Thursday, March 21, 2013

New Stuff!! Chico's Instrumental

Readers of Chico's World, I have something special today.

I've been writing instrumental guitar music for a long time now.  Some of it has been reworked into existing or upcoming Doctrine songs, but quite a bit of it doesn't fit into that medium.  Also, quite a bit of it sucks.  I write it mostly for my own sake.  (also, hearing yourself on tape will either break your soul or make you practice harder)

But I decided to sit down and write a piece of music especially for Chico's World.  I'm thinking about doing this more often.  It's a way for me to keep sharp on quite a few things - not just guitar, but recording, videography and editing.  Plus just churning out stuff is good for the creative juices (see: Jonathan Coulton, Thing-a-Week)

Let me know if you'd like to see more of this sort of thing.  I'll talk about it some after the video.

So there it is, in all it's hastily-edited glory.  This is simultaneously the most elaborate project I've done for Chico's World and the one I finished in the least time, so it's rife with minor blemishes.  I intentionally wanted to take a project from conception to blog in as little time as possible, so my apologies for the crappy editing and sub-par mixing.  It is somewhat intended.  If I do more of these, I expect I should get more proficient at the process.  

While I didn't write Chico's Instrumental (1? the first?) with any specific lesson in mind, it does cover a few things I've talked about.  Most noticeably, the rhythm guitar in the A section (I think of it as a chorus) chugs on the open E, alternating between straight 16ths and a gallop pattern, similar to what I talked about in the Right Hand Accuracy lesson.  It also makes heavy use of add 9 power chords discussed in the very first lesson here.

The last thing shown on camera is a variation on the left hand tapping I talked about in the lesson on the Revelation solo.  The passage could be played legato, but I elected to pick everything in this solo.  

So please, comment, subscribe to the YouTube channel, and let me know what you think of (?the first?) Chico's Instrumental!

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