Canadian Musician - May / June 2018 - Page 25

GUITAR Jeff Gunn is the author of the Hidden Sounds: Discover Your Own Method on Guitar series, guitarist/musical director for Emmanuel Jal, and composer of his latest album, 2017’s All the Roads We Take. By Jeff Gunn Sounding Accents Reshaping Familiar Soundscapes Part 1 EX.1 A ccents dramatically shape the sounds we create. An essential component in creating the feel in different time signatures, em- ploying accents is equally paramount when performing in various genres, from jazz to bossa nova to reggae. As well, displacing ac- cents opens seemingly endless possibilities for reimagining commonly used notes and progressions. Like an actor who adds nuance to familiar lines, we can do the same as guitar- ists, resulting in a fresh sound. EX.2 Time Signatures Time signatures require that some notes be emphasized over others. Ex. 1 demonstrates that in 4/4 time, beats one and three are emphasized. Ex. 2 explores playing chords in 6/8, with accents on beats one and four. Ex. 3 demonstrates that in 2/2, beats one and two receive equally heavy accents. EX.3 Displacing Accents & Syncopation Ex. 4 shifts accents in a common progression in measures three and four. Ex. 5 displaces accents in 6/8 time, and Ex. 6 applies syncopa- tion in which an entire accented run is shifted, creating a sense of urgency. EX.4 Part 2 will look at combining accents with legato and staccato picking and applying accents in different genres of music. EX.6 EX.5 W W W. C A N A D I A N M U S I C I A N . CO M C A N A D I A N M U S I C I A N • 25 Ou