Wow! we've had 2 classes since the new year rolled in and 2 more to go before the NIFPA Performance... things are sounding great, I know I'm going to be one proud mama hen at the festival again this year.
I spent some time working on the Vocal assignments for A Love Like Yours, trying to make sure everyone got a chance to sing lead and back up through out the song. If you don't like the part you got, or you are unsure what your part is, I'm reposting the harmonies again, and we will review them in class next week. My plan is to teach the backup parts to the audience as well, hopefully we'll get the whole room singing along!
Its probably a good idea to write out a vocal roadmap for yourself, so that you know when you're singing what and what you're singing where... Some people are having to jump from harmony to harmony, do your best, and we'll sort it all out in class. If the part feels like its out of your vocal range and you need to switch parts please let me know so that I can make sure the parts are balanced.
Brother Drop Dead Boogie
we started writing riffs for this one last night, My thoughts for the festival as that we each would get 4 bars to play a riff, pre written or improvised (your choice) during the 2nd solo break. I've put together a recording and am posting 2 versions... the first has me playing an improvised solo on the guitar, then the fiddle, the second is exactly the same except I've left the solo area empty so that you can play along with the recording. I tried to make the recording as accurate to the arrangement as I could... the vocal map will be finalized next week. Remember that the melody on this one is pretty loosey goosey, So don't sweat it too much if you're not matching what I'm doing on the recording.... that being said, my entrances to the verses are counted out, so try to come in at the same time.
Gaucho (corta Jaca)
Here's a version of Gaucho with some really cool trading of melody and harmony parts...
See you next week!!!!