12 Tone Music News – September 8, 2017

September 8, 2017

peanuts singFor the latest Guitar and Bass news from around the World Wide Web, read this current 12 Tone Music Newsletter written by GRAMMY® Nominated Music Educator Mike Overly, click here.

In This Issue:
The Birth of the Ukulele
R.I.P. Walter Becker
New Bootsy Collins Album
Peanuts Sing Steely Dan
Advanced Hybrid Picking Techniques
Nadine Upright Bass Mic
Jimmy Garrison

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FingerStyle ‘Ukulele with GRAMMY® Nominated Music Educator Mike Overly

November 10, 2016

Big Island UkePlay along with GRAMMY® Nominated Music Educator Mike Overly as he explores left-hand harmony turnarounds and passing chords; as well as various right-hand fingerstyle techniques including: brush strumming, isotonic fingerpicking, pinching and plucking.

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Guitaronomics: The Rising Cost of Tonewood – presented by Mike Overly

August 11, 2016

ToneWoodReserves of tonewood staples once considered inexhaustible – like mahogany, rosewood and maple – continue to diminish and market prices for these commodities continue to soar.

There are builders out there taking great care to make timeless instruments. This is what creates the demand for wood and leads to large scale harvesting. As the value of this wood increases, so too will the value of the instruments built from them.

But, it’s hard to shake the feeling that a change is in the air. The wood combinations of yesterday will inevitably give way to substitute woods or composites.

So enjoy the guitar you have today. It is a time capsule of the way guitars used to be made.


Zero Inversion Hit Songs – by GRAMMY® Nominated Music Educator Mike Overly

March 24, 2016

Jean-Philippe-RameauIn 1722, Jean-Philippe Rameau defined harmony as: the gathering together of several sounds which are agreeable to the ear.  This traditional definition is still true today, but it needs a little modern updating.

Read on to learn what even Jean-Philippe didn’t know – how to play Hit Songs on Guitar!

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Zero Inversion 2


Do Re Mi – by Mike Overly

February 18, 2016

Do Re MiSimply stated, music is heard as sound and seen as symbol. The symbols are given names which may create confusion because sometimes a different name is given to the same symbol.

This confusion also arises in relation to concepts, thoughts and ideas. For example, melody is created when sounds are connected together and then played one at a time. Melody is often mislabeled by guitar players, but correctly identified by musicians playing guitar. For example, a guitar player will call playing a melody, lead guitar, while a musician playing guitar will correctly call it, melody guitar.Here’s another example, harmony is the result of more than one sound played at the same time. Confusion arises in this case because a guitar player will call this, rhythm guitar, while a musician playing guitar will simply call it, harmony guitar. The idea of lead guitar may have started because generally speaking, melody leads. But the idea of rhythm guitar doesn’t make much sense, since melody also has rhythm. In this lesson, we’ll focus on melody and leave harmony for later.

Let’s begin by reviewing the major scale the way Julie Andrews sang it to us in the Sound of Music, you know, Doe, a deer a female deer; Ray, a drop of golden sun; Me, a name I call myself; Far, a long, long way to run; Sew, needle pulling thread; La, a note to follow sew; Tea, a drink with jam and bread… Wow, the hills really are alive!

This do re mi fa so la ti method of symbolizing sound is known as Solfège. Solfège began in eleventh century Italy when Guido of Arezzo developed a six-note ascending scale that went: ut, re, mi, fa, sol, and la. Guido borrowed these syllables from the first verse of the Latin hymn: Ut Queant Laxis. Then, in 1600, Ut was changed to the open syllable Do, at the suggestion of Giovanni Battista Doni. A seventh syllable, si, was added soon after from the initials for Sancte Iohannes [Saint John] to complete the seven tone diatonic scale. By the nineteenth century, Anglo-Saxon countries had changed si to ti so that every syllable began with a different letter.

It’s interesting to note that Isaac Newton associated the 7 solfège syllables with the 7 colors of the rainbow and theorized that each color vibrated accordingly. Thus, red [the lowest sound] has the least amount of vibration while purple [the highest sound] vibrates the most. In other words, he believed this: C do Red; D re Orange; E mi Yellow; F fa Green; G so Blue; A la Indigo [Blue Violet] and B ti Purple [Red Violet].

Okay, now, let’s covert the solfège syllables into scale degree numbers or simply, tone numbers. In this transformation, Do becomes tone 1, Re becomes tone 2, Me is tone 3, Fa tone 4, So tone 5, La tone 6 and Ti tone 7. This simple tone number symbolization forms the basis of the Tone Note® Music Method for Guitar. In other words, by learning only seven tone numbers on your guitar, you may begin playing many songs. Tone Note® makes music and guitar so easy!

Practically speaking, there really are no songs to be played with only one tone number, tone 1. And there really aren’t any songs to be played with only two tones, tone 1 and tone 2. However, as soon as the third tone is added, tone 3, then, like magic, there are many songs that may be “spelled” with tone numbers and then played.

Let’s begin with a simple song, Merrily We Roll Along. Merrily may be played on the guitar by using only three tone numbers, tone 1, tone 2 and tone 3. At this point, there is really no need to learn how to read and understand the rhythm symbols of music, notes. This is because you already know how to sing this song and therefore you can “imitate” its rhythm.

Merrily

By adding one more tone, tone 4, we can play other songs. Here is a favorite Mother Goose song, Old King Cole. This song uses four tone numbers, tone 1, tone 2, tone 3 and tone 4. Remember, if you already know the song you can imitate the rhythm, however, if you don’t already know this song, then you would have to begin learning notes, the rhythmic duration symbol of music.

Old

With the addition of tone 5, many more songs are possible. Here is one of them, Mary Had a Little Lamb. It’s important to note that Mary only uses four tone numbers, tone 1, tone 2, tone 3 and tone 5. She doesn’t use tone 4. This is just like spelling words in English, not all words contain all 26 letters. In fact, no one word contains all 26 letters! You probably already know Mary Had a Little Lamb and therefore can imitate her rhythm. Notice how similar Mary is to Merrily We Roll Along… there is only a one tone difference!

Mary

I found this interesting and perhaps you will too. The reason there are no 26 letter words in the dictionary is because the usual rules of English spelling outlaw consecutive triple letters. We put hyphens in words that contain three of the same letters in a row, so as to separate the letters. For example: bee-eater, bell-like, cross-section, cross-subsidize, shell-less and joss-stick [incense]. A person who flees is a fleer, not a fleeer, and someone who sees is a seer, not a seeer. Chaffinches used to be called chaff finches, but when the two words were merged, one of the letter ‘f’s was dropped. It should be noted that written representations of noises often contain triple letters, such as brrr, shhh, and zzz, but they don’t really count as proper words. Too bad!

Let’s continue. By adding tone 6, we can play Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. Again, you probably already know this song and therefore can imitate the rhythm. Notice that Twinkle uses all six tone numbers, tone 1, tone 2, tone 3, tone 4, tone 5 and tone 6.

Twinkle

We’ll end this lesson by adding tone 7. By adding this final tone number of the major scale we can now play Jack Be Nimble. This song may be buried deep in your nursery school mind, so, once again, just like Old King Cole, you may have to learn the notes of rhythm. Notice that Jack uses all seven tone numbers, tone 1, tone 2, tone 3, tone 4, tone 5, tone 6 and tone 7.

Jack

It is my hope that this lesson has shown you how simple and easy music really is. Now, by continuing in this progressive step-by-step manner, from the beginning toward the end, I’m sure you’ll realize that with patience and practice, you will be able to play and enjoy music, and your guitar, at every stage of your life.

‘Til next time, have some Tone Note® Music Method fun… I’ll be listening!

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12 Tone Music Newsletter 01-28-2016 ~ by Mike Overly

January 28, 2016

BridgeYou’re gonna wanna read this latest 12 Tone Music Newsletter ~ To Bridge or Not to Bridge? ~ written by GRAMMY® Nominated Music Educator and author of Guitar and Bass EncycloMedia Mike Overly . . . http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs139/1119235923778/archive/1123422943393.html

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Harmony Rhythm’s Fatal Flaw Part 1 – by Mike Overly

December 10, 2015

slashJust as notes are the rhythm symbol of melody, harmony marks are the rhythm symbol of harmony. Unfortunately, most traditional guitar and bass methods use a meter slash as the rhythm symbol of harmony. This is a fatal flaw. The only purpose of a meter slash is to make a beat visible, they do not help us in knowing what rhythm to play on that beat. For that to be known, harmony marks are needed!

Meter Slash

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