Blues Raga by Teodor Ulmanen published on 2013/03/30 14:28:58 +0000 This melody just came to me one day. I found myself constantly singing it, not attempting to work it out on my guitar. I knew it was meant to be done with a slide. I find that slide guitar has a vocal quality to it - it can almost emulate the human voice. I purposely chose to keep this piece VERY minimalistic and raw. I'm playing the lead melody over just the tonic (E), instead of running chords in the background (like adding the dominant 7th for example)... The name - Blues Raga... Well, playing a melody over just the tonic - that's the way a raga is built, usually. Eastern musicians love the simple beauty of the tonic (the root note). It feels like home, and the melody can shine. I guess you can call it a more modal approach, asking more of the melody... That's that. I felt like adding a very late description to this. Thanks for all the lovely comments I've received here! Oh, there's something I wanna add regarding vibrato... Vibrato is beautiful, but a lot of musicians (mostly guitar players actually) tend to overdo it and misplace it. Sometimes the most effective vibrato, is none at all! Just holding a note straight, sustaining it, letting it ring and sing... There's a certain beauty in that.