In this video we select a semi-quaver 1 bar rhythmic phrase, remove the notes and strip it back to the rhythm of the melody. We then spontaneously assign new chordal tones on to each melodic rhythm syllable, one chord symbol at a time.
This is not a beginner introductory guitar lesson. There is nothing beginner about the following seven steps.
Step One: You should know the chords for the Hotel California verse fluently.
These are B mi, F# ma, A, E ma, G, D ma, Emi, F#.
Step Two: You must know how to play the chords in order.
Step Three: You must know how to arpeggiate these chords in order.
Step Four: You should know how to articulate the source rhythm fluently.
Step Five: You need to know how to map chordal tones from each arpeggio to the source rhythm.
Step Six: You must talk the rhythm and perform arpeggio notes in time with that focus rhythm
Step Seven: You can improvise notes over the source rhythm without saying the rhythm.
And you can do this endlessly all day until the cows come home.
Now that you know steps one to three, you will now learn the focus rhythm: the first bar of Hotel California with the lyric: “on a dark se-sert high-way”.
This phrase is called the “sadibi dadibi daba so” rhythm. You must be able to say the rhythm during steps four to six and internally hear the rhythm in step seven.
The “sadibi dadibi daba so” rhythm is fully explained in this presentation.
This rhythm word derives from the dibidibi rhythm family. Hotel California is a 16th note song rhythmically speaking. You can read more about the dibidibi rhythm vocabulary in the Rhythm Book 103: Sixteenth Note Rhythm Patterns (Volume 3)
Which you can find out about here:
And in this Youtube Dibidibi rhythm
How a commercially proven rhythm can bring technical things like chord tones alive is one discovery made in this video.
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