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Beautiful...african soukous guitar demo

Discussion in 'Playing and Technique' started by chrisgraff, Jan 10, 2008.

  1. chrisgraff

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  2. Lucidology

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    Thank you very much for those clips Chris...
    I have a recording session coming up this Monday & Tuesday
    for which I've been hired as musical director ... maybe
    I can introduce one of these Souka type of groove into the mix ..

    Totally in luv with the happy, sparkling sound of them ...
     
  3. Marcello

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    Loved it, great melody and rythm.
     
  4. JonR

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    Yes, gorgeous.
    Who needs anything more than an old I-IV-I-V and the plain old major scale...
    ;)
     
  5. JonR

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    Don't you love it when someone catches on to something you've always loved yourself? ;)
    http://www.africanmusicmall.com/soukous/index.htm
    http://music.calabashmusic.com/world/Soukous
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soukous
    http://encarta.msn.com/media_461532866_761561261_-1_1/Popular_Soukous_Music.html
    http://www.alisdair.com/africanpages/africansoukous.html
    (you can google for more, of course)

    The Four Brothers (actually from Zimbabwe, not Congo) are probably my favourites:
    http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=160754315
    but also check out Kanda Bongo Man, and his guitarist Diblo Dibala...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijwoksiaQZQ&feature=related
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyiZBsGPqQw&feature=related
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXwb6TiZchQ&feature=related
    (check out the bike wheel trick at 0.40 in that 3rd one; don't try this at home...not in front of your mother anyway...)

    The kind of music that gives you an itchy warm feeling in your ears - due to the silly grin you can't wipe off your face...
    How come those guys know how to have so much fun??
     
  6. Shiny McShine

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    Love this stuff. I'm on an Indian Brass Band binge right now myself.
     
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    Beautiful style.

    What are the elements of this style??
     
  8. 57tele

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    I'm a huge fan of Dibala. I did a little transcription of a few of his figures a while back.

    This is the orginal tune from an album called "Super Soukous" by one of his bands called "Loketo." It's copyrighted, so I won't keep it up very long.

    http://triplefret.com/mp3/kelele.mp3


    And here are two of the figures from early in the tune played a few times more slowly:

    Slow:
    http://triplefret.com/mp3/diblo1.mp3
    Slower:
    http://triplefret.com/mp3/diblo2.mp3

    Code:
    
    "Kelele" -Diblo Dibala
    
    V = accent
    Numbers 1-4 are left-hand fingers
    's' between tones means to slide up to next tone.
    Letters beneath staff are chords
    
    First figure
    
             V           V     V                V           V     V  
      4   2  1  1 2  4---4  2  1-----1   4   2  1  2  1  4--4  2  1-----1 
    --16-14-12---------------------------16-14-12-------------------------
    --------------10-12s14--12------------------------12-14s15-12---------
    ------------9--------------11s---13 -----------13-------------11s--13-
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
            A          D                 E                D        
    
    
    
    Second figure
    
            V       V         v          v      v       v     v                      
      4  2  1   2   4   4 2   1  1 3s 3  4  2   1 2  1  4  2  1  1  3s  3      
    --16-14-12------17-16-14-12-12-------16-14-12-------16-14-12-12-------
    -------------------------------14s15-------------12-------------14s15-
    ------------14--------------------------------13----------------------
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
            A                D                 E              D
    
    
    
     
  9. Antero

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    Thank you! One question: Is it picked with fingers, pick, how?
     
  10. JonR

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    Excellent examples from 57tele! (the whole track is a gem)
    To answer your question:
    1. Clean bright tone, with lots of reverb, and often some chorus.
    2. Arpeggios and major pentatonics of the I, IV and V chords, usually in the sequence I-IV-V-IV, or I-IV-I-V; played high on the neck, often up around 12th fret, on the top 3 or 4 strings. (Basically sticking very close to the chord shapes - as you can see from 57tele's tabs. Not scale-based, except in so far as the arpeggios and pentatonics outline the diatonic major scale.)
    3. Repetitive rhythmic patterns, using 8ths and 16ths, alternating on-beat notes with syncopations. Typically around 120 bpm, in 2/4 time (IMO).
    4. Can be played with pick or fingernails, but Dibala uses both (hybrid picking), as you can see from the videos. Occasional right-hand damping.
     
  11. 57tele

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    Probably belongs in the clips section, but here's my band doing some of this type thing, with me taking a stab at the style. This is from a gig earlier this year:

    http://ia350641.us.archive.org/3/items/MNR2007-05-30.aud/mnr2007-05-30/mnr2007-05-30d1t07_vbr.mp3

    and a coda:

    http://ia350641.us.archive.org/3/items/MNR2007-05-30.aud/mnr2007-05-30/mnr2007-05-30d1t08_vbr.mp3

    And just for the heck of it, here's the same piece with me and Kimock. Although the style is largely diatonic, notice how Kimock knows just when to throw a little chromaticism in there:

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3319217094133967402

    coda:

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8795512857571548970
     

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