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Forum: Musician Talk Today, 11:12 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 1,366
Posted By cdgraves
I use 4 note per string type melodies to move...

I use 4 note per string type melodies to move horizontally. I might play for a few beats in one position, then move up or down to another. They're a great way to get used to playing horizontally.
Forum: Musician Talk Today, 09:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 162
Posted By cdgraves
Foot tapping, swaying, or dancing a little isn't...

Foot tapping, swaying, or dancing a little isn't out of necessity, it's something people do when impulsively when they're feeling the music.
Forum: Musician Talk Today, 09:07 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 162
Posted By cdgraves
Metronome.

Metronome.
Forum: Musician Talk Yesterday, 09:17 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 1,366
Posted By cdgraves
I'll say it again: the major scale explains like...

I'll say it again: the major scale explains like 90% of the music you will ever hear or play.
Forum: Musician Talk 07-27-2014, 04:01 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 1,366
Posted By cdgraves
I'm not sure what the disagreement is, then. The...

I'm not sure what the disagreement is, then. The question was whether to learn all the major scales all over the fretboard.
Forum: Guitar Techniques 07-27-2014, 03:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 432
Posted By cdgraves
Don't discount your own progress. If you can do...

Don't discount your own progress. If you can do it once you can do it twice.

When you practice just slow down and really focus on getting the exact sound want, no matter how slowly you have to play...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-27-2014, 03:14 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 1,366
Posted By cdgraves
examples of licks that require position changes:...

examples of licks that require position changes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9MkYKzjh0A&feature=youtu.be

The volume is low, but notice that by changing position, I'm able to use consistent...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-27-2014, 02:21 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 1,366
Posted By cdgraves
This isn't about anything abstract. Being able to...

This isn't about anything abstract. Being able to apply a variety of techniques is fundamental to musicianship. The emotional qualities of music don't generally require explanation. If you don't...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 07-27-2014, 02:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 432
Posted By cdgraves
Those dozen takes were the practice you needed,...

Those dozen takes were the practice you needed, apparently. Playing everything as if it were a performance is a great way to build technique. You learn best when how you sound actually matters.
Forum: Musician Talk 07-27-2014, 01:19 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 1,366
Posted By cdgraves
Making a note mean more than it's pitch.

Making a note mean more than it's pitch.
Forum: Musician Talk 07-27-2014, 01:13 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 1,366
Posted By cdgraves
The sliding specifically is not the point. The...

The sliding specifically is not the point. The point is that if you lack an instinctive knowledge of the fretboard, you can't apply the full extent of your technique. There are a lot of tones and...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 07-27-2014, 10:04 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 432
Posted By cdgraves
Be really picky with your technique. Don't settle...

Be really picky with your technique. Don't settle for sounding anything less than full, clear tone.
Forum: Musician Talk 07-27-2014, 09:58 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 1,366
Posted By cdgraves
Having a pitch within reach doesn't mean it can...

Having a pitch within reach doesn't mean it can be hit with musicality it calls for. That's where thorough knowledge meets technique. To pay musically you have to do more than hit the pitch.

For...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-26-2014, 11:10 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 1,366
Posted By cdgraves
There's nothing wrong visualization, you just...

There's nothing wrong visualization, you just have to do it in more than one position at a time. If you have to move your hands around to reference a root, then your melodies will not be smooth.

The...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-26-2014, 06:49 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 1,366
Posted By cdgraves
The problem with learning by position is that you...

The problem with learning by position is that you have a lot less fluidity with "good notes" - your playing is much less interesting when you use boxes and it gets repetitive quickly. There are so...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-26-2014, 03:09 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 1,366
Posted By cdgraves
This concept of scales is why guitarists get...

This concept of scales is why guitarists get stuck playing the same patterns over and over. If you want your playing to develop, you really have to understand keys/scales as a set of notes all over...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-26-2014, 11:48 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 534
Posted By cdgraves
Best way to learn and memorize anything is to use...

Best way to learn and memorize anything is to use it in real music.

Learn how to construct triads and 7th chords, and then get to playing some charts. Basic jazz charts contain all the information...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-26-2014, 11:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 181
Posted By cdgraves
Circle of 5ths order adds one sharp each time,...

Circle of 5ths order adds one sharp each time, and one flat each time. Harmonic resolution by 5th is the fundamental tendency in music, so it defines key relationships, too.

Key - Number of...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-26-2014, 11:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 156
Posted By cdgraves
"Cliffs of Dover" is not an appropriate...

"Cliffs of Dover" is not an appropriate audition piece, at least not without doing a lot of arrangement. You need to do more than play a simple melody all by itself.

Here are your audition...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-26-2014, 10:58 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 1,366
Posted By cdgraves
Learning all the major scales is just basic...

Learning all the major scales is just basic fretboard/musical knowledge. This shouldn't be a debate. It really is like learning how to spell, for someone who wants to be a writer.

Keys and scales...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-25-2014, 08:11 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 1,366
Posted By cdgraves
So you can play in every key. It's pretty basic...

So you can play in every key. It's pretty basic musicianship. Being able to play in less than 12 keys is essentially a musical disability.

The intervals are the same in each key, yes, but you can't...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 07-24-2014, 08:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 424
Posted By cdgraves
When you practice scales you should be doing them...

When you practice scales you should be doing them up and down the entire neck. They aren't worth much if you only practice them in root position. The "knowledge" part of scales should be pretty...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 07-23-2014, 05:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 632
Posted By cdgraves
If you want to improve on guitar you need to do...

If you want to improve on guitar you need to do two things:

1) Spend more time playing guitar than talking about it
2) Don't make up excuses that put arbitrary limits on your abilities

The only way...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-23-2014, 05:06 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 1,366
Posted By cdgraves
no, you should just learn the 12 major scales....

no, you should just learn the 12 major scales. They are the basis of literally every other scale.

It's like asking what words you should learn how to spell, when you should just learn the alphabet.
Forum: Guitar Techniques 07-22-2014, 06:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 397
Posted By cdgraves
Metronome. Counting. You can download a...

Metronome. Counting.

You can download a metronome app for computer or phone. Real ones are only like $10.

What kind of metronomes do you have that can't keep their own tempo?
Forum: Musician Talk 07-22-2014, 06:21 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 1,366
Posted By cdgraves
The 12 major scales are the most important,...

The 12 major scales are the most important, because everything else is built from them. Those alone account for easily 90% of the music you'll ever hear.

Don't worry about modes or anything like...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 07-21-2014, 08:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 277
Posted By cdgraves
Left leg is objectively better because it put...

Left leg is objectively better because it put less strain on your left arm and spine. There's just no better way to get even hand coverage on the entire neck. I use it whenever I'm practicing/playing...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 07-21-2014, 09:45 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 582
Posted By cdgraves
Yeah, you're just supposed to sit and imagine...

Yeah, you're just supposed to sit and imagine what it would sound like if I played those things... I mean the audience just as a much a part of the music as I am

here's the...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-18-2014, 09:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 260
Posted By cdgraves
The standard major scale is the basic palate for...

The standard major scale is the basic palate for all "in key" harmonies (term for this is "diatonic", meaning "related to the root").

The melodic and harmonic minor are used when the harmony goes...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 07-18-2014, 07:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 582
Posted By cdgraves
Here's a short recording I made of the different...

Here's a short recording I made of the different approaches to blues soloing

1) Major pentatonic of each chord
2) C minor pentatonic only
3) Mixing major/minor pentatonic and blue notes
4) All of...
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