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Mike Neer


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Post  Posted 30 Mar 2019 8:00 am    
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Here is a little something I tabbed out and posted on my blog. It's a great exercise for learning to make the changes of a bebop style blues.

http://www.lapsteelin.com/2019/03/30/joe-pass-modern-blues-1/
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Bill McCloskey


Post  Posted 30 Mar 2019 9:34 am    
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Nice Mike.

Gave me something to do today. Thanks to your sheet music, I'm transcribing this etude for 12 string Eharp tuning. It is a great etude to practice, although for me, it is a completely different exercise. I've worked out the first 4 bars and I mostly haven't had to leave the 8th fret. So it is a right hand exercise for me since my left hand hardly moves. I'll try and get a video up if I work it out.
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Mike Neer


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Post  Posted 31 Mar 2019 7:48 pm    
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If you re able to play this in one position without a lot of movement, there ars some ways that you can jazz this up with embellishments such as adding in enclosures above and below a note, which would be pretty easy in a tuning like Alkire. It’s just a matter of having that kind of right hand control. That will really bring out the bop feel.
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Bill McCloskey


Post  Posted 1 Apr 2019 4:59 am    
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Worked most of it out this weekend and it pretty much lays out in two frets on the Alkire tuning. I don’t have that bebop timing at all but I will keep listening to you sample
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Bill McCloskey


Post  Posted 1 Apr 2019 5:27 am    
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Right hand is tricky, but not undoable, which makes a great etude, I guess.
Didn't you experiment with the Alkire tuning at one point?
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Mike Neer


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Post  Posted 1 Apr 2019 8:15 am    
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I had begun the process of conceptualizing what I wanted to play through the lens of the Alkire tuning but decided it wasn’t going to work for me. I had a lot of whacky ideas with chromatic strings, but ultimately feel best served by what I am playing with now, especially the extended 10 string version.

When I had my first guitar lesson with a great jazz guitarist, I went to him because I wanted to sound like he was playing. It was Mike Stern and I bugged him for months until he finally said “come over.” Unfortunately, I was ill-prepared when he said “let’s play a blues”. I was in my early 20s and still had no idea yet about reharmonization of the 12 bar blues—I had never made the connection between what Lightning Hopkins was playing and what Charlie Parker played. I had been self-taught and kind of new and in the dark about jazz. Well, I definitely learned that day. It is still one of the most important days of my life.

I have since made it a mission to become as intimate with the blues in all its forms as I can. There are many tunes that you wouldn’t imagine are a blues but they are because of their form. Maybe not harmonically, but in form.

Anyway, I want to post a lot more stuff on blues, if anyone is interested, subscribe to the blog.
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Peter Krebs


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Post  Posted 1 Apr 2019 8:04 pm    
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Hey Mike! Great stuff. This might seem like a dumb question, but how do I subscribe to your blog? Thanks! Pete
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Dustin Rhodes


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Post  Posted 2 Apr 2019 5:22 am    
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Mike Neer wrote:
If you re able to play this in one position without a lot of movement, there ars some ways that you can jazz this up with embellishments such as adding in enclosures above and below a note, which would be pretty easy in a tuning like Alkire. It’s just a matter of having that kind of right hand control. That will really bring out the bop feel.


Showed my mom this post and her response "there was nothing easy about the alkire tuning". Haha
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Peter Krebs


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Post  Posted 2 Apr 2019 6:20 am    
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Hey Mike! Great stuff. This might seem like a dumb question, but how do I subscribe to your blog? Thanks! Pete
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Mike Neer


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Post  Posted 2 Apr 2019 7:08 am    
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Peter Krebs wrote:
Hey Mike! Great stuff. This might seem like a dumb question, but how do I subscribe to your blog? Thanks! Pete

Peter, in the right side column it says Subscribe to Lapsteelin via email—just type your email in the box and hit submit.
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Todd Clinesmith


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Post  Posted 2 Apr 2019 7:21 pm    
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Excellent work Mike. Nice to see the D-10 getting some attention again.
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