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Forum: Musician Talk Yesterday, 09:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 165
Posted By cdgraves
Modes will make a whole lot of sense once you...

Modes will make a whole lot of sense once you already know your basic major/minor scales and chords. Modality is a harmonic concept, not a scalar/melodic one, so it's really important to have a basic...
Forum: Musician Talk Yesterday, 09:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 168
Posted By cdgraves
All things considered, I give it a 99% chance the...

All things considered, I give it a 99% chance the tension is meant to imply or reference a harmony that typically includes the leading tone.
Forum: Musician Talk Yesterday, 09:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 298
Posted By cdgraves
Just learn the major scales up and down the neck...

Just learn the major scales up and down the neck for now. Then when you do get to modes, you will make a shocking discovery.
Forum: Musician Talk Yesterday, 01:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 168
Posted By cdgraves
That's a chord tone. Passing tone has a...

That's a chord tone. Passing tone has a destination. My ear leads me to a half cadence in this example, if such a thing is even relevant here.
Forum: Guitar Techniques 06-28-2015, 01:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 296
Posted By cdgraves
Your fingers SHOULD curve like pianist's. The...

Your fingers SHOULD curve like pianist's. The only time you want to lay them flat is if you're barring or muting.

edit: if you're getting shoulder pain when you play, it indicates a technique...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 06-28-2015, 01:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 509
Posted By cdgraves
knowing the note names should be involuntary. At...

knowing the note names should be involuntary. At some point, with practice, it becomes impossible not to know what you're playing.
Forum: Musician Talk 06-27-2015, 07:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 238
Posted By cdgraves
If someone gave me sheet music with that chord on...

If someone gave me sheet music with that chord on it I would burn it.

Couldn't you indicate the "twist" with standard bend and barre indications?
Forum: Musician Talk 06-27-2015, 07:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 298
Posted By cdgraves
I like 3 nps (and 4) because it's easier to move...

I like 3 nps (and 4) because it's easier to move between positions of a scale.

Also, modes have nothing to do with this. You're learning the major scale.
Forum: Musician Talk 06-26-2015, 01:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 423
Posted By cdgraves
Learn the major scale formula and write out all...

Learn the major scale formula and write out all 12 major scales (without looking them up). Check your work, find the mistakes, correct them. Then go back to chord construction.
Forum: Musician Talk 06-26-2015, 01:28 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 553
Posted By cdgraves
Visual references are of very limited use. You...

Visual references are of very limited use. You need to work with the guitar and your ears. Whenever possible, work concepts out on the guitar and write your own reference material.
Forum: Musician Talk 06-26-2015, 01:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 238
Posted By cdgraves
What do you mean by "twist the strings...

What do you mean by "twist the strings together"?

If you meant barring them, then the only "special" notation would be a to indicate the harmonic on the G (you'd notate it as a D since it's a...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-24-2015, 09:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 438
Posted By cdgraves
A thorough understanding of voice leading helps...

A thorough understanding of voice leading helps tremendously with understanding the harmonies in jazz tunes. All of harmony is about getting from one place to another, and it's essential to...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-24-2015, 01:55 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,198
Posted By cdgraves
That's called "the Zone". It's like...

That's called "the Zone". It's like meditation of some sort. It gets easier to reach with practice, but it does take practice. Lots of practice.
Forum: Musician Talk 06-24-2015, 01:52 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 360
Posted By cdgraves
Bear in mind that while they contain the same...

Bear in mind that while they contain the same notes, you're going to use them in completely different places (or keys at least). If you play an E bass note with a C+ over it, it will not sound like...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-24-2015, 01:42 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 941
Posted By cdgraves
This is the correct approach. The use of both key...

This is the correct approach. The use of both key signatures and modes has changed dramatically since they became part of the written tradition of music. They existed long before the concept of...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-24-2015, 01:37 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 925
Posted By cdgraves
I guess it depends on time. It's easy to run...

I guess it depends on time. It's easy to run through 12 keys several times in a 15min warmup, once you've memorized them and can play them at a decent tempo. Outside of practicing rudiments or...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-24-2015, 01:31 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 553
Posted By cdgraves
Those are called Unisons. It's how tuning your...

Those are called Unisons. It's how tuning your guitar works.

Try to learn your notes horizontally as well - going all the way up one string at a time. If you take the time to write down your work...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-23-2015, 01:22 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 478
Posted By cdgraves
Have you looked for a teacher with style-specific...

Have you looked for a teacher with style-specific training? Anyone with an actual music degree should be versed in a style, usually classical or jazz. Even if those aren't the styles you want to...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-23-2015, 01:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 300
Posted By cdgraves
Yes, technically correct, but playing a minor 7th...

Yes, technically correct, but playing a minor 7th in such a low register generally sounds awful.
Forum: Musician Talk 06-23-2015, 01:08 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,198
Posted By cdgraves
There's taking a random road for fun, and then...

There's taking a random road for fun, and then there's driving your car off a cliff.



These guys are pretty much my model for live performance and improv. Doing it effectively really requires a...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-23-2015, 01:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 192
Posted By cdgraves
Sor's etudes are pretty and simple. Villa Lobos...

Sor's etudes are pretty and simple.

Villa Lobos "12 etudes" standard edition has somewhat more advanced etudes and concert pieces.

I wouldn't shy away from a method book, though. Technique is...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-23-2015, 01:03 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 925
Posted By cdgraves
I'd probably inquire directly as to the person's...

I'd probably inquire directly as to the person's goals to be sure, but he sounds pretty diligent and eager to learn. I think it's valuable to know all the keys for anyone who wants to play outside...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-23-2015, 12:59 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 941
Posted By cdgraves
Yeah. If I were given a chart with no...

Yeah. If I were given a chart with no flats/sharps, but an apparent tonic of Dm, I'd be confused.

It's been about 500 years since key signatures literally meant "Play this note flat every time". In...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-23-2015, 12:56 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 925
Posted By cdgraves
Circle of 5ths is the standard order for...

Circle of 5ths is the standard order for practicing stuff, just because resolution by 5th is the basic pattern in most traditional music. I find it's also good for getting out of "box" shapes because...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-21-2015, 06:05 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 941
Posted By cdgraves
more like VI7. Secondary dominants are hooty by...

more like VI7. Secondary dominants are hooty by nature.
Forum: Musician Talk 06-21-2015, 01:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 478
Posted By cdgraves
Well if you want a decent teacher you're going to...

Well if you want a decent teacher you're going to have to pay money for it. Musical instruction is a valuable service. Also, any good teacher will teach you what you need, not just what you want.
Forum: Guitar Techniques 06-21-2015, 01:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 509
Posted By cdgraves
Know the notes, and practice your scales in all...

Know the notes, and practice your scales in all 12 keys. Knowing where your notes are in every key is fundamental to advancing musically, as it's essential for constructing chords and improvising.
Forum: Guitar Techniques 06-21-2015, 01:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 611
Posted By cdgraves
It sounds like you need to listen to some...

It sounds like you need to listen to some jazz!

There's a basic level of theory you need to work through a jazz tune, but you can achieve that in short order with diligent, daily practice. Don't get...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-21-2015, 12:35 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 941
Posted By cdgraves
I love how every time someone says "Don't...

I love how every time someone says "Don't worry about modes", the thread immediately becomes about modes.
Forum: Musician Talk 06-20-2015, 11:23 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 2,353
Posted By cdgraves
Well these are the three composers whose music is...

Well these are the three composers whose music is the foundation of pretty much all traditional music theory. The idea of harmonic analysis didn't exist until after Beethoven; like Bach and Mozart,...
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