NEW ORLEANS FUNK GUITAR. SHANE THEROIT. CD TAB.
New Orleans Funk Guitar The Guitar Styles of New Orleans Funk, Cajun, and Zydeco Greats
By Shane Theroit
FORMAT: Book & CD
In this book Shane discusses and demonstrates all the stylistic elements that set the music of New Orleans apart. Topics include funk rhythms, muting and 16th-note grooves, the clave, melodic phrases, authentic "second line" grooves, and Cajun and Zydeco styles. All the music is demonstrated on the included CD featuring Shane and a group of premier New Orleans musicians.
THE GUITAR STYLES OF NEW ORLEANS
FUNK, CAJUN AND ZYDECO GREATS
- Funk Rhythms
- Muting & 16th Note Grooves
- The Clave
- Melodic Phrases
- Authentic "Second Line" Grooves
- Styles of Leo Nocentelli, Snooks Eaglin, Professor Longhair, Dr. John and Others
- Cajun and Zydeco Styles
Author ShaneTheriot is a Louisiana native. Since 1996 Shane has toured and recorded with the Neville Brothers-the legendary New Orleans family that has dominated the New Orleans music scene since the early sixties.
In this book Shane discusses and demonstrates all the stylistic clements that set the music of New orleans apart. All the music is demonstrated on the included CD featuring Shane and a group of premier New Orleans musicians.
Section One: Developing Rhythm Technique .
16th-Note Basics: Examples 1a-1b .
The "Choke": Examples 2a-2h .
Combining 8th and 16th Notes: Examples 3a-3d .
The Triplet: Examples 4a-4b .
Putting It All Together: Example 5 .
Pick vs. Fingers: Example 6 .
Section Two: Essential Rhythms .
Clave Rhythm: Examples 7-8 .
Example 9 .
Example 10 .
Using Other Voicings: Example 11 .
Example 15-16 .
Example 17 .
Clave Variations .
Applications: Example 18 .
Section Three: Adding Melodic Phrases .
Example 19 .
Example 20 .
More Melodic Lines and Rhythms: Example 21 .
Examples 22-23 .
Example 24 .
Triad Shapes .
Section Four: Second Line Grooves .
Examples 25-26 .
Example 27 .
Street Rhythms: Example 28 .
Examples 29-30 .
Example 31 .
Example 32 .
Section Five: Rhythmic Syncopations and Pushes .
Example 33 : .
Example 34 .
Creating Parts From Horn Stabs: Example 35 .
Example 36 .
Doubling Piano Parts: Example 37 .
Section Six: Chord Scales .
Examples 38a-d .
Example 39 .
Section Seven: Profile .
Snooks Eaglin: Example 40 .
Examples 41-42 .
Leo Nocentelli of the Meters: Example 43 .
Examples 44-45 .
Examples 46-47 .
Examples 48-49 .
Putting It Together (Again) .
Exam pies 50-51 .
Section Eight: New Orleans Piano Greats and Their Influence on Rhythm Guitar .
Professor Longhair: Example 52 .
Example 53 .
Dr. John: Examples 54a-b .
Example 55a-b .
Example 56 .
Piano Licks For Guitar: Examples 57-58 .
Example 59 .
Examples 60-61 .
Example 62 .
Section Nine: Cajun and Zydeco Guitar Styles .
Cajun Music: Example 63 .
Examples 64-65 .
Example 66 .
Zydeco: Examples 67a-b .
Examples 68-69 .
Swamp Pop: Example 70 .
Since being founded as a French colony in the early 1700s, the entire area of South Louisiana has influenced and broadened the cultural palettes of the rest of America. The same holds especially true when talking music. This area has evolved to a unique place in America's rich musical heritage. New Orleans, a musical hotbed of activity, differs from other musical areas in that it was originally a major seaport, forming a direct connection with Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. Thus, many styles of music and traditions were brought here and still remain today.
In an area of New Orleans once known as Congo Square, African slaves were allowed to play their drums and practice their dances. This was not only a means of communication and musical expression, but it also fulfilled a need to keep their traditions alive. The strong chant-like rhythms, which once reverberated in the square, have been incorporated and hidden in the music of today. The sounds and cultures of Haiti, Jamaica, and the Caribbean found their way into the humid air of the Vieux Carre. A great number of Cuban musicians also called New Orleans home in the 1940s and '50s. Add the Calypso and mambo rhythms, the influence of pioneers Sidney Bechet and Louis Armstrong, and its not hard to see why this part of the country is something special. New Orleans really has it all-Dixieland, jazz, blues, doo-wop, funk, second-line, gospel, and the driving brass of the marching bands.
After fleeing Nova Scotia due to religious persecution, the French-speaking Cajuns, settling in towns like Lafayette, Thibodaux, and Houma, brought their own music and culture (and food!) along. Today, musicians such as Beausoliel, Jo-EI Sonnier, and Wayne Toups carry on the rich tradition of Cajun music.
The Creole people of South Louisiana (a mixture of Black, Indian, Spanish, and French descent) also contributed to the culture greatly with their driving, trance-like zydeco rhythms. Today, zydeco music is hotter than ever, heard in television commercials and on movie soundtracks.
This book will introduce you to this incredible music by providing you with a taste of each style. In Louisiana, we sometimes ask for lagniappe, which means "a little something extra." Wherever possible, I'll try to add a little history and background to the subject at hand. I hope, since much of this book was written while on a U.S. tour with the Neville Brothers and Dr. John, the spirit of the music of South Louisiana throughout the centuries will grace these pages and open your ears to new sounds. Good Luck!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Guitarist Shane Theriot was born and raised in South Louisiana and has been playing music since the age of 10. At the age of 18, he headed to the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, where he studied guitar with Scott Henderson, Joe Diorio, and Howard Roberts, among others. Mter graduating in the top five out of a class of nearly 300 guitarists, Shane moved to Atlanta to teach at the Atlanta School of Music, a posi tion secured by a recommendation from Scott Henderson. Since 1992, he has resided in Nashville, Tennessee, working on many recording sessions and gigs and performing clinics for Hamer and Ovation guitars around the country. He has appeared in Guitar Player, Guitar World, Downbeat, and Guitar Shop magazines.
In 1996, Shane got the call to work with New Orleans legends The Neville Brothers and has since toured the world performing music from Louisiana, a position he continues to enjoy. His first solo record-featuring some of the Neville Brothers as well as bassists Victor Wooten and Kim Stone (Rippingtons) and keyboardist Johnny Neel (former Allman Brothers)-is due out in early 2000.
He currently divides his time between Nashville and New Orleans. For questions, comments, and information on recordings, clinics, and other projects.
Thanks to the following people for their time and insight, which proved to be invaluable:
Charles, Art, Aaron, and Cyril Neville, Willie Green, Nick Daniels, Dr. John, Zigaboo
Modelieste, Jo-EI Sonnier, WWOZ 90.7, Aaron Stang, David Torkanowsky, Eric Struthers, Little
Feat, Neville Crew, Earl Smith, and Louisiana Music Factory.
Thanks also to Shiho Theriot, Leonard and Valerie Theriot, Curt Chiasson, Tracy Johnson, Dan
Gilbert, Scott Henderson, AIM, Celina Theriot, Kyoshi and Shieko Tarnai, and Conrad Boudoin.
This book is dedicated to my grandmother, Claribel Boudoin, for encouraging my earliest
attempts at writing.
Shane Theriot-electric and acoustic guitars, fronoir
Johnny Neel-piano and B3 organ
Recorded at Cole mine Studios, Nashville, TN.