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Forum: Musician Talk 10-28-2015, 12:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 510
Posted By HotspurJr
You know, I'm skeptical of online education,...

You know, I'm skeptical of online education, particularly for something like music.

Part of the learning experience of any sort of arts program is being in the community of other artists - forming...
Forum: Musician Talk 10-21-2015, 12:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 374
Posted By HotspurJr
I think Sting did this just about as well as it...

I think Sting did this just about as well as it could be done on his "... All This Time" live album.

He does it on a high-energy song, during a jammy session, and it's not about stopping what...
Forum: Musician Talk 10-19-2015, 03:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 643
Posted By HotspurJr
I largely agree, if you can't hear the notes,...

I largely agree, if you can't hear the notes, you're not really going to be able to reproduce them well, anyway. You play what you hear

There are a couple of technical very slashy riffs in that...
Forum: Musician Talk 10-16-2015, 01:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 814
Posted By HotspurJr
Here's the problem. Your goal is to learn how NOT...

Here's the problem. Your goal is to learn how NOT to think about it, and just play - the same way you don't think about the words you want to say when you're ordering a sandwich at a deli ... you...
Forum: Musician Talk 10-12-2015, 12:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 549
Posted By HotspurJr
If it's talking about "removing a...

If it's talking about "removing a finger" it's not about music theory.

As others have said, you really need to learn (at the very least) all the notes on the two lowest strings. You then learn how...
Forum: Musician Talk 10-12-2015, 12:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 533
Posted By HotspurJr
I would encourage you to not try to think your...

I would encourage you to not try to think your way through the question of how to use this chord. There isn't a set of easily-applicable rules that will give you anything but very cliched-sounding...
Forum: Musician Talk 09-11-2015, 01:27 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 3,651
Posted By HotspurJr
I totally get this. A song like "Yellow...

I totally get this. A song like "Yellow Ledbetter" or some of John Frusciante's work would be a lot more jaw-dropping if they weren't quoting Hendrix so clearly.

On the other hand, I still have...
Forum: Musician Talk 09-11-2015, 12:18 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 3,651
Posted By HotspurJr
Honestly, I don't really care about either. I...

Honestly, I don't really care about either.

I care if someone is playing music that I enjoy hearing. New for the sake of new doesn't interest me - but neither does technique for the sake of...
Forum: Musician Talk 09-02-2015, 01:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 461
Posted By HotspurJr
What do you hear when you listen to it? You say...

What do you hear when you listen to it?

You say you can identify the key ... can you also identify the notes in it?
Forum: Musician Talk 08-25-2015, 01:36 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 881
Posted By HotspurJr
Keys are usually referred to by the name that...

Keys are usually referred to by the name that requires the fewest accidentals. e.g., to take an extreme example: compare thinking in Bb (two flats) vs A# (10 sharps, including some double sharps)....
Forum: Musician Talk 08-17-2015, 03:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 684
Posted By HotspurJr
Use the functional ear trainer, a free download...

Use the functional ear trainer, a free download from miles.be.

It'll take a while, but you'l get there.
Forum: Musician Talk 08-16-2015, 03:40 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,187
Posted By HotspurJr
In a certain song, it might matter. The two...

In a certain song, it might matter. The two chords sound a bit different.

The notion that the former is incorrect and the latter is correct, however, is absurd, and quite frankly I would suggest...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-14-2015, 03:11 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 2,376
Posted By HotspurJr
Not everybody wants to live the lifestyle of the...

Not everybody wants to live the lifestyle of the professional musician.

Quite frankly, a tenure-track professorship gig has a LOT going for it that living gig-to-gig doesn't.
Forum: Musician Talk 08-14-2015, 02:30 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 2,376
Posted By HotspurJr
This seems over-simplistic. A 60-year-old music...

This seems over-simplistic.

A 60-year-old music professor grew up listening to the Beatles, Stones, Hendrix, etc, not Handel and Bach.

I also think that there is a level of complexity in...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-03-2015, 01:28 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 2,709
Posted By HotspurJr
So a couple of thoughts. The first, you want a...

So a couple of thoughts.

The first, you want a safe, easy solo? Play the melody of the song. A tremendous number of memorable solos are just slightly embellished versions of the melody. Most...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-24-2015, 03:14 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,266
Posted By HotspurJr
Whether or not he's wrong, I think it's relevant...

Whether or not he's wrong, I think it's relevant to the OP's relationship with the new guitarist, because, quite frankly, how the hell would he know if that guitarist was "talented" when he first...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-24-2015, 10:28 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,266
Posted By HotspurJr
You know, Malcolm Gladwell argues (with evidence)...

You know, Malcolm Gladwell argues (with evidence) in "Outliers" that, essentially, talent just IS experience. I'm not going to repeat all of his arguments here, but the short version is that most...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-18-2015, 11:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 620
Posted By HotspurJr
This isn't my genre of music, so take with the...

This isn't my genre of music, so take with the requisite grain of salt.

The longer this went on, the less it became about ideas and the more it became about showing off technique. I don't care about...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-15-2015, 05:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 544
Posted By HotspurJr
In broad terms it doesn't matter what order you...

In broad terms it doesn't matter what order you play the notes, except for the lowest note you play.

That being said, as you gain experience you'll hear differences and decide that you prefer...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-14-2015, 10:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 480
Posted By HotspurJr
While overall I agree with your analysis, this is...

While overall I agree with your analysis, this is inaccurate.

They have the same notes, but those notes have completely different functions. They feel very different because their relationships to...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-13-2015, 12:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,159
Posted By HotspurJr
Here's the thing: Most relatively inexperienced...

Here's the thing:

Most relatively inexperienced guitarists solo by moving their finger around in an pre-learned shape. This is, it turns out, a really hard way to remember a solo. If you're still...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-08-2015, 12:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 524
Posted By HotspurJr
The Pedler book is expensive, but it has MUCH...

The Pedler book is expensive, but it has MUCH more information than your standard Hal-Leonard-type book. It's also really based on listening, and he breaks things down by concept, rather than by...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-07-2015, 11:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 524
Posted By HotspurJr
Songwriting Secrets of the Beatles, by Pedler....

Songwriting Secrets of the Beatles, by Pedler.

It's absolutely fantastic.
Forum: Musician Talk 07-03-2015, 03:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 407
Posted By HotspurJr
You need to learn to hear resolution. Key is...

You need to learn to hear resolution.

Key is not determined by counting sharps and flats. It is determined by where the song sounds resolved. Play a verse ... and then play A at the end of it. Feel...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-30-2015, 01:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 614
Posted By HotspurJr
These are actually related questions. There are...

These are actually related questions. There are basically two ways to write songs.

You can just sort of stumble around on your guitar until you find something you like, or you can hear something in...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-19-2015, 06:46 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,486
Posted By HotspurJr
This is hard because you're trying to think about...

This is hard because you're trying to think about thing academically, as letters on a page, as opposed to a series of functional relationships.

If you're in C major, you're in C major. It doesn't...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-12-2015, 04:06 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,619
Posted By HotspurJr
I didn't break down that solo. But a really...

I didn't break down that solo.

But a really common trick is to mix the major and minor pentatonic scales. There's some great lessons on this at Mike Dodge's website.

One basic trick for expanding...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-12-2015, 04:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 473
Posted By HotspurJr
While on one one level, this is true, it's an...

While on one one level, this is true, it's an oversimplification that can actually be damaging to your development if you approach it the wrong way.

This is because the notes DON'T all sound good...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-11-2015, 07:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 811
Posted By HotspurJr
Most people worry about tuning higher more than...

Most people worry about tuning higher more than they worry about tuning lower.

You just have to develop a feel for the overall tension of the guitar.

eg, my guitar has very light strings on it,...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-11-2015, 12:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 811
Posted By HotspurJr
I would strongly encourage you to not think about...

I would strongly encourage you to not think about tunings the way you're thinking about tunings.

If you're a relative beginner, which you clearly are, the best way to think about tunings is to...
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