Lesson: Getting drive with Liza Jane

Here are some ideas for adding drive, which I’ve arbitrarily defined as “lilt” or “danceability.” The video looks at how to:

  1. Vary the volume of individual notes using right and left hand techniques
  2. Vary the duration of individual notes (anticipating a beat; M-skip)

I use a generic version of Liza Jane in A. Here’s the tab.

And here are some of the tab snippets that go by too quickly in the video.

Emphasizing beats in the high melody:

Muting notes in the low melody:
Notes to partially fret in Liza Jane

Deleting the bum-ditty filler from the end of a phrase:

Adding an M-skip to the slide in the low melody:


5 Responses to “Lesson: Getting drive with Liza Jane”

  1. 1 Randy J. Arnold October 23, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    Great lesson. Thanks again for the great work that you do with the blog.

    Randy J. Arnold

  2. 2 Ric Hollander October 24, 2008 at 11:33 am

    Hi Cathy,

    This is fantastically helpful and well presented. Thank you for taking the time to put this lesson together and for the other great music/info on your site.

    – Ric Hollander

  3. 3 Joe Loverti November 28, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing your music. Great teaching and great playing… what more could you ask for!

  4. 4 Mike Bostock October 24, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    A really helpful lesson and some wonderful insight into how to add drive and danceability to a melody. Thanks Cathy!

  5. 5 François GONDOIN March 23, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Thanks Cathy for sharing so generously with us

    You are a helluvah musician and a great teacher

    Thanks a bundle and more


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