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Forum: Musician Talk Yesterday, 02:52 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 737
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 Yesterday, 02:04 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,350
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 Yesterday, 11:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 360
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: 35
Views: 737
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...
Forum: Musician Talk 09-29-2014, 11:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 247
Posted By HotspurJr
THere's not much to it. Do you like the sound?...

THere's not much to it. Do you like the sound? Then play it.

This works when the open strings harmonize well with the strings you're fretting.
Forum: Musician Talk 09-28-2014, 01:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 326
Posted By HotspurJr
That's normal. The better your ear gets, the...

That's normal. The better your ear gets, the better you'll get at more complex chords.

A lot of times we key on the root movement of the chords, and our basic understanding of what major and minor...
Forum: Musician Talk 09-28-2014, 01:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 258
Posted By HotspurJr
Well, you need to learn more than one way to play...

Well, you need to learn more than one way to play songs, then.

eg, let's say I'm tuned in DADGAD, and am playing with a Sitar player who is tuned to C#. (This is not hypothetical.) He's got...
Forum: Musician Talk 09-27-2014, 07:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 259
Posted By HotspurJr
No, it doesn't. Or, at least, not really. I mean,...

No, it doesn't. Or, at least, not really. I mean, yes, there's that little transposition thing there, but the key signature has no flats and no sharps, which means EITHER A minor or C major.

So...
Forum: Bandleading 09-27-2014, 01:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 399
Posted By HotspurJr
Also, you say that you don't make mistakes at...

Also, you say that you don't make mistakes at home, but are you practicing with a mike and your pedals?

If you practice without a mike, and let yourself look down in a way that you don't let...
Forum: Musician Talk 09-24-2014, 08:53 PM
Replies: 240
Views: 2,793
Posted By HotspurJr
Math can be used to describe music. But math...

Math can be used to describe music.

But math can also be used to describe how an airplane works. You still can't build one without an understand of aerodynamics and engineering.
Forum: Musician Talk 09-23-2014, 12:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 221
Posted By HotspurJr
You get the most bang for you buck with books....

You get the most bang for you buck with books. Figure out specifically what you want to work on, ask for book recommendations on that particular topic. If you're struggling to figure out what you...
Forum: Singing & Vocals 09-22-2014, 01:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 196
Posted By HotspurJr
Take lessons. I honestly don't think singing...

Take lessons.

I honestly don't think singing can really be taught from books or youtube videos.
Forum: Musician Talk 09-22-2014, 01:49 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 585
Posted By HotspurJr
I think it's almost completely bull. Being in...

I think it's almost completely bull.

Being in the key of E or the key of A, with the same instrument and the same singer, is going to have different impacts because of changes in timbre. eg, an...
Forum: Musician Talk 09-22-2014, 01:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 289
Posted By HotspurJr
Well, the melody usually includes chord notes, so...

Well, the melody usually includes chord notes, so if you're playing the melody under the root note, you'll be playing the chord.

That being said, learning to improvise in fingerstyle is like...
Forum: Musician Talk 09-20-2014, 12:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 318
Posted By HotspurJr
"put it up" where?

"put it up" where?
Forum: Musician Talk 09-19-2014, 11:29 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,027
Posted By HotspurJr
Yeah. This is why most Jazz musicians have a huge...

Yeah. This is why most Jazz musicians have a huge mental library of standards. "Oh, we're playing Autumn Leaves. I know how that goes."
Forum: Musician Talk 09-16-2014, 11:47 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,027
Posted By HotspurJr
Yes, sometimes that happens, particularly if...

Yes, sometimes that happens, particularly if they're very good musicians who have played together a lot.

Sometimes they'll talk to each other. I have an old Sting bootleg of an acoustic session...
Forum: Musician Talk 09-16-2014, 11:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 313
Posted By HotspurJr
THe better your ear, the better your intuitive...

THe better your ear, the better your intuitive understanding of music, the more you're likely to find you can hold more complex ideas in your head. That can include multiple voices. I sometimes now...
Forum: Bandleading 09-15-2014, 06:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 471
Posted By HotspurJr
I aim to write songs that I love as much as I...

I aim to write songs that I love as much as I love my very favorite songs by other artists.

My reach frequently exceeds my grasp.
Forum: Musician Talk 09-11-2014, 11:26 PM
Replies: 206
Views: 4,654
Posted By HotspurJr
If, for example, you think that Outkast sounds...

If, for example, you think that Outkast sounds like Wu-Tang Clan (to take the two most successful hip-hop groups of the past 20 years) you're simply not listening. That's okay. The music doesn't...
Forum: Musician Talk 09-10-2014, 08:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 142
Posted By HotspurJr
Yeah. I would say start just trying to do songs...

Yeah. I would say start just trying to do songs like christmas carols, movie themes, and nursery rhymes. It'll be tough at first.

I got a tremendous amount of the function ear trainer, a free...
Forum: Musician Talk 09-08-2014, 12:35 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,300
Posted By HotspurJr
Yeah. I think what's going on is that they learn...

Yeah.

I think what's going on is that they learn A LITTLE theory and then make the mistake of thinking theory is proscriptive, not descriptive.

This is a failure on the part of both students and...
Forum: Musician Talk 09-07-2014, 11:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 345
Posted By HotspurJr
Well, the guitar is a transposing instrument...

Well, the guitar is a transposing instrument anyway. We're already playing every note an octave lower than notated.

But I would say that it's not because of "shape" thinking necessary, but even if...
Forum: Musician Talk 09-07-2014, 01:29 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 579
Posted By HotspurJr
Start with melodies, not guitar parts. Very few...

Start with melodies, not guitar parts. Very few songs have a melody that is going to be hard to play if you can figure it out.
Forum: Musician Talk 09-07-2014, 01:26 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,300
Posted By HotspurJr
Right. If you never jam, you shouldn't expect to...

Right. If you never jam, you shouldn't expect to be able to jam. It's not about too much training, it's a question of not training for the relevant stuff. Those guys invariably have a huge amount of...
Forum: Singing & Vocals 09-05-2014, 12:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 239
Posted By HotspurJr
You're not breathing correctly. I'm willing to...

You're not breathing correctly.

I'm willing to bet that as your breathe out while singing these notes, your rib cage is shrinking. You need to learn to breathe while keeping your rib cage expanded.
Forum: Singing & Vocals 09-03-2014, 08:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 228
Posted By HotspurJr
I like this. Nicely done.

I like this. Nicely done.
Forum: Musician Talk 09-03-2014, 08:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 240
Posted By HotspurJr
Practice, practice, practice. Try to identify...

Practice, practice, practice.

Try to identify the rhythm. Without your guitar, just try to listen to the strumming pattern, and then sing it. Don't worry about pitch, just "buh buh-buh buh buh buh"...
Forum: Musician Talk 09-02-2014, 02:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 579
Posted By HotspurJr
Okay, well, here's my standard advice on this: I...

Okay, well, here's my standard advice on this:

I should make a sticky about this. The way you start learning by ear is by learning by ear. You just have to bear down and do the work. Try to do a...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-30-2014, 01:51 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 1,825
Posted By HotspurJr
Most "shredders" play in genres of...

Most "shredders" play in genres of music that don't interest me.

I feel that, in general, "shredders" tend to be interested in technical things that I don't care about. I recognize the skill on...
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