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Forum: Musician Talk 07-26-2014, 11:33 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 561
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: 28
Views: 561
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: 155
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: 320
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: 235
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: 513
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: 299
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: 280
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: 466
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: 280
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: 248
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: 438
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: 2,518
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: 323
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...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-08-2014, 08:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 343
Posted By HotspurJr
Bmin isn't borrowed from E minor. It's in G major...

Bmin isn't borrowed from E minor. It's in G major all on its own.

An example of borrowing would be playing a Bb major in G major, which is borrowed from G minor.
Forum: Musician Talk 07-08-2014, 02:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 343
Posted By HotspurJr
B D F# is the 1, b3 and 5. You are following that...

B D F# is the 1, b3 and 5. You are following that pattern. THe distance between a B note and a D note is a minor third.

Count it out in semitones. A minor third is three semitones, right? So B to C...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-01-2014, 11:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 360
Posted By HotspurJr
This. Go listen to five songs where you love the...

This. Go listen to five songs where you love the bass playing, and figure out what the bassist is doing, preferably by ear.

Repeat as necessary.
Forum: Musician Talk 07-01-2014, 11:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 309
Posted By HotspurJr
I've said this before, and I'll say it again, but...

I've said this before, and I'll say it again, but a good ear is crucial to writing good music. If your ear isn't very good (if you can't hear a melody and quickly find it on your guitar) then you're...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-19-2014, 11:21 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 425
Posted By HotspurJr
Start by working on your ability to hear a...

Start by working on your ability to hear a melody.

Hearing harmony is harder.

Once you can hear and transcribe the melody easily, start by following the root movement of the chords. Follow the...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-17-2014, 02:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 358
Posted By HotspurJr
A very different approach to learning theory is...

A very different approach to learning theory is contained in Pedler's "Songwriting Secrets of the Beatles." Big book, a real tome, and doesn't cover the very basics (or, well, it does, very briefly,...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-16-2014, 12:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 267
Posted By HotspurJr
I'm a fan of Seagulls. Honestly, though, what...

I'm a fan of Seagulls.

Honestly, though, what you need to do is go to a good, locally-owned store, and play a bunch of guitars in your price range. Buy the one that speaks to you, that demands you...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-13-2014, 02:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 364
Posted By HotspurJr
Spend some time figuring out music you love by...

Spend some time figuring out music you love by ear. That usually jolts me loose.
Forum: Musician Talk 06-10-2014, 02:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 323
Posted By HotspurJr
I think it's telling that you used the word...

I think it's telling that you used the word "visualizing" when it comes to scales on the fretboard. Because, of course, music isn't something that we see.

This is, of course, how people learn. But...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-09-2014, 07:29 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 530
Posted By HotspurJr
Well, thank you, therefore, for your significant...

Well, thank you, therefore, for your significant and useful contribution to the thread.




Which isn't what what I suggested he do.



I don't think we need you to clarify. If you want to do...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-09-2014, 05:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 504
Posted By HotspurJr
The test you linked to isn't really a test of the...

The test you linked to isn't really a test of the ability to hear pitch. It's about the ability to remember a short melodic phrase. Now, a good ear will help you with that, but it's not the same...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-09-2014, 02:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 504
Posted By HotspurJr
Take this test and get back to us with your...

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Forum: Musician Talk 06-09-2014, 01:53 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 530
Posted By HotspurJr
You would play in G major over that, almost...

You would play in G major over that, almost always.

There is a (mostly used in Jazz) technique called chord-scale theory where you pick a scale for each chord, but this is really not very relevant...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-08-2014, 01:49 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 530
Posted By HotspurJr
Maybe you missed the word comprehensive?

Maybe you missed the word comprehensive?
Forum: Musician Talk 06-07-2014, 02:47 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 530
Posted By HotspurJr
Here's the thing: You can always use all twelve...

Here's the thing:

You can always use all twelve notes in every key.

You often want to use a subset of them that creates a certain feeling, but the real way to do that is to internalize the sounds...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-04-2014, 12:18 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 617
Posted By HotspurJr
I think your problem is clear. Practice, dude....

I think your problem is clear.

Practice, dude.

Women are people. If you can talk to guys, you can talk to women.
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