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Cherokee Shuffle

Carrying Through Motifs

Hello Friends! This week I'm teaching a solo that I improvised (and then had to learn!) where the goal was to play a motif or theme based solo. So many of the phrases here are born directly out of the phrase before, either from a rhythmic or melodic perspective. This is how I aspire to improvise - with ideas that flow from what came before so that a story is told rather than a string of licks. As you learn this solo, try to learn to hear the big phrases rather than just the individual notes.

All the best!





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Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Cherokee Shuffle Melody Up The Neck


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Loop 0:53 Breakdown of Soloing To Cherokee Shuffle/p>

Loop 23:27 Closing Thoughts

Loop 24:41 Chris Playing Rhythm





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Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Aug 18, 2017

Thanks Chris - I've been playing along with you for the last several weeks and kind of figured out along the way what you pointed out regarding the song structue and double B sections. Looking back, I think I was trying to show you that I had learned the way you played it on your intro to the song (very 1st video), as well as the parts you taught later and so ended up throwing it all in one big pot and served it up without giving any regards to the song structure. I do understand. As for added beats ... missing beats ... that's sounds like me : )

I really should have waited until you got back as opposed to sending it when I did. I lost track of your Tour committments. Anway ... I'm I feel like I'mbetter than I was 2 weeks ago but you'll have to trust me because I'm way into "On and On" and trying to nail the break after the 1st verse and chorus. Killer.

Thanks again!

Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Aug 05, 2017

I apologize in advance if there ia a lack of video/audio quality .. I can't seem to get the hang of that either. Hopefully you can see and hear this well enough to tell me what needs work and where I'm at. Thanks for looking, oh and I took some of the stuff from your intro and threw it in with the lesson because I liked that thing you were doing but it all sounds a little choppy to me, I need to work on smoothing things out, among other stuff. : )        (glad there is an edit function too)


Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Aug 18, 2017

Hey Kip, great work on learning all of this! There are indeed a few spots where some beats get added/dropped. Other than that it's sounding good! Here are the spots:

0:14 - This sounds to me like it was just a hesitation/mulligan

0:18-20 - Right here, on the low strings, it departs from what I played a bit, which in and of itself is fine, but there is a little time that is getting added too which throws off the structure of the tune.

0:32 - One beat is being dropped right here. 

0:46 - Everything leading up to this moment is good, but it sounds like you are playing is a second B section because you are heading in for a landing on the G chord, but since structuarally in the tune you are only on the first B section it should be looping around to the second B section, which starts on a C chord. Does that make sense? In other words, the endings to the 1st and second B sections are not interchangable because they are heading to different places, but it sounds like you're playing a second B (which ends on G) in the place of a first B (which ends of C). Also, there is an extra B section that is getting played at the end. Try playing rhythm guitar along with the recording, keeping track of the form and see if you can notice where it comes off the rails.

Aside from these structural issues the guitar playing is always sounding better, which is awesome!



Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Jul 25, 2017

A challenging lesson for me but fun ... I've kind of made it to the part where the G7 is altered by one less 16th note because it makes it sound different and thus interesting ... not made it in the sense that it sounds musical to me but kind of an informal progress report without the video ... with my track record of missing beats and added beats I could be there awhile LOL ... but nothing ventured nothing gained.

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Jul 31, 2017

Haha! You'll get it, I have no doubts!

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