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Georgia on My Mind, style of Tony Rice.

Below is a video I recently recorded of me playing my guitar as a change. Guitar will always have a special appeal to the solo artist. This arrangement is borrowed from Tony Rice, almost note for note. His playing of jazzier tunes is some of my favorite listening out there so I can’t help but try to imitate parts of his playing from time to time.

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Turnarounds, uses in Jazz and beyond.

Below is a video where I examine the 1-6-2-5 turnaround, using all dominant chords. Ie. G7, E7, A7, D7. Watch for yourself, they are fun to play and come in handy at jam sessions.

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Blue Bossa

Here is a recording of me playing two guitar tracks and one mandolin track on the tune, “Blue Bossa.” Having a fake book or better yet, “IrealBook,” for a computer or smart phone makes learning jazz standards easier to do. In turn, making the process more fun. Start with songs you have in your head, that helps beyond anything else.

Blue Bossa

This track can be used as a back track for you own lead playing. The chords are
C-7////%////F-7////%////
Ddim7////G7b9////C-7////%////
Eb-7////Ab7////Dbmaj7////%////
Ddim7////G7b9////C-7////Ddim7//G7b9// repeat.

This is something I put together in just a few hours today. More fun is jamming these tunes with your friends. Having accurate chord charts and time signatures is a nice start. Worth the $7.99 for IrealB in my opinion. Now if I could just get my fingers to play the lead lines I hear in my head. With backtracks or friends to jam with this goal is attainable. To improvise tastefully, with command and conviction.

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New music video for studio recording of, “Blame.”

Here is our most recent addition to our growing you tube channel. With many live performance videos we have added now our second professional music video from a recording from our very own music studio.

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Spice up bland guitar chords, and learn to read chord charts

In the video below two different concepts are touched on. The first concept is how to give a simple G chord a more powerful and unique sound without making it any more difficult to play. I learned this way to play by listening to Tony Rice, and later at an Orinn Star workshop I found very helpful for my playing.

The second concept exemplified are what are called chord inversions. Often they are listed with a (/) on chord charts.

The (/) is a more concise way to write and read chord charts once you understand how they work. Also using theoretical names like first and second inversion make the chord seem much more difficult than it it. C/G was shown and heard in the video above. What C/G tells us is that we are playing a C chord, a simple C chord would do just fine with a G note as the lowest, or Bass note in the chord.
To cover a particular song the, “right way.” or to compose a guitar piece with some added sonic depth the G tells us that a G note is played/strummed over the C chord. Keep in mind in this model ({)/(}) or C/G the first letter is the chord being played. The second letter after the slash is the note in this Base a…G note. The G note is played as the bass note within the chord, it can also be strummed within the chord again

To go more into the theory, a simple chord like C only has three note C (root), E(third), and G(fifth). Playing the E in the bass (C/E) is called the first inversion. Playing the fifth in the bass is know as the second inversion. These names for inversions carry over to all chords. The second inversion is more common in most guitar styles of playing, it is also easier to play on the fret board. The above example is the video only focus on second inversions, (inversions of chords with the 5th in the bass.) Below is some tab to help.

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Website changes, momentum felt that can be shared by all.

Be it musically or otherwise, getting one’s collective message heard is a feeling of actualization and a step in the right direction in this massive information age. If you view “Notes From Jake,” and look at the left side. New Categorized links will appear organized and ready for your web pleasure. The harboring of my website to be a place for all people through the spectrum of musical interest to have quality time spent is a goal of mine.

Links to sites and ideas I research can help the quality of time and use of this page. Listening pleasure, as well as articles and books ranging from philosophy to technical reference books are passions of mine I share. Descriptions of the links will help one on his or her journey in finding the right stepping stones. And deciding which stones to connect to which, having each and every step along one’s way be part of the naturally unique path we each all must lead.

I will continue to share my path, opening up discussion with comments and posts, the paths can become a two-way street. Converging and Diverging towards a common goal of improving our here and now. For now, tread the ground ahead and keep your spirits high.

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What a Wonderful World

Jazz standards for arranged for one mandolin. Recently I bought an “iReal Book.” Recording is great practice, one can re-create interesting parts, and omit the less inspirational parts. Below I share my arrangement of a classic song.

What a Wonderful World

This is the bare bones, “before,” rendition.

Today is the very first time I have attempted to play this piece for one mandolin, in a week or so I will upload what I will then call an, “after.”

A more polished recording, arranged with melody decisions I feel best fit in the song, and on my fretboard. Using a melting pot of ideas, tossing them off my band, I then attempt to make my own unique musical statement within the context of the song. Arranging a tune so one can improvise within it takes time. My goal is to show how this time can help the greater good of the music as well as that of our ears.

I have found that chord solo playing on one instrument helps me really learn a song inside and out. It is good practice and much more fun than running through scales or theory, although they can be applied in this context. Try this yourself and share! Learn to play the chords first, then find the melody within them. Any song popularized works, from Nirvana to Debussy.

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Bob Brozman, traces of true greatness

What do music, anthropology, philosophy, electricity, emotionality, individuality, and humanity have in common. One man, Bob Brozman nourished all these fields of thought in his everyday life, as well as countless more. His recent passing is a great loss. He will be missed, but his impressions, interpretations, and flow of ideas will not be for they have long been beyond time. This interview gives one an idea.

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Live videos from the Goat Farm

Live performance videos! This winter we went to the Goat Farm in Atlanta for a day of music. We recorded three covers, “Willin,” by Little Feat, “After You’ve Gone.” by Henry Creamer, and “Angel From Montgomery,” by John Prine.

Also three original tunes were done. “Pretty Like the Moon,” with words and music by Mason Lutz, as well as, “Soul on A Shelf,” and “Nightwalk,” with lyrics by Brent Sandel. “Nightwalk,” can be heard on our debut self-titled album.

“Soul on a Shelf,” will be featured on our next album which is currently in progress. No need to wait till the next album release, check out a video of this powerful song below.

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Nightwalk

Here is our video of us playing, “Nightwalk,” written and performed by Sailing To Denver at the Goat Farm. Check out the rest of our youtube playlist for more songs.

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