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Summary, Episode 2:
In this episode we have student Q & A. Ben from Virginia asks… “How do you maintain a repertoire of several fingerstyle guitar pieces and also learn new tunes, arrangements and concepts?”
I have 8 points that I mention in this episode, so here is a quick review.
8 points to help you remember old pieces and learn new ones as well:
- (2:52) Consider finding a small background music gig – coffee shop maybe?
- (4:55) Surprise! I don’t remember all my arrangements
- (5:58) Don’t let 1/2 baked arrangements kick around
- (6:38) Delegate to Youtube
- (7:33) How do I keep my old tunes alive?
- (8:39) Regarding creativity
- (9:24) Regarding musicianship & studying theory
- (11:09) Practice using old tune / new tune method.
Ben Harris says
Thanks for answering my question! Lots of great advice in this podcast. Getting together enough to play a small gig is probably what I need to do. Along with arrangements, I’ve always wanted to incorporate improvisational parts into set arrangements.
Ben – thank you! I realize a “gig” may be a stretch, but think of it as the difference between shooting warm up baskets and “the game” so to speak.
Also, any feedback on improving the podcast is appreciated. I know it’s just 2 episodes…but ideas for what you’d want – well, lemme know! 🙂
Michael Paling says
Love this advice. I have to work on getting enough for a gig too. One question… have you ever removed a song from your repertoire just because you’re tired of playing it? I’ve got a song that I just can’t get finished, tired of trying, and can’t decide if I should toss it to the edge or not.
Michael – I remove songs all the time. It’s hard when people want to hear it…mostly because some songs were born of an older playing concept, that when I “upgrade” my playing – the old idea no longer feels good / fits. When I stopped using a thumpick there was a big re-shift / change in how I play all my arrangements. Thanks for commenting ! AR
I practice allmost every day an play the whole list of songs I‘ve learned from SWA.
Two advantages: I bring the Arrangements closer to my brain and I avoid made mistakes.
All other Songs with my band I play from my mind.
Adam Rafferty says
Jochen, great! I practice many arrangements every day too, this really wires them into the brain. You are doing a great job! AR
Hi Adam! Great lessons 🙂
I have a question about playing other people’s arrangements when you just don’t do arrangements. What can we do legally to be able to play those arrangements in a paid gig? How does this work?
Thank you so much
Adam Rafferty says
Telmo oh man, playing them at a gig is no problem. Recording them – heck, the arranger barely matters legally, you need to pay publishing fees to the composer.
Just recently a YouTube start – a young girl did “her arrangement” of “Every Breath You Take” and I could clearly see she took my entire concept and tuning, dd not give me creadit. C’est la vie!