1/30/2008 3:04:20 PM
Hammer On, Pull Off
Lately my music time has mostly been playing the guitar while watching news, not really concentrating a lot and letting my hands spend a lot of timeo n the guitar. Could be because I took apart mystudio and haven't put it together again.
But anyway, I'm getting better at single lines, leads and riffs and such, but I notice that it becomes more and more rare that I just hit a note and then hit the next, but it's more about hammering on up to the note or pulling off, and that a three not pattern often really involves about five with the brief time spent on the note you flutter up from, and after awhile a lot of stuff doesn't sound alive with out all this fluttering going on even if the main line is just the actual main notes, all the fluttering seems to be the new voice. And then I realized that is the way the people play that are actually real good, but I just never got that before, and now I understand a bit more. Jimi is fluttering around and friends of mine that are real easy on that stuff, they're just doing it because that's just how their hands move about, second nature.
And nothing becomes second nature without time, so I just sit there and let the hands move around. After awhile I'll start to focus in more, but right now new voicings are becoming available to me and they're gonna take a bit of time, but I have a few months before any planned gigs come, and it'll be cool to come out as a whole new animal.
I always want to come out as a new animal.
A friend's daughter told me her dad had been listening to the new CD all night the other night he told her, "Every CD is a different thing from the others."
And I said tell your dad this about the next CD: it's gonna be different.