Tuesday, May 02, 2006

More autoanalysis. Tibio.

From all the songs I've composed so far, "Tibio" is among my favorites. Both the music and the emotions it evokes make it a song I like to listen to as much as I like to play it.

Harmonically the song has a very simple rhythm, divided in two parts, both of them in the key of E major. The most interesting thing, however, is the lead guitar, which plays a large variety of licks and I consider contains most of the elements of my style. There are some highly chromatic parts (specially near the end), and I use plenty of passing notes.

I have transcribed both lead and rhythm guitars (only tablature), in case someone is interesed.

The song is divided in two parts, both of them on the key of E Major

The rhythm guitar pays the following during the first part:

|----0-------0-------2-------2---|----2----2----------0---0---|
|----5-------5-------2-------2---|----4----4----------0---0---|
|----4-------4-------2-------2---|----4----4----------1---1---|
|--------------------------------|----------------2---2---2---|
|--------------------------------|-------------4------4---4---|
|0-------------------------------|----------------------------|


And during the second one:

|----------------(x3)----------------------|

|-4-- 4-------4-------7------|--5----------|--2------------------|
|-4h5--5-------5-------5-----|--5----------|--2------------------|
|-4----4-------4-------6-----|--6----------|--2------------------|
|-5----4-------4-------4-----|--7----------|--4------------------|
|----------------------------|--7----------|--4------------------|
|----------------------------|--5----------|--2------------------|


The lead guitar plays the following line:

|-------------------------------------------------------|
|11/-12------12------10------9h 10 9--------------------|
|--------------------------------------------11---------|
|-------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------|

|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|9---10--11--------------9-------------------------------9-------|
|----------------11--------------11------9---10--11--------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|

|--------------------9-------------------------------------------|
|11/-12------12--------------12------9---------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|

|-------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------|
|----11------9h 11--------------------|
|-------------------------------------|
|--------11---------------------------|
|-------------------------------------|

|------------------------------------------------------|
|11/12---12------10------9h10p9------------------------|
|------------------------------------11----------------|
|------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------|

|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|9---10--11--------------9-------------------------------9-------|
|----------------11--------------11------9---10--11--------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|

|--------------------9-----------12/-14----------|
|11/-12------12----------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------|

|12--9---12--9---9---------------------------------------------------|
|--------------12--12--9-12-9---9-------------------------------9----|
|-----------------------------11--11b13--9-11-9--------9--11b13------|
|----------------------------------------------11 9h11---------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|

|12--9-----------------------------------------------------------|
|--------12--9---------------------------12------9---------------|
|--------------11--9-----------9---11----------------------------|
|----------------------9---11------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|

|------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------|
|9---9/--11--------------9h-11-------------|
|----------------11------------------------|
|------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------|

|12--9------------------------------------------------------|
|--------12--9----------------------------------12----------|
|----------------11--9---------------11b-13-----------------|
|----------------------------11-------------- --------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------|

|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|13rb11------9-------11--11------9-------11------9---------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|

|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------9-----------9-----------9---------------9-------9-------|
|11b13------11b13---------11b13----------11b13------11b13----11--|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|

|--------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------|
|11------11------------9h11p9/8---------8----------------------|
|------------------------------------9----9-----9/11-11 -11/-9-|
|--------------------------------------------11----------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------|

|--------------------------------------------------------|
|----9-9-9-----8-8-8-----7-7-7-----6-6-6-----------------|
|--11--------9---------9---------7-----------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------|

|-------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------6--8--9s-11--11-11---9-----------------|
|--7--6---7---9-----------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------|

(Second rhythm pattern starts from here.)

|9s11--11------11h-12------11----------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------9---------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------|

|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------9h------11------11p-----9-------------------------------|
|11--------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|

|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|11/-12------12------12------10------9---------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|

|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|9h--11------9-------9h------11------9-------------------9-------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|

|--------------------8---9---------------------------------------|
|------------8---9-----------8---9-----------8---9---------------|
|----8---9---------------------------8---9-----------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|

|--------------------------------9---12--9-------9---------------|
|----------------9---10--11--12--------------12------------------|
|8---9---10--11--------------------------------------12--9-------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|

|--------------------------------------------|
|------12------------------------------------|
|11b13----13rb11---9----9/--11---------------|
|--------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------|


Technically, it is pretty easy to play it (in the guitar, I mean. I haven't tried it with other instruments), but it is important to pay attention to all the trills, slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs, and such, because without them the melody sounds rather dull. Mark Knopfler was a big inspiration for this, since he is a master of turning an average solo into a great one just enriching it with his particular technique (specially his awesome vibrato).

I have borrowed ideas from many other guitar players, like, for example, the typical Django Reinhardt's lick two bars before the end. By the way, if you have read my previous posts, you will recognize a very simple "parallel" pattern in it.

However, the main influence when I composed this song was Andy Timmons. Although not in the licks or in the way they are played, the concept of this song (a slow ballad with an acoustic guitar on the rhythm part and a electric one with warm tone on the lead) comes from his song "There Are No Words". I first listened to it after buying his "Ear X-tacy" album (by the way, I bought it directly from him after a concert he gave in Madrid for not more than 40 people), and I instantly fell in love with it. The combination of acoustic and electric guitars, the licks, the feeling...everything is amazing in that song. I just tried to make something similar, using the same idea. Check it out if you can, and also check other Andy's tunes...he rocks!

6 comments:

Rubiales said...

Why don't you put a link to the mp3 tune???
I'll try to recover my old guitar to play this... but it'll be after I’ve passed my f*cking exam!

Rubiales said...

A beautiful album:
Chet Baker in Paris , Vol. 1,2 and 3 (1955)

http://rapidshare.de/files/19367087/CBINPARIS1.zip
http://rapidshare.de/files/19388600/CBINPARIS2.zip
http://rapidshare.de/files/19389572/CBINPARIS3.zip

Enjoy!

Vane said...

Hey Victor, Rubiales has given me the link to your blog... I found it so complex and elaborated; I also like the way you express yourself! Well, you would like to hear that after a terrorific audition I got into a school of Jazz, to learn how to sing solo. The first class was, how could it be otherwise, about Fine and Mellow, and I really enjoyed it. If I develop a tiny bit of confidence in the next month we can have a go at improvising together the next time I'm in Madrid.
Hey visit my blog when you have time... it is about nothing-or about everything in particular.
http://aventurasennigeria.blogspot.com

Rubiales said...

Sorry, the password for the Chet Baker albums is www.AvaxHome.ru

Wala said...

If the word freakiest exists in english, it is for Victor. But with love and caipirinhas always :-)

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