Pickers Circle – Nov. 11

Doors open 7 pm — Session ends at 9:30 pm

Session Highlights on Youtube. Click here.

mailto: Charles@westrc.com for the Zoom link

This session features Bluegrass but that’s only a suggestion. I will go through Doc Watson’s — Doc’s Guitar for beginner/intermediate players. Video

Doc’s Guitar is a very fast classic that every fingerpicker should know how to play. The good news is that chords are quite simple and the right hand is mostly the fast banjo roll we learned at the end of Freight Train. The bad news is that full speed is 160 bpm and I’ll be surprised if anyone can play it at that speed. More good news; it sounds pretty good at half speed.

A Section — Chord shapes are C, Am, F , G and G7. The chords change every quarter note. At 60 bpm this is once a second. This is a great left hand study. The right hand is mostly just T, m , T , i. Thumb, middle, Thumb, index. We play the melody by stressing the Thumb playing the root of each Chord. C, A, F, G and if those notes are all you play, you can play along with Doc Watson at 160 bpm. Playing all the notes at 60 bpm means 4 notes a second — quite possible .

B Section — Chords are C, F, G — There is a pull-off in the C chord that is a challenge but very good for improving left hand strength and co-ordination. The melody moves to the higher strings.

C Section — Chords are E/E7, Am/Am7, D7, G7 is just a nice bluesy passage. Play the chord then add the 7th. It’s all in first position. Easy at 60 bpm but gets harder as you speed up.

If some just wish to play and listen we can break into two or three groups.

Beginners should review Chromatic and Diatonic scales but this is not a prerequisite.

Pickers Circle – Oct. 28

Doors open 3 pm — Session ends at 5 pm

Session Highlights on Youtube. Click here.

mailto: Charles@westrc.com for the Zoom link

This session features Train songs but that’s only a suggestion. I will go through Liz Cotton’s Freight Train as a basic introduction to Travis Picking for beginner/intermediate players. Chord shapes are C Em F and G and G7. If someone wants to do it in A we can do that.

Freight Train with a metronome
1 23 41 23 4
CG7 G7
Freight Trainfreight trainrun so fast G A B
G G C
Freight trainfreight traingoin’ so fast C B Bb
Em Em7F F
Please don’tsay what train I’m on So They
CG7 G6CC
won’t knowwhere I’ve gone.

If some just wish to play and listen we can break into two groups.

Beginners should review Chromatic and Diatonic scales but this is not a prerequisite.

Pickers Circle — Oct. 14

Doors open 7:00 pm Party starts at 7:30 pm

Session Video

Joe Turner

E 2 B7 4
—- They
E 2 3 4 E 2 3 4E 2 3 4E 2 E7 4
tell me JoeTurner’s come and gone —- They
A 2 3 4A 2 3 4E 2 3 4E 2 3 4
tell me Joe Turner’s come and gone
B7 2 3 4 B7 2 3 4 E 2 A7 4E 2 B7 4
Got myman andgone ———He
came out with40 links of chain—- He
came out with 40 links of chain
got my man andgone — They
tell me JoeTurner’s come andgone—- They
tell me JoeTurner’s come andgone—- Done
left me hereto sing this song—- Come
like henever come before—- Come
like he never come before
Got myman andgone
A 12 Bar Blues

Pickers Circle Sept 30, 2020

Doors open 7:00 pm Party starts at 7:30 pm

References

Program

  1. Housekeeping
    • These sessions are recorded
    • Please Leave a Comment on this page either before or after the session.
      • more X — less Y how about ??
    • You are on mute. You can play along
    • Got a Question? Wave or send a chat
    • Program at VFSS.CA/BLOG — has all the reference material
    • The main room will continue the technical aspects of picking in parallel with the breakout sessions. Interested pickers pls return to the main room.
  1. Introduction 7:30 — 8:00 pm
    • Why do this.?
    • Improve by playing with others
      • choose a goal, make a plan, practice daily — record and keep recordings
      • tuner metronome capo and your book
      • players — learners — listeners
      • Playing by Ear — what is a lead sheet ?
        • 6 ways to Froggy
        • A D E – doom phwap
      • 12 Bar Blues – Froggy
  2. Guest Interview — John Wade — 8:00 pm
    • Please download the Reference material and bring a capo and a thumb pick.
  3. Audience round — break out? 8:30 — 9:30
    • 12 Bar blues — beginner scales ?
    • John and Charles are in the main hall if you leave the room

Multi Track Video

The video edit on this clip is pretty good. I suspect they are using ProTools which is pretty expensive and they are pros.   

We can achieve the same effect as follows:

  1. Create a click track on an mp3 file.    Sound recorder and a metronome will serve.
  2. Each musician records the song using whatever they have to create an mp4.   A smart phone on a tripod works pretty well.  Count the start in 1 2 3 4 to sync the tracks.  We cut this out of the final production.
  3. We pick the most likely version and each listen to it while re-recording our own part.
  4. The tracks are mixed into a video using LightWorks or ShotCut.  
  5. We could post the individual .mp4s on YouTube  so we don’t need to email huge video files.

Video Editing

Video editing is a pretty big topic.  I made a video a few years with LightWorks which was a real bear to operate.   Microsoft Movie is no longer easily available on windows 10 so  I searched WordPress and someone recommended  SHOTCUT.   

Here is a good example of what I have done so far —

Shotcut enables you to assemble images and clips or parts of clips onto a timeline just like LightWorks  and MS Movie but the user interface is much easier to mange.   The timeline contains both audio and video tracks from videos in your playlist. 

 
You can easily create transitions between shots and remove all of the audio from the clips you load and replace it with custom sound if you are so inclined.   You can create and manage Titles and text overlays that follow parts of your movie.   


I’m still learning to use SHOTCUT but if anyone wants to create  a video from some smart phone footage I’ll give it a try. I use AUDACITY,  as a digital audio workstation.   It lets me create multi track audio and mix tracks down to stereo for publication or to use as a studio audio track with a video.


Both AUDACITY and SHOTCUT are open source and cost only time to download and install.