>>Today's Target and Pay Per Lesson release - Living In The Past - Jethro Tull 6 Years, 4 Months ago
Today's Target and pay per lesson release is now live.
Living In The Past*was released as a single in the U.K. in 1969 but became Jethro Tull’s first Top 40 hit in the U.S. when it was released there in 1972. It is one of a very small number of songs written in 5/4 time and the lesson goes over strumming in this time very extensively.
It also uses barre chords exclusively, high on the neck, changing quickly. It can be played using 4-string version of the common barre chords and this approach is covered as well.
Re: >>Today's Target and Pay Per Lesson release - Living In The Past - Jethro Tull 3 Weeks, 2 Days ago
This is kind of a fascinating phenomenon, to me anyway. I'm learning Chet Atkins' version of "Take Five." I've been working on it for about a week, and over the past couple of days, when it's not going through my head, "Living in the Past" is. I forgot this lesson was here, and I searched YouTube for a solo guitar version. Neil's lesson preview was the first thing to come up. In it, he makes mention of the 5/4 time signature, which it shares with "Take Five." Obviously, working on "Take Five" put this song in my head because of the rhythm.
But for the life of me, as hard as I try, I simply cannot get myself to understand time signatures on an intellectual/cognitive level. I guess I don't really have to, as I'm not a pro musician, and clearly my intuitive sense of rhythm is good enough for me to play, including in unusual time signatures. But there's no way I could tell you where the five beats come in on either of these songs. To me, both songs sound like four beats at a time. Like:
Happy and I'm (4)
Smilin, walk a (4)
Mile to drink your (4)
Water (2), then a 2-beat rest, I guess?
I know that's not right, but when I try to actually count, that's what I get. When I try to count out sets of five beats in these songs, I get totally lost, as I do on many songs of all time signatures (waltz time is usually easier).
I'm not looking for any help or anything - I just find it really interesting, how the brain works.
Re: >>Today's Target and Pay Per Lesson release - Living In The Past - Jethro Tull 2 Weeks ago
Neil has often mentioned the importance of playing successions of notes on the same string with different fingers. This is really, really hard for me in most cases, so I've avoided it. But learning "Take Five" is convincing me that I have to buckle down and do it - I can tell how much better it sounds when I do it even in a half-assed way.
So my plan is to practice the main "Take Five" riff doing this about a billion times, as well as the main riff of "Take On Me," which sounds fine when I use just one finger for those notes, but I think will sound much better once I get this technique down.
I think it will be a long, hard slog, but the benefits will be worth it. If I'm going to be playing at this level, I might as well do it right.