Monday, December 04, 2006

Buck Owens and "Japanese" Advancement

A friend of mine wrote me an email that I'd like to share with you:

"So listening to Buck Owens 'made in japan' it occurred to me that one of myfavorite music tropes is having the guitar do a version of 'that japaneseguitar part on the b and e strings' in an otherwise non-eastern sounding song. Similar to the 'knocking' of the snare in a song when the vocals mention a knock on the door, but cooler."

He wondered if besides being cooler than the knocking, whether that guitar part is Advanced. Obviously it depends on the context, but it is definitely one of the few musical tricks that is more Advanced the knocking-on-the-door snare. Plus, the "Eastern" guitar part has the advantage of being potentially offensive. Of course, the most Advanced trick is probably the "hey sexy" whistle guitar in "The Joker," which could be offensive to half the population (though it isn't). I'd like to hear a song with the "Eastern" thing, a door knocking (or would that be a gong?), and a "hey sexy" whistle.

1 comment:

Jon Black and Britt Bergman said...

Steve miller uses all three!