So, I'm on vacation and I didn't bring a guitar... big mistake! But, it's good to get away from it sometimes with the idea that returning to it will be that much more 'fresh.' I wanted to do something to keep things moving on the video front and decided to talk about some of my thought process on a solo guitar arrangement to 'My Funny Valentine' that I was working with a while back.
Topic Of The Day:
What is the difference between 'lead' guitar and 'solo' guitar? I had some confusion about this some years back - and no one ever told me straight. I had to put it together from whatever hints I could pick up in the books that came my way - as well as - keeping my ears open for any teacher who would bother to clarify the distinction. So here's how I've come to look at it...
This is a clip of the the 'grand finale' section of "Tom Sawyer" by Rush. -- Now -- it would just be no fun at all if we played it exactly 'the way it goes' on the recording. I decided to do it: 'The Coverpearls Way.' When you're playing along with your favorite recordings; there is something to be said for doing it in such a way that you can't distinguish the sound of your own guitar from the sound of the recording. Actually, this would be a great goal for certain tunes; but, not this one - and especially not for the 'grand finale' on a rock tune that features a relatively heavy guitar sound that will not 'get in the way' of complementing the spectacular drumming of Neal Peart -- if you stick to the same rhythmic guitar bursts that are very clear on the record. There is no dialogue at the beginning of this mini-lesson video -- If you are familiar with the tune, it should be apparent where I've taken the liberty to bring some of the power chords up to a different register to make the guitar stand out in this cover - while taking care to complement the band - and not to overpower.
Hi, Ben Higgins here with OMG ---
As you may have learned by now, I recently formed the idea of OMG to function as a publishing company that creates, produces, and distributes educational video, books, and other interactive media designed for the practicing musician. My intermediate goal is to produce my own full length video course for guitar. Until today - I had never even shot a single teaching performance of my own. This mini-lesson is the ice-breaker into this arena.
Though, this video reveals there is much practice for me ahead as a Video Instructor, Lighting/Camera Technician, and Video Editor/Producer - I wanted to take a look at what I could do with the equipment/set-up/knowledge that I currently have and, also; I wanted to see how I would perform without a rehearsed script (not the greatest idea for a professional product). The 3rd - and, perhaps, the most important motivation for this video is that I wanted to share this process with you.
The good news is: this video is about as bad as my videos will ever be. Ha!. Seriously, that's a good thing because it means all I have to do is keep doing it. I have a working theory that I can only improve... which means I can't lose.
Thank you for watching and I hope you enjoy the content.