Battle of the Guitarists: Mood for a Day



Battle of the Guitarists: Mood for a Day

Postby Greenglade's Frog » Sat Aug 13, 2005 12:11 am

This is somewhat a variation on my "Struggling Musicians Vine" in the Trades forum.
How about this? A sort of "open mike by mail", in which we focus on a specific tune, in this case "Mood for a Day"(other tunes could be Clap, Ancient, etc.) Who plays the "best " version?
It would be hard to judge, as music is so subjective, everyone has their own tastes.
It'd be great to have a version exactly like Howe's of course, but we've all heard his version so many times we may be tired of it. So, like a frozen pizza you wanna spice up, you can add your own toppings, in other words, improvise.
I think the award for most original variation on the basic Mood for a Day template......
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Postby Greenglade's Frog » Fri Sep 23, 2005 11:32 pm

Man everyone is lazy, or still learning the first three chords to "And You and I"...
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Postby khalpin » Fri Sep 30, 2005 2:29 am

Actually, I'd love to do it. I play it all the time, but I don't have any recording equipment. So apart from me putting a phone up to my guitar and leaving the tune on someone's voice mail to then upload, I could never get it online.

Oh yeah, plus I'm lazy...
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Postby RockitJeff » Sat Dec 24, 2005 9:30 pm

i've been trying to play the thing for 25 years, and it's still not ready for prime time..

I bought my son a Zoom G2.1u for his electric guitar; it's got Cubase recording software. I might be able to run a mic through it and get good results? if so, I'll post up flawed playings in the months to come...
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Postby Greenglade's Frog » Sat Dec 24, 2005 9:47 pm

sounds cool.
The only part I am unsure of is the first scale, whether it's mostly thirds with open strings or what...I do it that way. Notes sound ok .
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Ed's tab of Mood for a Day

Postby Greenglade's Frog » Mon Feb 27, 2006 7:10 pm

As a supplement to learning Clap, I am polishing up Mood for a Day, a piece I've played for 20 years. A guitar teacher just showed me where to put my fingers. Don't know if his version was entirely correct but I do notice that after the first Flamenco descending scale with hammer on roll off ending on low E string, there is series of D and E passages(red font).
The suspect note is the G sharp(large, bold, in red font)....I just play open G natural. ?????Who plays the G sharp on first fret??? Doesn't sound exactly right, or maybe my ear is not so good....






E------|----------------------------------------------------------------
B------|----------------------------------------------------------------
G------|----------------------------------------------------------------
D------|----------------------------------------------------------------
A------|----------------------------------------------------------------
E---3--|--0h2h3p2p0h2h3p2p0h2h3p2p0h2h3p2p0h2h3p2p0h2h3p2p0h2h3p2p0-----



E------------------||--------------------|--------------------|---------
B------------------||--3--2--0-----------|--3--2--0-----------|--3------
G------------------||-----------2--1-----|-----------2--1-----|---------
D------------------||--0--------------4--|-----------------4--|---------
A------------------||--------------------|--------------------|---------
E---h2h3p2p0h2-----||--------------------|--0-----------------|--3------

I'll post more in another Topic
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Postby YesThatIsHowe » Sun Mar 26, 2006 5:05 pm

Ed, I've always played the G Sharp, NOT the G natural. I know, I've had former guitar teachers whose claim to fame was that they could ultimately hold a pick (sarcasm). They showed me more wrong ways to play Howe than even Steve could probably invent! That's the thing about Howe to play Howe accurately; I've been in many fights with musicians over what note is where and they always disagree with me.

One guy from high school actually bet me five bucks that I was wrong about some note or chord from CTTE. I won five bucks when I played along with the LP! Howe puts in notes that really almost train YOUR ear to the music instead of vice-versa. When you play them, you think "No way!" but they ARE the notes he is playing. I don't read music; I play by ear, so I've always heard these little weird notes which just make logical sense in the beautiful, skewed logic of Howeuniverse. That's why Clap is so damned hard to play well. There are easier notes to hit, only one fret off, that sound close. But, they're not the right ones.

Also, Steve changes things constantly live. I've never seen him (on dvd) play the jazz chords on the second verse of Roundabout as he did on FRAGILE. They're hard to finger quickly. Even Alex Lifeson changed the difficult beginning of Freewill's solo on EXIT: STAGE LEFT. You get the feeling that it's a whole different animal up on stage, and simpler is better!

That's one of the reasons I try to learn studio versions of songs. With very few exceptions, the live tracks are always simplified...

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Postby YesThatIsHowe » Sun Mar 26, 2006 5:10 pm

YesThatIsHowe wrote:Ed, I've always played the G Sharp, NOT the G natural.


OOPS! Sorry, Greenglade's Frog, I was referring to ewe! What Ed tabbed out is correct...

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Playing Live Is Different!

Postby Tucson Bass Player » Wed Apr 19, 2006 2:47 am

YesThatIsHowe wrote:Ed, I've always played the G Sharp, NOT the G natural. I know, I've had former guitar teachers whose claim to fame was that they could ultimately hold a pick (sarcasm). They showed me more wrong ways to play Howe than even Steve could probably invent! That's the thing about Howe to play Howe accurately]


Playing live is a different creature. You will always play your parts a little different to cut through the mix in different situations,etc. [:idr]
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Postby Greenglade's Frog » Mon Jul 03, 2006 11:03 pm

Yes actually what Ed tabbed is correct, but on the Fragile version, he adds extra notes , at least on the first part.... note is the G sharp, but he adds a few more notes and a different rythm, jumpy.
The scale ,the reverse scale passage is correct. Now play it exactly like this.
I'll get around to recording an MP3 and posting it some time.


One of my compositions:
http://www.all-texts.com/reverbimprov.mp3http://www.all-texts.com/classicalguitarist
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Postby Greenglade's Frog » Sun Dec 03, 2006 8:17 pm

Thanks to Ed and others, I finally got this piece wired.
I learned it 20 years ago, but a few parts weren't exact up till now.

It actually is easier than "The Ancient". It isn't my absolute favorite-- needs a lot of spunk and energy to bring it to life, espeically if you've played it too much and heard it countless times..
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My clip

Postby Greenglade's Frog » Mon Feb 12, 2007 6:37 pm

My clip
Don't know if this is for the competition(flawed- hit one little wrong note), but only clip I have so far.

http://all-texts.com/moodfordaysample.mp3 [:yes]
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Postby Greenglade's Frog » Mon Feb 12, 2007 11:46 pm

Everyone post their clip!
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Re: Battle of the Guitarists: Mood for a Day

Postby Greenglade's Frog » Mon Apr 21, 2008 2:42 am

Haven't made a good recording of it yet, for lack of good equipment, plus I am sick of playing it. But I put flamenco strings on my classical, and that does tend to liven it up a bit, more like the original on Fragile.

It's actually not that great of a guitar piece, unless you really play it well, and then again you can improvise to improve it.

I heard a street guitarist in Spain play it with more flavor. It is a tune you can keep adding embellishments to, and add your own feel to .

If you go on youtube these days, there are like dozens of people playing this piece.
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Re: My clip

Postby tardistraveler » Wed Apr 23, 2008 4:01 pm

Greenglade's Frog wrote:My clip
Don't know if this is for the competition(flawed- hit one little wrong note), but only clip I have so far.

http://all-texts.com/moodfordaysample.mp3 [:yes]


Dang, these threads move slowly!

Just saw this post, and listened to your clip - nice stuff!
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Re: My clip

Postby Greenglade's Frog » Thu Apr 24, 2008 9:44 pm

tardistraveler wrote:Dang, these threads move slowly!

Just saw this post, and listened to your clip - nice stuff!



Thanks. Actually that is one of the crappiest versions of Mood for a Day I have ever recorded . I thought that clip was down, but it has come back to haunt me.....
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Re: Battle of the Guitarists: Mood for a Day

Postby Greenglade's Frog » Thu Apr 24, 2008 9:49 pm

Do this Hackett tune better

http://all-texts.com/cradleswanssample.mp3
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Re: Battle of the Guitarists: Mood for a Day

Postby tardistraveler » Thu Apr 24, 2008 9:53 pm

Thanks! You're a talented guy!

Possessing NO musical talent myself, I'm in awe of those who CAN play!
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Greenglade's Dog-a Clap-type guitar piece

Postby Greenglade's Frog » Thu Apr 24, 2008 10:26 pm

Greenglade's Dog: a Clap-type guitar piece I composed called "Red", dedicated to my late Irish Setter


http://all-texts.com/redmarch08.mp3

©2007 Greenglade
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The dog

Postby Greenglade's Frog » Thu Apr 24, 2008 10:31 pm

Red, the dog
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Mood for a Day-recorded today

Postby Greenglade's Frog » Sun Dec 28, 2008 11:59 pm

Mood for a Day-recorded today. Some variations. Everyone post theirs , too



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Re: Battle of the Guitarists: Mood for a Day

Postby CourtoftheCrimsonKeith » Tue Dec 30, 2008 1:56 am

This is one of my favorite songs. I've got to get in on this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EZqbitv4wM</EMBED>
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