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Gabriel Leopardi
post Jun 10 2017, 02:08 AM
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Hello friends! Welcome to the blues edition of the "Connecting Melodies" Workout!!


This one consists in connecting melodic lines over a backing track that I will share here.
In other words, this means that we'll be creating a song together.

It will be very interesting to listen to melodies we create by connecting guitar lines and by being influenced by each other. I think that this experiment can be a very rich experience for everybody.

Besides the backing track I will also provide a word or phrase that reflects the feeling that we would like to convey while creating the melodies.


How does this work?

1. I share a backing track and a word which reflects a feeling.

2. The first participant (A) downloads the backing, records a '2 or 4' measures melody/arrangement over it and uploads an audio with the whole backing and his take. (please share an only guitar file for future mixing)

2. The next participant (B ) downloads participant's (A) file and records a 2 measures melody next to (B )’s take.

3. Participant ( C ) downloads (B )’s file and does the same.

4. We keep building the tune by extending lines and melodic ideas together


Some rules and suggestions:

- The melodies / arrangement should last 2 or 4 measures and can be created with guitar, vocals or other instruments.

- I will give 10 days to play each backing until we discuss the result and start with a new one.

- Remember to allow downloads If you use Soundcloud.

- Save original files in your computer! We might want to re-mix it later.

- Please upload a file that only contains your guitar to let me do experiments.

- Don’t be shy. This workout is appropriate for all levels: BEGINNERS, INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED.

- Feel free to contact me if you need help with recording, mix down and uploading the files.


BACKING TRACK: Attached File  blues_backing.zip ( 10.88MB ) Number of downloads: 23


I've borrowed this one from this amazing lesson: Blues Grooves Lesson

Tempo : 100 bpm

Signature : 6/8

Chord progression

| G7 | % | % | % |

| % | % | % | % |

| C7 | % | % | % |

| G7 | % | % | % |

| D7 | % | C7 | % |

| G7 | % | D7 | % |

| G7 | % | % | % |

| % | % | % | % |

| C7 | % | % | % |

| G7 | % | % | % |

| D7 | % | C7 | % |

| G7 | C7 C#dim7 | D7 | % |


Key signature : G Blues



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post Jun 11 2017, 09:46 AM
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I went for a very basic tone, just a Tweed amp and a bit of reverb and my Tele.

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post Jun 11 2017, 08:55 PM
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Nice beginning phrase Phil! Great job breaking the ice for this one!

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post Jun 11 2017, 10:17 PM
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the problem with this , is, trying to narrow my take down to 2 or 4 bars . several times i have started jamming to this and the next thing i know, i have to start it over, there are times when any note will work
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post Jun 12 2017, 12:34 AM
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QUOTE (jstcrsn @ Jun 11 2017, 06:17 PM) *
the problem with this , is, trying to narrow my take down to 2 or 4 bars . several times i have started jamming to this and the next thing i know, i have to start it over, there are times when any note will work



yeah, it's a challenge. Can we expect a take from you soon?


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post Jun 12 2017, 12:45 AM
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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Jun 12 2017, 12:34 AM) *
yeah, it's a challenge. Can we expect a take from you soon?

yes , I will play around for a while, hopefully some others will chime in , but if not , I will see what kind of damage I can do
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post Jun 12 2017, 07:23 AM
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QUOTE (jstcrsn @ Jun 11 2017, 10:17 PM) *
the problem with this , is, trying to narrow my take down to 2 or 4 bars . several times i have started jamming to this and the next thing i know, i have to start it over, there are times when any note will work


It is tricky and I always extend my final note over more time to help blend the licks a little bit but it does teach you restraint and how to be economical with your note choice. Most of the time, less is more so learning to say a lot with a few words is priceless imho. wink.gif


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post Jun 12 2017, 01:26 PM
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QUOTE (Phil66 @ Jun 12 2017, 03:23 AM) *
It is tricky and I always extend my final note over more time to help blend the licks a little bit but it does teach you restraint and how to be economical with your note choice. Most of the time, less is more so learning to say a lot with a few words is priceless imho. wink.gif


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post Jun 12 2017, 11:16 PM
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Hope Im doing it right!

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post Jun 12 2017, 11:19 PM
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QUOTE (Phil66 @ Jun 12 2017, 07:23 AM) *
It is tricky and I always extend my final note over more time to help blend the licks a little bit but it does teach you restraint and how to be economical with your note choice. Most of the time, less is more so learning to say a lot with a few words is priceless imho. wink.gif

thats my problem , Im to talkative huh.gif

I will be breaking out the bass for a solo onthis one

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post Jun 13 2017, 12:55 AM
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https://soundcloud.com/justcursin/connecting-blues

https://soundcloud.com/justcursin/connecting-blues-lead

ya , i just played an E in Gm

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post Jun 13 2017, 01:37 PM
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QUOTE (bleez @ Jun 12 2017, 07:16 PM) *
Hope Im doing it right!

https://soundcloud.com/bleez666/conn1

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Excellent Bleez!! Great to see you here. Your phase works as a perfect response to Phil's intro phrase. Well done!

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Yeahhhh!! BB king would be proud of your phrase. Great job jst.


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post Jun 13 2017, 04:33 PM
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Will post mine a little later when I'm home!!
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post Jun 15 2017, 02:28 PM
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QUOTE (Sensible Jones @ Jun 13 2017, 12:33 PM) *
Will post mine a little later when I'm home!!
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post Jun 15 2017, 04:13 PM
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okay , earlier is this thread I said sometimes it seems like any note will work , so ,let me put my guitar where my foot is ( in my mouth , probably ) . You choose the note and I will make it work ( and I just don't mean a passing note ) but a sustained note out of the normal key
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post Jun 18 2017, 03:16 PM
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thiought i would just have another wee go seeing as Im stuck inside trying to avoid the blazing sun outside which I believe is trying to kill me ph34r.gif

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post Jun 18 2017, 03:29 PM
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post Jun 19 2017, 12:21 AM
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Yeah!! Great job Cael and JST!! This is turning really cool! Let's make this one big! Feel free to participate as many times as you want, but always letting other GMCer add a take before you repeat your turn.

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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Jun 19 2017, 12:21 AM) *
Yeah!! Great job Cael and JST!! This is turning really cool! Let's make this one big! Feel free to participate as many times as you want, but always letting other GMCer add a take before you repeat your turn.

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agreed , really enjoying everyone's takes . got a splinter over half an inch long so I can"t play for a few . but i'll be in after that
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post Jun 19 2017, 02:52 PM
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QUOTE (jstcrsn @ Jun 18 2017, 09:28 PM) *
agreed , really enjoying everyone's takes . got a splinter over half an inch long so I can"t play for a few . but i'll be in after that



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