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  • Playing in a band

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       By practicing alone you can become excellent musicians, especially if you are able to concentrate on your tasks, but when you start playing together with others your musical education will benefit enormously as well as guaranteeing guaranteed fun…


    The Roles

    Playing together with other musicians doesn’t necessarily mean smashing each other’s eardrums with the amplifier volumes at maximum (at least not right away):you can start making some music together with another guitarist, for example, and see what happens .

    You will soon realize that playing two instruments in the same way (with or without two voices singing the same text or melody) will get boring rather quickly. Two guitarists rehearsing together almost instinctively begin to take on different roles, playing complementary parts and possibly harmonizing the vocal ones: when this happens, you are starting to create an arrangement.


    To each his own


          The list of acoustic classics with interesting guitar parts, from simple duets like the Stones’ Wilde Horses and Guns N’ Roses’ Patience, to more complex two-guitar intros like I’ve Just Seen a Face, is practically endless. What they have in common is the fact that the musicians collaborate with the aim of building sounds that work, both thanks to well-written and corresponding parts, and because somehow the composition creates an atmosphere that transmits unique emotions to the listener.

    The most useful tools to achieve something valid by playing with other musicians are the ears (listening skills) and communication; for example when you work on your own composition, you give free rein to your personal creativity, without however criticizing the ideas of others too much. When you meet the ideal musicians to form the nucleus of a band, you will understand it immediately.


    Form a group


        How many famous groups do you know whose personnel never changed from their inception until their decline? It has happened to some, but generally a band is forced to make numerous changes before finding the right lineup. Furthermore, if your technical skills have already advanced to the point that the rest of the group requires a high technical level, you may be forced to recruit other musicians outside of your close circle of friends.




    Finding the right partners


         Many bands are formed between neighborhood friends or classmates who share the same musical interests. A beginner, however, will do well to broaden his possibilities by also looking at different schools and elsewhere. Actively participating in musical initiatives even outside your city could prove to be a winning choice as well as asking the musicians you know and appreciate most if they are available to play with you or trying to participate in some sessions with other groups. Always present yourself as seriously motivated musicians who intend to start a band with other equally determined people. If you have organizational skills and business acumen, let these qualities shine through, which many professional-level musicians appreciate. And, logically, we must try to play well, otherwise all the good intentions will not stand up to the test of facts.


    Get serious


         More experienced musicians can consult advertisements in sector magazines and on the Internet, to participate in auditions or to look for other colleagues. If you already have a band the situation is simplified as the other musicians will contact you. Scrupulously examine potential suitors, but always treat them with respect, even if they aren’t right for you. In the end you will be able to form a promising group from a musical point of view, capable of at least giving you an opportunity to have fun and go some distance together. At that point you will be ready to start trying.

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  • Yesterday canzone dei Beatles

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    Yesterday is a song by the Beatles, composed mainly by Paul McCartney but credited to the Lennon/McCartney duo.

    Released in 1965 on the album Help! (and subsequently included in the 45 rpm single Yesterday/Act Naturally.), according to the Guinness Book of Records it is the song that boasts the greatest number of covers, with more than 1,600 recorded versions. According to Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) during the twentieth century, it had approximately 7 million radio and television plays in the United States alone.

    In 1997 he received the Grammy Hall of Fame Award.

    In 1999, a vote conducted by the BBC’s second radio channel among listeners and experts awarded it the most beautiful song of the twentieth century.

    In 2000, MTV and Rolling Stone magazine chose it as the #1 pop song of all time.

    This song, which is part of the album Help, is among the most listened to and sung of all time. The first version (little more than an audition) dates back to 1964 and the first title that Paul McCartney gave it was Scrambled Eggs.

    Unlike all the other Beatles songs, this one is composed by McCartney alone, without the collaboration of John Lennon. Furthermore, in the recording, the other members of the group do not play, but external musicians hired specifically.

    The first version was designed by Paul for just voice and guitar, but it immediately appears too simple and “empty”.

    Then George Martin, the Beatles’ producer, suggests an accompaniment performed by a string quartet.

    The drums are excluded, because the rhythm of the percussion is considered too heavy.

    The four musicians who play the strings are so good that they perform the piece only twice: the first time as a “warm-up”, the second as a “good” one (the recording that ends up on the album is called “good”). The result is still a masterpiece.

    The piece begins with a brief introduction of the guitar alone playing the initial repeated chord; this is followed by Paul’s voice singing the very famous melody that begins with yesterday, which also becomes the new title of the song. Then the strings enter and accompany the voice until the end, with very refined and discreet sounds and interventions. (from Suona Subito – © ed. Petrini)


    Yesterday  (Italiano-Italy)


    Yesterday è una canzone dei Beatles, composta principalmente da Paul McCartney ma accreditata al duo Lennon/McCartney.

    Pubblicato nel 1965 sull’album Help! (e successivamente incluso nel 45 giri Yesterday/Act Naturally.), secondo il Guinness dei primati è il brano che vanta il maggior numero di cover, con più di 1.600 versioni registrate. Secondo Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI), nel corso del ventesimo secolo, ha avuto circa 7 milioni di spettacoli radiofonici e televisivi solo negli Stati Uniti.

    Nel 1997 ha ricevuto il Grammy Hall of Fame Award.

    Nel 1999 una votazione condotta dal secondo canale radio della BBC tra ascoltatori ed esperti l’ha premiata canzone più bella del ventesimo secolo.

    Nel 2000, l’emittente televisiva MTV e la rivista Rolling Stone l’hanno scelta come canzone pop numero 1 di tutti i tempi

    Questa canzone, che fa parte dell’album Help, è tra quelle più ascoltate e cantate di tutti i tempi. La prima versione (poco più di un provino) è del 1964 e il primo titolo che Paul McCartney le assegna è Scrambled Eggs (Uova strapazzate).
    A differenza di tutti gli altri brani dei Beatles, questo è composto dal solo McCartney, senza la collaborazione di John Lennon. Inoltre, nella registrazione, non suonano gli altri componenti del gruppo, ma musicisti esterni ingaggiati appositamente.

    La prima versione è pensata da Paul per sola voce e chitarra, ma risulta subito troppo semplice e “vuota”.
    Allora George Martin, il produttore dei Beatles, suggerisce un accompagnamento eseguito da un quartetto d’archi.

    La batteria viene esclusa, perché la ritmica delle percussioni è considerata troppo pesante.
    I quattro musicisti che suonano gli archi sono talmente bravi che eseguono il brano solo due volte: la prima volta come «riscaldamento», la seconda come «buona» (è detta «buona» l’incisione che finisce poi nel disco). Il risultato è comunque un capolavoro.
    Il brano inizia con una breve introduzione della sola chitarra che esegue l’accordo iniziale ribattuto; a questa segue la voce di Paul che intona la famosissima melodia che inizia proprio con yesterday, che diviene anche il nuovo titolo del brano. Poi entrano gli archi e accompagnano la voce fino alla fine, con sonorità e interventi molto raffinati e discreti. (da Suona Subito – © ed. Petrini)




    all my troubles seemed so far away,
    Now it looks as though they’re here to stay,
    Oh I believe in yesterday.

    I’m not half the man I used to be,
    There’s a shadow hanging over me.
    Oh yesterday came suddenly.

    Why she had to go?
    I don’t know she woldn’t say.
    I said something wrong,
    now I long for yesterday.

    love was such an easy game to play,
    Now I need a place to hide away,
    Oh I believe in yesterday.


    Music sheet





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