Jay

Jay
Jay commented on: That's Alright C# Tuning, Chords and Intro May 31, 2020

hi I'm posting this again as it was missed the first time.

Jay
Jay commented on: That's Alright C# Tuning, Chords and Intro Mar 13, 2020

I did this in Standard tuning as i think it fits my voice better.

thanks in advance for your comments

Jay
Jay commented on: How Long Backing Track with Rick Feb 28, 2020

really sweet!

do you have tab for the guitar part?

thanks

Jay
Jay commented on: Police Dog Blues Alterations, Endings and Singing Oct 02, 2019

That straightforward, eh.

thanks Corey

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Oct 03, 2019

Thanks Jay for checking out the content here!

Jay
Jay commented on: Things About Coming My Way Slide Technique, Melody and Backing Track Sep 19, 2019

great lesson

what gear & setup are you using to record? what mic or mics? etc. thanks

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Oct 03, 2019

Just a snall Sony video cam with basic mic, stores to SD card. Thanks 

Jay
Jay commented on: Police Dog Blues Alterations, Endings and Singing Jun 12, 2019

Great song Corey, thanks.

question: can you tell me what gear you are using to record (mic or mics?, audio interface).

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Oct 02, 2019

Just a snall sony video camera and mic that stores to SD card which I put in my computer to download and then put online 

Jay
Jay commented on: Jamaica Farewell Chords, Rhythm and Riffs Apr 14, 2019

Hey Dan! Good to hear from you.

I have your songbook already & the songlist on spotify and am enjoying both. If I was a teacher I'd be using the book in my class. As it is I use it with my grandkids & "train them" on social music.

My experience with you on SJ inspired me to play open mics, so I do several songs I learned from you (Don't get around much anymore, He'll have to go, Hey Good Looking, Four Strong Winds, My Girl, etc), some others I like, and even a couple I wrote myself.

So I say: thanks for the musical inspiration, amigo, and hope to see you back here soon.

Jay

Dan Zanes
Dan Zanes Jan 19, 2020

Oh man...That means a lot.

Thank you Jay and my apologies for the delay in replying. 

It sounds like you're living the dream and I'm so happy to hear that these lessons played some small part in helping you get there!

Keep up the good work, my friend!

Dan

Jay
Jay commented on: Rollin' and Tumblin' Basic Rhythm and Melody Nov 08, 2018

Thanks for the feedback on all those tunes i posted. it's helpful & gives me some good stuff to work on.

best regards, Jay

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Dec 04, 2018

I am happy to know that ... thanks! Have a great day.

Jay
Jay commented on: You Got To Move Rhythm and Melody Oct 19, 2018

I'd better have a go at this one.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Dec 04, 2018

Really good rhythm and tempo on this one. Your playing sounds just a little stiff in places...keep going tho, you getting it. Try listening again to the breakdown at the end of the phrase...just before the 5 chord hits...sounds like there is one wrong note in there. Check for it and let me know.... Nice work again!

Jay
Jay commented on: Rollin' and Tumblin' Basic Rhythm and Melody Oct 19, 2018

Just getting started with this one.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Nov 08, 2018

Good steady rhythm here and tone is good on guitar. I think you need to just go back and listen a little bit more to the very first line played on the high E string. It sounds like you are putting in an extra beat there. You singing is getting there, just need more orapractto build confidence. Good work...keep it up.

Jay
Jay commented on: Big Road Blues Lesson 1 Oct 14, 2018

Getting the rythm of the singing the way you do is way tricky, so I've adapted it a bit. Let me know what you think.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Nov 08, 2018

I hear you. Yes it is tricky. I just listened to the Tommy Johnson version about ten million times... exaggerating, but a lot. I learned the guitar part and vocal part separately then put them together when I felt like I was getting it. I want to hear a little more rhythm in the singing...it's ok to take some small liberties but try and work on the vocal rhythm. The guitar sounds good as usual. To make it a little better, listen more closely to the different rhythms of each part and try to identify the accents used...for example in the first part on the 'one' chord' there is a little pickup note / accent on the 'and' just before the rhythm goes to the downbeat or ''the one'. Sounds good but keep working on it and it will even be better!

Jay
Jay commented on: Baby You Gotta Change Your Mind Chords and Bassline Oct 14, 2018

Really like the rag type feel.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Nov 08, 2018

You doing great...guitar sound real good. Keep eorkiwoon your singing... some  parts sound more confident than others. Focus on singing a little more in rhythm...you are almost there. Also try putting in hard stops on the breaks instead of letting the strings ring...just see how it feels to you. Also I would suggest a more rag time sounding ending that either keeps the same tempo or halves it....good work.

Jay
Jay commented on: Trouble In Mind Singing and Soloing Oct 14, 2018

Paying more attention to the singing and the rythm of the song here. Looking forward to your comments.

 

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Nov 08, 2018

Singing sounds good...I can tell you have been working on it. Guitar playing is nice and steady and you have a good touch on the instrument. Good work...I think you nailed it.

Jay
Jay commented on: Laughing To Keep From Crying Singing Oct 04, 2018

Thank you Corey

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Nov 08, 2018

Honor!!

Jay
Jay commented on: Trouble In Mind Run-Through and Basic Rhythm Sep 27, 2018

Here's a shot at this great tune. thanks for the feedback.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Oct 04, 2018

Greetings Jay your guitar playing is right on time and sounds good. Your singing is even and consistent. You sing well in key. I would only suggest that you work more on your singing. Sing it a capella, in rhythm and record yourself then listen and think about where you might want to change it a little bit.

Jay
Jay commented on: Laughing To Keep From Crying Singing Sep 27, 2018

here's my go at this song. got a cold so the singing's not the best, but whatever. looking forward to your comments please.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Oct 04, 2018

This is very good Jay. The guitar playing is at a good and steady tempo and your singing is at a good volume. Really sounding good here. 

Jay
Jay commented on: Jamaica Farewell Chords, Rhythm and Riffs Sep 24, 2018

Another wonderful song!

Dan, sure hope you're having fun touring & making music, and sure hope you'll get back to SJ to give us another lesson or two!

Regards,

Jay

Dan Zanes
Dan Zanes Jan 02, 2019

Hey there Jay! I've been on sabbatical but it's great to know that you're still digging in here. I just published a songbook called "Dan Zanes House Party: A Family Treasury of Roots Music" it's available everywhere and I think you might like it....there's my pitch! Keep up the great work, my friend!

Jay
Jay commented on: Elder Green Blues Chords and Rhythm May 07, 2018

nice tune corey, thanks.

there is a weird buzz in the audio a couple of places, example from 2:03 to 2:12.... any way to fix that?

Mike Caren
Mike Caren May 09, 2018

Hi Jay - thanks for letting us know.  We're looking into it to see if it can be fixed.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Aug 31, 2018

Please pardon that... Most likely an issue with the microphone. Not sure if it can be fixed but let me know if you have any questions. 

Jay
Jay commented on: Coney Island Avenue Chords, Riffs and Rhythm Mar 23, 2018

Hey Dan, thanks for this song. After several takes, it's still not right there, but I've got to get it on tape anyhow.... so here it is

Dan Zanes
Dan Zanes Mar 23, 2018

greetings jay!

yeah man...you've got it! all of the ingredients are in the pot. a little more stirring and a little more heat and this will be complete.

i had to play some of the riffs over and over like meditations in order to find a level of ease and swing. you're really close, i think all it's going to take for you is time. and keep that right hand as loose and precise as possible. i think we all have a tendancy to tighten up a bit with new stuff so the more you can move past that the better it'll sound.....

it's really great to watch these videos man...i love the way you make the tunes your own. that's the name of the game!

yr pal,

dan

Jay
Jay commented on: Don't Get Around Much Anymore Chords, Rhythm and Soloing Mar 12, 2018

Hi Dan, I'm getting behind on my lessons, but loving them. Here's a stab at Don't Get Around Much Anymore.

How's the kreol going. Is there a Haitian song in our future?

Dan Zanes
Dan Zanes Mar 23, 2018

hey there Jay!

you're sounding great, man! i can tell you've put some time into this one. good use of those C7 shape 7th chords. the opening riff on the G chord is solid throughout. and i LOVE the chord based solo!

if i were to offer something to help you move forward it would be get a little further inside the song which pretty much happens when you play it more. the singing is 10X more confident than the first video you sent my way and that tells me that if you keep this going you'll really emerge as a great singer in addition to the guitar playing.

also, maybe keep an eye on how the right hand is dampening here and there to add some sonic variation to the song.

good work here brother!

dan

 
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