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Quail Studios Music and Lead Sheets version 9/15/21Good morning! Here is the latest version of th...

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Vocal Range on Baby Blue - Badfinger
This video shows you the vocal range of Baby Blue by Badfinger and gives you options about what key to play it in. I'll be producing a video lesson on this song soon as soon as I get all the parts worked out.
As I was working on my last livestream I realized that it might be helpful to a lot of my students to know the vocal range of a song just in case they want to customize it to their voice or someone else's voice.
Perhaps I should include the vocal range for every song in my book eventually?
Just might do that as we go along.
Hal
https://youtu.be/mDayjNMAUuQ
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Hangout at 8 AM MDT Oct. 16, 2021
Hello everyone,
There have been some questions coming about the hangout time tomorrow morning.
(Sorry, I forgot to post the time.)

But... for months now I've been doing a live stream and then starting a hangout 5 minutes after the livestream ends.

If you click on the livestream video you will see a message at the bottom of the screen. (See the photo attached to this post.) I think the message will tell you when it starts according to your time.

The livestream will start at 7:35 AM my time, which is Mountain Daylight Time. (For those who live in Pacific Time it will be an hour earlier.) Everyone else in the world, except for Hawaii, will like this time because it happens in the morning before you go hiking, biking, swimming, skiing, sailing, flying, day trippin', etc. ;) (Unless, of course, you get up at noon on Saturday. I mean, who would want to do that? "Life is to be lived, not slept through." You can quote me on that.) People on the other side of the globe get to participate and it's not the middle of the night.

People in other time zones love this time. How do I know?  Because we have gotten more participation at this time than later times on Saturday.

You can catch the livestream later if you sleep through your alarm.
See you tomorrow morning!

Pro tip - Go to bed early on Friday night so that you can get up early on Saturday morning.
Or - you can stay up until the livestream is over and then go to sleep. Your choice.
Hal

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Hangout Link 2021Everyone is welcome to come and join.

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Livestream & Hangout Tomorrow Saturday October 16, 2021
The week goes by and I'm teaching, making videos, replying to comments on YouTube, studying in the morning, working in the garden, prepping around our place for winter, supporting friends and family in their trials, and then it's livestream and hangout time again.

Having your input on what to talk about during livestreams is valuable to me. Also when I'm teaching I get ideas about what to do and what videos to make. Teaching is fun to me because I learn so much from all of you as I do it.

Tomorrow we're going to talk about the Quail Studios Music and Lead Sheets book. Go through a little of that and hit on a concept from the back section. 

The hangout link will come as a Subscriber Only Post soon.
See you,
Hal
https://youtu.be/fWyKwN_TKdQ
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Livestream & Hangout Tomorrow Saturday October 16, 2021
The week goes by and I'm teaching, making videos, replying to comments on YouTube, studying in the morning, working in the garden, prepping around our place for winter, supporting friends and family in their trials, and then it's livestream and hangout time again.

Having your input on what to talk about during livestreams is valuable to me. Also when I'm teaching I get ideas about what to do and what videos to make. Teaching is fun to me because I learn so much from all of you as I do it.

Tomorrow we're going to talk about the Quail Studios Music and Lead Sheets book. Go through a little of that and hit on a concept from the back section. 

The hangout link will come as a Subscriber Only Post soon.
See you,
Hal
https://youtu.be/fWyKwN_TKdQ
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Madman Across The Water - Elton John
Last Saturday during my live stream a lady named Diana asked about how to transpose Madman Across The Water by Elton John. It has been quite a while since I listened to that song.
I pulled up a tab from Ultimate Guitar, compared a live recording from 1971 of Elton playing on BBC television, and found BIG discrepancies between the tab and the actual song. 
This video is an analysis of a small piece of the song and my interpretation of how it could be played with a guitar in standard tuning.
In that live version Elton improvises a lot. He is accompanied by drummer Nigel Olsson and bass player Dee Murray as a trio. That recording was done before guitarist Davey Johnstone arrived on the scene. 
Elton John's music has a lot of space in it. It slows down and has interesting contrasts. You don't hear that in pop music today. It usually slaps you across the face and gives you no time to breathe. Also complex harmonies are not mainstream right now. That's OK we don't mind, do we?
If you want to see that version just search Elton John Madman Across The Water and it's the second video to appear in the search usually. 
https://youtu.be/QORisparHfQ
See you soon.
Hal


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Alip Ba Ta original - Pagebluk - my take on it.
Hello everyone,
There are a lot of fans in Indonesia that like my work. I try not to cater to them exclusively but it's tempting because they put literally hundreds of comments on my Alip Ba Ta videos and ask for many reviews of Alip's work.
Pagebluk just got published on August 21st, 2021 on Alip's channel. This is an original song meaning "pandemic" in Javanese. Alip is brilliant, as always, in his playing. You can hear the sadness coming through in the music.
I really like this song. It's got two parts mainly. It is in ABA form with a higher part at the beginning and end and a lower middle section that sounds more western in style.
The tuning is very interesting. It is a modified open G tuning: D G D F# B D
I've never seen this tuning before, but then that's not saying much because I'm not an expert in alternate tunings. Have you heard of this tuning? Let me know in the comments.
Alip uses harmonics extensively to play the melody, something I can't do at the moment because of lack of practice in this style. As with most alternate tunings for me I'm completely lost watching the playing because I'm not familiar with the chord shapes.
During this video I play the beginning melody on my classical guitar in standard tuning and try to get a grip on the shape of the tune. During the B section I work on the bass movement and check out the harmony and some of the chords. I like to analyze a piece when it is beautiful and see what the chord progressions are and in what key. This helps my own understanding of music and composition.
This video and composition is all Alip's original work and he gets all compensation from ads. I make no money from making this video except through your support.
Online lessons are available from me in case any one is interested. Get in touch with me on my email.
Hal
https://youtu.be/GCTR1kVWaIY
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Livestream tomorrow morning 7:30 AM, hangout right after
When I teach songs they are usually in the original key. If I change the key of a song for a lesson I'll talk about that right up front.
When you play the guitar for yourself or for someone else to sing it's best to fit the song to your voice otherwise someone is going to be embarrassed.

https://rockoutloud.live/join/saturday-hangout 
If you're new to Rock Out Loud it's best to connect with an incognito Chrome browser and use headphones. The sound is better than on Zoom. I use it for online lessons all the time.

See you soon, Hal
https://youtu.be/-ueePQAzxZU
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A chord with a C# bass
Yesterday I made a couple of new chord videos and experimenting with lighting. 
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Asus2 Chord
Chords with a 9th in them were puzzling to me. According to current music theory a 9th chord needs to have a 7th in it to be properly called a 9th chord otherwise we call it a "sus2".  
If I'm wrong about this let me know please. 
Thanks,
Hal
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Summer Breeze - Seals and Crofts
Here is another video of the cover that I did of this song. This video shows you how I play the song on guitar. 
The last video that I posted of this was of me playing the bass. 
Let me know if this is something you want to see or not. 
Thanks,
Hal
https://youtu.be/4snp5sjyTwQ
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No Woman No Cry - Guitar Lesson
Here's the guitar lesson for No Woman No Cry. I had filmed this a month ago and finally got some time today to edit this video. So here you go.
Thanks for watching!
Hal
https://youtu.be/d22EtkPOVM8
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No Woman No Cry - Bob Marley
Here is the song example released before the guitar lesson video.
I hope your day is going well.
Hal
https://youtu.be/47dZjuQHT6A
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Tomorrow Morning at 7:30 AM MDT live stream and hangout, 
If you're new to Rock Out Loud it's best to connect with an incognito Chrome browser and use headphones. The sound is better than on Zoom. I use it for online lessons all the time.
See you soon, Hal
https://youtu.be/28-AQ6ksegw
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Rainbow Connection - Guitar tab and lyrics only
Here is a picture of where I am right now in my workflow as of Thursday morning and what the tab and lyrics look like together. You have to know the melody of this song in your head to be able to sing it because there are no notes to help you out. Only guitar tab and lyrics are present in this sheet. 
I just noticed a B note in the second measure of this picture that shouldn't be there. Don't worry, I'll take it out before publication. ;)
Hal
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Hello everyone,
I've been working on a tab for Rainbow Connection and this is the video that I did as I started working on this tab to give you the idea of the workflow that I have when I make one of these tabs. 
This tab is the guitar part with lyrics in between the standard notation and the tab. I'll make another post showing you where I am at the moment. Let me know if you like what you see. 
I could take out the standard notation and just put the lyrics with the tab. That would make the sheet look less busy for people who don't care about or understand standard notation. 
"Why do you write the standard notation first?" Because I think in terms of the music itself and not guitar tab. You will see in this video how I "see" the music as I'm writing it down and then how I turn this into guitar tablature.
This morning I'm still putting in the lyrics. Even when I'm not writing out the melody in notation there are thousands of elements to look at and check in a tab to make sure it is correct. Hopefully I'll get this finished today and then on to other editing and making videos. I've also got a few lessons to teach and some outside work to do after the sun comes up.
Hal
https://youtu.be/5twoBsylLMM
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Quail Studios Music and Lead Sheets BookHere is the link to the new version. The picture above is...

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LIveStream and Hangout September 25, 2021Tomorrow Morning at 7:30 AM MDT

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livestream and hangout
Hello everyone, tomorrow at 7:30 AM MDT I'll have a livestream and hangout.
More details will come later. I just wanted to give you a heads up.
Thanks,
Hal
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Summer Breeze bass part video
Hello everyone!
https://youtu.be/K7NrFaVbzwk
Here is a video that I'm working on.
In this one you can see me playing the bass part. I'll put one out with just the guitar part and then maybe one with all the parts simultaneously.
Hal
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This Saturday I'll be traveling back from Salt Lake City in the morning so we'll have the livestr...

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Hangout and LivestreamHello everyone! Tomorrow, Saturday, September 11th, I'll do a live stream a...

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Here is a vibrato guitar lesson. 
Got to go! We'll talk later.
Hal
https://youtu.be/6GK-JqGo1Uc
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Here is my cover of Redemption Song by Bob Marley so that you can see how I play it.
Thank you all for your support!
Hal
https://youtu.be/bBxlyW914Lg
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Quick post for you.
Hal
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