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SoloMe-o’s First 5 Macjam Uploads


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My Junior year in high school, my family moved up to the States for a 1 year furlough. We went to visit a little town called Lordsburg New Mexico where my brother-in-law and sister lived. I was introduced to my late friend Damon Day, a guitar virtuoso and my all time favorite guitar player. He was the only person I knew who would play Black Sabbath on a Tuba during the high school football games. May you rest in peace my friend.

Anyway, all I could do at that time was play chords and maybe a little picking. I always wanted to play lead so Damon started me out with some basics that directed me to where I am now. So here I’ll try to explain what he quickly explained and what I worked on from there on.

When you bar an A chord, there is an imaginary line on the neck, 5th fret that you can use as a starting point in a Minor Pentatonic Scale. Check the photo at the top of the page and see the similarities. The scale will continue through 5 positions and the pattern will cycling until you run out of fret board. Damon also pointed out that I could drop down 3 steps (half steps) and play a Jimmy Page style of lead and if I wanted to get fancy I could mix the two scale patterns together. If you are playing in F, think about how you would bar the F chord, follow the lower chart and you are playing in a Minor Pentatonic Scale, then get fancy and drop 3 steps or mix the two patterns together.

I know there are a lot of virtuosos here on macjams who know a lot more about theory. This is my feeble way of getting across to you the way I start to figure a lead. A lot comes into play, to me it’s finding a feel, a melody to adapt to the lead and most of the time I end up layering guitars.

I must apologize, the first 5 songs that were uploaded on macjams I downloaded and played on. I had hoped to do all of them but summer vacation fell upon us and the kids are now out of school. I’m reluctant to hide in front of my computer ignoring the children.

5 submissions are included on one track. Some great backing music that has left me with a lot to play with. As I cheat along, 2 are layered guitar parts, 3 of them I added another drum track to get me to play more aggressively and at least three of the songs have only one lead track. No better way to butcher a song than with your ax.


This is the order they fell in WaveBurner.

Beat SoloMe-O peacepiano
Cass Corridor Skunkwrx
Gluten-free Guitar Warren Smith
Solo-mon’s gruv-or apb
SoloMe-o Part 1 SmokeyVW
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Uploaded: Jun 21, 2014 - 12:53:34 PM
Last Updated: Jun 21, 2014 - 01:34:15 PM Last Played: Mar 18, 2017 - 09:30:34 AM
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alackbass said 1042 days ago (June 21st, 2014)
SoloMe-o’s First 5 Macjam Uploads
Wow! That was fun! Great variety. Love your guitar tones. It flows well too. Like a multi-movement prog-rock piece.
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FEEL said 1041 days ago (June 23rd, 2014)
Andrew
It was a bit challenging and fun as well. Thanks for the listen.
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apb said 1042 days ago (June 21st, 2014)
5 in 1!
Too many notes! lol.. ;o) Just kidding.. all mighty impressive: I really liked what you did over Warren's and SomekeyVW's best.. fit in very nice.. I also liked what you did over my bed.. started strong .. and I thought the section directly after the "rastafari!" was inspired... as it gelled a bit more to the backings groove. Now get back to those kids! :o)
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FEEL said 1041 days ago (June 23rd, 2014)
Alan
The first lead I was feeling out your song and the second part seemed to have more character. Cool sound bed to work with, I wasn't sure if I did it justice or not. Thanks for letting me have a go at it. SmokeyVW's was probably the hardest for me to do.
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Sigmund said 1042 days ago (June 21st, 2014)
First 5
Cool stuff, John. Each piece is unique in terms of flavor and style, and you did a great job playing something different and interesting for each section. A very enjoyable 11 minutes!
Sig
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FEEL said 1041 days ago (June 23rd, 2014)
Sig
I'm glad you thought they sounded unique to each song. I was a little concerned that they might sound too much alike. I appreciate the time you took to listen and it's always nice to read your reviews.
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Charday said 1042 days ago (June 21st, 2014)
Hy John
Hope all is well, quite an endeavor, cool idea, this is a fun challenge. love your style and tones. Nice job! Jd.
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FEEL said 1041 days ago (June 23rd, 2014)
Thank you Mr. Holiday
I worked on a song when I had a chance. Kind of a challenge that drew short of time. Here I was thinking I had until next Friday until apb shoots me an email about his post. I wanted to do more of them. I appreciate the time you spent to listen and the comment as well.
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Vic Holman said 1042 days ago (June 21st, 2014)
ambitious
geez five, and all cool. i like how well you adapted a different approach to each piece. most impressive john!
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FEEL said 1041 days ago (June 23rd, 2014)
Vic
Thanks man for checking out the tunes. I'm glad you liked them and that they don't all sound the same.
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Warren Smith said 1041 days ago (June 23rd, 2014)
5-in-1
Five songs in one suite .. that's taking the challenge above and beyond the call of duty!

Nice job on all of them. Naturally, was was keen to hear what you did with my groove. I think you wonderfully added some excitement to it.

I enjoyed your exposé on how you develop your guitar leads.
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FEEL said 1041 days ago (June 23rd, 2014)
Warren
you have a nice progression to work with, verse, chorus and middle 8. I felt a need to add gluten and other byproducts. This was a fun one to do, thanks for participating and letting me use your track.
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PeterB7858 said 1040 days ago (June 23rd, 2014)
SoloMe-o’s First 5
Epic effort, John. No butchering in sight, just some fine cuts. And all gluten free! I like how you adapted from the driving lines of Cass Corridor to the more pop flavoured Gluten-free Guitar. You really tore up Alan's track, too. Great intensity and style. Trust Smokey to have everyone thinking. You did a fine job over the unusual chord progression. Well done! Thanks, Peter.
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FEEL said 1040 days ago (June 24th, 2014)
Peter
I appreciate you taking the time to listen. It was fun to do, I'm glad you find variety in the mix. I was afraid my style of lead would over shadow the music.
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Skunkwrx said 1040 days ago (June 23rd, 2014)
4:38
Thanks for jamming to our track: Cass Corridor, #2 on the list here. Your guitar tone is sick! The bit at 4:38 had my jaw dropping open. I think that is the "dirtiest" I've heard you play! Love it.

S1
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FEEL said 1040 days ago (June 24th, 2014)
S1
I'm glad you liked it dirty. I was using a setting called maelstrom in garageband. A Driver and Octaver where I backed off the gain just a tad. Had that jazzy feel with a lot of dirt and for some reason it felt connected. The results @ 4:38 ended up descending the length of the neck. Thanks for posting this awesome track for us to play with.
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magnatone said 1040 days ago (June 23rd, 2014)
Solo Me
thoroughly enjoyed John!
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FEEL said 1040 days ago (June 24th, 2014)
Karen
Thank you for listening!

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Soundhound said 1040 days ago (June 23rd, 2014)
Some nice..
Guitar lines and sounds, not a scale I'd be interested in... Well I take that back about 3:00 you went in another direction that changed that...
Guess you can go anywhere with it, fooled me... hahaha
Very good guitar playing, I can tell you've been there and back, the lines you play tell a lot of your story...
Some tasty lick Man, Really enjoyed the ride added to the fav. list for sure...

Super well done...

Peace...TG.

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FEEL said 1040 days ago (June 24th, 2014)
Anthony
I can understand why this approach may not be something for you. I hear how you play and it's a nice change in variety that I would like to dwell in. I really like the guitar setting you have as well. Would be cool if you could share that with me. Thanks for giving this a chance and I'm glad you enjoyed some of this. Peace my friend.
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gadzooks said 1039 days ago (June 24th, 2014)
5 Macjam Uploads
Hey John I finally have some time to give this full listen. Very impressive that you took them all on. #1 like the tone and harmonies you do ... the tune has that old school vibe to it... #2 is so deep and dirty and very progressive #3 again, the double lead harmonies sound great in this #4 wow this is awesome .... great playing and works great with heavy drums and is killer after "rastafari'! #5 this is my fav and a very interesting composition ... your guitar fits like a glove.
Great stuff!
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FEEL said 1039 days ago (June 24th, 2014)
Stan
thanks so much for taking the time to listen to all of this and writing the individual comments. For instance little was said about peace piano's track. I thought it was one of the more successful ones. I like the way the composition made me change to three different keys during the lead. I have to say SmokeyVW's tune took me a while to wrap my mind around and I'm pretty happy with the results as well. Always a pleasure to read your input.
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J_Gretch said 1039 days ago (June 24th, 2014)
SoloMe-o’s First 5 Macjam Uploads
Wow...Now that's what I call taking on a challenge.I like them all but #3 may be my fav love the little harmonics and descending riffs,...#5 hit the spot for me too...Enjoyed all of them...!
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FEEL said 1039 days ago (June 24th, 2014)
Thanks J_
I really liked your take on Cass Corridor. I appreciate you listening to all this.
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Narad said 1039 days ago (June 25th, 2014)
O Sole mio
Great feel of minor pentatonic scale :)
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FEEL said 1038 days ago (June 25th, 2014)
Glad you like it Narad
and I appreciate you taking a time to listen.
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bud said 1039 days ago (June 25th, 2014)
Cool idea to link all 5 like this
shows your versatility and dare I say virtuosity. Great playing over all. Really makes me miss my guitar.
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FEEL said 1038 days ago (June 25th, 2014)
Kevin
I would be devastated if I didn't have a way to play the guitar. I feel for you. I think about it from time to time what I would/could do if something happened where I maybe, let's say, lost the ability with one arm. I always recall this guy that was on TV back in my childhood years on a Brazilian show. He was missing one of his arms but that didn't stop him. He had an electric guitar and was plucking and chording notes with the same hand and played several songs all the way through. I know you hurt your shoulder, but can you still use your other arm. Just a thought. Thanks so much for listening and your kind comments. Means a lot.
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peacepiano said 1037 days ago (June 26th, 2014)
Jamming
Great jamming on these tracks. Lots to listen too while reading your excellent notes on how you came up with the leads. I think we will all find this very helpful. Summer is here too. I hope to get some leads on top of some of the submissions too. I have been playing around with APB's a lot and your version is right on target! Thanks.
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FEEL said 1037 days ago (June 26th, 2014)
Bill
I'm glad you liked this. Your song was a bit different than the rest, teetering around three chords and the ending in F. Why not, made since once I figured it out. Thanks for letting me play on your track.
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bronco said 1037 days ago (June 26th, 2014)
That was fun!
Thanks for sharing John. It was very interesting to hear another self fought guitar player describe some of his tricks. The kids these days don't know how lucky they are with all of the videos showing them exactly how to play most any song. I still remember playing those Santana songs over and over to first get the chords and then try to find the leads.
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FEEL said 1037 days ago (June 26th, 2014)
I know what you mean Tom
I started learning guitar while I was in Brazil. I use to have to scrounge around for some music that usually only had guitar chords and lyrics. I had to figure a lot of stuff by listening and from there, not having a whole lot of material, I began to make stuff up. I was fortunate to run into Damon Day when my family was on furlough. He was kind enough to show some stuff and had a lot of knowledge to offer, It was up to me to absorb and I do think I was a lazy learner. Thanks for taking the time to listen and I appreciate your encouragement through the years.
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lyzak said 1036 days ago (June 28th, 2014)
Good Experience
As I usually do, I started your tune(s) playing, and then reading the description. I figured any nugget of info imparted by someone who played Black Sabbath on a tuba was worthy of checking out. Thus I got two-for-one: A good listen of your handling the five uploads, and a step closer (for me ) to grasping theory and patterns. Thanks to you and your buddy's energy which lives on.
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FEEL said 1035 days ago (June 29th, 2014)
Greg
Thanks for taking the time to comment and listen. If you would like to listen to some of Damon's guitar work, I created a site for him. The recordings are somewhat crude but it was all I could find. On the electric guitar work that I was a able to find, the drummer who played with him removed his track, so it's all Damon. My favorite has to be "God". Here is the link to that track.

http://www.macjams.com/song/13922
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