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Guitar Musician e-zine 06/21/2006
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| "... As far as being a 'player's player', you've only got
to go to Nashville or Argentina, and you can forget about it. The world is
full of amazing guitar players, and you know it, and I know it ... it's a
- Mark Knopfler / Dire Straits
A Newfie was terribly overweight, so his doctor put him on a diet."I want you to eat regularly for 2 days, then skip a day, and repeat this procedure for 2 weeks. The next time I see you, you should have lost at least 5 pounds." When the Newfie returned, he shocked the doctor by having lost nearly 60 POUNDS! "Why, that's amazing!" the doctor said, "Did you follow my instructions?" The Newfie nodded . . ."I'll tell you though, by the lard tunderin, I t'aut I were going to drop dead dat 3rd day." "From hunger, you mean? "No, from skippin' !!!!!
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GUITAR Q AND A
Am I Ready to Jam?
Benjamin Kross, Houston,TX
Q: I really want to be in a band but I don�t know if I am ready or good enough to join one. How do I know if I am ready?
A: This is a common question I get from my students. You practice real hard and you got some chops but are you ready to take that plunge into a band? The answer is hell yes!
The biggest misconception is that you have to be a great player to be in a band. You will learn more by being in a band and getting the experience of playing with other musicians than sitting in your room and practicing by yourself. It actually makes you rise to a new level!
I suggest that you go for it, find a bunch of guys to jam with and make some music. I can�t tell you how many musicians I know that say they are not ready to play in a band for years (they are) and just never go for it. Don�t make this mistake.
Hope this helps!
Yours in Music,
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Where's the Hook?
By John Braheny
"Hook" is the term you'll hear most often in the business and craft of commercial songwriting. (Well, maybe not as much as "Sorry, we can't use your song," but it's possible that the more you hear about hooks now, the less you'll hear "we can't use it" later.)
The hook has been described as "the part(s) you remember after the song is over," "the part that reaches out and grabs you," "the part you can't stop singing (even when you hate it)," and "the catchy repeated chorus." Some of the world's greatest hook crafters are commercial jingle writers: How many times have you had a jingle stick in your mind?
There are several categories of hooks.
THE STRUCTURAL HOOK
I often hear songwriters say that creating those instrumental hooks is the job of the arranger, producer, or studio musicians. Keep in mind that if those are the hooks that sell the song to the public, they'll sell the song to the producer and artist if you create them first.
STORY LINE HOOKS
Early recording effects such as "phasing" and "flanging" were later incorporated into electronic boxes that you could use at the tap of a button and today virtually any sound modification device used in the studio has been converted to some portable digital form that you can use at home or on stage. Certain sounds will evoke certain emotional responses. Use them as artistic tools along with lyric and melody to create mood and emotion. One of the most effective hooks is a sound no one has ever heard before. Remember, however, that once you get into the technology of creating sounds, it can be so much fun that you can easily forget that the song is still the most important thing. No matter how exciting those sounds are, they won't make up for a weak song.
Hooks are essential in commercial music. They are points of reference that keep us interested and focused on the song. They're devices that help us remember and an entertainment in themselves. Part of your job as a commercial writer is to be able to use as many different types of hooks as possible.
This excerpt from John Braheny's book, The Craft and Business of Songwriting (2nd edition, 2002, Writers Digest Books) has been edited for length. It's available at bookstores everywhere. For info about John's critiquing and consulting services, go to www.johnbraheny.com.
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