We started with Blue Hawaii (another song to possibly include in your personal repertoire) with a shuffle/swing strum. That’s the same strum used on Jingle Bells and for the blues, albeit in a more syncopated form.
Practice The Theme from Abdelzer (the picked part) and listen to the recording to be sure your timing is correct. And, it’s a good idea to practice the Bb scale first. Using the fingering for that scale, you can develop fingering beyond first position as some of you have already done. Then, practice the chording with an on-beat strum – some of the chord changes occur 3 times within a measure, but the tempo is slow.
We may try In the Hall of the Mountain King again next week, so practice that Eb piece. Again we’re looking for crisp notes. The tab for that piece places notes in the first position, but for a challenge you can play those notes up the neck.
Practice those deuced pentatonic scales to prepare for the blues workshop November 16. If you haven’t already signed up, you can do so on the website or at The Bug Jam THIS SATURDAY (upstairs at St. James’). There will be something for every level of playing ability.
I think the big band arrangement of Jingle Bells takes that ho-ho-ho humdrum holiday classic tune to a level that is more palatable. We will be joining the other class in playing this piece at our December BUG meeting – parts have not been assigned yet, but be prepared to play any of the three. And that should keep you busy for this week.
We ended with another repertoire piece, Greensleeves. This piece would be really sweet played in a chord melody style.
See you Saturday.