Ska Music Lessons Gresham OR

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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Cedar Street
Fairview, OR
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Opera Voice, Guitar, Singing
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5 to 70
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National Conservatory of Music of Panama - Vocal Poliphony - 1994-1997 (completed)
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Milwaukie, OR
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Portland, OR
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Drums, Music Theory, Guitar
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8 to 50
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I can teach drum charts to those looking to start reading, or also by ear, which is how I mostly learned. However, I also am knowledgeable in music theory from my studies as an undergrad, and could apply that to my guitar lessons.
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Portland, OR
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I specialize in Classical Guitar, and I prefer to use the Aaron Shearer guitar method books to teach beginners proper technique and to read music. I am also extremely proficient in other styles, including Rock and Blues.
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Drum: beg to adv Piano: beg to adv Guitar and bass: beg to inter Piano: I teach a method that my father--a professional music teacher in the Phoenix valley--has developed for 37 years which includes original exercises, music and books by Pace, Noona, Faber, Minsky and more. Drums: I developed a creative approach to drumming incorporating reading from the beginning. I use Syncopation by Ted Reed and the Breeze Easy methods to start. Also have play along CD's and playlists. Guitar: I took lesso…
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Simsbury High School - - August 2000-June 2004 (High School diploma received) Hofstra University - Music - August 2004-May 2008 (Bachelor's degree received)
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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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