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Forum: Musician Talk Today, 01:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 357
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: 1,679
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: 1,679
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: 410
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: 336
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: 305
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: 867
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: 313
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: 313
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: 269
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: 440
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: 1,149
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: 1,291
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: 350
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: 572
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: 572
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...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-10-2015, 02:23 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,435
Posted By HotspurJr
When I'm improvising well, I'm not thinking at...

When I'm improvising well, I'm not thinking at all. Almost all of my conscious attention is on listening. What are my bandmates doing?

And then - and this is one where a lot of young improviser...
Forum: Musician Talk 05-31-2015, 04:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 563
Posted By HotspurJr
Your last sentence has it right. I've actually...

Your last sentence has it right.

I've actually found that people who haven't studied theory are more likely to end up playing cliches ... either that, or people who study only a little theory, and...
Forum: Musician Talk 05-26-2015, 12:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 595
Posted By HotspurJr
This is my recommended ear training program. It's...

This is my recommended ear training program. It's a modified version of what worked for me, based on what parts of what I did I think were the most effective.

When you say that vocals get in the way...
Forum: Musician Talk 05-21-2015, 01:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 621
Posted By HotspurJr
Agreed - but I would at least consider tuning to...

Agreed - but I would at least consider tuning to a lower version of the same tuning, unless you have a strong reason not to.
Forum: Musician Talk 05-19-2015, 01:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 621
Posted By HotspurJr
Most people would not want to tune their G-string...

Most people would not want to tune their G-string up like that. That's putting a lot of extra tension on the neck, which it wasn't really build to withstand. Generally, guitars are build for standard...
Forum: Musician Talk 05-19-2015, 12:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 501
Posted By HotspurJr
Do the drills in this video....

Do the drills in this video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9X1fhVLVF_4
Forum: Musician Talk 05-19-2015, 12:52 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,681
Posted By HotspurJr
It's important to be aware of how different...

It's important to be aware of how different genres emphasize different things. E.g., singer-songwriter music emphasizes melody. Rap is entirely about rhythm. A lot of -core stuff is entirely about...
Forum: Musician Talk 05-16-2015, 04:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 499
Posted By HotspurJr
I agree with this wholeheartedly. Asking...

I agree with this wholeheartedly.

Asking "what scale" in this sort of situation almost always leads to a fingers-first approach to playing, and good music very rarely comes out of a fingers-first...
Forum: Musician Talk 05-11-2015, 12:07 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 774
Posted By HotspurJr
The root (or really, the tonic) is NOT determined...

The root (or really, the tonic) is NOT determined arbitrarily. You can't just say that "D is my tonic now" when you're playing the notes C D E F G A B.
Forum: Musician Talk 05-08-2015, 01:43 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,174
Posted By HotspurJr
There's a great saying, which should guide a lot...

There's a great saying, which should guide a lot of players. Not original to me.

"Before you can play a solo, you have to be able to play a melody."
Forum: Musician Talk 05-07-2015, 02:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,016
Posted By HotspurJr
There should be nothing "random" in the...

There should be nothing "random" in the notes you play in a solo. The various notes in the scale are not interchangeable. They mean different things, musically.

Your goal, as a musician, is to...
Forum: Musician Talk 05-04-2015, 11:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 559
Posted By HotspurJr
This is pretty straightforward D# minor stuff,...

This is pretty straightforward D# minor stuff, which most people would call Eb minor.

So your chords are Eb minor, Bb major, and Ab minor.

Bb major consists of the notes Bb, D, and F, whereas Eb...
Forum: Musician Talk 05-04-2015, 11:04 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,195
Posted By HotspurJr
I wouldn't say you should learn more scales. I...

I wouldn't say you should learn more scales.

I would say you should internalize the sounds of the scales you have ... including the accidentals. Get to the point where you're not looking for tabs....
Forum: Musician Talk 04-18-2015, 11:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 421
Posted By HotspurJr
It's important to understand how we hear music in...

It's important to understand how we hear music in a context.

e.g., a I-IV and a V-I can both be played as a major chord moving down by an interval of a fifth - or, if you prefer, as a chord moving...
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