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Forum: Musician Talk 03-26-2015, 02:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 184
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: 184
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: 166
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: 381
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: 430
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: 203
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: 632
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: 488
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: 455
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: 272
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: 360
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: 590
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: 590
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: 459
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: 459
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: 459
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: 568
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: 531
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: 1,233
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: 426
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: 508
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: 508
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...
Forum: Musician Talk 01-13-2015, 02:03 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 830
Posted By HotspurJr
Your example is hard to understand. I don't know...

Your example is hard to understand. I don't know if I understand your question.

You're playing your blues in the key of G?

Then yes, G is your I. It's often a G7, even though G7 is not diatonic to...
Forum: Musician Talk 01-09-2015, 12:20 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 885
Posted By HotspurJr
Yeah, this is all about developing your ear....

Yeah, this is all about developing your ear.

Can you hear a melody line and quickly play it? If not, then your ears are holding you back in your solos.
Forum: Musician Talk 01-08-2015, 01:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 541
Posted By HotspurJr
If you're good enough to be teaching, you...

If you're good enough to be teaching, you shouldn't need us to do that work for you. :)
Forum: Musician Talk 01-08-2015, 01:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 277
Posted By HotspurJr
Kind of. What usually happens is that the...

Kind of.

What usually happens is that the STRESSED syllables are on chord tones. The unstressed syllables may or may not.

But sometimes you get a stressed syllable that's not a chord tone. What's...
Forum: Musician Talk 12-21-2014, 04:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 372
Posted By HotspurJr
I had no problem with the lead guitar. I think...

I had no problem with the lead guitar. I think and the voice work well together.

I do think you need to work on your singing. You don't sound like you have much confidence in your singing. I think...
Forum: Musician Talk 12-19-2014, 10:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 408
Posted By HotspurJr
A lot depends on the context in which you're...

A lot depends on the context in which you're playing it. If you're a cover band, you generally want to play something pretty close to the original.

If you are a band with a distinct style, however,...
Forum: Musician Talk 12-14-2014, 01:55 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,002
Posted By HotspurJr
The way you make your own solos sound like that...

The way you make your own solos sound like that is to learn how to play those solos, preferably by ear. (You may have to develop your own ear to get to the point where you can do that, or you may...
Forum: Musician Talk 12-11-2014, 01:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 778
Posted By HotspurJr
Learning them as abstract concepts? Probably...

Learning them as abstract concepts? Probably wouldn't help you at all.

Learning them to the point where you can recognize them when you hear them in practice?

Probably would help you. It will...
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