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Forum: Musician Talk Today, 12:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 264
Posted By HotspurJr
And this gets to my exact point. Diatonicism is...

And this gets to my exact point. Diatonicism is the beginning of theory, not the end of it.




I agree. The thing is nobody does that. Theory is the language we use to talk about music, not the...
Forum: Musician Talk Yesterday, 04:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 264
Posted By HotspurJr
Actually, I think you're sort of missing my...

Actually, I think you're sort of missing my point.

Theory absolutely encompasses playing the same lick on a E string and then on the B string. (Playing a lick from the tonic an then the...
Forum: Musician Talk Yesterday, 10:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 233
Posted By HotspurJr
You can do this with the functional ear trainer...

You can do this with the functional ear trainer in the "practice" section.
Forum: Musician Talk Yesterday, 01:41 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 264
Posted By HotspurJr
Oh, sure. Not trying to discourage anyone. And...

Oh, sure. Not trying to discourage anyone. And lots of guitarists get to theory late.

Just trying to avoid a problem we see a lot, which is that people get confused and held back by that same chord...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-18-2014, 08:26 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 264
Posted By HotspurJr
In the long run, what you have to do is train...

In the long run, what you have to do is train your ear so that you can think in music. Thinking in music doesn't mean your brain says: "I'll go G to D to F!" It means "Bee woo doo!"

That being said,...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-18-2014, 08:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 233
Posted By HotspurJr
I found that studying intervals didn't actually...

I found that studying intervals didn't actually help me in terms of the practical application playing the sounds in my head. I got to a point where I was really good at it on internet tests and...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-13-2014, 11:15 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 914
Posted By HotspurJr
Spend time learning riffs you love by ear....

Spend time learning riffs you love by ear.

Eventually, you'll internalize what makes them "riffy" and start creating your own.
Forum: Musician Talk 08-10-2014, 03:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 365
Posted By HotspurJr
One more thing: When experienced musicians are...

One more thing:

When experienced musicians are playing together, there's a certain assumption (not always accurate) that they can figure out the structure of the song just by listening. This is...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-08-2014, 04:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 320
Posted By HotspurJr
People with classical or music theater...

People with classical or music theater backgrounds can struggle to adapt into a rock context.

But the cure is the same thing anybody has to do to learn a new genre: she has to listen to the people...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-08-2014, 03:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 323
Posted By HotspurJr
I missed that comment earlier, but yeah. Phish...

I missed that comment earlier, but yeah. Phish improvises excessively. Sometimes it's within the structure of the song, but they also improvise new changes into the structure of the song. They record...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-08-2014, 03:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 365
Posted By HotspurJr
The reason why this is a little confusing is...

The reason why this is a little confusing is simple that in a lot of rock and pop, major and minor are blended. We see a lot of the b7, b5, and b3 bent up to to the natural 3 notes in "major" songs....
Forum: Musician Talk 08-07-2014, 02:34 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,214
Posted By HotspurJr
Because you never know where your hand is going...

Because you never know where your hand is going to be when you want to start playing.

By knowing the whole fretboard, the scale is always right under your fingers. This isn't that big a deal when...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-05-2014, 02:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 307
Posted By HotspurJr
It comes with time and dedicated practice. Theory...

It comes with time and dedicated practice. Theory helps you learn it faster, but the theory on its own does you al most know good.




Don't start with solos. Start with melodies. Start with simple...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-04-2014, 01:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 323
Posted By HotspurJr
Think about how easy this post was for you to...

Think about how easy this post was for you to write.

Now think about how hard it would have been for you to write in Chinese.

I mean, you could have done it. You could have painstakingly worked...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-29-2014, 01:42 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 916
Posted By HotspurJr
Your long-term goal is to completely internalize...

Your long-term goal is to completely internalize the sound of the scale, so that you know exactly what every note is going to sound like before you play it.

Good things to help you with this are to...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-29-2014, 01:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 358
Posted By HotspurJr
Metronome. Although there's a lot more to using...

Metronome.

Although there's a lot more to using a metronome than just putting it on while you play.

I highly recommend the exercises in this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9X1fhVLVF_4
Forum: Musician Talk 07-26-2014, 11:33 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 784
Posted By HotspurJr
Oh, I largely agree. But, for example, a lot of...

Oh, I largely agree.

But, for example, a lot of expensive guitars have better dynamics than cheaper guitars. On the cheapie, everything sounds about the same volume. You switch to a more dynamic...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-25-2014, 06:23 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 784
Posted By HotspurJr
I would say yes and no. A better guitar is...

I would say yes and no.

A better guitar is probably easier to play in a lot of ways, but it's also probably more responsive to whatever you're doing.

(I say probably because there are all sorts of...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-25-2014, 04:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 204
Posted By HotspurJr
I think that when people compose like it sounds...

I think that when people compose like it sounds like you're composing (that is to say, thinking of what you could do academically, rather than by listening for the sound they want to hear) they...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-23-2014, 12:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 384
Posted By HotspurJr
I think people should do their own...

I think people should do their own homework.

Study a Nirvana song. Figure out what's going on theoretically. Study some Beatles songs looking for the same idea. (There are some great resources...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-21-2014, 03:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 264
Posted By HotspurJr
It won't work. Even if you could identify all...

It won't work.

Even if you could identify all the pitches in the song (which turns out to be very hard for computers to do) you can not identify the key of a song just by listing pitches....
Forum: Musician Talk 07-21-2014, 01:57 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 556
Posted By HotspurJr
I'm a little unclear - are you trying to know,...

I'm a little unclear - are you trying to know, just, theoretically, what notes make up a chord? Or are you trying to remember a way to play it on the guitar?
Forum: Musician Talk 07-20-2014, 01:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 319
Posted By HotspurJr
I think that's very common, because the IV often...

I think that's very common, because the IV often feels like it's "going somewhere."

The relative and parallel majors or minors are also common choices.

But really, the way to figure out how to...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-18-2014, 08:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 303
Posted By HotspurJr
I recommend starting out over really simple...

I recommend starting out over really simple things.

Like one chord, repeated, with nice rythym to it.

And once you're comfortable with that, move to a two-chord progression.

And once you're...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-18-2014, 07:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 556
Posted By HotspurJr
Harmony and Theory, by Shroeder and Wyatt, if you...

Harmony and Theory, by Shroeder and Wyatt, if you want a step-by-step textbook.

If you would rather have a structured lesson plan that focuses on practical examples (eg, songs you know) then check...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-18-2014, 03:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 303
Posted By HotspurJr
Yeah, that's one of those unanswerable questions....

Yeah, that's one of those unanswerable questions.

Bear in mind, however, that if you want to learn to improvise, you have to improvise. A middle-school jazz teacher I know of, who has produced an...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-18-2014, 01:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 279
Posted By HotspurJr
Don't learn the patterns. Learn what they mean....

Don't learn the patterns.

Learn what they mean.

For example, the harmonic minor is just the natural minor with a raised 7th.

Do you know where your 7ths are in the minor scale? If not, then...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-17-2014, 12:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 457
Posted By HotspurJr
Decide in advance what you're going to play in...

Decide in advance what you're going to play in this situation.

Have one piece that you've practiced a lot that is your, "somebody asked me to play something for them" song. Take away that aspect of...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-14-2014, 02:23 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 2,594
Posted By HotspurJr
A tremendous number of not great musicians SAY...

A tremendous number of not great musicians SAY they are playing by ear, but they're really playing "by finger" - that is to say, they know some patterns, they have some muscle memory, and claim not...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-10-2014, 03:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 341
Posted By HotspurJr
The functional ear trainer, a free download from...

The functional ear trainer, a free download from Miles.be, helped me a tremendous amount.

Alternatively, you might get a book on ear training. I recommend "Ear Training for the Contemporary...
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