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Forum: Musician Talk 05-26-2015, 12:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 352
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: 438
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: 438
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: 10
Views: 274
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: 66
Views: 1,225
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: 375
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: 629
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: 11
Views: 587
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: 844
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: 454
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: 1,045
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: 351
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...
Forum: Musician Talk 04-17-2015, 12:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 298
Posted By HotspurJr
My experience is that interval ear training...

My experience is that interval ear training didn't pay much in the way of dividends.

I was really good at it (interestingly, I'm not as good at it now) and yet it didn't translate in terms of...
Forum: Musician Talk 04-14-2015, 12:12 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 2,546
Posted By HotspurJr
I voted no in the poll, but I don't think that's...

I voted no in the poll, but I don't think that's completely true.

I think there are people whose creativity is hindered my music theory, because:

1) They only learn a little theory
2) They view...
Forum: Musician Talk 04-10-2015, 12:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 594
Posted By HotspurJr
Pure ears. Definitely. Oh, one more thing. When...

Pure ears. Definitely.

Oh, one more thing.

When you're struggling to transcribe something you know by heart, singing it can help, but sing it on ONE VOWEL SOUND.

eg., if I was transcribing the...
Forum: Musician Talk 04-09-2015, 12:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 594
Posted By HotspurJr
I found interval training to be not that useful,...

I found interval training to be not that useful, but YMMV. (that is to say, I was very good at solving interval exercises, but it was making no difference in practical application).

Here's my...
Forum: Musician Talk 04-07-2015, 12:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 386
Posted By HotspurJr
This x 1000. If you want to learn a style,...

This x 1000.

If you want to learn a style, learn specific songs. Preferably by ear.

Sit down and figure out, by ear, the various little melodic riffs in this song.

If you can't do that, do ear...
Forum: Musician Talk 04-06-2015, 01:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 321
Posted By HotspurJr
This. This. This.

This. This. This.
Forum: Musician Talk 04-03-2015, 08:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 473
Posted By HotspurJr
I found the advanced pentatonic lessons at mike...

I found the advanced pentatonic lessons at mike dodge.com pretty helpful.

That being said, look, the real "how to" is this:

Achieve enough mastery of the sounds of the major and minor pentatonic...
Forum: Musician Talk 03-26-2015, 02:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 367
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: 367
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: 346
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: 524
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: 568
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: 307
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: 846
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: 601
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: 522
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: 367
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: 415
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.
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