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.

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:

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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

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

  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

    François


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