Jerry on Theory

Jerry on Theory

Postby Rusty the Scoob » Tue May 10, 2011 2:33 pm

I was re-reading this article and a quote caught my eye.

Q: Do you know what you’re doing in theoretical terms?

Jerry: Yeah, yeah, yeah. I couldn’t not. There was a time when I could get by with not knowing, you know, but not anymore, not with the caliber of musicians I play with. Besides, for me it isn’t satisfying to not know. It’s not satisfying to bluff. I like to know because for one thing, it makes it a lot easier to communicate what you’re doing. Just that alone is a good reason to know.




http://jasobrecht.com/jerry-garcia-the- ... interview/
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Re: Jerry on Theory

Postby jahozer » Tue May 10, 2011 2:51 pm

+1+1+1+1+1!!!!!
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Re: Jerry on Theory

Postby JamminJommy » Wed May 11, 2011 1:17 am

I wonder if they said "Yeah man... its just an E Dorian jam in 6/8."

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Re: Jerry on Theory

Postby eric » Tue May 31, 2011 8:22 pm

DEC 2005 issue guitar player mag.... featuring help/slip....he gets into some serious discussion on chord/ scale theory and whats going on in his head.. talk about some advanced technical knowledge of music theory.....i'd
say its a must read..
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Re: Jerry on Theory

Postby ugly rumor » Wed Jun 01, 2011 7:08 am

So...Elvis AND Jerry are still around?
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Re: Jerry on Theory

Postby Pete B. » Wed Jun 01, 2011 7:11 am

eric wrote:DEC 2005 issue guitar player mag.... featuring help/slip....he gets into some serious discussion on chord/ scale theory and whats going on in his head.. talk about some advanced technical knowledge of music theory.....i'd
say its a must read..


That article is what sparked a renewed love affair with electric guitar for me, after spending about 10 years emmersed in Pedal Steel.
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Re: Jerry on Theory

Postby eric » Wed Jun 01, 2011 7:53 am

ugly rumor wrote:So...Elvis AND Jerry are still around?
..

wow...good catch ....but ....

The 2005 article was compiled from interviews in Oct '78, July '88, and Sept '91

although it'd be a lot cooler if he was still around!!!!
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Re: Jerry on Theory

Postby Pete B. » Wed Jun 01, 2011 8:01 am

I'm speaking of the Guitar Player Dec 2005 issue that tabs out Slipknot. I liked the writers comments on Jerrys licks for this one.
He describes the Whip section something like... ...Then Jerry reaches for the heavens...
I don't recall that this segment had been from and earlier article.
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Re: Jerry on Theory

Postby eric » Wed Jun 01, 2011 8:35 am

Hey Pete,
I was just referring to the comment of the other poster of Elvis and Jerry still being alive. ( I'm guessing because the article was published in Dec 2005 , after Jerry's passing). Which, was a hell of a catch!!!

The actual interview's from the DEC 2005 issue were from years past, but the incredible analysis and transcription of SLIP was from Jude Gold, who played with JGB (post-Jer) at some point.

I've probably watched your videos as much as you read that '78 issue!! I can only dream of playing as good as you ...thanks for the inspiration...
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Re: Jerry on Theory

Postby Griffyote » Thu Sep 05, 2013 9:27 pm

Where could I find videos of Pete playing?
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Re: Jerry on Theory

Postby mgbills » Fri Sep 06, 2013 7:27 am



Or search SteelYerFace on Youtube.

On pedal steel....with JustinJohn on lead guitar.

http://archive.org/details/GarciaBirthdayBand2013-05-25

Pete's a damn fine player!

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Re: Jerry on Theory

Postby TI4-1009 » Fri Sep 06, 2013 2:09 pm

JamminJommy wrote:I wonder if they said "Yeah man... its just an E Dorian jam in 6/8."


Well, we have Jerry quoted on his depth of understanding theory. We know Phil was there having formally studied music and composition. Bobby would be the wild card, but having put in so many hours between the other two, and his extensive use of "unusual" chords and inversions you'd have to figure he was in on it too.

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Re: Jerry on Theory

Postby easytoslip » Mon Sep 09, 2013 8:46 pm

Rusty the Scoob wrote:I was re-reading this article and a quote caught my eye.

Q: Do you know what you’re doing in theoretical terms?

Jerry: Yeah, yeah, yeah. I couldn’t not. There was a time when I could get by with not knowing, you know, but not anymore, not with the caliber of musicians I play with. Besides, for me it isn’t satisfying to not know. It’s not satisfying to bluff. I like to know because for one thing, it makes it a lot easier to communicate what you’re doing. Just that alone is a good reason to know.




http://jasobrecht.com/jerry-garcia-the- ... interview/

Thanks for the link Dan, enjoyable read
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Re: Jerry on Theory

Postby Lephty » Tue Sep 10, 2013 7:10 am

Also loved the part where the interviewer asks if any GD concerts stand out in Jerry's memory, and he says that he doesn't really keep track (as his fans do): "For me, it's the next note. It's not the last one."

Friggin' LOVE that.
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Re: Jerry on Theory

Postby pedalpoet » Tue Sep 10, 2013 7:51 am

"Why do you think you’ve attracted such a loyal following?

It must be really hungry out there. [Laughs.] I blame the general low quality of life, you know."


That was pretty funny. I really appreciated having it put into context regarding the opening remarks as well.
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