Tuesday, 26 August 2008

What's happening August 2008

I'm usually working on several tunes at a time, I flick between them as my interest weathervanes.  The funny thing is if I've been away from a tune for a week when I get back to it I can play it better!  Strange old thing the brain.

Anyway, what's happening - I've been processing Naudo's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" for about 6 months.  It's hard, good fun though.  I can't play it well enough for youtube, but it is next on the list.  This one is more plucked than strummed; I used a similar technique that I applied to my "Reckless".  Naudo strums it but I found it initially easier to pluck it.  If I was to do it again I'd probably force myself to strum it instead.  Next time.

It's got a skippy feel to it baaah-da-baaah-da-baaah-etc and you lock your first finger across second fret first 3 strings and your _third_ finger on the third fret second dtring to make a D - and then use your second finger to do the walk the thumb bassline F# and B.  Give the intro a try, remember, skippy and mute the treble strings with your left hand after you plucked them:

Another tune I've been working on for a long while is "Great Gig in the Sky".  Whenever I play "Breathe" I spawn straight into it.  It's quite complex from a chord point of view, and I tried for ages transposing it for a "nice" left hand position, but nothing worked.  Found a piano version, it doesn't transcribe very easily to guitar; pretty much everything ended up being a bar chord.  Which means I can practise it for about 3 minutes before my left thumb is knackered ;)  However, it sounds *fantastic*.  I'm up to the vocal solo, and surprisingly it is going to be straight forward to oo-ah-ah-oo while keeping the bassline going, as the vocal is in the chords (which are Gm and C9).  Just a case of memorising it...and putting in the 3 minutes a day practise!

I've got a couple of others on the go...talk about them next time.

Monday, 25 August 2008


...name's JAW but there aren't many sites around that still have the username "JAW" available so I go with Jawmunji, a name given to me by an an old boss.  It is a reference to the movie Jumunji; I'm not quite sure how it related to me...it is a name however obscure enough that I am pretty much ensured of getting it as a username on any site :)

Yeah okay, JAW is my actually my initials, in real life I am Jason Waddell.  You won't guess my middle name.  Really.

Anyway, the purpose of this blog is for me to vent my guitarist rants and raves.  Lets see if I can explain why:
  • I post videos of me playing songs on youtube (http://youtube.com/jawmunji), but that's not really a place for rambling.
  • I've got a lot to talk about and occasionally the two people who will ever read this blog might find stuff useful, insightful, or just plain humourous.
  • I spend all day in front of computers and type fast so finding time now and then to blog is convenient.  However I don't get much time to play guitar (to paraphrase John Denver "I'd play my guitar all day if I could but The Lord and my wife wouldn't take it very good") - so if I can't play much, then I may as well talk about playing instead ;)

That's enough for now.  It's just a blog, not a full blown memoir.  I'll be in touch.