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Forum: Guitar Techniques 04-16-2014, 11:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 280
Posted By cdgraves
"tremolo" tends to mean something...

"tremolo" tends to mean something pretty different in rock music.

In classical music it means playing continuous, small subdivisions of an indicated note value. Like if you had a melody...
Forum: Musician Talk 04-16-2014, 11:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 204
Posted By cdgraves
interval is just a measure of musical distance....

interval is just a measure of musical distance. It's like a foot is a foot is a foot, no matter which direction it's going.
Forum: Musician Talk 04-14-2014, 11:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 205
Posted By cdgraves
It's not unusual in Rock to use a major harmony...

It's not unusual in Rock to use a major harmony for the I and then borrow minor harmonies elsewhere in the key. A lot of alt-rock was written diatonic to the mixolydian scale, which would include the...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 04-14-2014, 10:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 551
Posted By cdgraves
Big stretches are not unusual on barre chords....

Big stretches are not unusual on barre chords. Once you get some good relaxation and finger independence, you'll be able to play with a barre as if it were a capo, at least within about a 4th of the...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 04-14-2014, 08:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 260
Posted By cdgraves
Run you scales with continuous 16th picking, but...

Run you scales with continuous 16th picking, but using quarter and 8th note durations. like 1-1-1-1-2-2-2-2-3-3-3-3-4-4-4-4, then 1-1-2-2-3-3-4-4, then start varying the duration like...
Forum: Musician Talk 04-13-2014, 11:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 345
Posted By cdgraves
I would start with some classic jazz stuff like...

I would start with some classic jazz stuff like Louis Armstrong, Ella Fizgerald. If you're looking for the theory part, get started reading charts. It'll force you to learn and use fuller harmonies....
Forum: Guitar Techniques 04-13-2014, 09:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 260
Posted By cdgraves
First rule of technique - Slow...

First rule of technique - Slow down!

"tremolo" doesn't mean just playing fast. It means playing the small subdivisions of a long note. If you're tremolo picking quarter notes, you'd play every 16th...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 04-13-2014, 09:37 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 874
Posted By cdgraves
Usually some combination of the following,...

Usually some combination of the following, totaling 2-4 hours:

60min Warm ups: LH, RH, scales, chart reading, sight singing

15minutes transcription

30-45 min Jazz

30-45 min Technique
Forum: Guitar Techniques 04-12-2014, 11:32 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 688
Posted By cdgraves
Fret buzz is unusual that high up on the neck,...

Fret buzz is unusual that high up on the neck, unless you are fretting poorly.
Forum: Guitar Techniques 04-10-2014, 04:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 678
Posted By cdgraves
fingers 1-2-4 for two adjacent whole steps, is my...

fingers 1-2-4 for two adjacent whole steps, is my preference.
Forum: Musician Talk 04-09-2014, 11:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 345
Posted By cdgraves
Jazz is where you'll find the clearest example of...

Jazz is where you'll find the clearest example of substitution and other harmonic concepts that apply in other popular styles. Classical music is where you'll get the best information on voice...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 04-09-2014, 11:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 598
Posted By cdgraves
If you want to play multiple genres, play...

If you want to play multiple genres, play multiple genres!


If you want a really thorough understanding of harmony you can apply broadly, learn jazz or classical. They are highly institutional...
Forum: Tab Talk 04-08-2014, 06:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 311
Posted By cdgraves
I play it in the original key with standard...

I play it in the original key with standard tuning. You can get it like 90%. You only have to compensate for open string and position stuff for a few phrases.

The real challenge is getting the...
Forum: Musician Talk 04-05-2014, 07:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 592
Posted By cdgraves
If you see a "9th in the bass" in...

If you see a "9th in the bass" in something traditional like figured bass, it's a suspension, not a chord tone.
Forum: Musician Talk 04-05-2014, 03:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 590
Posted By cdgraves
Modes are a harmonic concept, not melodic. Before...

Modes are a harmonic concept, not melodic. Before you dive into which modes/scales are appropriate, you first have to know what the chords are. Those will give you a basic framework of notes to work...
Forum: Musician Talk 04-05-2014, 02:59 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 489
Posted By cdgraves
Yes, middle line is where you switch direction....

Yes, middle line is where you switch direction. The only exceptions are

1) when a phrase is mostly stemmed one direction, you can continue using that direction until it makes more sense visually to...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 04-05-2014, 02:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 319
Posted By cdgraves
daily ups and downs are entirely normal. If...

daily ups and downs are entirely normal. If something is more challenging one day than the next, just slow it down and focus on the rough spots. Try to gauge your overall improvement in weeks and...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 04-03-2014, 06:14 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,357
Posted By cdgraves
The first time you ever picked up a guitar... is...

The first time you ever picked up a guitar... is what you sound like if you don't practice
Forum: Musician Talk 04-02-2014, 09:39 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 785
Posted By cdgraves
You should be confident with or without...

You should be confident with or without "medication" of any kind, and that comes from practice. Being loose and comfortable is ideal. A couple of beers or a toke isn't unusual in the least, but...
Forum: Musician Talk 03-31-2014, 11:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 377
Posted By cdgraves
half dim and m7b5 are mostly interchangeable. ...

half dim and m7b5 are mostly interchangeable.

In classical analysis you'd call it a half diminished 7 because it typically shows up as a leading tone chord in first inversion, having practically...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 03-28-2014, 09:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 305
Posted By cdgraves
Learn how to play blues rhythm - the chords are...

Learn how to play blues rhythm - the chords are the most important part.

Once you know the chords, you can start using the notes in those chords to play solos. The classic blues sound is a mix of...
Forum: Musician Talk 03-28-2014, 09:50 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 785
Posted By cdgraves
That's true of pretty much everybody. Your worst...

That's true of pretty much everybody. Your worst day of practice is the best you can expect to play in performance - so practice a LOT!

That said, once you get used to performing, you can really...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 03-28-2014, 06:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 534
Posted By cdgraves
Happens all the time, almost always following one...

Happens all the time, almost always following one of two things:

1) Practicing the skill with marginal competence for several days
2) Actually paying attention to what the hell I'm doing
Forum: Musician Talk 03-28-2014, 06:36 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 794
Posted By cdgraves
Do you have any examples of such pieces? Devil is...

Do you have any examples of such pieces? Devil is in the details, as usual.

It's entirely possible to approach a chord in such a away that it resolves very firmly, and even establishes a new key....
Forum: Musician Talk 03-28-2014, 06:27 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 794
Posted By cdgraves
The really important, but simple, distinction is...

The really important, but simple, distinction is between using a mode and being in a mode.

Lots of music uses modes of the regular major/minor scale. It's a simple way to communicate the relevant...
Forum: Musician Talk 03-28-2014, 06:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 297
Posted By cdgraves
Indeed, the stuff is usually made by very savvy...

Indeed, the stuff is usually made by very savvy musicians. The tonic chord in Pharrell Williams' "Happy" is F7#9, which any guitarist will tell you is deliciously dissonant. Steely Dan, though no...
Forum: Musician Talk 03-28-2014, 06:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 297
Posted By cdgraves
There's no such thing as a dissonant or consonant...

There's no such thing as a dissonant or consonant scale, or an atonal one. A scale is just a list of notes.

Consonance, dissonance, and tonality are qualities of harmony, and pretty much any music...
Forum: Musician Talk 03-28-2014, 05:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 206
Posted By cdgraves
Ternary refers to a 3-section form popular in...

Ternary refers to a 3-section form popular in 18th century classical music...

Your metronome needs only to provide the tempo. It's up to you to determine and produce the rhythm.

You may also want...
Forum: Musician Talk 03-27-2014, 11:32 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 843
Posted By cdgraves
I will concede its existence, qualified by the...

I will concede its existence, qualified by the fact that it is extraordinarily rare to see in print and completely unnecessary. I can find literally only a single example of it appearing as a key...
Forum: Musician Talk 03-27-2014, 05:16 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 869
Posted By cdgraves
Hint - if it's a chord progression it's probably...

Hint - if it's a chord progression it's probably not modal.
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