While we all love the brilliance of inspired improvisation, there is something to be said for a musical phrase that has been crafted and thought over and written out in the form of actual notes. While it may not be 100% divinely improvised at that moment, the initial inspiration may have made it to the page, and when the notes finally make it to your ears, theyâ€™re the ones that the composer has chosen, and theyâ€™re the notes that are right.
I recently ponied up the cash for four guitar lessons with this ASU student named Jake. He had me write out on manuscript paper a lead that I had been working on using tab as well as regular music notation.
Then, to record it, I started by loading a General MIDI blues tune by Otis Redding (which contained the drum and bass parts) into the BR-600. I then recorded the rhythm and lead guitar parts.
I’ve been obsessed by the creative process lately, figuring out the optimal approach for many things (like managing podcasts, creating comics, and – in this instance – creating music).
Have a listen to the results:
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