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Forum: Musician Talk Yesterday, 02:13 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 209
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: 10
Views: 292
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: 22
Views: 520
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: 10
Views: 349
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: 63
Views: 1,143
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: 63
Views: 1,143
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: 10
Views: 349
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: 301
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: 352
Posted By HotspurJr
How's your ear?

How's your ear?
Forum: Musician Talk 10-15-2014, 05:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 301
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: 240
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: 187
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: 272
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: 267
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: 472
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.
Forum: Musician Talk 10-10-2014, 03:28 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,012
Posted By HotspurJr
I agree with you, in general, that the melody is...

I agree with you, in general, that the melody is the most important part of the song (and for most non-musicians, the melody IS the song) but this is somewhat genre dependent.

eg, in a lot of funk...
Forum: Musician Talk 10-10-2014, 12:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 267
Posted By HotspurJr
One thing: It's very hard to play something that...

One thing:

It's very hard to play something that you can't hear. That is to say, it will help your ability to play fast things if you develop your ear so that you can hear them more precisely. It's...
Forum: Musician Talk 10-10-2014, 12:22 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,012
Posted By HotspurJr
The thing I'd say is that the best way to think...

The thing I'd say is that the best way to think of scales is as a collection of sounds. That is to say, every note in a scale has its own distinct, unique relationship to the tonic center.

The major...
Forum: Singing & Vocals 10-09-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 124
Posted By HotspurJr
You can change the tone of your voice. If you...

You can change the tone of your voice.

If you haven't worked on it, you are almost certainly capable of significant improvement. Get a singing teacher.

There are limits to how much you can change...
Forum: Bandleading 10-08-2014, 02:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 147
Posted By HotspurJr
I think the best advice is to make friends in the...

I think the best advice is to make friends in the local scene that does whatever sort of music that you do.

In doing that, you'll meet a bunch of musicians and drummers.
Forum: Musician Talk 10-07-2014, 11:15 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 410
Posted By HotspurJr
In addition to what other people are saying, I...

In addition to what other people are saying, I want to add:

You don't know how well you're playing something unless you're listening to how it sounds. Listening to headphones, you might be building...
Forum: Musician Talk 10-04-2014, 01:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 620
Posted By HotspurJr
There's a reason why jazz players learn a lot of...

There's a reason why jazz players learn a lot of standards.

Generally, it's not particularly reasonable or fair to ask a musician to improvise in an extended way over a set of changes he doesn't...
Forum: Musician Talk 10-03-2014, 11:48 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 462
Posted By HotspurJr
This seems like a confusing way to get to a point...

This seems like a confusing way to get to a point which I think has some validity.

If you're playing without a backing track, the question is - how can you imply a major or minor tonality?

The...
Forum: Musician Talk 10-02-2014, 12:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 462
Posted By HotspurJr
If you're improvising without a backing track...

If you're improvising without a backing track (even if it's just a simple one-chord thing) than it's up to your phrasing to create a sense of a tonal center.

Probably what's happening is that your...
Forum: Musician Talk 10-01-2014, 09:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 354
Posted By HotspurJr
The thing is, the only way to learn how to jam is...

The thing is, the only way to learn how to jam is to jam.

Go in prepared to listen, to work, and to have fun. Keep expectations low, and just have fun.

One thing: lots of times you get together...
Forum: Musician Talk 10-01-2014, 09:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 282
Posted By HotspurJr
Couple of things: Copyright exists automatically...

Couple of things:

Copyright exists automatically once something is put in fixed form. If all you've done is perform your song, and never recorded it, it is not copyrighted. If you record it, it...
Forum: Musician Talk 09-30-2014, 02:52 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,028
Posted By HotspurJr
That's exactly the point. V7-I is probably the...

That's exactly the point.

V7-I is probably the most important, foundational idea in functional harmony.

And it's not a hard and fast "rule."

It is, rather, a tendency. A desire. V7 wants to go to...
Forum: Musician Talk 09-30-2014, 02:04 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,790
Posted By HotspurJr
I've heard people with perfect pitch describe it...

I've heard people with perfect pitch describe it as being great in some contexts, not great in others.

Somebody once put it, "Imagine that every piece of music you ever heard was very slightly out...
Forum: Musician Talk 09-30-2014, 11:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 429
Posted By HotspurJr
One interesting thing I notice here is that...

One interesting thing I notice here is that mention lyrics and you mention chords, but you don't mention melody. That seems like a strange omission.

Melody is the most important part of most genres...
Forum: Musician Talk 09-29-2014, 05:07 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,028
Posted By HotspurJr
Exactly. THe idea of "breaking the...

Exactly.

THe idea of "breaking the rules" isn't new ... you can see it in Beethoven, for example.

But rather than calling it "breaking the rules" it might make more sense to call it "deviating...
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