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Forum: Musician Talk 04-20-2013, 02:31 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 807
Posted By Sloop John D
I had a few friends who obtained music degrees....

I had a few friends who obtained music degrees. None of them were able to use the degree to jump into a career, but two of them did use the bachelor's degree to get into grad programs. One of them...
Forum: Musician Talk 03-30-2013, 04:37 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 749
Posted By Sloop John D
That's not entirely accurate. A two chord vamp is...

That's not entirely accurate. A two chord vamp is one of the simplest ways to establish a modal sound, but it's not the only way. The key to getting a modal sound is establishing the proper tonal...
Forum: Musician Talk 03-23-2013, 04:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 198
Posted By Sloop John D
http://music-theory.ascensionsounds.com/ That...

http://music-theory.ascensionsounds.com/

That website is my favorite. The author is very clear and organized.
Forum: Musician Talk 03-10-2013, 07:08 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 565
Posted By Sloop John D
I attended my fair share of rock concerts without...

I attended my fair share of rock concerts without wearing ear plugs. I have tinnitus in my left ear. Maybe it's not 120 Db, but you can certainly lose your hearing from listening to too many rock...
Forum: Musician Talk 03-10-2013, 07:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 801
Posted By Sloop John D
That's never true. The only people who can't go...

That's never true. The only people who can't go back are those who don't want to. Mistakes in your youth make it more difficult, but it's never impossible.

Making a living off music is unrealistic....
Forum: Musician Talk 03-09-2013, 02:19 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 565
Posted By Sloop John D
I also use the Alpine. They work pretty well....

I also use the Alpine. They work pretty well. Most HiFi earplugs don't offer the db protection of the foam ones, so I tend to go back and forth between the two. If I'm at a show where I'm not...
Forum: Musician Talk 03-08-2013, 06:02 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 2,340
Posted By Sloop John D
So if everyone learned how to write music the way...

So if everyone learned how to write music the way you think they should, we'd have fewer bands writing songs that all sound the same?

I'm not sure I follow.
Forum: Musician Talk 03-02-2013, 06:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 492
Posted By Sloop John D
Teaching jobs are difficult to find right now,...

Teaching jobs are difficult to find right now, and teaching jobs in the arts are even more difficult, because those are the ones everyone wants but schools have limited resources to provide them....
Forum: Musician Talk 03-02-2013, 07:19 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 403
Posted By Sloop John D
If you have the cash to spend then it can be a...

If you have the cash to spend then it can be a great way to accelerate your studies, but if you're looking for a decent career path it's probably going to be a dead end. I have a friend who got his...
Forum: Musician Talk 02-19-2013, 05:44 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 589
Posted By Sloop John D
It's music theory, not music law. I think you're...

It's music theory, not music law. I think you're getting bogged down thinking of music theory as a set of rules that must be followed. Music theory is better thought of as a description of certain...
Forum: Musician Talk 02-18-2013, 06:47 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,556
Posted By Sloop John D
In the study of music, there are many methods,...

In the study of music, there are many methods, techniques, and theories that a person can learn. Depending on what you're interested in playing, some of these techniques and theories can be highly...
Forum: Musician Talk 02-18-2013, 05:46 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,556
Posted By Sloop John D
I think you guys should let it go.

I think you guys should let it go.
Forum: Musician Talk 02-18-2013, 04:39 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,556
Posted By Sloop John D
I think you should stop getting so worked up over...

I think you should stop getting so worked up over it and let your friend learn music in a way that is useful and easy for him to understand, even if it includes a study of modes.
Forum: Musician Talk 02-15-2013, 09:15 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 603
Posted By Sloop John D
Generally when people use the phrase,...

Generally when people use the phrase, "playing by ear," they're referring to the act of learning a song just by listening to it, as opposed to reading it off of a tab or sheet music.

For playing...
Forum: Musician Talk 02-14-2013, 05:47 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 983
Posted By Sloop John D
I found a surprisingly large number of music...

I found a surprisingly large number of music books at my local library. Just search for books on harmony, browse through them, and pick your favorite.
Forum: Musician Talk 02-09-2013, 04:54 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,260
Posted By Sloop John D
There's quite a few. Paul McCartney said he...

There's quite a few. Paul McCartney said he learned early on that the bridge, which he often referred to as the "middle eight," was a very important part of any song, so the Beatles usually tried to...
Forum: Musician Talk 02-08-2013, 05:23 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,260
Posted By Sloop John D
I don't think there's anything wrong with...

I don't think there's anything wrong with following a couple guidelines, especially when you're first starting out. The Beatles had a fairly strong grasp of basic composition before they put out...
Forum: Musician Talk 02-08-2013, 04:49 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,260
Posted By Sloop John D
Identifying terms like verse and chorus are very...

Identifying terms like verse and chorus are very loose and don't fit neatly with every part of every song. Those types of definitions tend to make more sense when writing a song with lyrical content...
Forum: Musician Talk 02-07-2013, 07:25 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 723
Posted By Sloop John D
A basic and effective way to structure a song is...

A basic and effective way to structure a song is to use three separate sections that are each 8 bars in length. So you would have Section A, Section B, and Section C, each one consisting of an 8 bar...
Forum: Musician Talk 02-06-2013, 05:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 555
Posted By Sloop John D
The groups and musicians you mentioned primarily...

The groups and musicians you mentioned primarily relied on the pentatonic scale for their solos. A search for the pentatonic scale on google or youtube will give you access to a large number of...
Forum: Musician Talk 02-06-2013, 07:09 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,181
Posted By Sloop John D
Yeah, but out of 60 posts, I think only one or...

Yeah, but out of 60 posts, I think only one or two actually made an attempt to answer the original question.
Forum: Musician Talk 02-06-2013, 07:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 819
Posted By Sloop John D
I'm also confused. Why are you supposed to be...

I'm also confused. Why are you supposed to be listening to jazz music?
Forum: Musician Talk 01-31-2013, 07:18 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 609
Posted By Sloop John D
Playing modally has more to do with the tonic...

Playing modally has more to do with the tonic center of a tune than the starting and ending notes of a scale. For example, if you take a song that has C firmly established as the tonic center, then...
Forum: Musician Talk 01-31-2013, 03:39 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,181
Posted By Sloop John D
I would love for you to explain what gave you...

I would love for you to explain what gave you this impression.
Forum: Musician Talk 01-31-2013, 03:17 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,181
Posted By Sloop John D
I'm talking about modes as if they were modes....

I'm talking about modes as if they were modes. You seem to be confused about what a mode actually is. Maybe you should brush up on your theory.
Forum: Musician Talk 01-30-2013, 04:59 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,181
Posted By Sloop John D
Don't worry, you're not nearly as far behind as...

Don't worry, you're not nearly as far behind as people here are suggesting.

The answer is that it depends on your progression. Some progressions can be ambiguous and must rely on the melody to...
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