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Hello All, this months Recording Challenge topic was chosen by 3rdwaverider “The Beatles”. 

3rdwaverider said “I had an idea: what if the challenge aspect of the recording is that we ask that the guitarist play any Beatles tune, but adapt it to his or her favorite genre:  play it as a jazz tune (using chord embellishments), as a country tune, using major and dominant chords, as an acoustic tune, or finger style.  

Please also feel free to post Christmas songs.

Next months winner will be chosen by the “Random Picker” and the winner will get to choose the next topic.

1. NeilES335 playing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"

2. 3rdwaverider playing "I Want to Hold your Hand"
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I realise this isn't the Beatles... but it is a Christmas Song.

My little contribution to the Christmas season; a recording of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas". I hope you enjoy it, and it spreads a little joy to you and yours. 

I'm Dedicating this recording to my Dear Mother, who went to be with the Lord, 4years ago this week. Mom loved Christmas so much and made it very special for all of us.

God Bless; Neil

(see MP3 attached file below)

 

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas-003.mp3

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Nice work with this tune,  @NeilES335.  Your chord voicings in particular stand out. Your touch is excellent. I can hear each note in the chord clearly and the voice leading is always going the right direction.

Merry Christmas!

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@3rdwaverider @Nutty 1 and others who gave me a Like; thank you so much for your kind comments. @3rdwaverider I especially appreciate the feedback. These points are just what I've been working on... clear articulation of each note, allowing the right notes to ring out, others muted as appropriate.

I should also mention, credit for this arrangement goes to the great contemporary jazz guitarist, Frank Vignola, Truefire Jazz Studio.

ps.@3rdWaverider I did post a Beatles song previously; "Till there Was You" 

 

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Love that song @NeilES335 ! And your melody line was clear and the on the beat ...  plus, we get to hear you improvise on this one! So glad you added this to the set list.  Lets see if we can keep it rolling.

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@NeilES335 kicked-off the Beatles set so I thought throw another 45 on the turntable.  I first heard this interpretation at a live show in Portland - a tribute to Grant Green by guitarists Dan Balmer and Dan Faehnle. The next day, I transcribed Grant Green's cover from his 1966 album that featured the tune as the title track. It's different. You will either like it or you won't ... but that's jazz!

https://soundcloud.com/user-109335979/i-want-to-hold-your-hand

 

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On 12/14/2020 at 10:48 PM, NeilES335 said:

I realise this isn't the Beatles... but it is a Christmas Song.

My little contribution to the Christmas season; a recording of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas". I hope you enjoy it, and it spreads a little joy to you and yours. 

I'm Dedicating this recording to my Dear Mother, who went to be with the Lord, 4years ago this week. Mom loved Christmas so much and made it very special for all of us.

God Bless; Neil

(see MP3 attached file below)

 

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas-003.mp3 1.94 MB · 6 downloads

Thanks for this, Neil. I think we all should spread a little joy these days, just like you did with this song.

I do notice that you have really progressed in your playing. Your latest recordings all sound "in the pocket" with great timing and feel.

Wim.

 

 

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On 12/17/2020 at 4:43 AM, 3rdwaverider said:

@NeilES335 kicked-off the Beatles set so I thought throw another 45 on the turntable.  I first heard this interpretation at a live show in Portland - a tribute to Grant Green by guitarists Dan Balmer and Dan Faehnle. The next day, I transcribed Grant Green's cover from his 1966 album that featured the tune as the title track. It's different. You will either like it or you won't ... but that's jazz!

https://soundcloud.com/user-109335979/i-want-to-hold-your-hand

 

@3rdwaverider That's different indeed. I had to listen a second time before I even recognized the Beatles song in it 🙂 . But it is a very original approach and I liked it. Thanks for sharing.

Wim.

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On 12/18/2020 at 7:44 AM, Wim VD1 said:

@3rdwaverider That's different indeed. I had to listen a second time before I even recognized the Beatles song in it 🙂 . But it is a very original approach and I liked it. Thanks for sharing.

Wim.

I had the same experience first time I heard it. It wasn’t until they played the bridge that I recognized it. What’s remarkable is how soon after the song’s original release that Grant released his cover. 

But that’s what jazz players have done forever. Interpreting Broadway tunes was a mainstay for players of the War generation. Grant and Wes covered the standards but they also took on pop tunes. Listen to Wes’ cover of Goin out of My Head, or People...
 

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On 12/18/2020 at 10:27 AM, Wim VD1 said:

Thanks for this, Neil. I think we all should spread a little joy these days, just like you did with this song.

I do notice that you have really progressed in your playing. Your latest recordings all sound "in the pocket" with great timing and feel.

Wim.

 

 

Hi Wim; thank you so much... I have worked at it, so it's nice to know that it's yielding some results. I haven't been much for using a metronome in the past, but I found especially for recording it's a real necessity and a valuable asset. 

I've really noticed your playing progress too... whereas I've focused on jazz you've branched out to all sorts of genre's which makes you a very good all-around player. Well done Sir! N

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On 12/16/2020 at 10:43 PM, 3rdwaverider said:

@NeilES335 kicked-off the Beatles set so I thought throw another 45 on the turntable.  I first heard this interpretation at a live show in Portland - a tribute to Grant Green by guitarists Dan Balmer and Dan Faehnle. The next day, I transcribed Grant Green's cover from his 1966 album that featured the tune as the title track. It's different. You will either like it or you won't ... but that's jazz!

https://soundcloud.com/user-109335979/i-want-to-hold-your-hand

 

@3rdwaveriderGreat David! Some very mellow lines and improvising too... nice recording as well. N  (one day I'll figure out how to insert a drum track in my recordings)

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