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Slippery Slope

Written/Posted by rickhayes


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Size: 1,589kb, uploaded 7/9/2019 11:17:44 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Tunaday #370 - In D variant tuning (aDACD).

7 comments on “Slippery Slope”

stratovarious520 Says:
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 @1:33:36 PM

Another on-point connection with the mind’s eye. The piece brought back childhood memories of watching strip miners on the hills behind our home, clearing trees and such. A very pleasant melody...but I must ask, do you spend time in these tunings working out fingerings and riffs, or do you just play from the heart? There is absolutely no way I could navigate all these “variants” from memory! My hat’s off either way...either you have extraordinary memory, or are extremely good at letting the fingers fall where they may (luck?)!

rickhayes Says:
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 @2:31:39 PM

Thanks Greg. When I began my tune project the first of several objectives was to simply force myself to play and compose every day or at least as many days as possible. One secondary objective was to try out a bunch of different tunings, as I had seen many others on BHO use, whereas I had been familiar with only a few. Normaly people invent or use different tunings to make a particular tune or composition easier to play or more resonant through frequent use of open strings. I was approaching it from the opposite perspective in that I wasn't inventing tunings to fit compositions, but just trying out tunings explore them, after which I used them in composing. To try to answer your question, when I tried the tunings I noodled around in them, trying to figure out a few basic chords and how the notes flowed among the strings. Once comfortable with that, I would work on creating a tune. About navigating the "variants" from memory, I would say I couldn't do it immediately, but would be able to do it fairly quickly through the noodling process I described. I had never thought about it before now, but would say that the tunings probably, if not definitely, affected the mood or tonality or whatever word would describe the vibe of the tune. If you are interesed in a somewhat boring two page description of my project I can send it to you (I have your email). Thanks again for your comments.

stratovarious520 Says:
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 @9:18:34 AM

Absolutely brother, send it to me! Sounds interesting!

JanetB Says:
Friday, July 12, 2019 @10:55:42 PM

A creative project is rewarding. Another well-named tune! I think of struggles in life. There’s nothing good about a slippery slope except getting to the top. Do you keep your tunes in your memory easily? I use tab to remember them if I forget.

rickhayes Says:
Saturday, July 13, 2019 @8:18:01 AM

Thanks Janet. I don't know how to write tab and can't use it to play anything unless the tab program allows listening, such as Tefview; even then it's a struggle. That is why I recorded all of the tunes as soon as I had composed them. I would say a lot of the melodies are in my memory. Although I listen to them occasionally I don't play many of them but I think I could fairly easily replay them when I wanted to.

Laurence Diehl Says:
Monday, July 22, 2019 @12:48:37 PM

Nice! An interesting tuning, and I would agree that each tuning has it's own personality - kind of like a roadmap that shows you the various possibilities of where you might want to go. You took full advantage of this one. Kudos for forging ahead with the originals, it's not easy and most people can't do it at all.

rickhayes Says:
Monday, July 22, 2019 @3:50:58 PM

Hey Laurence, thanks for stopping by and for the positive comments. I'll never be a great picker but I always enjoy the challenge of coming up with something original using what talents I do have.

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