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Forum: Musician Talk Today, 11:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 114
Posted By cdgraves
You can only be in one key at a time, and the...

You can only be in one key at a time, and the tonic has to be present or very strongly implied at some point. With Em - C, there is no G present or implied, so it can't be the tonic. Based on the...
Forum: Guitar Techniques Yesterday, 11:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 398
Posted By cdgraves
You're having trouble because your hand is at a...

You're having trouble because your hand is at a poor angle and you're gripping the neck as if you were dangling over a river.

Pull the neck in closer to your body, tuck the wrist up, set your thumb...
Forum: Guitar Techniques Yesterday, 10:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 164
Posted By cdgraves
It's healthy to do an actual warm up session...

It's healthy to do an actual warm up session before you go to music that requires chops.

Spend 15-45 minutes on basic technique and musical rudiments like picking, hammer/pull, scales, arpeggios,...
Forum: Musician Talk 09-02-2015, 10:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 242
Posted By cdgraves
I would take a harmonic approach to this and see...

I would take a harmonic approach to this and see what chords might fit into those modes/scales you're using. Even if you're not actually using those chords, the melodic tension results from the...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-29-2015, 05:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 416
Posted By cdgraves
Well if you like the blues you can spend your...

Well if you like the blues you can spend your whole life on those 5 things.

I would make sure you know how to connect those "boxes" and know how each note you play fits into the chord. As you...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 08-29-2015, 05:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 398
Posted By cdgraves
That video should be the sole post in a stickied...

That video should be the sole post in a stickied thread titled "Your Hands: Nothing is Wrong with Them".
Forum: Guitar Techniques 08-29-2015, 12:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 398
Posted By cdgraves
Sounds like you've made up your mind. Strength...

Sounds like you've made up your mind.

Strength and stretching exercises are pretty useless - if you're having trouble hitting wide chord voicings, practice them. Some of the best guitarists in the...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 08-28-2015, 09:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 398
Posted By cdgraves
With 99.99% certainty, there is nothing wrong...

With 99.99% certainty, there is nothing wrong with your hands. Difficult things take practice.
Forum: Guitar Techniques 08-28-2015, 01:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 479
Posted By cdgraves
To reiterate, contact with the guitar for stable...

To reiterate, contact with the guitar for stable picking is fine. It's entirely normal to touch the bridge or unused strings. The problem comes when you do something like plant your pinky or rely on...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 08-27-2015, 11:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 543
Posted By cdgraves
As far as I know, there are no physicians who use...

As far as I know, there are no physicians who use the "Finger Wiggle" test to determine if there's a "Physical Limitation". So, no, you don't have a physical problem - it's strictly...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-27-2015, 10:27 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 624
Posted By cdgraves
Note: "Kids" (at 4:20 in the video) is...

Note: "Kids" (at 4:20 in the video) is definitely NOT a I V vi IV, even though the melody does work. It's i VI III VII6, which is the generic progression that Magga made a list for above.
Forum: Guitar Techniques 08-27-2015, 10:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 479
Posted By cdgraves
yeah, don't anchor. You can be just as accurate...

yeah, don't anchor. You can be just as accurate without it, and it's generally considered a crutch.

Also, don't worry about speed, and certainly don't try to get into shredding yet, if you're still...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-27-2015, 08:54 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 828
Posted By cdgraves
Modality is a concept you apply to more basic...

Modality is a concept you apply to more basic concepts regarding tonality. If you don't know those foundational concepts, modes will be nothing more than funny sounding scales.
Forum: Musician Talk 08-27-2015, 08:53 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 624
Posted By cdgraves
And don't even get started on the ubiquity of I V...

And don't even get started on the ubiquity of I V vi IV... no list necessary, just listen to the radio.
Forum: Musician Talk 08-27-2015, 12:23 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 828
Posted By cdgraves
The shortest and most useful answer is not to...

The shortest and most useful answer is not to worry about modes. Learn how to deal with chord tones first.
Forum: Musician Talk 08-26-2015, 09:04 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 624
Posted By cdgraves
Between Abm and G#m, I'd choose Ab. With 7 flats...

Between Abm and G#m, I'd choose Ab. With 7 flats guitarists can just read it as Am in transposition. Plus, the V would only have a G natural, instead of an F##.
Forum: Musician Talk 08-26-2015, 09:02 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 828
Posted By cdgraves
Modes are about harmonic relationships, not just...

Modes are about harmonic relationships, not just melodic/scalar ones.

Melodies derive from chord tones, so you need first to look at your chords, and consider those as the most important ones. In a...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 08-25-2015, 12:03 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 276
Posted By cdgraves
I'd wager "techniques" like this are...

I'd wager "techniques" like this are practiced solely for the benefit of a camera. Most guitarists have better things to practice, such as music.
Forum: Musician Talk 08-24-2015, 10:18 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 933
Posted By cdgraves
Don't the wrong impression - you should learn...

Don't the wrong impression - you should learn scales (and chords) in every form of their organization: intervals, note names, physical position, etc.

What's important is that you aren't just playing...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-22-2015, 11:15 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 566
Posted By cdgraves
I usually tap my foot as way of keeping my body...

I usually tap my foot as way of keeping my body engaged with the music. I've been told enough times to look more alive on stage, so keeping something moving avoids the problem of "looking bored".
Forum: Musician Talk 08-16-2015, 07:08 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 852
Posted By cdgraves
Well, they sound different, so I suppose that...

Well, they sound different, so I suppose that matters when it matters. Is there a specific song you're learning with this chord?

And if your teacher mentioned technique, there's probably a technique...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-16-2015, 12:05 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 591
Posted By cdgraves
What the chord is depends on the bass. But if...

What the chord is depends on the bass. But if it's like most 80s hard rock, it's probably all root position, so the chord is likely the lowest note in the "dyad".
Forum: Musician Talk 08-16-2015, 12:02 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 1,889
Posted By cdgraves
Considering you don't really know what is or...

Considering you don't really know what is or isn't taught in university level study, there isn't much of a point for you to make on the subject. Any decent school goes well beyond "classical" music,...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-15-2015, 10:23 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 1,889
Posted By cdgraves
And 99.9999% of the players of those instruments...

And 99.9999% of the players of those instruments don't do it for a living. People go to music school so they can spend 40 hours a week on something they love, instead of cramming in maybe 12 hours on...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-15-2015, 10:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 365
Posted By cdgraves
I'd root the relevant scale on the chord it's...

I'd root the relevant scale on the chord it's being used with, to keep everything consistent in analysis. Bb melodic minor = Eb lydian dominant.

But also do look a the head and improv lines over...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 08-15-2015, 01:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 384
Posted By cdgraves
Theory is a system of analysis, not an...

Theory is a system of analysis, not an instruction manual.

If you want theory particular to metal, learn theory, and then listen to metal.
Forum: Musician Talk 08-15-2015, 12:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 303
Posted By cdgraves
You kinda just sit down and do it. Use your ears,...

You kinda just sit down and do it. Use your ears, your memory, your voice, and your instrument. And try to work out whole phrases at a time when you can, not just individual notes. Your ears won't...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-15-2015, 12:53 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 1,889
Posted By cdgraves
Had anyone considered that people who love music...

Had anyone considered that people who love music enough to study it for 4-8 years might actually enjoy classical and jazz music?

You can study classical guitar and then go back to playing pop music....
Forum: Musician Talk 08-14-2015, 01:36 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 1,889
Posted By cdgraves
I mean that sitting down and taking dictation is...

I mean that sitting down and taking dictation is really good for your ears, and hard to do by yourself.

I don't know what you think I'm defending here, I'm just laying out WHY classical music is the...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-14-2015, 01:31 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 1,889
Posted By cdgraves
Not to music majors. Have you ever been to a...

Not to music majors. Have you ever been to a music class at a university? Those kids are dorks in the extreme. Most of the time it's discussed by music students, Pop is just an amusing novelty. After...
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