yoyoloto
Blue dreams
Join date: May 2011
1,217 IQ
#1
Hi guys, stumbled upon this amazing backing track : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6bJk8L5HOQ

So it is in G, but the top comment says that C sharp works well. Is this true ? Why ? To my knowledge, G's relatives are E minor and F sharp major, so what does the C sharp have to do with this ?

I am not too well versed in theory yet, could you enlighten me please ?
korn_dawg
Registered User
Join date: Nov 2006
521 IQ
#2
The tritone (a sharp 4th/flat 5th. C# in the key of G) is part of the "blues scale" and has been utilized by jazz and blues greats all the way back to Louie Armstrong, so it's not unusual to like the dissonant flavor it provides if correctly utilized.
SwoobGuitar
Registered User
Join date: Dec 2010
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#3
I played some C sharp scales over this, and it sounds horrible. I think the guy had his guitar tuned a half step down, and actually played in C, which is the fourth degree from G. But it seems strange, with all the upvotes.
Jet Penguin
Musical Chaos Theorist
Join date: Apr 2011
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#4
C# the note works, not C# the scale.

The b5 is used all the time in blues.

And besides, with a little finesse you can make any note work in a blues.
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TheNameOfNoone
Buckethead's Right Hand
Join date: Mar 2011
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#5
Quote by Jet Penguin
And besides, with a little finesse you can make any note work in a blues.


THIS. Just stop philosophizing about theory and play [EDIT:] whatever the hell sounds good to you. Theory is helpful, but it should not serve as restriction.
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yoyoloto
Blue dreams
Join date: May 2011
1,217 IQ
#6
Quote by TheNameOfNoone
THIS. Just stop philosophizing about theory and play [EDIT:] whatever the hell sounds good to you. Theory is helpful, but it should not serve as restriction.


I knew that a preacher would eventually post (I've only been playing for 2 years, I can't join the church just yet)

So yeah, it's probably just the C sharp note... Kind of a stupid comment now that I think about it.