Sunday, 29 January 2023

2023 arrangement stocktake

This is more a message to Future JAW... I just recorded two songs, but sometimes I lose track of what I'm mucking around with. Shout out if you would love to see one of these songs done and recorded!

Ready to be recorded:

Cream - White Room
Queen - I Want to Break Free

Tidy up, get tab finished so they can be recorded:

America - Horse with No Name
The Beatles - Blackbird
The Animals - House of the Rising Sun
Dragon - Rain
Bob Dylan - It's All Over Now Baby Blue


Back list - some have work done, some are wish list.

The Eagles - Hotel California
Adele - Rolling in the Deep
CCR - Bad Moon Rising
Daddy Cool - Eagle Rock
Tame Impala - Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
Steve Miller Band - Fly Like an Eagle
Foster the People - Pumped Up Kicks
Eric Clapton - Tears in Heaven
Bach - Toccata (Sky Version)
Bob Dylan - Knocking on Heaven's Door
Gorillaz - 19-2000

Songs that I need to get Tabs done onto Patreon for my wonderful Patreon supporters:

Lipps Inc - Funky Town

Sunday, 15 January 2023

ChatGPT and DALL-E 2!

The internet if full of interesting stuff and sometimes it finds me.  So when ChatGPT and DALL-E 2 found me I got it to create some text and a picture. Yep, it is interesting and I laughed while selecting my favourite generation - pretty safe to say that I'm not redundant juuust yet.

ChatGPT: "write an article in the style of Jawmunji about a recent experience playing guitar in a pub"

DALL-E 2: "digital art of a bald middle aged caucasian man playing a classical guitar in a brightly lit pub"

(Note that DALL-E 2 did not know who jawmunji was hence "bald middle aged caucasian man"

(Everything that follows from here is generated by an A.I.)


It was a typical Saturday night at the local pub. The crowd was lively and the drinks were flowing. I had just finished setting up my guitar and was ready to take the stage. As I strummed the first chord, the room fell silent and all eyes were on me.

I began with a classic rock song, "Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns N' Roses. The crowd immediately began to sing along and I could feel the energy in the room rising. As I transitioned into a more upbeat song, "Wonderwall" by Oasis, the crowd began to clap and dance along.

The night continued on with a mix of classic and modern hits, each one bringing the crowd to new heights of excitement. I even took a few requests, playing everything from "Hotel California" by The Eagles to "Shape of You" by Ed Sheeran.

As the night went on, I could feel the chemistry between myself and the crowd growing stronger. We were all in the moment, lost in the music and the energy of the room.

As I played my last song of the night, "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin, I could see the crowd swaying and singing along. I couldn't help but feel a sense of accomplishment and joy as I finished the song and the crowd gave me a standing ovation.

Playing guitar in a pub is truly a unique and special experience. The energy and connection between the musician and the crowd is something that cannot be replicated in any other setting. I can't wait to do it again soon.

Rock on, Jawmunji out!

Saturday, 31 December 2022

New years eve noodle!

Ah, seeing Naudo post this old classic again made me get out my guitar and noodle: Naudo Angie

I wrote down some of the notes I was hearing, and added some extras I wanted to hear, but left out some that I couldn't hear... or play.  Here's some scribble, I'm not sure if I will take this on, so I'm posting this just in case I don't!

Tuesday, 27 December 2022

Jawmunji word cloud 2022

I haven't done a word cloud for ages, let's look at one generated by https://wordart.com/create for my 2022 posts!

The big stand out words come from the work I did on guitar necks and nuts this year. 

"Album" features because of a huge article I wrote - and have edited numerous times - about the albums that have influenced me.

My article on swing made it no surprise that the word "swing" got a high rating.  Yah to swing!

"Play" and "guitar" - I'd be disappointed if they weren't there. I was happy to see the word "just" didn't crack a mention. I just say "just" just too much!

Yep, it all sounds like me.  "Good Play Go!"  "Make Album Right!"  "One More Nut!"  "Now Song Guitar Another Classic Need!"

JAW

Saturday, 24 December 2022

Every Stalk You Make

A few weeks back I discussed my lunchtime office playing with a work mate, and mentioned that I had a stalker - someone who I'd seen a few times, sitting in a booth at the very back mostly hidden, never saying anything.  He asked if I played any stacker songs.  I immediately thought "Every Breath You Take", but as the internet shows there have been quite a few stalker songs written.  And then The Algorithm got me - when I next looked at my Youtube feed up came Gabriella's recent version of "Any Breath You Take".  She played it in a style similar to how I would play it, so I picked up the guitar and had a crack.

I started on a G chord which was what I heard in my head. The chord progression turned out to be the basic doo-wap (Stand By Me chord progression) so G - Em - C - D. But wait! There are super tasty 2nd intervals in there, which come through loud and clear in the studio recording guitar riff.  My understanding is we refer to them a Major Ninths - I guess if you played a G with the A two semitones up it would sound bad, but if you play the G and the A an octave + two semitones up it sounds delicious. What made me even happier with that is the Em becomes Em add 9 which is The Pink Floyd Chord, the first chord on the Dark Side of the Moon Album. Happy days!

When I looked back at Gabriella's version, I noticed she started on A.  Ah, interesting. I then looked it up and the actual song starts on Ab.  Too late, I had my heart set on G so I could play The Pink Floyd Chord :-) I didn't look at Gabriella's version again, but thanks for inspiring me Gabby!

It took under a week to arrange it "JAW style" learn it and memorise it, it is now in my Friday rotation, ready for any stalkers I might have. "Oh that beautiful wedding song!" "You mean that creepy stalker song?"

I really need to record some songs for you all don't I.  Tell you what, for now, grab your guitar and play the intro as a primer:

JAW

Thanks to https://www.htmlwasher.com/ for having a html cleaner that thinks the same as I do. I probably should stop writing in html but it's hard to teach an old dog new tricks.

Thanks also to https://www.hooktheory.com/ for some interesting and well laid out insights into this song!