Magic and the Power
I'd like to mention the word mojo for a second. Mojo is another term for magic and a lot of what I find happening in the studio or out playing gigs is exactly that. How do you determine mojo from circumstantial happenings? You don't, you just know it, feel it, and believe in it and thats what makes mojo real. Mojo has been brought up in a lot of blues scenarios and Jim Morrison anagramed his name to Mr. Mojo Risin'. For what it's worth there are things that you can do to increase your mojo power and I've gone over a few of those things already but the best way that I can describe mojo production is through experience.
Say for example you wanna learn how to play better with others. Do it. Your experience with this is going to help you develop your ear, connect with others, and maybe even develop a sense of clairvoyance with those around you. The skills you learn from this are yours to keep and you develop a sense of what works and what doesn't work just from being in that situation. Mojo comes in when you're in the moment and you pull out of your bag of tricks skill that seem surreal or maybe even supernatural. You're playing a solo and you're locked in, or you're rockin' a riff and you're in a groove. Or maybe you're in the studio and somehow your cellphone picked up an unintended solo on voicemail.
Now you're on board with mojo and how it happens, but you still need to learn the "why". Why comes in with theory development and trust me, a lot of the theory that you learn can explain the magic that makes music powerful. What is a 5th chord for example? Is it a chord in 5th position? No. A 5th chord is a chord that rocks 2 notes… the 1st and the 5th, or the root and the fifth. Look at an E5 chord, open E and 2nd fret of the A and D string. What notes are those? E, B and E again. B is the fifth of E. (E = 1, F# = 2, G = 3, A = 4 and B = 5). The same theory goes for every 5th chord. So now that you have theory knowledge you can apply that wherever you go. Ironically enough…. knowledge equals power, and whats another term for a 5th chord? A power chord.
So now that you know, go use your mojo and have a powerful week.