From Metal to Gypsy Jazz, the Harmonic minor is a scale that can transform your playing into tame little baby riffs into deep and vicious whirlwinds of Arabic sands and Gypsy violins.
Here is a voicing of the scale:
Here is the list, get your guitar ready
4. Johann Sebastian Buckley
3. Tremolo and the Djinn of Grappeli
2. Hey good lookin you got Hummus cookin
1. Sweeping out the harmonic
There you have it!
There has never been a more eclectic band that could still retain a distinct sound in the midst of the chaos of genres bouncing off of tonal walls.
It is safe to say that the main style of this L.A. band is defiantly ska, but they are not really anything because they are simply: Fishbone.
From 1979 to now, Fishbone never really got the recognition that they deserved, a tragedy because a world without Fishbone isn’t worth living at all. As a kid that grew up during the infancy of Alternative rock and I heard about the storied mosh pits from Fishbone concerts. Without further ado:
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I start off with a 90s single called “Sunless Saturday”, a track that really shows some guitar wizardry and proves that Fishbone could rock if they wanted too.
Here is the acoustic intro and main verse:
Ma & Pa
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Aha, now we are dealing with ska and it is all about upstrokes after a quick downward rake on the chord changes:
Skankin To The Beat
Everybody needs a little more ska in their life, so here is another easy little tab.
Lyin’ Ass Bitch
And more ska, this became a prototypical ska progression from a million ska bands after this song came out in 85
I hope you grow to love this crazy crazy band because they would get 1/10 of the love they deserve from their contributions to music.
The prolific and often sourced Canadian Joni Mitchell has been constantly wrestled with harmonic riddles through her long time practice of searching for chord progressions under the influence of heavily altered tunings for decades. Her insights are quite valuable, especially since I don’t want to spend that much time writing that many songs to earn said insights.
Let’s see two ways altered tunings and Joni Mitchell have made a beautiful union.
EADAAD Tuning for Dulcimer simulation on “A Case Of You”
I have to confess the intro reminds me of Fine Young Cannibals’ “She Drives Me Crazy” chorus and I chuckle a bit when I hear every time. However, this is a very gently meandering yarn of beauty that keeps unraveling into nostalgia and soliloquy.
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Hejira: Dark Moods and Altered Tunings (CGDFGC)
Hejira is a very dark, introspective, and mature non linear ballad that shows some interesting progressions and of course… tuning.