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Steve Morse Part 3

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Native Dance

This is one of my favorite parts Steve ever came up with... it's a part that occurs in the song "Native Dance" ( from "Structural Damage" ). This part is played on electric guitar, the chords are derived from the bass-line. Later, while Steve played some variations of this line, he added another melody on top of this one through a guitar-synth set to a steeldrum-patch.

Listen to a MIDI-File of Example 3

Again, pay attention to the way Steve positions the bass-notes and thereby sets the accents. The actual bass note of the first chord ( D ) occurs on the 1+, the E at 3, D at 4+ etc. Try this for yourself: Make up an arpeggiated part or a melody and try to take away any static structure... don't put the accents always on the downbeat, move them around. You might come up with some really cool stuff !

( By the way, I paid tribute to Steve by using my arrangement of this part in my song "Angeldancer, at the very end... )

Endless Waves

Another one of my favorite Morse-songs would be "Endless Waves", a rather unknown song from the "High Tension Wires" Album. It´s a ballad with acoustic guitars and guitar synth, played in a rather slow tempo ( 63 bpm ).
Check out those first four bars:

Listen to a MIDI-File of Example 4

An interesting thing happens here. Steve is playing all arpeggios, but the way he merges them together, the way he arranges them make the final result sound like one long, beautiful melody instead of sounding just like a bunch of arps !

Steve uses this device pretty often, and it´s something you should try yourself, cuz it not only is an interesting compositional tool to play around with, it also can help you to make up some wonderful pieces of music. So try it... instead of just playing some arpeggios ( and make them sound as if you´re doing just that ), try to merge them to one long melody by arranging them the way Steve did in our example !

Our final example for today is the solo-part of "Endless Waves", at least the beginning of that. In our transcription, you can see the actual solo guitar in the upper staff, and the accompanying second guitar in the lower one. Pay attention to this rather common chord sequence that still sounds kinda special due to it´s re-occuring melody part ( the C and B on the B-String ). Steve also uses a Slash Chord ( Am/G ) in this one.

Listen to a MIDI-File of Example 5

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