Raga Nova - The quiet whisper of cigar box guitar

RAGA NOVA
I hadn't thought about this song in a long while.  I first recorded it as an improv in this video four years ago.  It was early morning and I wanted to hear something quiet.
I went down in my studio and picked up this guitar specifically because it didn't have a standard cigar box guitar tuning like DAD or GDG.  This one was in E major octave, EEB.  It's strangely beautiful...


I wanted to put my creative brain in unfamiliar territory, and since I don't use this tuning too much it was a good place to start.

I sat there just putting my fingers in different random positions just to see if anything sounded good. When I heard pleasing sounds, I created riffs around them. After about 6 or 7 good riffs, I had the general building blocks for this improv. I practiced them and then rolled the camera. What you see in the video is an improvisation using those riffs I came up with that morning. I was simply playing for my own enjoyment. It made me feel good to hear this guitar sing.

Art and music and poetry are always worthwhile if it makes you smile.  This song made me smile.  

Put yourself in unfamiliar territory.  Make something pretty.  Then smile.
Shane
 

8 comments

  • Dave
    Dave San Jose, CA
    Very nice.

    Very nice.

  • Belinda Gent
    Belinda Gent Cambridge UK
    Put yourself in unfamiliar territory is great advice! I often do that if I'm feeling a bit stuck. Have heard Jack White talking about that too...

    Put yourself in unfamiliar territory is great advice! I often do that if I'm feeling a bit stuck. Have heard Jack White talking about that too...

  • Douglas Kelban
    Douglas Kelban Bellmore, NY
    VERY NICE!!! LET'S HEAR A CD OF THIS.

    VERY NICE!!! LET'S HEAR A CD OF THIS.

  • Rob van Lingen
    Rob van Lingen The Netherlands
    It sounds quite different than your snake oil band with a number of the sex pistols. But this sound's awesome !!!

    It sounds quite different than your snake oil band with a number of the sex pistols.
    But this sound's awesome !!!

  • Roger Moss
    Roger Moss Charlottesville, Va
    This speaks to me.

    This speaks to me.

  • Chris Butler
    Chris Butler Melbourne Australia
    Very good I like it very interesting tuning sounds nice an warm Give us some more.

    Very good I like it very interesting tuning sounds nice an warm Give us some more.

  • joel arseneau
    joel arseneau montreal
    makes me think of independant film soundtracks.

    makes me think of independant film soundtracks.

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    Beau Madden
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