Hi – my name is Ljova!
You’re home — I’m home — we’re all home! You would like to make some music — and I would desperately love to make some music.
Here is a piece I wrote earlier today that I think we could play all together — right from our homes.
I give you — NetLicks!
Netlicks! is a bluesy chord progression, a juicy bass line, and a set of 21 “Licks” — small ideas that can be repeated and put together into a larger piece.
You can participate using any instrument or voice, set your metronome to 112bpm and 3/4 time, or download the templates I made for Garageband (for iPad or iPhone or Desktop) ProTools and Reaper. Also – here’s a MIDI file! and an mp3 file of the baby fiddle guide.
Record as many licks as you like and send them back to me in any way that’s most convenient for you — email them to me at NetLicks@Ljova.com, post them on your Soundcloud or YouTube, Instagram or Facebook or Twitter, and I’ll find a way to incorporate whatever you send me into a large world-wide jam. Tag me (#Ljova and #netlicks) so I can find them easier.
Would your rather take a solo over the changes? Go right ahead! But one thing I can almost promise you — any recordings you send me will be edited in some way.
I’d like to start working on this right away and hope to be posting nightly updates.
Looking forward to hearing and meeting you all!
Thank you for bringing your talent and voice — let’s make the best of it!
THREE MORE THINGS (that didn’t make it into the video):
1) You can download a PDF of the “Netlicks!” sheet music in Concert pitch, in B-flat and E-flat transpositions, as well as Treble, Alto, and Bass Clefs. Do you have any questions or requests? Get in touch!
2) Some of these licks are rather fancy — if you’re a beginner, take a look at licks 17-20! Or feel free simply to open strings and I’ll find a way to fit you in. Additionally, I’ve recorded a video demo of all 21 original Netlicks, which you can watch here.
3) Like many of you, I’m sitting at home, with lots of work that was suddenly canceled. I am available for commissions, arranging, teaching and collaborative projects — read about everything I can do with some examples –> working through the outbreak. Thank you for considering!
4) Below is a playlist of the “Netlicks!” nightly bakes — it will be updated nightly as I continue to receive submissions: