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Forum: Guitar Techniques Yesterday, 08:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 204
Posted By cdgraves
Left leg is objectively better because it put...

Left leg is objectively better because it put less strain on your left arm and spine. There's just no better way to get even hand coverage on the entire neck. I use it whenever I'm practicing/playing...
Forum: Guitar Techniques Yesterday, 09:45 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 501
Posted By cdgraves
Yeah, you're just supposed to sit and imagine...

Yeah, you're just supposed to sit and imagine what it would sound like if I played those things... I mean the audience just as a much a part of the music as I am

here's the...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-18-2014, 09:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 198
Posted By cdgraves
The standard major scale is the basic palate for...

The standard major scale is the basic palate for all "in key" harmonies (term for this is "diatonic", meaning "related to the root").

The melodic and harmonic minor are used when the harmony goes...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 07-18-2014, 07:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 501
Posted By cdgraves
Here's a short recording I made of the different...

Here's a short recording I made of the different approaches to blues soloing

1) Major pentatonic of each chord
2) C minor pentatonic only
3) Mixing major/minor pentatonic and blue notes
4) All of...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-18-2014, 07:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 276
Posted By cdgraves
No such thing as "triplet feel" -...

No such thing as "triplet feel" - they're either triplets or not triplets. If I saw a piece in 4/4 that used nothing but triplets, I'd wonder why they didn't just notate in 12 or 6. The only time...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 07-17-2014, 07:24 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 501
Posted By cdgraves
In blues, you can do "mixture" over any...

In blues, you can do "mixture" over any chord, you just have to play to the chord rather than the key. The dominant quality chords are major, but they accommodate tension very well, so it's easy to...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-17-2014, 07:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 283
Posted By cdgraves
Scales don't have inherent sounds. It's the...

Scales don't have inherent sounds. It's the harmonies you derive from them that do.
Forum: Guitar Techniques 07-16-2014, 07:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 501
Posted By cdgraves
Depends on the music - playing minor pentatonic...

Depends on the music - playing minor pentatonic over a major chord has a really "mean" quality to it, and it sounds extremely bluesy. In a lot of settings, that's a completely inappropriate sound, so...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 07-16-2014, 07:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 422
Posted By cdgraves
You should play on whatever instrument and...

You should play on whatever instrument and strings you intend to make music on.

Regarding strings:

1) Finger "strength" is hardly an issue. It doesn't take much force to bend the strings,...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-16-2014, 07:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 276
Posted By cdgraves
You'd use 12/8 regardless of tempo. Easier to...

You'd use 12/8 regardless of tempo. Easier to read than continuous triplet indications.
Forum: Musician Talk 07-15-2014, 09:15 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 2,292
Posted By cdgraves
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mM-OECEdVMg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mM-OECEdVMg
Forum: Musician Talk 07-15-2014, 06:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 226
Posted By cdgraves
Believe me, as someone who "reads" but...

Believe me, as someone who "reads" but doesn't sight read very well, being a solid reader is a massive timesaver when you rely on written music. Basically, the faster you can get music from the page...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-15-2014, 06:30 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 2,292
Posted By cdgraves
You can't teach a robot to feel. But you can...

You can't teach a robot to feel. But you can teach it to play slightly out of tune bends, which will fool most guitarists.
Forum: Musician Talk 07-14-2014, 08:59 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 2,292
Posted By cdgraves
I'm not sure if we're saying the same thing or...

I'm not sure if we're saying the same thing or just talking past each other...

Playing thoughtfully is different from "thinking" while you're on stage. You can express something very emotional and...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-13-2014, 01:19 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 2,292
Posted By cdgraves
says who? None of us can get inside someone's...

says who? None of us can get inside someone's head to know exactly what's going on in there.

Improvising isn't like a magical well of emotional purity, it's a musical skill. You have to do a lot of...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-11-2014, 06:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 268
Posted By cdgraves
The key is E minor. Any chord can appear in any...

The key is E minor.

Any chord can appear in any key - what you're really asking here is whether they all fit into the same scale. In this case, there is no "normal" scale that would apply to all of...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-10-2014, 09:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 371
Posted By cdgraves
The chord tones are your starting point. They are...

The chord tones are your starting point. They are what the listener expects to hear, and the art of making interesting music is all about knowing when to satisfy expectations and when to defy them....
Forum: Musician Talk 07-09-2014, 05:57 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 2,292
Posted By cdgraves
I usually think in terms of motive/theme -...

I usually think in terms of motive/theme - choosing a specific element and building melodies around it.



The more important question is, if you're going to sit there and think about other things...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-08-2014, 10:45 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 2,292
Posted By cdgraves
What? yes, you do. Thinking about what you're...

What? yes, you do. Thinking about what you're doing shouldn't get in the way, but having some sort of conscious approach to it is pretty necessary. Improv is not a passive thing; it requires your...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-08-2014, 12:30 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 2,292
Posted By cdgraves
You're always "playing theory", even if...

You're always "playing theory", even if you don't know the theoretical concepts that explain what you're doing.

Unless you're just playing random notes and hoping it'll come out okay, in which case,...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-08-2014, 12:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 356
Posted By cdgraves
You can play whatever you want if you know how...

You can play whatever you want if you know how you're using it. Using Cm Pent. over a Cmaj chord will give you a really bluesy sound because of the conflict between Eb and E (and Bb and B). I...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-08-2014, 12:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 146
Posted By cdgraves
Modulation means you go through a whole form in a...

Modulation means you go through a whole form in a different key. I'm not familiar with the tune, but if that's what happens, then yes, it's a modulation.

Modulation has a little brother called...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-08-2014, 12:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 395
Posted By cdgraves
When did I know I wanted to be a musician? Around...

When did I know I wanted to be a musician? Around age 10

When did I figure out what it actually takes to be one? Around age 21
Forum: Musician Talk 06-30-2014, 07:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 287
Posted By cdgraves
anything Chet Atkins

anything Chet Atkins
Forum: Guitar Techniques 06-29-2014, 04:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 168
Posted By cdgraves
Easiest way is just to run scales and arpeggios...

Easiest way is just to run scales and arpeggios using all legato.
Forum: Guitar Techniques 06-28-2014, 09:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 391
Posted By cdgraves
The guitar isn't tuned to a particular key. It...

The guitar isn't tuned to a particular key. It sounds like you just need to practice your scales/keys.
Forum: Guitar Techniques 06-28-2014, 06:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 486
Posted By cdgraves
Chord can be spelled as any combination of the...

Chord can be spelled as any combination of the notes in it.

Edit: slash chord refers to an actual bass line, not just the lowest note of a chord on the guitar.
Forum: Musician Talk 06-27-2014, 11:16 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,092
Posted By cdgraves
wow way to be a dick about it. Is this the...

wow way to be a dick about it. Is this the attitude I should adopt to be more successful? Maybe I should tell people to **** off more often.

What studio do you work in? I'm always looking for gigs
Forum: Musician Talk 06-27-2014, 10:24 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,092
Posted By cdgraves
Maybe you're being sarcastic, but in case you're...

Maybe you're being sarcastic, but in case you're not...

Professional music is extremely competitive. Most people who write, produce, and perform the stuff you hear on the radio are tremendous...
Forum: Musician Talk 06-27-2014, 04:39 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,092
Posted By cdgraves
Actually I'm pretty sure EVH can do some mean...

Actually I'm pretty sure EVH can do some mean finger picking ("Finish What You Started"). Most of the actually good famous guitarists have a MUCH wider musical range than they demonstrate in their...
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