With grand apologies I’ve been away from #IntroGuitar since it started! Bryan is too kind to call me out. After spending 5 months in Kamloops, doing regular jams with Irwin, Brian, and others who call themselves “Breaking Band” I’m zeroing in on playing a lot more.

This was in total fun. My friend and colleague Dave Cormier from PEI teaches and advocates this concept of learning called “rhizomatic” learning, and is just starting a new round of running it as an open course.

For some reason, the way things like this bounce around in my mind, I heard in my mind the old Glen Campbell song “Rhinestone Cowboy”

and thought– what if was re-written with new words? And could I learn it enough to not only play, but also sing (singing is my hugest challenge). I stopped what I was doing to see if I could find the chords, and found some a guitar tab close enough to get me started.

Tabs vary so much, I have little patience to figure out the note for note written ones, but others are just in the wrong key, or leave major parts out. This one had enough tog et me going, and I came about my own way of doing the little top e string riff the tab author describes. I also added a few more extra GCG riffs and CFC where they just have C and F.

And then I spent about 30 minutes writing new words, based on what I know of Dave’s work in this area (and googling a few things, like how to pronounce “Deleuze” and “Guattari”, the authors that really inform his ideas.

I recorded it directly into Audacity… it took maybe 4 takes getting levels right, and not tripping up on the words. And it was pretty un-horrible. I went and wrote it up at my home blog, along with the chords and my words (it’s a good song to know in original form) — see below. And for fun, I photoshopped the cover to change the title and insert Dave’s face:

rhizone-cowboy-cover

Hope to dive more into the stuff class is doing, but wanted to share (I consider myself a student of Mr Jackson too)

C
I've been talking about it so long

Connectin' it all along
                                          G (Gsus4 G)
I know every node in these rootlike links on the web

         F
But metric's the name of the game

     Dm               F                      C
Complex theories ignored because of their length

             G
There's been a load of compromisin'

           F             c
And not much synthesizing

       F                    Dm                    G (Dm G)
But I'm gonna be where the roots are linking' with me

     F   G       C       (F C)
Like a rhizome cowboy

C                    Cmaj7                 G  C G
Rooting out like a tuber spreading  under the ground

     F   G       C       (F C)
Like a rhizome cowboy

C                    Cmaj7                     G  C G
Getting tweets and emails from people out of my network


G                             F (walk)

And offers comin' to write a book



C
Well, I really don't mind your course

Rigid as bones of my horse

                                               G (GSus4 G)
But so much of learning  today  is  takin' the wrong way

         F
And I dream that it's not too late

     Dm               F                        C
With a hashtag, open doc, syllabus  we all create

         G
Why don't you read Deleuze and Guattari

           F             c
You cant teach the same I'm sorry

       F                    Dm                 G (Dm G)
I'm walking around with them atop the high plateau  

     F   G       C       (F C)
Like a rhizome cowboy

C                    Cmaj7                 G  C G
Rooting out like a tuber spreading under the ground

     F   G       C       (F C)
Like a rhizome cowboy

C                    Cmaj7                     G  C G
Getting tweets and emails from people out of my network