12 January 2013
3 May 2012
1 November 2012
As a songwriter (un-famous, un-published, un-paid ) for some 30 years now, with about 150 songs I’ve written, I’ve only recently begun paying more attention to the way John and Paul used chord changes to try to learn some new tricks. I probably absorbed stuff from them over the years by osmosis, but I think it might also help me to study them more directly.
Still, if I may toot my own horn, I think quite a few of my songs have neat chord changes.
While I have largely ignored Beatles music in terms of studying it, I have spent quite a bit of time over the years studying the chord changes of three other musicians I really like — Paul Simon, James Taylor, and Gordon Lightfoot. One habit of James Taylor is to use what his songbooks call “A7dim/Bb” which is really just playing the open A7 chord but using a Bb bass instead of A — James Taylor has this trick he employs a lot, going from A or A7 with a normal A bass, then transitioning via the “A7dim/Bb” chord to some chord with a B bass (often Bm7, sometimes Em7), and I have incorporated this into a few of my songs. I hope to pick up at least one or two tricks from Paul and/or John.
Faded flowers, wait in a jar, till the evening is complete... complete... complete... complete...
21 November 2012
15 January 2013
1 December 2009
GEORGE: In fact, The Detroit Sound. JOHN: In fact, yes. GEORGE: In fact, yeah. Tamla-Motown artists are our favorites. The Miracles. JOHN: We like Marvin Gaye. GEORGE: The Impressions PAUL & GEORGE: Mary Wells. GEORGE: The Exciters. RINGO: Chuck Jackson. JOHN: To name but eighty.
1 May 2011
Strange how Mr_Stigga and vonbontee learned completely the opposite from the same song. Good to know that vonbontee has a tendency towards thwacking people on the noggin with a hammer, have learned to stay away from him.
"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris)
8 November 2012
I learned to turn up the bass when I’m listening to music in my car. You hear the most amazing things when you do.
14 January 2013
That a good pair of headphones can introduce you to some amazing things (the ‘Love’ album, “Strawberry Fields Forever “–the first time that I had heard it all the way through, and I absolutely loved how the sounds were moving back and forth between my headphones).