OK, I don't know how much longer this forum is going to be around here, I actually thought it would be gone by now, but what the hey, as long as it's here, then I'll use it just one more time.
Anthony Parker, you are a really good nag, and you finally got to me, so just now I mailed off my registration to "Django in June" 2013--- June 17-23 in Northampton MA.
(Note: If you've never before attended DiJ--- GO! and if you've attended before--- GO AGAIN!)
Now as you may know if you've been to DiJ before, Monday is a day with a blank agenda, because all the workshops start on Tuesday... but this where my cunning plan comes into play.
'And just how cunning is your plan, Wilson?'
, you ask...?
To which I can only echo the immortal Blackadder in replying, "So cunning you could pin a tail on it and call it a weasel."
The deal is that your ticket to admission to the Lick Exchange are some photocopies of a nicely written out tabbed version of a lick you like and are willing to share: major, minor, dominant, ii-V-I, augmented, whatever. Not a long lick either, just a bar or two--- let's say four bars absolute max.
I haven't yet looked at what tunes Andrew has selected for campers to concentrate on this year, but it would be ideal if our licks were compatible with at least one of those tunes. Best of all would be the kind of lick that is open ended, and encourages further mutation and creativity.
Your responsibility is to teach the rest of the group your
lick. We'll spend enough time on each one to hopefully take it from "learning" mode right up to a tempo as close as possible to actual performance speed.
The idea here is "boot camp", guys. No jamming, no fooling around, just a bunch of cats working our asses off to learn some cool licks from each other. The kind of thing those great Parisian guitar players can do every day of the week, but us Sad Sacks here in North America can rarely do.
I picture this working best in a group of 3 to 10 guitarists.
If anybody else is up for this, please add a little posting to this forum with your name and just a little bit about your lick, eg, "You can play this over an X chord and I swiped it from Y"
If you are one of the first ten to respond, you are welcome in the Monday group. If more people than ten are interested, we'll try and figure out how to schedule a second session for later in the week and at least, hopefully, everybody can get a tab of everybody else's lick.
Paul Cezanne: "I could paint for a thousand years without stopping and I would still feel as though I knew nothing."
Edgar Degas: "Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.... To draw, you must close your eyes and sing."