Ska Music Lessons College Station TX

If you want to be rude, play everything on the upbeat. The basic building block of past and present ska is the accented and of each beat (Ex. 1). The tendency is to strum this apparently simple rhythm (often called the "clip") with upstrokes. But you get a fuller sound if you downstroke the upbeats because, with downstrokes, you hit the bigger strings first.

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I'm best at teaching students music that they want to learn. I specialize in rock and blues instruction. Don't own a banjo (learned on my daddy's), but am happy to pick one up if someone's interested (though they will probably need to provide one, don't know if I can buy two at the moment).
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I am versed in blues, rock, metal, folk, acoustic-finger-style, and various other acoustic styles. Acoustic finger-style and blues/rock I am perhaps the most highly proficient in, it being the first style I ever learned as a kid. But it is definitely not a limitation.
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I specialize in teaching: 7 string guitar, neoclassical, metal, blues, jazz , gypsy jazz, acoustic, flamenco and classical. Music Theory and recording.
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Austin, TX
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Houston, TX
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North Harris County College - Music-guitar - 1982-85 (not complete) Musicians Institute - Music-guitar - 1991-92 (not complete) University of North Texas - Music-guitar - 1985-87 (not complete) Klein High School - Music - 1974-78 (not complete)
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drums, guitar (acoustic & electric), bass (4, 5, & 6 string), Keyboard I have my own methods for each instrument that incorporates mechanics, theory, and reading
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Austin, TX
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5 to 99
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My method varies a great deal, as I often need to emulate styles for film. My natural style is very geared towards a British pop sensibility, although classically I am more influenced by German and Russian composers. My original (family) music education was in sixties pop and blues/folk guitar technique. My penchant for electronic music, ambient, dub, techno, and the like, should also be mentioned, for it has, over the years, effected my personal style.
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5 to 99
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I play all styles and genre . Guitar and bass-Theory and performance in classical, rock, jazz, country. Drums-Theory and performance in rock, pop,jazz. piano keyboards-theory and composition. Singing-folk,rock, performance, exercises and training.
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Ska Building Blocks By David Burk

Sessions From Guitar Player, February '99

If you want to be rude, play everything on the upbeat. The basic building block of past and present ska is the accented and of each beat (Ex. 1). The tendency is to strum this apparently simple rhythm (often called the "clip") with upstrokes. But you get a fuller sound if you downstroke the upbeats because, with downstrokes, you hit the bigger strings first.

Modern skameisters often play clip rhythms on the treble strings (G, B, and E). However, the '60s Jamaican originators -- ska's "rude boys" -- favored fuller voicings as shown in Ex. 2, a I-VIm-IIm-V progression in G. In bar 3, notice how the Am changes inversions.

For a truly rude flavor, add dominant-7th chords and sliding chromatic movement from either above or below the target harmony (Ex. 3). As illustrated here, occasionally it's effective to play on the downbeat.

Often called a "stuckey," a typical ska single-note riff features sixteenth-notes, played clean and very staccato (Ex. 4). Note the characteristic chromatic movement, as well as the arpeggiated chords.

These examples sound great with wah and work well at tempos from 150 to 190 bpm.

Listen to Example 4

 

 

DAVID BURK is a Minneapolis-based guitarist, producer, writer, and teacher. For info on Do You Know What Time It Is, an album by Burk's world-beat group, Labor Party, contact Nabi Musicworks, Box 8621, Minneapolis, MN 55408; (612) 823-6204.

 

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