Jay

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

Jay
Jay commented on: Don't Get Around Much Anymore Chords, Rhythm and Soloing Jan 01, 2018

fantastic, Dan.

Happy New Year!

Jay
Jay commented on: Jamaica Farewell Chords, Rhythm and Riffs Nov 01, 2017

Hey Dan, the social music man.

this is another beautiful piece of music, with a whole lot of interesting ways to play around with it. i'll be working on this. thanks for the mention, by the way.

here's my feedback on your lessons so far: they're just great - great tunes, and really good ways to play them. i love those soulful solos. really feel like i'm learning a lot here on your site.

best regards,

jay

Dan Zanes
Dan Zanes Nov 01, 2017

Hey There Jay!

Thanks Man, your feedback really means a lot. I appreciate hearing that this approach is connecting. In some ways I'm winging it but maybe that's because I never had a lot of formal learning along the way. I've been able to get a lot from the other teachers here at the Junction and the feedback certainly helps me stay on the right path.

Keep sending the thoughts and updates, your playing is really evolving and it's great to see it happen!! I like the way you're using these songs and lessons as a starting point for a strong style that's all your own.

Yr pal,

Dan

Jay
Jay commented on: Sitting On Top of the World Rhythm, Bass Line and Slide Technique Oct 29, 2017

hi Corey, you may have missed it but i posted my take on Sitting on Top of the World a while ago... hoping for your feedback.

Jay
Jay commented on: Up Above My Head Chords and Strumming Oct 24, 2017

hi Dan, Oct 12 I posted a couple of variations on endings for Up Above my Head. if you have time to check them out, i'd be grateful for you feedback.

thanks

Dan Zanes
Dan Zanes Oct 24, 2017

Hey there Jay! these are awesome. I played through them all and two things jumped out at me. One, your ears are definitely hearing the possibilities, and two, you've got the chops to really find your way through. I love that you went deep on this one! I think that once we unlock the secrets of these types of runs we can take huge steps forward as players. It's great to see you in this process. Do you have someone that you jam with sometimes? A lot of what you're doing now is great in a 2 guitar setting, too. Both as instrumental breaks and as a way to fill the spaces between vocal lines.

You can do a call and response song like up above my head and have the guitar play the response using 2 note riffs...just a thought if you want to go deeper. i might try that myself tonight and see what it would sound like....

thank you for sharing this with me Jay. You're really taking some big steps and I love seeing this unfold!!

 

My apologies for the delay in replying...

Your pal,

Dan

Jay
Jay commented on: Sitting On Top of the World Rhythm, Bass Line and Slide Technique Oct 14, 2017

Hi there Corey. I'm really enjoying so many of your tunes. Here's a go at Sitting on Top of the World - looking forward to your comments.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Nov 12, 2017

Greetings Jay. Your tempo here is nice and steady. I can recommend that you try muting your bass strings a little with the heel of your wrist instead of letting all the strings ring out... experiment with what sounds good. Try playing with a quieter volume on the guitar and your voice won't have to work as hard to be heard. Also listen closely to the last riff that finishes the phrase. It sounds like you are ending it on a wrong note (It should end on the 'one'). Keep at it and thanks for posting. 

Jay
Jay commented on: Up Above My Head Chords and Strumming Oct 12, 2017

thanks for the encouragement, Dan.

here's a vid with a couple of variations on endings for the tune. Hope you enjoy. There seems to be no end to what you can come up with. Such a great tune thanks for introducing us to it.

Jay
Jay commented on: Up Above My Head Chords and Strumming Oct 10, 2017

Thanks Kip

Best

Jay
Jay commented on: Little Wheel Rhythm Oct 10, 2017

real nice groove - blues hypnosis

Jay
Jay commented on: Harmony Singing - Uke Bring Me A Little Water Sylvie Oct 06, 2017

hey, this is great claudia & dan. thanks!!!

Dan Zanes
Dan Zanes Oct 10, 2017

hey there jay!

thanks for the good words....we had a lot of fun doing this!

was it helpful in some way???

yr pal,

dan

Jay
Jay commented on: Up Above My Head Chords and Strumming Oct 06, 2017

hey Dan, here's a solo part for this great tune. hope you like it. well actually - 2 solos, each one a bit different. i've incorporated some of the ideas you've been teaching.

Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Oct 10, 2017

Jay - cool picking and singing!

Dan Zanes
Dan Zanes Oct 10, 2017

hey there jay!

i've been away performing and just saw this...really great, man!

i'm going to get my guitar out and take it apart. there's a lot here that i'd like to make sure i can play.

i particularly like the riff you play when you come back to the Dm chord, the one where you slide up 2 frets.

i really appreciate you going deep on this one. your working is paying off in a big way!!

yr pal,

dan

Jay
Jay commented on: Up Above My Head Chords and Strumming Sep 09, 2017

so, a whole sole verse, eh? that's a good challenge, i'm going to work on that and get back to you.

thanks for your feedback, much appreciated.

Jay
Jay commented on: Lively Up Yourself Chords, Rhythm and Hybrid Picking Sep 01, 2017

go for the 2 guitar songs, dan. make it happen, that's where it's at

Dan Zanes
Dan Zanes Sep 05, 2017

ok...you'll get it. and harmony singing too....

coming at you, get ready!!

yr pal,

dan

Jay
Jay commented on: Lively Up Yourself Chords, Rhythm and Hybrid Picking Sep 01, 2017

that's crazy dan, great.

Dan Zanes
Dan Zanes Sep 05, 2017

thanks man!

i don't want to get too predictable here! social music is wide open...

i hope you get into it!

yr pal,

dan

Jay
Jay commented on: Up Above My Head Chords and Strumming Sep 01, 2017

hey dan, jul 28 i posted a video of this song, and was hoping for your comments.

best regards,

jay

Dan Zanes
Dan Zanes Sep 05, 2017

hey there jay!

damn...how did i not get back to you? this is awesome! the rhythm is super solid, the singing is right on too. and i love the licks you put in towards the end. i'd love to hear a whole solo verse with more of those, they really work well!

if i were to offer anything, i'd say hit the hammer ons a little harder so that they really pop out. they can make the guitar come alive and they're already there but i'd say get them so they're really hopping.

i really appreciate this, cousin. again, apologies for the delay!

yr pal,

dan

Jay
Jay commented on: Shenandoah Chords and Rhythm Aug 09, 2017

wow, Dan, that's a really nice solo in a really nice song.

Dan Zanes
Dan Zanes Aug 09, 2017

thank you for the good words jay!

this is one of my favorites and definitely an all-purpose social music song....

i hope you get a chance to dig into it!

yr pal,

dan

Jay
Jay commented on: The Welcome Table Chords and Rhythm Aug 08, 2017

hey Dan, great tune. the attached tab shows up as will the circle be unbroken, not welcome table. hope you can get someone to fix that.

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Aug 08, 2017

Hi Jay -- thanks for letting us know.  All fixed.

Jay
Jay commented on: Hey Good Lookin' Chords and Rhythm Jul 28, 2017

having another go at this song, Dan, it's irresistable.

Dan Zanes
Dan Zanes Jul 31, 2017

hey there jay!

sounding great, man! it feels nice and steady, no slowing down or speeding up and the strumming is solid.

it feels like you're more inside the song now (and it looks like you've memorized the lyrics, that's a big part of this!). the more you play it the deeper you'll go!

i noticed you added some hammer-ons when you hit some of the bass notes on the G chord. i think you could add even more of those if you're feeling inspired.

thanks for sending this...it's great to see your progress!

yr pal,

dan

Jay
Jay commented on: Up Above My Head Chords and Strumming Jul 28, 2017

back at yoiu with another tune Dan, how're things on the Sonic farm?

best, Jay

 
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