Beacon And A Bridge

This a song I wrote a couple years ago called a beacon and a bridge. I hope you like it and continue to write yourself. Weather your playing on a left handed acoustic guitar, a les paul, or any mix between, its all about taking chances and putting your stuff out there.

A Beacon and A Bridge Lyrics:
-heres to your madness, heres to finer things
-2 old souls sat drinking, in the warm summer rain
-a long story between them,perhaps to long to be told
-the rain begins to cease, and one of them spoke
-says, “you know that I know that theres nothing to know, the moon will rise soon and we’ll dance in the blue glow
-and watch the sunset weep from the edge of the ridge.Looking for a beacon and a bridge.”

-sunday lazy sunday, hypocrites fill the pews
-a good man he stands preaching, a good man brings good news
-a strong spirit between them, perhaps to strong to be told
-the sun shines in, and he thinks aloud
– says,”I pray and you pray we’ll see that shore someday, i don’t know where it is but i know theres more than one way
-and then you’ll receive for all that you give. looking for a beacon and a bridge.”

-10 years this november, 10 years in the fall
– a rambling man he does ramble, a falling man he does fall
-and vagabond shoes stay walking, set towards the rising sun
-a familiar eye walks near says, “man what happened here?”
-he says, “you see it your way and i’ll see it my way, for now I return to my home on the highway
-may yesterdays dreams be today how you live. and may you find a beacon and a bridge”

-the seasons pass like madness, the summer wind draws near
-sadness echos in the hallway, a good man dreams of better years
-a long rode lay before him, longer so than lay behind
-he questions the skies, bright starts in his eyes
-i say, “you go where he goes and he goes where you go and as your sky knows the setting sun you will dance in heavens blue glow
– and in all the years you have yet to live, I’ll help you find your beacon and a bridge.”

Simon

IStillGotMyGuitar

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Unique Guitars

Since the beginning of rock n roll guitarists have found a way to set themselves apart not just with the way they play the guitar, but with the guitars they play. The first that comes to mind is the double neck guitar that Jimi Page often donned when he was on stage. Of course, double neck guitars are not the only way to set yourself apart when it comes to your 6-string. To begin with, you can get guitars in any array of colors, including black guitars and pink guitars, and you could even get guitars painted as a British or American flag. I have seen custom guitar come in the shape of a state, such as Texas, or in a shape that imitates other instruments, like a harp. Any of these styles can draw you a little bit more attention when your about to rip that one killer solo.Does anybody out there have a guitar that they think sets them apart? Any pictures or even just a detailed description would be greatly appreciated.

Simon

IStillGotMyGuitar

Finger Picking

Finger picking has always been an alternative style of playing the guitar that has interested me. If you’ve mastered it, you can  sound great no matter if your playing in front of a packed crowd or practicing on your 15 watt amp at home. However, if you haven’t quite got it down, you can find yourself stumbling around and sounding painfully repetitive. To this point in my “career” my greatest successes in finger picking have come from learning songs that required me to finger pick and then trying to add my own style to the patterns I learned. A couple of the songs that I learned to help me acquire at least some skill. Specifically, the two songs I learned growing up that have helped me to play and write in a finger picking style are “Tears In Heaven” and “Dust In The Wind”. However, I still don’t pretend to have mastered playing in this way. When James Taylor described how he tried to play, he said he tried to play a guitar like he would a piano with his thumb being the left hand and the rest of his fingers being the right. This particular tip however, didn’t really make playing much easier for me. Does anybody out there have any advice for what to play or what to study to advance in finger picking?

Simon

IStillGotMyGuitar

Transfering What You Know On Guitar To Bass

It doesn’t matter if you have electric black bass guitar or an acoustic bass guitar, some time it can be difficult to transfer what you know on the guitar to making meaningful strides on the bass. I know personally only the most funky of my guitar stylings actually helps me succeed on the bass. For this very reason I find myself wondering if it is completely necessary to re-learn technique and theory to progress in playing the bass as apposed to the guitar.  I know that Jimi Hendrix often time re-recorded the bass lines on his records and he never particularly trained himself to play the bass;however, he was Jimi Hendrix. Perhaps the only true thing that transfers from the guitar to the bass is the dexterity, though with the bass the finger movements are actually quite different due to the separation of the strings as well as the strength it requires to hold down the string. Does anybody out there have any suggestions as to how to better translate guitar skills it’s 4 stringed brother? Any suggestion as always would be appreciated.

Simon

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Angel – Simon George

As most of you have noticed, I have been posting videos of myself playing on youtube so that I can both promote my website and allow the people looking at my blog to get to know me better. The video I am posting today however, is the first time I have posted a video of myself playing a song. I wrote this song when I was living in Chattanooga, TN. Though I like to try to write most of the songs I produce as part of a larger product trying to tell a story throughout, this song sort of cam about on its own. It is about a particular topic;however, as most songs it is always up to personal interpretation. The video and the lyrics are included below:

Angel Lyrics:
-Angel, my sweet angel
-tell me, im still in your hand
-its rainin, dark clouds above me
-no soul to love me, no strength to stand
-i’m broken, 30 miles from Austin
-where i’m going, I cannot say
-its dark, no lights above me
-no relief comes to me,still its here i stay
-and i dont know, what it takes to be a man
-no, i cant walk on the water, i can’t turn water in to wine
-but ive robbed 30 banks for my daughter, i shot that damn sheriff for my son
– i crossed that border for my brother, and now im here just standin here on the run
– and il go, by the light of day, and i wish to god, that I could stay
-and tomorrow il hop town, il jump on a south bound train
-rap with people i aint never knew and see places i aint never seen
-watch the florida sun rise, from behind the deep blue sea and still im thinkin of my home
-angel, my lovely sweet angel
-the road before me goes on for days and days
-its dark, no lights above me
-o my angel, wont you light my way

I hope y’all enjoy it enough to get inspired and pick up the old koa guitar and write your own song, or at least listen to the next one I post.

Simon

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James Taylor 7/12/12

In the interest of not being able to hold back the excitement of getting James Taylor tickets for his show in Nashville in July, I decided to talk about a couple James Taylor songs in my post today(despite the fact that I have spoken of his songs before, he never gets old to me). I only semi-recently began listening to JT after one of my good friend’s dads passed away. James Taylor has been one of the many classic rock artists my friend’s dad had shown him growing up, and he in turn passed him onto me. Though is more produced songs are great, what really struck me about JT were his live performances where it was just him, the mic, and a rosewood guitar baring it all. Below I have posted some live songs and the elements that make me love them:

I love this James really shows his range and a musicians. Though the piano chord progression is obviously very simple, he accents it with soulful singing and a lyrical prowess that is not touched by very many people.

This is a great song that features JT playing guitar in the way only he can accented by his fantastic lyrics. I especially love in this recording when he gets the crowd involved by getting them to hum a “D”.

This song was written for James’ nephew and is just a example of how he can write a beautiful song at will.

“Thinking bout women and glasses of beer.”

-James Taylor

Amen.

Simon

IStillGotMyGuitar

Repetative Playing

As you begin to grow as a player it seems to become harder and harder to try to find ways to make sure that your playing, writing, and riffs don’t become repetitive. It is especially hard once you really star to develop your own style of play and even develop a “signature lick” as all the greats do (listen closely and you’ll notice Page, Vaughn, and even Hendrix all have home bass licks. Though creating your own unique style is obviously important, having a style that is redundant is boring to even the least trained of ears. To counter this myself, I have tried to mix up the different minor scales I play (I’m a minor scale junky because I love to play the blues, but there is several variations of the minor scale) and try to run through my scales in odd orders. However, I am always looking to try to figure out more ways to make my leads more interesting. Does anybody have any suggestions that might help me and the other players out there looking to try to add some new tricks to their repertoire?  The more diversity you have the better your gonna sound weather your playing on a 50 watt amp or in front of hundreds. As always, all suggestions are appreciated.

Simon

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