Music and Erotica, Few quick notes

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Introduction

So, in the last radio show I mentioned both subject when talking about the great B.B. King who died last month. In my opinion, one of the reasons B.B. King is so great, is the relationship with his guitar,”Lucille”. After the broadcast I was addressed by few students from the local college for more information about this topic.

Lets first mention something important, these are only notes on musical instruments, this notes should give the reader some idea about this subject, I always recommend to expend your knowledge by asking and looking for more resources. Of course, I’m not writing on all instruments or families, these are just general examples.

Musical Instruments

Wind Instruments:

The idea here is simple, in order to play wind instruments (lets say a flute) one must use the mouth, I hope farther explanation is needed. This includes Harmonicas and bagpipes.

Stringed Instruments:

How does one really hold a guitar, or in my case, lute? you hug it, you need to feel the body of the instrument (it can be  lute, Chinese Gaohu or the Russian Gusli) need to touch the neck, pressing the strings in the right places ,while the other hand need to pluck the strings to produce sound. If one can’t hold the instrument right and control the hands, the sound produced will be less the ideal.

Some instruments, such as Cello, Viola da Gamba and the Harp are held between the legs, like in Wind Instruments, I hope no farther example is required.

Violin and other similar instruments are held close to the head, often with the chin, just think a couple hugging together after the act, lets not go too visual here.

Percussion:

These instruments are erotic because of their role, they give and/or emphasis the rhythm. Can you think anything else that required rhythm to be good?

Keyboard Instruments:

These instruments are perhaps the less erotic instruments, or not? When one thinks about it, all you need to do with keyboard instruments is just press they keys, once in a while use a pedal maybe. So, what’s make keyboard instruments erotic? Just go and look how a good pianist plays, he doesn’t only press the keys and use pedals, he (or she) first feel the keys with the fingers, violent does not work here. One have to do it right, or the instrument just freaks out and the sound is just wrong, almost like plucked instruments, only without the hugging.

Vocals:

Anyone can sing, when you sing you need to control inhales and exhales, or you get too tired. Again, not going too visual again, but the meaning is pretty obvious.

Conclusion

As I said, these are only quick examples, if you’re interested on this subject, please go ahead and look for more info. When you’re playing or watching someone plays an instrument watch it carefully and see if these examples really works in the real world. You might never look at a musical instrument the same way ever again.

 

 

Little Waltz / Ferdinando Carulli

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After quite a while of being out I decided to come back. Already with one recital and another one scheduled, I’m also working to recreate my studio again. A lot of gear is still missing, but I’m getting there.

This little piece is by Ferdinando Carulli, very fun to play and also for some basic music analysis. The sheet and tablature can be found here.

 

The Roadhouse Podcast No. 500!

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I started to listen to the Roadhouse Podcast since I got my first iPod so it was around show no. 50. Since then, every single week I make sure to get the latest episode, some times if I’m busy and the shows stack up I’m having great time listening few hours in a row.

Running a show for a specific genre of music for 500 shows, almost 10 years is a great achievement. And for a long time I respected Mr. Steidler-Dennison for being able to keep doing it every week, and after 500 shows, I can respect him even more!

So Tony, keep doing the great job you’re doing.

The Roadhouse Podcast

The Roadhouse Podcast – iTunes

Game of Thrones Guitar Tablature

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Game of Thrones Theme for Guitar / Arrangement for two guitars

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Introduction

Game of Throes is a series of books written by George R.R. Martin and quickly became very successful TV series of HBO network. It is set in Medieval world with very colorful characters and interesting plot. The opening theme is one of the most intense every written (in my own opinion) although quite simple.

The Goal

As a teacher I often encounter students that are not very interesting studying staff notation or music theory as much as I like to teach it and they simply want to play interesting music. Even with my experience I often find it hard to balance between me students and me.

By arranging one of the best themes I know I hope to get this balance. On one hand, the students gets to play something he can show to his friends, fast and easy. And on the other hand, I can teach the student several things about theory and music as a whole. Another goal is to make students work with each other, therefore I also written it for two guitars.

Comments

I’ve arranged this for beginners, it is not fancy or difficult and almost every student should be capable to play it without too much experience. experienced guitar player can use different variations and use the entire guitar neck, it is applied for both parts.

I also included a link for a different arrangement by Charlie Parra Del Riege.

Please feel free to express your opinion.

Game of Thrones Theme for Guitar / Arrangement for two guitars

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Game of Thrones Theme for Acoustic Guitar / Charlie Parra Del Riege.