Ska Music Lessons Framingham MA

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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In terms of teaching guitar, my main instrument, I specialize in teaching improvisation and developing solos or lines over chord progressions. I also am versatile in early any style of music and can help any student play what they want to play fast because I understand anything they throw at me. I also excel at teaching jazz and bluegrass because of my extensive knowledge in theory and mandolin, respectively.
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Since my own interest is in avant-garde, experimental, improvised music, my teaching emphasis is on developing the student's original voice and creative confidence outside the confines of any specific genre. On guitar, I'm comfortable with folk, rock, blues, and the basics of jazz playing, but my tendency is to try and identify in an abstract way what concepts or techniques will most serve the student's development, whether that be an increased understanding of notation, harmony, melody, some…
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I concentrate on ear training, improvisation, and explore styles ranging from pop, alternative, rock, prog, and blues, to metal, funk, and folk etc. I do not sight read. Rather, I work with the student with theory and arrangement conventions to really understand the music. This intern, greatly sharpens their musical ear and helps them to learn music much faster because they understand how it is put together; why and how it works, etc.
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I have several different approaches to teaching. It all depends on the level of the student and comes down to practicality and effective ways of presenting material so it can be remembered, processed and developed further. I use tablature for beginners simply out of practicality. I prefer to move to more hands on approaches with ear-training and note-reading as soon as possible to allow a more universal way of learning instruments and music that allow the student to see beyond the scope of th…
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Sax: beg to adv Piano and Guitar: beg Improvisation Saxophone is my primary instrument and I can teach all levels of saxophone playing. I also play and can teach Beginner Clarinet, Flute, Guitar and Piano. I have years of experience both in the theoretical studies and performance of Jazz, Classical and Rock music, as well as other styles such as Latin Jazz, Funk and Experimental Composed and Improvised music.
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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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