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Forum: Musician Talk Yesterday, 11:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 230
Posted By HotspurJr
It's important to understand how we hear music in...

It's important to understand how we hear music in a context.

e.g., a I-IV and a V-I can both be played as a major chord moving down by an interval of a fifth - or, if you prefer, as a chord moving...
Forum: Musician Talk 04-17-2015, 12:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 198
Posted By HotspurJr
My experience is that interval ear training...

My experience is that interval ear training didn't pay much in the way of dividends.

I was really good at it (interestingly, I'm not as good at it now) and yet it didn't translate in terms of...
Forum: Musician Talk 04-14-2015, 12:12 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 2,277
Posted By HotspurJr
I voted no in the poll, but I don't think that's...

I voted no in the poll, but I don't think that's completely true.

I think there are people whose creativity is hindered my music theory, because:

1) They only learn a little theory
2) They view...
Forum: Musician Talk 04-10-2015, 12:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 513
Posted By HotspurJr
Pure ears. Definitely. Oh, one more thing. When...

Pure ears. Definitely.

Oh, one more thing.

When you're struggling to transcribe something you know by heart, singing it can help, but sing it on ONE VOWEL SOUND.

eg., if I was transcribing the...
Forum: Musician Talk 04-09-2015, 12:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 513
Posted By HotspurJr
I found interval training to be not that useful,...

I found interval training to be not that useful, but YMMV. (that is to say, I was very good at solving interval exercises, but it was making no difference in practical application).

Here's my...
Forum: Musician Talk 04-07-2015, 12:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 314
Posted By HotspurJr
This x 1000. If you want to learn a style,...

This x 1000.

If you want to learn a style, learn specific songs. Preferably by ear.

Sit down and figure out, by ear, the various little melodic riffs in this song.

If you can't do that, do ear...
Forum: Musician Talk 04-06-2015, 01:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 252
Posted By HotspurJr
This. This. This.

This. This. This.
Forum: Musician Talk 04-03-2015, 08:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 396
Posted By HotspurJr
I found the advanced pentatonic lessons at mike...

I found the advanced pentatonic lessons at mike dodge.com pretty helpful.

That being said, look, the real "how to" is this:

Achieve enough mastery of the sounds of the major and minor pentatonic...
Forum: Musician Talk 03-26-2015, 02:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 280
Posted By HotspurJr
You and I have very different experiences of...

You and I have very different experiences of writing songs.

All of the songs I've written that have been any good have appeared to me, almost fully formed, with only some lyric-writing and a tiny...
Forum: Musician Talk 03-26-2015, 12:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 280
Posted By HotspurJr
Yeah, I agree, melody first. The things that...

Yeah, I agree, melody first.

The things that make a chord progression interesting on its own are often things that make it hard to write a melody on top of. Chord changes restrict your options,...
Forum: Musician Talk 03-25-2015, 12:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 274
Posted By HotspurJr
Maybe ... but if you were one of those people,...

Maybe ... but if you were one of those people, how would you know?

I put it like this. If I gave you a saxophone and said, "play some music" you wouldn't expect what came out of the sax to sound...
Forum: Musician Talk 03-24-2015, 02:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 466
Posted By HotspurJr
Well, let's see if you can't figure this out...

Well, let's see if you can't figure this out yourself.

What notes appear in the solo?

What sounds like the tonal center of the solo?

Give a man a fish etc etc.
Forum: Bandleading 03-22-2015, 07:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 520
Posted By HotspurJr
Write better and faster songs?

Write better and faster songs?
Forum: Musician Talk 03-16-2015, 01:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 241
Posted By HotspurJr
Ug. I typed up a long answer, and it got eaten by...

Ug. I typed up a long answer, and it got eaten by my browser.

Yes, technically, this is correct. However, in my opinion (and, I suspect, the opinion of most very good musicians) this is a needlessly...
Forum: Musician Talk 03-14-2015, 12:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 768
Posted By HotspurJr
First of all, I would say study songs that have...

First of all, I would say study songs that have riffs you like. Learn them by ear. Internalize them. There's no substitute for training your mind in this way.

And the second thing I'd say is,...
Forum: Musician Talk 03-11-2015, 01:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 537
Posted By HotspurJr
First, understand that there's a limit to how...

First, understand that there's a limit to how much of this you can understand academically. Yes, there are things we can talk about and that you can apply, but good music has to be understood...
Forum: Musician Talk 03-07-2015, 03:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 480
Posted By HotspurJr
Maggarra is right, of course. Listen to...

Maggarra is right, of course.

Listen to him.

People get confused about modes for a lot of reasons, but the primary one is because of the difference between the way they're derived and the way...
Forum: Bandleading 03-02-2015, 03:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 320
Posted By HotspurJr
Also, bring something to test if the outlets...

Also, bring something to test if the outlets you're plugging in to are properly grounded.

An outlet tester, a power strip, a long extension chord and some tape to hold it down should be part of...
Forum: Musician Talk 02-28-2015, 01:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 384
Posted By HotspurJr
Probably because your ears aren't very good yet....

Probably because your ears aren't very good yet.

The better your ears are, the more you'll hear things in your head when you're trying to write.
Forum: Musician Talk 02-19-2015, 11:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 622
Posted By HotspurJr
The guys in Phish used to do an exercise, where...

The guys in Phish used to do an exercise, where one you start off with a riff or something, and the others would latch onto it.

And then, when they were all locked in, they would say "hey."

And...
Forum: Musician Talk 02-19-2015, 02:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 622
Posted By HotspurJr
This. This. This. The most important skill in a...

This. This. This.

The most important skill in a jam is the ability to listen, to hear and react to what your bandmates are doing.

A jam should not be four people in a room soloing next to each...
Forum: Musician Talk 02-13-2015, 02:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 511
Posted By HotspurJr
It's not one or the other. You should be doing...

It's not one or the other.

You should be doing all of this stuff.

For me, the functional ear trainer was a tool that made a huge difference. Other people's mileage may vary. People kept telling...
Forum: Musician Talk 02-13-2015, 12:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 511
Posted By HotspurJr
I don't know. I haven't used it. It looks like at...

I don't know. I haven't used it. It looks like at least partially functional in its approach, so I suspect it'd be useful and good.

The functional ear trainer has the advantage of being free, and...
Forum: Musician Talk 02-12-2015, 07:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 511
Posted By HotspurJr
Transcribing fast stuff is hard. You've got to...

Transcribing fast stuff is hard. You've got to work up to it.

Start with melodies. A great place to begin is simple stuff you know by heart: nursery rhymes, christmas carols, movie themes. If you...
Forum: Musician Talk 02-10-2015, 02:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 592
Posted By HotspurJr
I have a bunch of friends who went to different...

I have a bunch of friends who went to different music schools, and some of them loved the experience.

But yeah, look, if what you want to do is find great guys to form a band with, then move to a...
Forum: Musician Talk 02-07-2015, 12:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 549
Posted By HotspurJr
I agree about listening for the bass, or,...

I agree about listening for the bass, or, alternatively, the root of the chord.

The functional ear trainer will help, too, as far as getting that intuitive sense of when a chord is serving a given...
Forum: Musician Talk 02-03-2015, 02:58 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,270
Posted By HotspurJr
Here's the thing: You've probably already...

Here's the thing:

You've probably already started learning theory. When I say "play a minor chord" I'm talking about theory - and you know what I mean, right? When I say, "play in the major scale"...
Forum: Musician Talk 01-31-2015, 06:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 443
Posted By HotspurJr
Just adding to that, if you're playing over D...

Just adding to that, if you're playing over D major:

D E F# G A B C#

D E F# G# A B C#

What you're really doing here is playing D Lydian.

Remember that you can always play any note in any key....
Forum: Musician Talk 01-23-2015, 01:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 522
Posted By HotspurJr
Yes and no. Before you musical imagination can...

Yes and no.

Before you musical imagination can kick in, you have to be able to think in music. People with poorly-developed ears don't think in music very well - the pitches they hear in their head...
Forum: Musician Talk 01-23-2015, 01:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 522
Posted By HotspurJr
How good is your ear? If you're NOT soloing, can...

How good is your ear?

If you're NOT soloing, can you follow the chords? Can you hear the changes if you know in advance what the progression is? How about if you don't?

Practice this, without...
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