I am originally from Japan, but I live outside of Chicago now. Grew up listening to Bob Dylan, The Band, Hendrix, Joplin, Clapton, etc. Was in a rock band in high school and in college. But only recently, picked up the guitar again. I’ve been practicing blues the last few years, but sort of hit the wall when playing along chord changes outside of the twelve bar, then discovered and decided to join Active Melody. What Brian does makes sense! I love his roots-y playing choices and style. His chords, melody and feel certainly tell stories and takes you to fine places musically and emotionally. Wished to be able to play like that, too!
I’d like to post something soon, but it says my file — recorded with Quick Time Player — is too large (about 120 mg)! How is everyone posting their videos? Could anyone help?
So glad to have become part of this community. I thank you all and Brian for what you do!
Hey welcome! I used to live in Chicago and what a great city! Posting audio or video is easy. You need a host site like Youtube, Soundcloud or Vimeo (sp?). Upload your file on to your host site. Then put the url of the file from the host site in this text box, click return, then scroll down to the bottom and press the “submit” tab. That’s all it takes. Good luck and welcome aboard.
Thank you John for that information. I made my very submission without a video.
I just saw your post for this month. Great playing! A lots of cool ideas there that sound really good. p.s. I am not sure if you intended this, but your submission was followed by Elmore James and Jimi Hendrix sounding E blues. THOSE are the kind of blues I dig. We play those in the band I play in here. Very cool. I look forward your next month’s submission.
Welcome Hide! Your first post sounded great! If you use that format and keep it under 5.86MB, you can continue to upload files till you figure out whether you want to use one of the upload sites that John mentioned.
I grew up in Chicago, lived there till I was 28, but that was a half a life ago. I do have some nice memories.
Brian’s done an “in the style of” Elmore James lesson, EP122, and another lesson that touches on Elmore James, EP270.
Thank you Don. I heard the collection you have in your site. They all sound great. Most seem like just authentic Chicago style blues!! You are very good! I am a big fan of Chicago blues. I went to the jam night twice at the Rosa’s and once at Kingston Mines. Had a great time in each. Those lessons you mention are great. I will get to them, but there are so many good ones Brian does and just so hard to get to them. This month’s challenge is straight out of Chicago blues, it seems. But I am so used to using one or two more extra notes, so it’s so hard to stay within the 4 notes limit. But his challenge really makes you a better player. Hide
My pleasure, Hide! It’s good to have you here! If you were talking about my SoundCloud recordings, I appreciate your kind words. I know I still have a long ways to go.
The Challenge uses more than 4 notes with 1/4-tone bending, but I guess that’s still basically 4 notes. I look forward to hearing your contribution—and thank you for the reminder. I’m starting on mine in 5 minutes.
I’m sorry for my delay in getting back to you.
Hi Hide and welcome to the site and forum. What kind of gear do you have? Chicago weather is bad at the moment, right?
I don’t miss them snowy and windy days of living in Illinois, yet here we somewhat have the same type of winter, just have to go 40 minutes by motorbike and I’m in the mountains. Have you ever been to Akiyoshidai in Yamaguchi?
Playing music on the guitar is like sculpturing your soul with musical notes. 🙂 6stringer pete
The melody of the notes is what expresses the art of music . 🙂 6 stringer Pete
It really is all about ”melody”. The melody comes from a language from our heart. Our heart is the muscle in music harmony. The melody is the sweetness that it pumps into our musical thoughts on the fretboard. 🙂 6 stringer Pete
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