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Forum: Musician Talk Today, 01:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 116
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.
Forum: Musician Talk 02-19-2015, 11:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 499
Posted By HotspurJr
The guys in Phish used to do an exercise, where...

The guys in Phish used to do an exercise, where one you start off with a riff or something, and the others would latch onto it.

And then, when they were all locked in, they would say "hey."

And...
Forum: Musician Talk 02-19-2015, 02:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 499
Posted By HotspurJr
This. This. This. The most important skill in a...

This. This. This.

The most important skill in a jam is the ability to listen, to hear and react to what your bandmates are doing.

A jam should not be four people in a room soloing next to each...
Forum: Musician Talk 02-13-2015, 02:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 384
Posted By HotspurJr
It's not one or the other. You should be doing...

It's not one or the other.

You should be doing all of this stuff.

For me, the functional ear trainer was a tool that made a huge difference. Other people's mileage may vary. People kept telling...
Forum: Musician Talk 02-13-2015, 12:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 384
Posted By HotspurJr
I don't know. I haven't used it. It looks like at...

I don't know. I haven't used it. It looks like at least partially functional in its approach, so I suspect it'd be useful and good.

The functional ear trainer has the advantage of being free, and...
Forum: Musician Talk 02-12-2015, 07:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 384
Posted By HotspurJr
Transcribing fast stuff is hard. You've got to...

Transcribing fast stuff is hard. You've got to work up to it.

Start with melodies. A great place to begin is simple stuff you know by heart: nursery rhymes, christmas carols, movie themes. If you...
Forum: Musician Talk 02-10-2015, 02:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 496
Posted By HotspurJr
I have a bunch of friends who went to different...

I have a bunch of friends who went to different music schools, and some of them loved the experience.

But yeah, look, if what you want to do is find great guys to form a band with, then move to a...
Forum: Musician Talk 02-07-2015, 12:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 458
Posted By HotspurJr
I agree about listening for the bass, or,...

I agree about listening for the bass, or, alternatively, the root of the chord.

The functional ear trainer will help, too, as far as getting that intuitive sense of when a chord is serving a given...
Forum: Musician Talk 02-03-2015, 02:58 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,156
Posted By HotspurJr
Here's the thing: You've probably already...

Here's the thing:

You've probably already started learning theory. When I say "play a minor chord" I'm talking about theory - and you know what I mean, right? When I say, "play in the major scale"...
Forum: Musician Talk 01-31-2015, 06:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 390
Posted By HotspurJr
Just adding to that, if you're playing over D...

Just adding to that, if you're playing over D major:

D E F# G A B C#

D E F# G# A B C#

What you're really doing here is playing D Lydian.

Remember that you can always play any note in any key....
Forum: Musician Talk 01-23-2015, 01:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 461
Posted By HotspurJr
Yes and no. Before you musical imagination can...

Yes and no.

Before you musical imagination can kick in, you have to be able to think in music. People with poorly-developed ears don't think in music very well - the pitches they hear in their head...
Forum: Musician Talk 01-23-2015, 01:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 461
Posted By HotspurJr
How good is your ear? If you're NOT soloing, can...

How good is your ear?

If you're NOT soloing, can you follow the chords? Can you hear the changes if you know in advance what the progression is? How about if you don't?

Practice this, without...
Forum: Musician Talk 01-13-2015, 02:03 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 755
Posted By HotspurJr
Your example is hard to understand. I don't know...

Your example is hard to understand. I don't know if I understand your question.

You're playing your blues in the key of G?

Then yes, G is your I. It's often a G7, even though G7 is not diatonic to...
Forum: Musician Talk 01-09-2015, 12:20 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 827
Posted By HotspurJr
Yeah, this is all about developing your ear....

Yeah, this is all about developing your ear.

Can you hear a melody line and quickly play it? If not, then your ears are holding you back in your solos.
Forum: Musician Talk 01-08-2015, 01:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 495
Posted By HotspurJr
If you're good enough to be teaching, you...

If you're good enough to be teaching, you shouldn't need us to do that work for you. :)
Forum: Musician Talk 01-08-2015, 01:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 250
Posted By HotspurJr
Kind of. What usually happens is that the...

Kind of.

What usually happens is that the STRESSED syllables are on chord tones. The unstressed syllables may or may not.

But sometimes you get a stressed syllable that's not a chord tone. What's...
Forum: Musician Talk 12-21-2014, 04:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 361
Posted By HotspurJr
I had no problem with the lead guitar. I think...

I had no problem with the lead guitar. I think and the voice work well together.

I do think you need to work on your singing. You don't sound like you have much confidence in your singing. I think...
Forum: Musician Talk 12-19-2014, 10:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 375
Posted By HotspurJr
A lot depends on the context in which you're...

A lot depends on the context in which you're playing it. If you're a cover band, you generally want to play something pretty close to the original.

If you are a band with a distinct style, however,...
Forum: Musician Talk 12-14-2014, 01:55 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 824
Posted By HotspurJr
The way you make your own solos sound like that...

The way you make your own solos sound like that is to learn how to play those solos, preferably by ear. (You may have to develop your own ear to get to the point where you can do that, or you may...
Forum: Musician Talk 12-11-2014, 01:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 732
Posted By HotspurJr
Learning them as abstract concepts? Probably...

Learning them as abstract concepts? Probably wouldn't help you at all.

Learning them to the point where you can recognize them when you hear them in practice?

Probably would help you. It will...
Forum: Musician Talk 12-07-2014, 02:43 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 872
Posted By HotspurJr
It's not that getting taught how to be a great...

It's not that getting taught how to be a great classical musician makes you a mediocre improviser.

It's that not practicing improvisation means you don't develop as an improviser.

Improvisation is...
Forum: Musician Talk 12-03-2014, 01:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 522
Posted By HotspurJr
Your doubts are misplaced. So much of what goes...

Your doubts are misplaced.

So much of what goes on in creating music happens at a subconscious place. As my ear was starting to develop, I found myself sometimes incorporating non-diatonic chord...
Forum: Musician Talk 12-03-2014, 01:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 358
Posted By HotspurJr
In my experience, interval training wasn't that...

In my experience, interval training wasn't that worthwhile. I was scoring perfectly on interval-training quizzes and yet it wasn't translating to listening and playing music most of the time.

The...
Forum: Musician Talk 12-01-2014, 02:53 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 799
Posted By HotspurJr
The thing about chord-scale theory, which is the...

The thing about chord-scale theory, which is the highfalutin' name for what you're talking about, is that it's really only useful if you're playing over slow changes.

This makes sense if you think...
Forum: Musician Talk 12-01-2014, 03:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 522
Posted By HotspurJr
It makes a difference when you're soloing over...

It makes a difference when you're soloing over non-diatonic progressions.

eg, you're in C, but playing a Bb major chord. It helps to be able to switch all your Bs into Bbs in your scale without...
Forum: Musician Talk 11-29-2014, 11:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 390
Posted By HotspurJr
The best advice I can give you is to derive these...

The best advice I can give you is to derive these shapes yourself.

You know one position. Use it to find the others and write them down. Use your ear. Use your ability to find octaves and unisons....
Forum: Musician Talk 11-27-2014, 04:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 386
Posted By HotspurJr
The previous two answers are great, but I want to...

The previous two answers are great, but I want to nudge you in a slightly different direction:

I think you could read those two (excellent) answers and walk away with the perception that you're...
Forum: Musician Talk 11-25-2014, 11:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 612
Posted By HotspurJr
Nobody has ever written a novel in a language...

Nobody has ever written a novel in a language they didn't know how to read and write.

That seems painfully obvious, but it is really important to any discussion of creativity.

Your creativity is a...
Forum: Musician Talk 11-24-2014, 01:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 315
Posted By HotspurJr
When in doubt, share more credit. If you have...

When in doubt, share more credit.

If you have success, there will be plenty to go around. If you don't, it won't matter.

But don't be the guy who is trying to lawyer people who made legitimate,...
Forum: Musician Talk 11-21-2014, 01:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 612
Posted By HotspurJr
Develop your ear. Develop your ear. Develop...

Develop your ear.

Develop your ear.

Develop your ear.

Developing your ear actually develops your brain: it helps you learn how to hold and manipulate sounds IN YOUR HEAD with precision. What you...
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