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I have recently used reasons and cubase software to produce dub music however, the hi-hats, snares, bass, horns, synths, percussion and drums don't relate to the style of reggae music i wish to produce.
The style I wish to produce is the old school non-commerical dancehall reggae music style featuring:
jammy's record label,
music works record label,
living room record label,
two friends sir record label,
vena record label,
live and learn label,
Virgo record label,
ruddy's music record label,
photograher record label,
redman international record label,
new name muzik record label
etc. mainly the JA productions!
can anyone help or direct or guide me on what software or equipment I need to make them style of tunes?
Kris Naphtali wrote:I have been thinking about buying a electric 6 string guitar and would like to know if a cheaper squire strat be alright for chops and mutes?
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/BulletHtBSB/ This would be used in studio only recorded direct.
Would love to hear some opinions from guitarists.
dougie conscious wrote:barchords are for heavy rock?
most reggae guitarists ive known or seen use bar chords,
CHRIS RIDDIM wrote:dougie conscious wrote:barchords are for heavy rock?
most reggae guitarists ive known or seen use bar chords,
I know mate, it's got to 'epidemic' levels. This is a serious issue that needs fixing so forgive me Dougie if I address my post to allcomers, some of the points go over very basic stuff so please don't think that is aimed at you, some readers will appreciate the very rudimentary info i have to share....
If one wants to do some heavy chug like metallica, of course you want those lower strings in the chord, some of those metal guys even have 7 string (with a low B) guitars so they can put a low '5th' note in ther barchords
Ska requires a full bodied, warm bar chord, to avoid any tinny, two-tone kind of vibe. ugh! Heavy strings would be ideal for ska
But reggae chords are light, thin, not dense slabs of chord, but light and delicate, like a piece of coral reef. The guitar stabs are like the the top of the pyramid , sat 'pon top' of the wedge of each piano stab. I think it was Malcolm Goldmaster who told me that metaphor (always suspected he was some kind of freemason). In fact the '4 finger chord' is the main reason that the illuiminati killed Bob, because he promoted the use of the uplifting '4 string chord' , rather than the satanic 'bar chord' that is designed to reconfigure the listener's DNA to resonate with "base reptillian desires".
This is why the agents of chaos conspire to thwart and sabotage my endeavours, because I champion the '4 string chord' which has the power to free humanity from the tyranny of babylon
When you drop those bottom 2 notes from the chord , one is no longer holding down 6 strings with 4 fingers. If only striking the top 4 (d.g.b.e) strings, one can use the END of each finger to fret the note, instantly giving more strength, more control over the ATTACK of each note (very important), that 'squeeze' one does with the left hand when playing the off beat 'stabs'/'skanks'/'chops'/'chips'/'pork scratchings' is so much easier. Try it now with no guitar, just mime playing a chord 'bob style' and compare with a 'bar chord'. That 'squeeze' when in 'bar' position strains the thumb. It also strains the wrist as one has to get the hand 'erect' at 90 degrees to the guitar neck , what a twisted position, with the '4 finger chord' position the elbow comes back and now the upper arm is straight down , no strain on back or shoulder. Now the thumb no longer has to provide the 'resistance' for the fingers to push against, the base of the hand is now where pressure is applied to the back of the guitar neck, the thumb now sits parralel with the neck , pointing at the headstock, or curled over, you can even fret notes on the bottom string with the thumb, Jimi Hendrix did this a lot, but his style was very individual and unorthodox.
I still 'bar' when playing a minor chord but only have to cover the top 3 strings so can get it far more accurate, the 4th string is fretted with 3rd finger and that still leaves little finger 'roaming' to drop in occasional '6th' and '7th' notes. A bar chord is just the same 3 notes of the 'scale' repeated, the same 3 notes that the piano chord is playing and likely the bassline. the 'first' or 'root' note, the 'third' and the 'fifth' note of the scale. Piano players and guitarists will often add a little variation tinkle on the 7th note, even if the song is not playing a '7th chord', it just sounds nice. These are the extra notes that the illuminati don't want you to know about
That same minor chord is turned into a major by adding the 2nd finger on the 3rd string, I can still drop in the '7th'(now one fret higher, a stretch for pinky, it's a major 7th remember), but would rather 'pull off' from the '6th' (2 frets up from the bar, top string) for a 'tamoki wambesi' jingley effect. The 4 finger chord also makes it so much easier to chop and change between the 3 INVERSIONS (same 3 notes in different order. for A minor you can play A.C.E. or E.A.C. or C.E.A.) like the piano player does. Most classis melodies and licks in reggae are just inversions of these same 3 notes. Inversions are where it's at!
Overlooked because he is known as a vocalist but he is still the best 'Riddim guitar' in reggae.....
Go on Bob, show them "how fi dweet!"
See how it frees up his 'little finger so he can add the '7th' note as an occasional 'hammer on' or 'pull off'
dougie conscious wrote:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JE3WaSETf8k
in this clip even thou it dont look barred it is hes just useing his thumb instead of his finger,
dougie conscious wrote:later on youll see him use the full bar chord
dougie conscious wrote:a very good reggae guitarist once said they only play 4 strings cos they cant play 6? called it cheating