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Forum: Musician Talk Yesterday, 04:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 177
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: 214
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: 18
Views: 470
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: 549
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: 689
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: 429
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: 285
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: 646
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: 429
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: 243
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: 314
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: 542
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: 261
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: 542
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...
Forum: Musician Talk 11-21-2014, 01:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 465
Posted By HotspurJr
I'm not sure if anyone has exactly answered this...

I'm not sure if anyone has exactly answered this question, but let's look at it.

A major scale: A B C# D E F# G#
A minor chord A C E.

The "problem" (and I put it in quotes because it's only sort of...
Forum: Musician Talk 11-21-2014, 01:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 298
Posted By HotspurJr
You know, back in the late 80s there was this...

You know, back in the late 80s there was this perception that the only way to be a rock singer was to be a high screecher. You had to have range, man, and live up in those high notes. Either that or...
Forum: Musician Talk 11-19-2014, 05:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 391
Posted By HotspurJr
I don't know most of those songs. The John Martyn...

I don't know most of those songs. The John Martyn is not in standard tuning, which may affect your decision.

That being said, learn the one that appeals to you the most. Your passion for playing...
Forum: Musician Talk 11-18-2014, 01:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 488
Posted By HotspurJr
I would probably just play the whole set a half...

I would probably just play the whole set a half step down. Stopping to retune everything a half step seems like a recipe for having part of your set be out of tune.

No, the audience won't notice....
Forum: Musician Talk 11-14-2014, 11:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 290
Posted By HotspurJr
I would say the heart of lead is melody. You...

I would say the heart of lead is melody. You can't play a solo until you can play a melody, so work on your ability to play melodies.

When you say "I feel like that would sound ..." I think you're...
Forum: Musician Talk 11-06-2014, 09:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 238
Posted By HotspurJr
First: Which chord feels like home? Second:...

First: Which chord feels like home?

Second: Look at the notes of those four pentatonic scales. Notice anything interesting about them?
Forum: Musician Talk 10-28-2014, 11:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 244
Posted By HotspurJr
Well, that must mean the second space is...

Well, that must mean the second space is "B" right?

Can you figure out the rest from there?
Forum: Musician Talk 10-26-2014, 09:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 408
Posted By HotspurJr
It would be impolite only if you somehow didn't...

It would be impolite only if you somehow didn't read the post above which specifically said, "Start with ..."

:)
Forum: Musician Talk 10-26-2014, 09:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 298
Posted By HotspurJr
Transcribe will help you, as it can (sort of)...

Transcribe will help you, as it can (sort of) identify notes and chords for you, although you'll find that it is no replacement for your ear.
Forum: Musician Talk 10-26-2014, 09:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 219
Posted By HotspurJr
The notion that there's a "technique"...

The notion that there's a "technique" or a "scale" that is going to have you writing good music is a fallacy.

As for scales, look, the first thing you need to be able to do is listen to a song and...
Forum: Musician Talk 10-25-2014, 11:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 408
Posted By HotspurJr
It wasn't until I really got to the point of...

It wasn't until I really got to the point of working on my ear that I felt like I could call myself a musician. Here's my advice on how to improve your ear:

Work on it regularly. You don't have to...
Forum: Musician Talk 10-24-2014, 02:13 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 304
Posted By HotspurJr
What is the key signature for the sheet...

What is the key signature for the sheet music?

If the key signature is C major/A minor, then you wouldn't expect sharps or flats on an Am chord.
Forum: Musician Talk 10-23-2014, 12:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 566
Posted By HotspurJr
Couple of thoughts: I've never successfully...

Couple of thoughts:

I've never successfully written a good song lyrics first. Lyrics are so closely tied to the melody that I don't even know how I'd start.

On the other hand, I'm a big believer...
Forum: Musician Talk 10-21-2014, 11:52 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 821
Posted By HotspurJr
This topic has been researched rather...

This topic has been researched rather extensively. There are a dozen or so things which have been shown to have an emotional impact regardless of social or cultural conditioning. The only one I...
Forum: Musician Talk 10-19-2014, 12:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 554
Posted By HotspurJr
One other thing: Once you set your sound - based...

One other thing:

Once you set your sound - based on how it sounds for the audience - your sound is set. Stop tinkering with it.

Another inexperienced-guitarist thing is to have the sound set, and...
Forum: Musician Talk 10-18-2014, 08:17 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 2,898
Posted By HotspurJr
In addition to what Map said, there's a reason...

In addition to what Map said, there's a reason why, except in specific circumstances, we don't talk about playing mixolydian. We talk about playing major.

eg, let's say you were applying chord-scale...
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