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Forum: Musician Talk 07-03-2015, 03:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 151
Posted By HotspurJr
You need to learn to hear resolution. Key is...

You need to learn to hear resolution.

Key is not determined by counting sharps and flats. It is determined by where the song sounds resolved. Play a verse ... and then play A at the end of it. Feel...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-30-2015, 01:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 339
Posted By HotspurJr
These are actually related questions. There are...

These are actually related questions. There are basically two ways to write songs.

You can just sort of stumble around on your guitar until you find something you like, or you can hear something in...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-19-2015, 06:46 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,039
Posted By HotspurJr
This is hard because you're trying to think about...

This is hard because you're trying to think about thing academically, as letters on a page, as opposed to a series of functional relationships.

If you're in C major, you're in C major. It doesn't...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-12-2015, 04:06 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,068
Posted By HotspurJr
I didn't break down that solo. But a really...

I didn't break down that solo.

But a really common trick is to mix the major and minor pentatonic scales. There's some great lessons on this at Mike Dodge's website.

One basic trick for expanding...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-12-2015, 04:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 308
Posted By HotspurJr
While on one one level, this is true, it's an...

While on one one level, this is true, it's an oversimplification that can actually be damaging to your development if you approach it the wrong way.

This is because the notes DON'T all sound good...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-11-2015, 07:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 508
Posted By HotspurJr
Most people worry about tuning higher more than...

Most people worry about tuning higher more than they worry about tuning lower.

You just have to develop a feel for the overall tension of the guitar.

eg, my guitar has very light strings on it,...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-11-2015, 12:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 508
Posted By HotspurJr
I would strongly encourage you to not think about...

I would strongly encourage you to not think about tunings the way you're thinking about tunings.

If you're a relative beginner, which you clearly are, the best way to think about tunings is to...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-10-2015, 02:23 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,285
Posted By HotspurJr
When I'm improvising well, I'm not thinking at...

When I'm improvising well, I'm not thinking at all. Almost all of my conscious attention is on listening. What are my bandmates doing?

And then - and this is one where a lot of young improviser...
Forum: Musician Talk 05-31-2015, 04:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 517
Posted By HotspurJr
Your last sentence has it right. I've actually...

Your last sentence has it right.

I've actually found that people who haven't studied theory are more likely to end up playing cliches ... either that, or people who study only a little theory, and...
Forum: Musician Talk 05-26-2015, 12:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 525
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: 564
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: 564
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: 11
Views: 446
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: 70
Views: 1,583
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: 451
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: 730
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: 36
Views: 1,099
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: 966
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: 529
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: 1,150
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: 388
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: 332
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: 2,708
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: 661
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: 661
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: 447
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: 371
Posted By HotspurJr
This. This. This.

This. This. This.
Forum: Musician Talk 04-03-2015, 08:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 514
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: 405
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: 405
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,...
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