Jay

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

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

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

 
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