks up, the result is really unexpected. It breaks into this loud and bombastic blast of energy. At first it kind of turned me off from the song because I felt the track was almost schizophrenic in its nature. Initially, it seemed to me that the two sections of the song did not mesh well. The essence of the beginning was so casual it just didn’t seem to fit the Chalk Talk-like intensity of the latter half of the song. However, after a couple more listens it REALLY started to grow on me. I began to fully appreciate the song, and even found it stuck in my head multiple times. The lyrics to this song honestly embed themselves into your brain.
I friekin’ love this song, and I hope they play a show soon. Take a few listens and see if you’re into it. And if you are, you really should check out their demo//ep//thing because there are other great tracks on there (SPOILER ALERT: if you download it, there’s an awesome hidden track). To make one final comment: TJ is better than you at drums.
Patterns are paths you need to know, to be aware of the land you’re on; a map. The next step might be avoiding them. And finally, when you know the land so well, they you don’t have to follow any paths, nor to avoid them, your intuition is truly free. In music, as in life… Both not knowing the paths and knowing them makes us blind in a way.
I don’t really use my guitar for composing songs. I do play the sounds that come to my head on it to hear them “from the outside” from time to time, but I hardly ever start writing a song just playing guitar. This is, I guess, for two good reasons: first of all, the sounds usually come to my mind unexpectedly. I don’t look for them. I only have to figure out, how to combine the puzzles; or, sometimes, how to make them fit (if They do…) into a planned structure. The other reason is, that it’s so terribly easy to fall into patterns and start following the sounds created by your hands, instead of the sounds that come to you…
But I do get lost. And I do start running in circles. And sometimes very simple “tricks” can break them. And there comes so much fun with it!
When I first started using DADGad tuning, playing the basic scales seemed difficult. But after a couple of minutes the patterns became clear. I like this rich, open sound. Yesterday I found myself running in circles playing similar chord structures all day. I changed the tuning of my guitar and suddenly completely new melodies came to my head. That simple, that obvious, but… Why not?
This short movie is not really a finished composition, nor a great piece of musical work. It was one of the first structures that came out of my yesterday’s DADGad improvisations. It is very simple. It is in “d”. And it is based on simple patterns. But it did open a new space in my head, that day. So, before You get to listen to what I wrote after, just… Enjoy the simple patterns in DADGad…! :)
So, I covered Hans York’s song Invocation. I think this is one of the first purely acoustic things I’ve done ever. I’m proud of how clear the guitars sound. I realize some things like the occasional guitar phrase or harmony aren’t quite as tight as they could be… but this, like most of my covers are just for fun and I don’t spend too much time making them perfect.
Anyhow, tell me what you think! I had a lot of fun with the random vocal improvs, guitar solos, recorder melody, and other things I added to this song to fill it out (since I didn’t really want to sequence drums, bass, or a brass section)… the highest note on the recorder was a bitch to play though.
Here’s a little treat for those of you that actually dig my shitty tumblr dealy! This is my cover of Audioslave’s “Like A Stone”. I accidentally tuned my guitar to DADGAD last week and ended up doing this. I didn’t stop until I got just the right take for you all, so enjoy!
I kind of stopped playing guitar once I moved to school because of a bunch of reasons. I’ve started again and felt like sharing some fun little picky stuff I was doing tonight. It feels good to play again, but my hand are killing me - thus the abrupt ending.