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Forum: Musician Talk 08-25-2015, 01:36 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 581
Posted By HotspurJr
Keys are usually referred to by the name that...

Keys are usually referred to by the name that requires the fewest accidentals. e.g., to take an extreme example: compare thinking in Bb (two flats) vs A# (10 sharps, including some double sharps)....
Forum: Musician Talk 08-17-2015, 03:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 444
Posted By HotspurJr
Use the functional ear trainer, a free download...

Use the functional ear trainer, a free download from miles.be.

It'll take a while, but you'l get there.
Forum: Musician Talk 08-16-2015, 03:40 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 764
Posted By HotspurJr
In a certain song, it might matter. The two...

In a certain song, it might matter. The two chords sound a bit different.

The notion that the former is incorrect and the latter is correct, however, is absurd, and quite frankly I would suggest...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-14-2015, 03:11 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 1,867
Posted By HotspurJr
Not everybody wants to live the lifestyle of the...

Not everybody wants to live the lifestyle of the professional musician.

Quite frankly, a tenure-track professorship gig has a LOT going for it that living gig-to-gig doesn't.
Forum: Musician Talk 08-14-2015, 02:30 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 1,867
Posted By HotspurJr
This seems over-simplistic. A 60-year-old music...

This seems over-simplistic.

A 60-year-old music professor grew up listening to the Beatles, Stones, Hendrix, etc, not Handel and Bach.

I also think that there is a level of complexity in...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-03-2015, 01:28 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 1,862
Posted By HotspurJr
So a couple of thoughts. The first, you want a...

So a couple of thoughts.

The first, you want a safe, easy solo? Play the melody of the song. A tremendous number of memorable solos are just slightly embellished versions of the melody. Most...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-24-2015, 03:14 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 1,939
Posted By HotspurJr
Whether or not he's wrong, I think it's relevant...

Whether or not he's wrong, I think it's relevant to the OP's relationship with the new guitarist, because, quite frankly, how the hell would he know if that guitarist was "talented" when he first...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-24-2015, 10:28 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 1,939
Posted By HotspurJr
You know, Malcolm Gladwell argues (with evidence)...

You know, Malcolm Gladwell argues (with evidence) in "Outliers" that, essentially, talent just IS experience. I'm not going to repeat all of his arguments here, but the short version is that most...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-18-2015, 11:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 466
Posted By HotspurJr
This isn't my genre of music, so take with the...

This isn't my genre of music, so take with the requisite grain of salt.

The longer this went on, the less it became about ideas and the more it became about showing off technique. I don't care about...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-15-2015, 05:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 374
Posted By HotspurJr
In broad terms it doesn't matter what order you...

In broad terms it doesn't matter what order you play the notes, except for the lowest note you play.

That being said, as you gain experience you'll hear differences and decide that you prefer...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-14-2015, 10:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 335
Posted By HotspurJr
While overall I agree with your analysis, this is...

While overall I agree with your analysis, this is inaccurate.

They have the same notes, but those notes have completely different functions. They feel very different because their relationships to...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-13-2015, 12:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 922
Posted By HotspurJr
Here's the thing: Most relatively inexperienced...

Here's the thing:

Most relatively inexperienced guitarists solo by moving their finger around in an pre-learned shape. This is, it turns out, a really hard way to remember a solo. If you're still...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-08-2015, 12:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 383
Posted By HotspurJr
The Pedler book is expensive, but it has MUCH...

The Pedler book is expensive, but it has MUCH more information than your standard Hal-Leonard-type book. It's also really based on listening, and he breaks things down by concept, rather than by...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-07-2015, 11:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 383
Posted By HotspurJr
Songwriting Secrets of the Beatles, by Pedler....

Songwriting Secrets of the Beatles, by Pedler.

It's absolutely fantastic.
Forum: Musician Talk 07-03-2015, 03:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 310
Posted By HotspurJr
You need to learn to hear resolution. Key is...

You need to learn to hear resolution.

Key is not determined by counting sharps and flats. It is determined by where the song sounds resolved. Play a verse ... and then play A at the end of it. Feel...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-30-2015, 01:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 474
Posted By HotspurJr
These are actually related questions. There are...

These are actually related questions. There are basically two ways to write songs.

You can just sort of stumble around on your guitar until you find something you like, or you can hear something in...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-19-2015, 06:46 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,185
Posted By HotspurJr
This is hard because you're trying to think about...

This is hard because you're trying to think about thing academically, as letters on a page, as opposed to a series of functional relationships.

If you're in C major, you're in C major. It doesn't...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-12-2015, 04:06 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,351
Posted By HotspurJr
I didn't break down that solo. But a really...

I didn't break down that solo.

But a really common trick is to mix the major and minor pentatonic scales. There's some great lessons on this at Mike Dodge's website.

One basic trick for expanding...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-12-2015, 04:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 367
Posted By HotspurJr
While on one one level, this is true, it's an...

While on one one level, this is true, it's an oversimplification that can actually be damaging to your development if you approach it the wrong way.

This is because the notes DON'T all sound good...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-11-2015, 07:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 595
Posted By HotspurJr
Most people worry about tuning higher more than...

Most people worry about tuning higher more than they worry about tuning lower.

You just have to develop a feel for the overall tension of the guitar.

eg, my guitar has very light strings on it,...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-11-2015, 12:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 595
Posted By HotspurJr
I would strongly encourage you to not think about...

I would strongly encourage you to not think about tunings the way you're thinking about tunings.

If you're a relative beginner, which you clearly are, the best way to think about tunings is to...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-10-2015, 02:23 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,491
Posted By HotspurJr
When I'm improvising well, I'm not thinking at...

When I'm improvising well, I'm not thinking at all. Almost all of my conscious attention is on listening. What are my bandmates doing?

And then - and this is one where a lot of young improviser...
Forum: Musician Talk 05-31-2015, 04:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 590
Posted By HotspurJr
Your last sentence has it right. I've actually...

Your last sentence has it right.

I've actually found that people who haven't studied theory are more likely to end up playing cliches ... either that, or people who study only a little theory, and...
Forum: Musician Talk 05-26-2015, 12:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 640
Posted By HotspurJr
This is my recommended ear training program. It's...

This is my recommended ear training program. It's a modified version of what worked for me, based on what parts of what I did I think were the most effective.

When you say that vocals get in the way...
Forum: Musician Talk 05-21-2015, 01:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 654
Posted By HotspurJr
Agreed - but I would at least consider tuning to...

Agreed - but I would at least consider tuning to a lower version of the same tuning, unless you have a strong reason not to.
Forum: Musician Talk 05-19-2015, 01:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 654
Posted By HotspurJr
Most people would not want to tune their G-string...

Most people would not want to tune their G-string up like that. That's putting a lot of extra tension on the neck, which it wasn't really build to withstand. Generally, guitars are build for standard...
Forum: Musician Talk 05-19-2015, 12:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 538
Posted By HotspurJr
Do the drills in this video....

Do the drills in this video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9X1fhVLVF_4
Forum: Musician Talk 05-19-2015, 12:52 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,739
Posted By HotspurJr
It's important to be aware of how different...

It's important to be aware of how different genres emphasize different things. E.g., singer-songwriter music emphasizes melody. Rap is entirely about rhythm. A lot of -core stuff is entirely about...
Forum: Musician Talk 05-16-2015, 04:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 526
Posted By HotspurJr
I agree with this wholeheartedly. Asking...

I agree with this wholeheartedly.

Asking "what scale" in this sort of situation almost always leads to a fingers-first approach to playing, and good music very rarely comes out of a fingers-first...
Forum: Musician Talk 05-11-2015, 12:07 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 805
Posted By HotspurJr
The root (or really, the tonic) is NOT determined...

The root (or really, the tonic) is NOT determined arbitrarily. You can't just say that "D is my tonic now" when you're playing the notes C D E F G A B.
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