~ musics Americana ~

~ improv Americana ~

~ the blues ~

~ banjo tunings to guitar ~

~ Americana melodies ~

~ Americana harmonies ~

~ Americana gospel ~

~ the evolution of our musics ~

~ Americana rub ... a double helix of colors ~

~ the triplet, gallop and swing ~

~ preservation of the culture ~

'... that collage of many culture's musics that defines our heritage of any historical era ...'

What makes Americana Americana.To create the sound that the whole world now knows as Americana we use just four beats to a bar with two and four beats accented. This creates a physical sense of a 'push pull' motion in the time. We add in the triplet rhythm which makes it all gallop. With gallop we can easily jump start the swing of eighth notes, truly Americana's very own and very magical way of laying down the time to motorize the musics.

Melodies from any style can slip in a blue note minor 3rd over a major triad. This 'rub' is perhaps the purest of our Americana phenomina. Because Euro tuned chords backed gospelly and passionate voices way back when, when the hair stands and eyes tear up there is just no denying that we found us a good one; a good pitch slide chord combo that just howls the truth of our histories.

As with Shakespeare verses, the rhythm basis for lyrics is the 10 syllable iambic pentameter over two measures of time. "The truth is, ya just don't love me no more." Pulse the 'big 4' with accents on 2 and 4 and find the 12/8 triplet, and anytime most of these things happen together, really anywhere in the world by anybody who wants, and the Americana vibe conjures itself right up and manifests clear. Understand the music and learn these skills and the Americana sound is always near.

time
melody
harmony

In a nutshell. Today, Americana becomes a term to describe the whole sum of an all inclusive historical perspective of the peoples, their lives, times and doings on the combined North and South American continents, thus 'Americana.' Pretty vast area of geographics and its peoples. Yep. There's an African and European influence in this too? Yep, for one set of pitches are sourced as African and one set as European. When combined, it all becomes the musical resource for 'Americana music.'

 

So what makes 'Americana' Americana?

The discussions of Americana and its theories here is probably more of a review session than anything new. For we initially look at our music's most three basic elements; time, melody and harmony. For each of these three hold one essential aspect, totally organic to only Americana, which originated here and has shaped the evolutions of the music over the generations. Their theory is the topic of the main discussions which follow.

 

Improv Americana.

Group improv / no reading / play by rote together / memoroze parts ?

na and its theories here is probably more of a review session than anything new. For we initially look at our music's most three basic elements; time, melody and harmony. For each of these three hold one essential aspect, totally organic to only Americana, which originated here and has shaped the evolutions of the music over the generations. Their theory is the topic of the main discussions which follow.

 

A reminder. That the 'modern' in the title of this work is an adjective applied to a 'guitarist', who through understanding the basic theories of our musical system of pitches can sense a fluid spectrum of musical style, all illuminated by the numerically evolving attributes of these basic components; time, melody and harmony.

numerically evolving attributes

In doing so, become theory empowered to 'modernize' their own art in any stylistic direction they may choose. A blues artist who wants more jazz, a folk artist less of the triads and more colortones, a jazz artist an ancient folk melody, a rocker another 4 /12 cab whatever :)

 

Americana universe relighters. So thanks to the wizardry of the modern radio and forward to today, where the 'new coolness' travels global in say six minutes ... give or take, there was an era when the whole process to get new ideas countrywide took a bit more time :) Regardless, when the 'new' arrived via the airwaves, its waves swept the country by storm, oftentimes evolving our musical language overnight. The artists included here are ,

Louis

Benny

Charlie

Charlie Parker

Louis Jordon

Elvis

Hank Garland

Chuck Berry

The Beatles

Stevie Wonder

Jimmy / Jimi / Stevie Ray / Eddie and Pat.

 

 

 

ased on a fairly recent discovery of this work, the melodies for mastering here are the same one's our musical heros learned in their regular public school music education. These songs all come from this one music book, which was a basic text during the 20th century era.

time
2 and 4
the radio

 

Americana musical library. So based on a fairly recent discovery of this work, the melodies for mastering here are the same one's our musical heros of the last 100 years or so learned in their regular old public school music education. These songs all come from this one music book, which was a basic text during the 20th century era.

So no better way to learn our Americana musics than to gets some of our melodies moving spritely under our fingers and getting them to swing. And if we can get these lines to swing, we'll be able to fing the swing in anything. Now that rhymes :)

Americana loop of pitches. So based on a fairly recent discovery of this work, the melodies for mastering here are the same one's our musical heros of the last 100 years or so learned in their regular old public school music education. These songs all come from this one music book, which was a basic text during the 20th century era.

So no better way to learn our Americana musics than to gets some of our melodies moving spritely under our fingers and getting them to swing. And if we can get these lines to swing, we'll be able to fing the swing in anything. Now that rhymes :)

The triplet starts the gallop. triplet 2341 triplet 34 12triplet 4 123 triplet 4 etc.

meloduy or rhythm ? or both

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The gallop starts the swing. meloduy or rhythm ? or both

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Making music. meloduy or rhythm ? or both

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~ time ~

Americana musical time is centered on a steady pulse that groups itself into four beat patterns. Termed the big 4', we Americano's accent the 2 and 4 beats generate the swing.

~ melody ~

Our Americana melodies follow the same global trends as most other cultures whereby folk melodies

~ harmony ~

Americana harmony and the individual chords we have are created with pitches that are tuned to complete equality with one another. For without this precision or chords

In a nutshell. While there's a potential yin / yang balancing of two in everything we do, sometimes we need a trinity of three to maximize our strengths. Thus is the case now needing three for our Americana music theory studies; musical time, melody and harmony.

 
pitches
chords
improv
blues
architecture
groups

In a nutshell. T

 

While there's a potential yin / yang to everything spiritual and structural sometimes we need three parts. This is the case in now. in our 3 dimensional world same with the philosopphy in this thepry primer. We oday, Americana becomes a term to describe the whole sum of an all inclusive historical perspective of the peoples, their lives, times and doings on the combined North and South American continents, thus 'Americana.' Pretty vast area of geographics and its peoples. Yep. There's an African and European influence in this too? Yep, for one set of pitches are sourced as African and one set as European. When combined, it all becomes the musical resource for 'Americana music.'

 
pitches
chords
improv
blues
architecture
groups
pitches
chords
styles
forms
evolutions of

Time / the 'big 4.' So b

 

ased on a fairly recent discovery of this work, the melodies for mastering here are the same one's our musical heros learned in their regular public school music education. These songs all come from this one music book, which was a basic text during the 20th century era.

time
2 and 4
the radio

Time / the 'big 4.' So b

 

ased on a fairly recent discovery of this work, the melodies for mastering here are the same one's our musical heros learned in their regular public school music education. These songs all come from this one music book, which was a basic text during the 20th century era.

time
2 and 4
the radio

1930's public school education. So based on a fairly recent discovery of this work, the melodies for mastering here are the same one's our musical heros learned in their regular public school music education. These songs all come from this one music book, which was a basic text during the 20th century era.

Americana tonality limits. So based on a fairly recent discovery of this work, the melodies for mastering here are the same one's our musical heros learned in their regular public school music education. These songs all come from this one music book, which was a basic text during the 20th century era.

Americana swing. So based on a fairly recent discovery of this work, the melodies for mastering here are the same one's our musical heros learned in their regular public school music education. These songs all come from this one music book, which was a basic text during the 20th century era.

2 and 4 swing
blues hue
legends

quick history

gospel

In a nutshell. In theory, our Americana musics are unique from all the world's musical magics in two distinct ways. In musical time it's the magic of the swing rhythms.

equal temper
open G

Something about tuning

Cool with this? This last idea is the basic evolutionary theory of a rather large part of what we Americano guitaramigos do. Simply mixing ideas from each of the two groups together, melodies with blue notes and chords created from the major scale. We motor this weave with 2 and 4, make some pure Americana.

Like the movies? Ken Burns 'Jazz.'

. All along America's history folks have remembered and passed along the idea of a big 'melting pot' of all the peoples who have come here. So surely no surprise that it's the same with our musics. The same thing must happen on other continents too but here the draw was freedom. Thus we ventured beyond the regional to create the global draw and mix of peoples. So into the wayback we go for a historical musical tour to check out the main shoots our musical roots.

the wayback machine

Let the melting begin. All along America's history folks have remembered and passed along the idea of a big 'melting pot' of all the peoples who have come here. So surely no surprise that it's the same with our musics. The same thing must happen on other continents too but here the draw was freedom. Thus we ventured beyond the regional to create the global draw and mix of peoples. So into the wayback we go for a historical musical tour to check out the main shoots our musical roots.

the wayback machine

Various strands of Americana ?

Happy go lucky pentatonic major = Americana

. Are there various strands of this Americana? Are there cliche licks and sounds for each of our broad categories of style that capture this sense of Americana ?

Could be. ll along America's history folks have remembered and passed along the idea of a big 'melting pot' of all the peoples who have come here. So surely no surprise that it's the same with our musics. The same thing must happen on other continents too but here the draw was freedom. Thus we ventured beyond the regional to create the global draw and mix of peoples. So into the wayback we go for a historical musical tour to check out the main shoots our American musical roots.

the wayback machine

Banjo tuning and the gallop. Shortnin' Camptown races

Open G tuning ~ original Blues. Into the wayback for a historical musical tour to check out one of two main shoots our American musical roots.

Open G ~ in Rock and Roll. Into the wayback for a historical musical tour to check out one of two main shoots our American musical roots.

From down in the West Texas town of El Paso ... The tour continues West and to where the true guitar crosses the Southern border from mexico into Texas where the grittyness of everyday is relieved by six strings tuned up the standard Eurointo nto the wayback for the historical musical tour to check out one of two main shoots our American musical roots. to see ouin Essentials, while ideas about time and rhythm are peppered in throughout the whole text, once the core concepts, vocabulary and counting skills are accounted for, there's just three main discussions here about the musical time of American music. Everything else to be based on these topic centers.

Plays heart felt melodies ... This could surely be among the nicest compliments a performance player could ever reciecvwe. And from a playing standapoint, it really is what it is all about. The folowing songs are included to provide melodies to develop the ability to play in a heartfelt way. That we can each learn to play with passion, which really has no limit to it's varied ways of expression while forever evolving in one's own ability to express their ideas.

the way passionAnd from . Example 1.

Three lines to tell the truth. Core American is home of the blues. We've got to get to Congo Square somehow for the fount that bequeaths. Surely 'three chords and the truth' is familiar. Regardless, three lines and three chords add up to the blues. This idea in standard tuning is one of mine. Example 2, hat we can each learn to play with passion, which re

The truth is ...

Open G rock and roll / parallel motion

ck is ... What the guitar does really well is encouraging us to run the same shape up and down the neck. This idea in open G tuning is the heart of the blues and into rock and roll. Back to the metal patch. Example 1

inding any melody that we can totally absorb and the recreate with our intstruments perfectly articulating in sound what our hearts anf ythoughts are asking our hands to do. It's rather simple really. Like walking before running before riding the bicycle.

Any line will do. .

Here's 30 .. Hope you can find a few to get you started in this your own search to play heartfelt melodies. makethe organic magic written into any of the classic melodies come to life and anything you ever play afrter will be just be deeper and more solidly connected with your own mojo.

The truth is ...

Open G rock and roll / parallel motion

ck is ... What the guitar does really well is encouraging us to run the same shape up and down the neck. This idea in open G tuning is the heart of the blues and into rock and roll. Back to the metal patch. Example 1

inding any melody that we can totally absorb and the recreate with our intstruments perfectly articulating in sound what our hearts anf ythoughts are asking our hands to do. It's rather simple really. Like walking before running before riding the bicycle.

Any line will do. .

Here's 30 .. Hope you can find a few to get you started in this your own search to play heartfelt melodies. makethe organic magic written into any of the classic melodies come to life and anything you ever play afrter will be just be deeper and more solidly connected with your own mojo.

 

With this technique Duane built climaxed solo's that can almost make your hair stand up. It's oftentimes in this repetition of a few notes or musical phrase where we can most clearly hear the rhythmic pull of the melody pitches against the 2 and 4 of the drumming that creates Duane's unique sense of a very hard driving swing. One of many Allman Brothers tunes to spin to hear his sense of time and swing is ?????.

Melody Americana. A

The lines included here are to get you to relax when your playing the melody. Wes video in Denmark

ll along America's history folks have remembered and passed along the idea of a big 'melting pot' of all the peoples who have come here. So surely no surprise that it's the same with our musics. The same thing must happen on other continents too but here the draw was freedom. Thus we ventured beyond the regional to create the global draw and mix of peoples. So into the wayback we go for a historical musical tour to check out the main shoots our American musical roots.

the wayback machine

Chord melody / Swing Low / Sloop John B. A

The melody lines included in this section are to get you to relax when your playing the melody. To learn the location of each pitch so thoroughly that when you sound out the lines, you can [play them with all of your heart and soul in it. For if we can 'testify' on these essential American lines, we've just got a better shot at playing the music we aspire to with as much conviction. And that's what it is all about.

Wes video in Denmark. There's a bit of film footage, rare indeed, with jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery performing over seas with a jazz piano trio. And while the performance is cool, watching Wes while he creates his magic is rather illuminating. We hear the sounds a watch his body language we must wonder; is that how relaxed with have to be to swing that hard?

long America's history folks have remembered and passed along the idea of a big 'melting pot' of all the peoples who have come here. So surely no surprise that it's the same with our musics. The same thing must happen on other continents too but here the draw was freedom. Thus we ventured beyond the regional to create the global draw and mix of peoples. So into the wayback we go for a historical musical tour to check out the main shoots our American musical roots.

the wayback machine

American songbook. A

The lines included here are to get you to relax when your playing the melody. Wes video in Denmark

ll along America's history folks have remembered and passed along the idea of a big 'melting pot' of all the peoples who have come here. So surely no surprise that it's the same with our musics. The same thing must happen on other continents too but here the draw was freedom. Thus we ventured beyond the regional to create the global draw and mix of peoples. So into the wayback we go for a historical musical tour to check out the main shoots our American musical roots.

the wayback machine

Review. Here at Essentials, at the core of our American rhythms lives an accented pulse on the 2nd and 4th beats of a measure of 4 / 4 time. We can find this pulse somewhere in every conceivable musical style and their myriad of sub genres. By accenting the 2 and 4, we create a sense of 'pull' away from and towards the downbeat pulse of each measure. It is believed here that in this pulling or stretching of musical time is where the magic of the American swing thing happens.

We can learn to rhythmically swing by singing our melody lines and getting them to capture the essence of our own unique sense of time. We then only have to transfer these ideas to our guitars. Quarter and eighth notes are the swing note values. Even 8th's are perhaps Latin derived and also swing just fine in other styles, although in a bit more of a modern sense perhaps than the traditional 8th note / triplet feel so common of the early Jazzer's of the first half of the last century. And perhaps it's best to simply remember that ...

Grout, Donald Jay. A History of Western Music, p. 10. W.W.Norton and Company Inc. New York, 1960.

 

History ... think of the history of these lands and their tradition to nourish in lifelong health the peoples who call them home, yesterday, today and tomorrow in perpertity. . The history tells that the value of the gold in these hills is actually silver, the silver of the shining salmon that call these lands hearth and home, even before the peoples arrived. Think of this history please and err to caution to preserve these historical traditions by cherishing what we already have, which history has shown is truly enough.

History ... think of the history of these lands and their tradition to nourish in lifelong health the peoples who call them home, of yesterday, today and tomorrow. The history tells that the value of the gold in these hills is actually silver in the summer waters, the silver of the shining salmon that call these lands hearth and home too, even before the peoples first arrived. Think of this history please and err to caution to preserve these Earth traditions by cherishing what we already have, which history has always shown is truly enough yet still today and forward into perpetuity.

History ... think of the history of these lands and their tradition to nourish in lifelong health the peoples who call them home, of yesterday, today and tomorrow. The history tells that the value of the gold in these hills is actually silver in the summer waters, the silver of the shining salmon that call these lands hearth and home too, even before the peoples first arrived. Think of this history please and err to caution to preserve these Earth traditions by cherishing what we already have, which history has always shown is truly enough yet still today and forward into perpetuity. For there is gold and copper and nickel too, in other hills here in Alaska and beyond, but only in our Bristol Bay hills can such a salmon run be born, each and very year from time immemorial to times yet to come.

History ... think of the history of these lands and their tradition to nourish in lifelong health the peoples who call them home, of yesterday, today and tomorrow. The history tells that the value of the gold in these hills is actually silver in the summer waters, the silver of the shining salmon that call these lands hearth and home too, even before the peoples first arrived. Think of this history please and err to caution to preserve these Earth traditions by cherishing what we already have, which history has always shown is truly enough yet still today and forward into perpetuity. For there is gold and copper and nickel too, in other hills here in Alaska and beyond, but only in our Bristol Bay hills can such a salmon run be born, each and very year from time immemorial to times yet to come.