#1
Someone wrote on another forum that the fact that most of the solos Dave Mustard plays in Megadeth are chromatic in nature, is an indication he has poor knowledge of music theory. Is there any truth to this?
#2
theres a vid on youtube of him being interviewed by dave navarro, and he says most of his stuff is pentatonic, and he does a little bit of harmonic minor. chromatic tones dont mean he doesnt know theory. if anything, it means he does and has knowledge of passing tones within a scale
#3
Probably but his riffs kick ass....I think he knows the basics though.
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#4
Who the hell is Dave Mustard? Dave Mustaine kind sir.

And no...first of all, I understand what you mean about the chromatic scales he uses, but if the note fits within key he's playing in, then that means he has a lot of music knowledge.

And not everything Mr. Dave plays is chromatic.
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#5
OMG!
its lumiere Rouge again with her stupid blue large font
go play your new ugly custom guitar
and stop flaming everything,first facebook,then megadeth
Mustaine knows his theory
do you?
Marty is a theory geek,thats why he rocks!

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#6
Mustaine plays a ton of pentatonic and blues licks, so whoever told you that is material is largely chromatic last lost credibility on this subject.

My guess is that, after 30 years of playing the guitar with excellent musicians, many of whom have formal training, Mustaine knows at least a little theory.
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Marty is a theory geek,thats why he rocks!

Marty Friedman? I dunno the names of the other guitarists but Marty Friedman doesn't know much theory.
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#9
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Marty Friedman? I dunno the names of the other guitarists but Marty Friedman doesn't know much theory.
have you seen him improvise? Marty is beastly

chris poland
marty freidman
chris broderick (i dislike him)
umm, there are 4 others
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#10
Marty Freidman knows quite a bit of music theory, as anyone who has seen Melodic Control can tell you.
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#11
^ +1 , sometimes i set aside an hour just to watch it and try to absorb all the info.
#12
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Someone wrote on another forum that the fact that most of the solos Dave Mustard plays in Megadeth are chromatic in nature, is an indication he has poor knowledge of music theory. Is there any truth to this?


No, that doesn't even make sense.

Also, Dave Mustaine's solos are largely pentatonic and blues based. Many of his riffs make use of chromaticism, but his solos, not so much. He does occasionally play a lick, move it up a fret to play it again, move it up a fret, and so on. That is chromaticism, but he doesn't base his solos off of it.
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#13
does it really matter if he knows theory or not??


there's theory behind it either way.
so knowing if he knows it is kinda pointless
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#14
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does it really matter if he knows theory or not??


there's theory behind it either way.
so knowing if he knows it is kinda pointless
If he doesn't know theory, the lazy people can justify their commitment to ignorance by saying, "Marty Friedman doesn't know theory; why should I learn?"

Learn to play your damn guitar, folks.
#15
First off you don't write with theory. You can write with "musical conventions," but theory is just a descriptive device.

Also, mustaine played very few solos. Most of megadeths solos were played by poland (fusion/jazz guitarist), pitrelli (berklee trained) and friedman. Regardless, mustaine hired a teacher in the early 00's and now knows alot of theory. He would have also learned theory the way many poor or lazy musicians learn theory, through other musicians.

And yes, friedman knows his stuff. Watch his videos; he plays the changes in his solos (to an extent) and knows a few soloing tricks.
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#18
Quote by Lumiere Rouge
Someone wrote on another forum that the fact that most of the solos Dave Mustard plays in Megadeth are chromatic in nature, is an indication he has poor knowledge of music theory. Is there any truth to this?


Who cares if he does or not? Do you like his music? that's the real question, and if the answer is yes, then go listen to it and stop worrying about what he knows or doesn't know.

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does it really matter if he knows theory or not??


there's theory behind it either way.
so knowing if he knows it is kinda pointless


well, it's music, so someone that does actually know theory, could use theory to analyze it. That doesn't mean there's theory behind the music though. For that to happen the person that wrote the music would have to have utilized their knowledge of theory. I know what your trying to say though, and I agree with your point about it not mattering.
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