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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Guitar arrangements: How to do them (2)

The arrangement up to now is starting to sound decent. Played as written however it sounds a little "classical". Not to put classical music or guitarrists down...maybe I should say it doesn't sound like jazz. Let's look at different ways to make this sound hipper. We'll work on the bass part first because bass players (good ones) add alot of movement and interest to any musical piece.

The most basic bass part, like the one that's in the previous arrangement, plays the root (or tonic note) on beat one of every new bar. A more interesting bass line would have the bassist playing on beats one and three of every bar. On beat one the bass would play the root and on beat three (for now) the note played will be the 5th of the chord being played at that moment. (The 5th of a chord is determined by counting up 5 notes from the root which is 1. So, for the first chord of our arrangement, which is Fm7, the root is "F", which is played on the fifth string. The 5th of "F" is "C". (F=1 [Root]; G=2; Ab=3; Bb=4; C=5; etc...). Now I'll show you how the 5th of each chord is played in the arrangement we've done so far.

Take care to hold each note and give it its full value. Notice that in some chords you're holding down notes while others are being played. Here is where you need to work on finger independance if you don't have that down yet.


Stratocat said...

Hey Bob,

Welcome to the blogosphere and thanks for stopping by Stratoblogster! Be sure to visit lots of guitar blogs and introduce yourself to them as well. Most of the blogs are different, so there are plenty of ideas to draw from.

Start a blogroll, and link out to blogs you like.

Here's a good blog to dig into:

I recommend mixing it up and not trying to do it all in one post. And I'm guilty of over posting more than anyone. People like to browse. Utilize your tags and do series and categories of stuff.

Start a regular weekly feature for something in order to keep you going if you run out of other ideas.

The avg life of a blog is 3 months, so if you really wanna help and reach an audience, pace yourself.

Some of your best blog posts are comments you make at other blogs with more traffic. Networking helps people discover your blog and gets bloggers to link back to your, which gets you more traffic and also gets Google to start indexing your posts better.

It's a long process, so make it part of your routine.

That's all I can tell ya. Everything else is top secret...

Robert said...

Hi Stratocat.
Thanks for the good tips. I will check out the site you tell me about. Best to you and yours during the holidays.
Keep those strats a quackin'

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