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Forum: Musician Talk Yesterday, 04:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 173
Posted By HotspurJr
The previous two answers are great, but I want to...

The previous two answers are great, but I want to nudge you in a slightly different direction:

I think you could read those two (excellent) answers and walk away with the perception that you're...
Forum: Musician Talk 11-25-2014, 11:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 464
Posted By HotspurJr
Nobody has ever written a novel in a language...

Nobody has ever written a novel in a language they didn't know how to read and write.

That seems painfully obvious, but it is really important to any discussion of creativity.

Your creativity is a...
Forum: Musician Talk 11-24-2014, 01:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 193
Posted By HotspurJr
When in doubt, share more credit. If you have...

When in doubt, share more credit.

If you have success, there will be plenty to go around. If you don't, it won't matter.

But don't be the guy who is trying to lawyer people who made legitimate,...
Forum: Musician Talk 11-21-2014, 01:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 464
Posted By HotspurJr
Develop your ear. Develop your ear. Develop...

Develop your ear.

Develop your ear.

Develop your ear.

Developing your ear actually develops your brain: it helps you learn how to hold and manipulate sounds IN YOUR HEAD with precision. What you...
Forum: Musician Talk 11-21-2014, 01:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 410
Posted By HotspurJr
I'm not sure if anyone has exactly answered this...

I'm not sure if anyone has exactly answered this question, but let's look at it.

A major scale: A B C# D E F# G#
A minor chord A C E.

The "problem" (and I put it in quotes because it's only sort of...
Forum: Musician Talk 11-21-2014, 01:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 245
Posted By HotspurJr
You know, back in the late 80s there was this...

You know, back in the late 80s there was this perception that the only way to be a rock singer was to be a high screecher. You had to have range, man, and live up in those high notes. Either that or...
Forum: Musician Talk 11-19-2014, 05:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 316
Posted By HotspurJr
I don't know most of those songs. The John Martyn...

I don't know most of those songs. The John Martyn is not in standard tuning, which may affect your decision.

That being said, learn the one that appeals to you the most. Your passion for playing...
Forum: Musician Talk 11-18-2014, 01:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 452
Posted By HotspurJr
I would probably just play the whole set a half...

I would probably just play the whole set a half step down. Stopping to retune everything a half step seems like a recipe for having part of your set be out of tune.

No, the audience won't notice....
Forum: Musician Talk 11-14-2014, 11:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 271
Posted By HotspurJr
I would say the heart of lead is melody. You...

I would say the heart of lead is melody. You can't play a solo until you can play a melody, so work on your ability to play melodies.

When you say "I feel like that would sound ..." I think you're...
Forum: Musician Talk 11-06-2014, 09:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 232
Posted By HotspurJr
First: Which chord feels like home? Second:...

First: Which chord feels like home?

Second: Look at the notes of those four pentatonic scales. Notice anything interesting about them?
Forum: Musician Talk 10-28-2014, 11:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 227
Posted By HotspurJr
Well, that must mean the second space is...

Well, that must mean the second space is "B" right?

Can you figure out the rest from there?
Forum: Musician Talk 10-26-2014, 09:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 392
Posted By HotspurJr
It would be impolite only if you somehow didn't...

It would be impolite only if you somehow didn't read the post above which specifically said, "Start with ..."

:)
Forum: Musician Talk 10-26-2014, 09:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 281
Posted By HotspurJr
Transcribe will help you, as it can (sort of)...

Transcribe will help you, as it can (sort of) identify notes and chords for you, although you'll find that it is no replacement for your ear.
Forum: Musician Talk 10-26-2014, 09:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 206
Posted By HotspurJr
The notion that there's a "technique"...

The notion that there's a "technique" or a "scale" that is going to have you writing good music is a fallacy.

As for scales, look, the first thing you need to be able to do is listen to a song and...
Forum: Musician Talk 10-25-2014, 11:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 392
Posted By HotspurJr
It wasn't until I really got to the point of...

It wasn't until I really got to the point of working on my ear that I felt like I could call myself a musician. Here's my advice on how to improve your ear:

Work on it regularly. You don't have to...
Forum: Musician Talk 10-24-2014, 02:13 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 296
Posted By HotspurJr
What is the key signature for the sheet...

What is the key signature for the sheet music?

If the key signature is C major/A minor, then you wouldn't expect sharps or flats on an Am chord.
Forum: Musician Talk 10-23-2014, 12:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 544
Posted By HotspurJr
Couple of thoughts: I've never successfully...

Couple of thoughts:

I've never successfully written a good song lyrics first. Lyrics are so closely tied to the melody that I don't even know how I'd start.

On the other hand, I'm a big believer...
Forum: Musician Talk 10-21-2014, 11:52 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 810
Posted By HotspurJr
This topic has been researched rather...

This topic has been researched rather extensively. There are a dozen or so things which have been shown to have an emotional impact regardless of social or cultural conditioning. The only one I...
Forum: Musician Talk 10-19-2014, 12:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 538
Posted By HotspurJr
One other thing: Once you set your sound - based...

One other thing:

Once you set your sound - based on how it sounds for the audience - your sound is set. Stop tinkering with it.

Another inexperienced-guitarist thing is to have the sound set, and...
Forum: Musician Talk 10-18-2014, 08:17 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 2,861
Posted By HotspurJr
In addition to what Map said, there's a reason...

In addition to what Map said, there's a reason why, except in specific circumstances, we don't talk about playing mixolydian. We talk about playing major.

eg, let's say you were applying chord-scale...
Forum: Musician Talk 10-18-2014, 05:43 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 2,861
Posted By HotspurJr
Take a step back: G Mixo: G A B C D E F C Mixo:...

Take a step back:

G Mixo: G A B C D E F
C Mixo: C D E F G A Bb
or, since we're playing over a G chord, let's reorder that:
G A Bb C D E F

Which also goes by the name G Dorian (minor...
Forum: Musician Talk 10-17-2014, 12:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 538
Posted By HotspurJr
You are almost certainly going to want to turn...

You are almost certainly going to want to turn your reverb down.

How much? It's hard to say. Depends on a lot of factors. This is a big part of what a sound check is for.

However, try to listen...
Forum: Musician Talk 10-16-2014, 11:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 365
Posted By HotspurJr
Sure. My point is that right now, you may need to...

Sure. My point is that right now, you may need to learn less.

It sounds to me like you are like an student in an Algebra 101 class who is rushing off to learn calculus in their spare time out of...
Forum: Musician Talk 10-15-2014, 09:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 415
Posted By HotspurJr
How's your ear?

How's your ear?
Forum: Musician Talk 10-15-2014, 05:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 365
Posted By HotspurJr
You're overthinking this a little. Don't think...

You're overthinking this a little.

Don't think of your tonic moving unless the feeling of resolution changes. When someone like Page repeats a riff like that, and it feels like we're going...
Forum: Musician Talk 10-13-2014, 11:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 261
Posted By HotspurJr
All the notes in the chords do NOT need to be in...

All the notes in the chords do NOT need to be in the key. Not even close.

The most common non-diatonic chords you'll see in major keys are the II, bIII, iv, bVI, and bVIII. Three of those chords...
Forum: Musician Talk 10-12-2014, 10:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 213
Posted By HotspurJr
I think there's a little tremolo on that, but...

I think there's a little tremolo on that, but really you're hearing the guitar (humbuckers, semi-hollow) and a bright tube amp.

I agree that's a really lovely tone. I think it's a combo of the...
Forum: Musician Talk 10-12-2014, 01:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 309
Posted By HotspurJr
It's one octave lower. The reason is that it's...

It's one octave lower.

The reason is that it's much easier to read music that way. If you wrote middle C properly on a staff, it'd be below the treble clef, and it's much easier to read and write...
Forum: Musician Talk 10-10-2014, 03:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 288
Posted By HotspurJr
You have to make a point of it. THe first thing...

You have to make a point of it.

THe first thing to do is to start transcribing simple melodies by ear. Songs you know by heart, like nursery rhymes, christmas carols, and movie themes. Hunt and...
Forum: Musician Talk 10-10-2014, 03:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 506
Posted By HotspurJr
I know plenty of musicians who just have the...

I know plenty of musicians who just have the recorder running whenever they're playing anything. They don't want to miss something.

Working on your ear will improve your ability to remember things.
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