Alex Barbera

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: Nobody's Business Middle Section Jun 29, 2013

@Jd mon frer parisienne :)...This kind of "crise" I'm experiencing now is only for acoustic blues...I'll never stop play the guitar because I like it too much but first of all because if I don't do I could feel bad..my good humour is strongly related to the notes coming from the guitar and the blues is the one that works more than others in this. On the other side I'm playin only acoustic blues for about 7 years...only this...It's a kind of error. And by the way I've have improved a lot thanks to the lessons of Corey. Anyway I need, even to become a better blues player, to experience others genre of music and bring the right hand tecnique back to the blues. What makes it really strange is that it  came suddenly. I think I'm goin to pratice really basic flamenco things and brazialian music. I love bossanova. this genres of music has more or less a lot of similarities. It's gonna be also usefull. And off course Reggae too. I love Reggae.

But I can't leave Sonic Junction. I'm addicted to this project and Corey's lesson! :)))

 

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: Nobody's Business Middle Section Jun 28, 2013

@Corey..it's strange as it happened suddenly.Thinking better about it, I'm almost seven years playin only acoustic blues with no brakes and it's funny because it sounds like the seventh year's crise of marriage. I'm listening to some good old eritrean music (Tewelde Redda for ex) and I'd like to know more of Bossa Nova and Samba like for ex Seu Jorge. And in the end of july Semi and me will go to Toscana to a festival called Mama Africa where there are a lot of classes and between even N'Goni. I think I'm goin to attend it. I'm sure you will be happy about it! :)

thanks for your words!

Alex

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: Nobody's Business Middle Section Jun 28, 2013

@Corey...thanks for the lesson. I think I need a short brake from playin acoustic blues because I feel like I'm having a kind of overdose. I need to play other things. I'll post only some videos for the open mic but I need to stop, recharge batteries and restart very soon. Don't know if it happened to you too..maybe yes...I think it's normal. Anyway It's just to say that I'm still here and watch the lessons and take notes but I need some brake from studyin new tunes! 

Thanks

Alex

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Alex Barbera commented on: Sweet Black Angel Singing, Soloing & Endings Jun 24, 2013

@corey...great!! Even Ethiopian music?!?!!? I like it, but the old one...the new one not so much...it's just about the music instruments they're using now..You should see semi and her friends when they dance eskeskta!!! For me is impossible..Instead of two feet I've got a pair of woods...could you imagine me moving my shoulders!!!! 

I do like and respect your strong connection to Africa and African music. It's so important to have the consciusness about where we come from.Most of us don't spend time in understanding this and this is the reason why we often loose ourself! 

Please come to Italy soon as possible. We miss you!

Ciao

Alex

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: Nobody's Business Bass & Basic Fingerpicking Jun 24, 2013

@Corey...thanks for feedback...It's true...Bass it's not always that loud and sometime I feel mi fingers just like they're contracted. I'm doing also some fingerpicking exercises. Some of them by myself and others that I found in a video of stefan grossman. They're very useful and as you said many time, he stresses a lot the concept that the bass has to be strong and present and after it, comes the melody...In this period I'm reviewing a lot my approach to fingerpicking..It's hard to find a balance when you change and change and changem but at the same time...it's satisfying! :)

Ciao

Alex

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: Nobody's Business Bass & Basic Fingerpicking Jun 18, 2013

@Mike....nice and warm playin!!!! Bravissimo! :)

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: Nobody's Business Bass & Basic Fingerpicking Jun 17, 2013

@Corey I'm startin to work on it!

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: Sweet Black Angel Singing, Soloing & Endings Jun 13, 2013

Merci Jd,

for viewing my monologue!!! :DD...roberto is fantastic except for his English!!! oh, if you could understand well Italian...you will appreciate even with his beatiful toscano accent!!!There's a beatifull movie...Non ci resta che piangere...he and Troisi together....it's wonderfull....

thanks for the advices maestro...I'll try to do it...:)

Ciao

Ale

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: Sweet Black Angel Singing, Soloing & Endings Jun 12, 2013

@Corey thanks.... I like it too and I was wondering if you do it sometime...The question was if you in the past have studied other genre of music and then applied the tecnique to the blues or if it were already inside of you because for example the way you use the thumb and you rotate the wrist is very similar to flamenco players...I'm just curious! :))

about the numbers, tap etc...my friends at least in music I think I'm goin to skip using numbers...There's still too many in the job that actually I'm doing right now...but when I find them in some kind of economic stuff, than I know how to deal with them, but in music I think it's better if I forget them!!! :)

Cheers! :)) 

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: Sweet Black Angel Singing, Soloing & Endings Jun 09, 2013

@Jd..I'm confused...Sorry but now I'm sure that when there are numbers in music I start to understand almost nothing...it helps me to listen...a part from numbers isn't the accent when singing and even tappin the foot  or clap hands on the upbeat? If you consider as the start of the whole rythm  that....N'....(Corey calls pick up note,if I heard well,you know my English)than the accents (clappin hands, tap the foot, singin) are almost always on the upbeat/levare?!!?!? Mine is a question...

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Alex Barbera commented on: Sweet Black Angel Singing, Soloing & Endings Jun 09, 2013

@Corey...thanks for the explanations!!! You haven't open a door in my mind, you opened a whole new world..It's clear for me that there's a rythm also in singing...I didn't know how to get it before  this lessons..thanks a lot

@Jd...I think you and Corey are sayin the same thing...If I understood well he sayin to start singin on the upbeat(levare) that he calls 1....he's singin N' one...N' one  n' one....while you say: and one and two, and 3 and four.....the downbeat for your convention is 1 and 3 while for Corey is n'......really african style by him....

@Mike...I can't thank you enough....you already know! :))

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: Sweet Black Angel Essential Slide Licks Jun 08, 2013

@Jd...surely my english is not so good! ;))))

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Alex Barbera commented on: Sweet Black Angel Essential Slide Licks Jun 07, 2013

@Jd Mon frere....I know what you mean....it's so funny the fact that I think...In Italian doesn't sound so good, in French is better....while you say more or less the opposite...

I like you video!!! You play really well...I'd like to see in the future one with your acoustic guitar when playin slide off course!

vive la France révolutionnaire!!!

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: Sweet Black Angel Essential Slide Licks Jun 05, 2013

@corey I've got a question this time....When I pick low strings and high strings together I usually do it at the same time as written in the tabs. Recently I've started doing a different thing...pick the low string just a really short moment bofere the high strings..this is the way flamenco players do when they pick together low and high strings...and to me it works so much better...I prefer the sound and I can be more powerfull and stay at tempo. Do you do the same thing sometimes?

I think that Robert Johnson does same for example in the intro turnround of Sweet Home Chicago...or at least it sounds like this to me..

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: Sweet Black Angel Rhythm & First Slide Licks May 29, 2013

Corey here's my feedback

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: Sweet Black Angel Intro & Chords May 22, 2013

@Peter, it sounds so good your republic!!!

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: Pallet on Your Floor Variations May 21, 2013

@Corey...90% the flamenco class went bad..I mean..He showed as too many things and the system didn't work for me...we had to  play a lot of different rythms just by reading the music sheets and takin in consideration the numbers with the accents...And it was difficoult for me. when he just sang the rythm than I could get it but when he started sayin the numbers numbers and numbers I just run crazy..It was so much easier when I just heard him clap his hands...you know "palmas".I just wanted to do just a couple of things and do it well..but like this,it was too dispersive. But I've seen so many interestings things to apply to blues..I mean about the technique of the righ hand....It's so interesting the way they use the thumb,how the wrist rotates,and rasgueo tecnique...I was so impressed. Next time I'll take a private lesson by this great master. He's such a great person and wonderfull teacher. It was the method that didn't work for me.I'm used to the old african method of teaching...It worked when I started playin djembe and it works now with you teachin us the blues. Imagine if you plan a 2 days masterclass of Delta blues...the first 2 hours you do open e tuning, than 2 hours of blues in A,after in C,after some fingerpicking, than minor tuning,than open g tuning....It's impossible and first of all doesn't make sense to me. The first day after 4 hours of lesson I had a terrible a headache...

But you Corey,have you ever studied flamenco before? Because I've seen that you are using some of their right hand tecnique...

 

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: You Got To Move Rhythm and Melody May 21, 2013

@Hy Len...welcome on board!!!:))

If I can answer you....yes the open e tuning is what you wrote but it's the same Corey said in the video.....G# and Ab is the same note....just two different ways to express the same concept! :))...

Hope to watch some of your videos here very soon!

Thanks!

Ciao

Alex (Italy)

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: Sweet Black Angel Intro & Chords May 20, 2013

and here's my feedback! :)

Ciao

Alex

Alex Barbera
Alex Barbera commented on: Sweet Black Angel Intro & Chords May 20, 2013

@Corey thanks for the lesson..

I've got a question...when you brush your are goin down oblique non straight,aren't you????:)

 
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