[thechat] playing games

Judah McAuley judah at wiredotter.com
Thu Jan 8 15:39:52 CST 2009

Hey, speaking of which, you want a side gig being my guitar teacher Erika? :)

I got myself a acoustic Fender for Fathers Day and have been working
my way through chords and fingering and fiddling about. The hard part
is finding time to practice when my little one isn't around as she has
to help Papa play guitar too. Sometimes I can convince her to play one
of her instruments, like the xylophone, drum or kazoo (kid plays a
mean kazoo) but its just not the same as playing Papa's guitar.

And I gotta say, its weird playing an instrument after being a
vocalist for song long. I have no real problems with rhythm or hearing
the music and I can even read music, but I have no real understanding
of keys or chords. I always just got a first, third and fifth to know
where I am and then everything else is intervals.


On Thu, Jan 8, 2009 at 1:26 PM, Erika Meyer <ekm at seastorm.com> wrote:
> Martin Burns wrote:
>> (who can play guitar along with pretty much any Scottish or Irish
>> tune, and know where it's going in the next 8 bars, whether or not
>> he's heard it before)
> here's how I like write songs: set up this kind of expectation, make
> sure you've established it, then defy it (melodic or rhythmically)...
> just long enough... then fall back into it.  To keep people from getting
> too smug. ;)  (side effect: exasperates rhythm players.)
> I think that folk songs are predictable in part because they were
> communications (news/stories/commentaries) set to music, and the
> relative predictability of a ballad form making them easy to remember
> and pass along.
> Erika
> (who is currently amusing herself by blowing on thechat threads as if
> they were spiderwebs, aloft)
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