Please do not upload songs protected by 3rd party copyright!
Too much time and effort being spent in trying to move house in the last month and no signs that it's not going to be a long haul. But it needs done if I'm to retire at a reasonable age. I'm hating it!
Much to my surprise yesterday I managed to play something a bit bluesy on the Vintage all Mahogany V2000MGG Gordon Giltrap signature guitar.
Very basic though so don't expect much! In DADGAD - which has become my home base in all the tunings, but is not a tuning I've played much blues in.
Why "Woodworm"? Because we've found we have some woodworm in the attic and it'll all be getting treated next week. Another Bill to pay!
A couple of days earlier I managed my first recording for about a month, and there was precious little playing during that time. I tried to kick start playing again with a book of DADGAD Tabs by Mark Thomosn. "Sliabh Russell", the first piece in it, started to click, but I ended up not playing the notes exactly as per the tab - with extra notes added and phrasing and timing changed. I ended up with a lament. The original is a Jig! But the end result has more of me in it than if I just played the tabs straight. A more Scottish tinge to the tune now, due to the rhythm and note arrangement.
This was also done on the Mahogany Vintage guitar.
I'll round off my update with the last piece I recorded before the house move stuff kicked off. I put silk and steel strings on my other Vintage Giltrap guitar - the VE2000GG which has a cedar top. Testing them out and recording to see how the strings sounded it ended up more a piece of music than a sound test. In DADGAD again and pure improvisation. My favourite way of playing when it works as it gives most room for expression and feel.
I'll try those other two again. But I'll also do direct links in case it goes wrong.
It Russells in the Heather
I suspect both those soundclick links will take you to the same place where you then have to select the song. It used to be the links went straight to the particular song.
Now the attempt to upload those other two songs to here as attachments.
EDIT : Well I tried loading the other two songs as attachments. But despite not attaching Woodworm Blues again it has ended up on this post as Woodworm Blues on the forum player - as it was on the first post. Perhaps the blues forum engine prefers to only have blues pieces uploaded!
Maybe I need to do separate threads for each piece in order for them to show up on the forum player?
Very kind of you to be so complimentary.
The DADGAD tuning is a bit of a boon as it means I can use a lot of open strings, which is much less strain on the finger joints. It also makes for some lovely resonance on chords - something that is particularly welcome on acoustic guitar which benefits in a way that an electric doesn't (and doesn't need). There's a lot of chords / partial chords only need the use of one fretting finger. A life much easier.
The thing with playing pure tab is that the brain is concentrating on playing the right notes - a process controlled by the side of the brain that works on logic. I find that messes up the creative side of my brain that needs to listen to and shape the music. Using the tabs as a rough guide and exploring other notes on the fly, and playing around with the timing, tempo and dynamics, seems to free up enough of the creative side of my brain to get more flow and feel to the music. Generally I quite dislike the music I get from my attempts to play tab as it is written - or to play from memory as it is written.
Sometimes I try some Spanish classical music, but I'm not able to do it like the masters do, so I get the main idea and search my own way. As long as no one listens, it's OK...
There's too much rules and regulations and having to play everything exactly as it is written - takes the soul out of it for me.