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Forum: Musician Talk Today, 02:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 199
Posted By HotspurJr
Okay, well, here's my standard advice on this: I...

Okay, well, here's my standard advice on this:

I should make a sticky about this. The way you start learning by ear is by learning by ear. You just have to bear down and do the work. Try to do a...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-30-2014, 01:51 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 1,582
Posted By HotspurJr
Most "shredders" play in genres of...

Most "shredders" play in genres of music that don't interest me.

I feel that, in general, "shredders" tend to be interested in technical things that I don't care about. I recognize the skill on...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-29-2014, 12:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 516
Posted By HotspurJr
When you're not interested in learning new...

When you're not interested in learning new concepts.

My feeling is that the true purpose of theory is to help you learn new musical ideas. For example, imagine how hard it would be to figure out...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-28-2014, 08:36 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 696
Posted By HotspurJr
It really is context dependent. It can mean...

It really is context dependent.

It can mean playing outside notes (eg, notes that are not part of the scale that shares the name of the key). But these notes can be made to work, if you know how to...
Forum: Singing & Vocals 08-28-2014, 02:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 105
Posted By HotspurJr
I always wonder why people ask this question. If...

I always wonder why people ask this question. If I handed you an instrument you had never played, I dunno, a Sitar or something, and you jammed around on it for a little bit, and maybe halfhearted...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-28-2014, 01:54 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 791
Posted By HotspurJr
Well, there is no advice so good as to make it...

Well, there is no advice so good as to make it impossible for someone to mis-apply it.

Thanks for the response.
Forum: Musician Talk 08-28-2014, 01:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 324
Posted By HotspurJr
Okay, the first thing to remember is that ear...

Okay, the first thing to remember is that ear training will be really hard at first. Try to do it for 10-15 minutes a day multiple days a week. That's been shown to get the best results.

Start by...
Forum: Singing & Vocals 08-27-2014, 03:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 125
Posted By HotspurJr
I honestly don't think you can learn to sing from...

I honestly don't think you can learn to sing from a book. I've looked at a few, even bought one or two, but it wasn't until I started taking lessons that I started to feel like I could sing well.
Forum: Singing & Vocals 08-27-2014, 03:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 125
Posted By HotspurJr
Find some local group lessons. They won't be too...

Find some local group lessons. They won't be too expensive.

I honestly don't feel like there's a great way to learn singing without a teacher. If it's important to you, find a way to save up the...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-27-2014, 01:30 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 791
Posted By HotspurJr
I'm not getting upset (not in a band currently),...

I'm not getting upset (not in a band currently), rather, I'm finding myself confused by the difference between your experience (which I am not challenging the validity of in any way) and the fact...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-27-2014, 01:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 324
Posted By HotspurJr
I would guess that your ear isn't that great,...

I would guess that your ear isn't that great, right?

Trying to remember music with a poor ear is very very hard. You end up trying to remember what your fingers are supposed to be doing, but we...
Forum: Singing & Vocals 08-27-2014, 01:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 125
Posted By HotspurJr
Well, you could work on those things. Overall,...

Well, you could work on those things.

Overall, your breath control seems pretty poor. It's not smooth, so I suspect you're not breathing properly. You also don't trust yourself when it comes to...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-27-2014, 12:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 193
Posted By HotspurJr
I'm willing to bet the venues have someone they...

I'm willing to bet the venues have someone they can recommend.

You should ask them specifically how much coverage they require, as well.
Forum: Musician Talk 08-26-2014, 11:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 241
Posted By HotspurJr
Mark Hansen's books are a really great...

Mark Hansen's books are a really great introduction to fingerpicking. Particularly The Art of Contemporary Travis Picking and The Art of Solo Fingerstyle.
Forum: Singing & Vocals 08-25-2014, 03:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 139
Posted By HotspurJr
What do you think you sound like? What do you...

What do you think you sound like?

What do you want to sound like?

To me you sound a little strangled, like your mouth is full of marbles - half the words are incomprehensible. I think it's because...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-25-2014, 12:23 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 791
Posted By HotspurJr
When, certainly, the Stones and Beatles are...

When, certainly, the Stones and Beatles are relevant comparisons because the musical landscape hasn't changed at all since then. I mean, it's exactly the same.

I think playing A cover can be a good...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-25-2014, 12:15 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 491
Posted By HotspurJr
As others have said, there's no right answer to...

As others have said, there's no right answer to this question. It depends on context, and what you're trying to do.



There might not be a right answer to your questions, but I wonder if "lazy" is...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-22-2014, 01:22 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 575
Posted By HotspurJr
I understand people saying that that minor...

I understand people saying that that minor pentatonic gets boring, but I'd argue there are no boring scales, only boring players.

Here's the issue:

The pentatonic scales are so easy to use that you...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-21-2014, 02:48 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 575
Posted By HotspurJr
Yeah, this isn't "a scale and its...

Yeah, this isn't "a scale and its modes" - this is the A minor pentatonic scale. And you can use it over major or minor blues.

Once you're comfortable with the minor pentatonic, start exploring...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-21-2014, 11:49 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 836
Posted By HotspurJr
That's pretty funny coming from a guy who just...

That's pretty funny coming from a guy who just responded to a discussion of theory with an ad hominem attack.
Forum: Musician Talk 08-20-2014, 09:21 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 836
Posted By HotspurJr
Again, sort of my point. Nobody should be...

Again, sort of my point.

Nobody should be looking at the four chords F, G, Bb and C and saying "wait, what? there are only three diatonic major chords!" Almost no matter how you slice it, those are...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-20-2014, 12:08 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 836
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 08-19-2014, 04:42 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 836
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 08-19-2014, 10:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 318
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 08-19-2014, 01:41 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 836
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: 42
Views: 836
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: 318
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: 1,010
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: 411
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: 350
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...
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