#1
Hey, does anyone have a clue how these guys put together songs or what the hell D Boon is doing on guitar? I've scoured the internet, I've listened real hard to the records, but I just can't figure out how to play these songs!

The most I can gather is that
1) he uses a lot of double stops and blends rhythm / lead like Hendrix does. The chords are /usually/ pretty sparse, the rhythm playing is often a bunch of quick catchy riffs with lines thrown in.

2) a lot of the solos are based in a minor pentatonic

Examples:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7C9RQiUdXc

Killer song, only two riffs and a guitar solo but I can't for the life of me figure out what chords he's playing in the intro part!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EifHMDMtYsg

another great riff with cool muting!

So yeah. I want to learn double stops and this kind of rhythm playing where it's not just a simple chord progression, but I can't get a hang on what these cats are doing. Help appreciated :^)
#2
wait...there was a post here, and a good one too! not sure what happened to it!

basically it talked about "playing by feel" and how a lot of this stuff just arises from chords shapes you'll just grab when playing d mixolydian (d major pent + a minor pent).

also -- the funk rhythm. i think minutemen stuff has a lot of cool displacement of classic funk rhythms, yeah!
#3
Quote by bigfoist
wait...there was a post here, and a good one too! not sure what happened to it!

basically it talked about "playing by feel" and how a lot of this stuff just arises from chords shapes you'll just grab when playing d mixolydian (d major pent + a minor pent).

also -- the funk rhythm. i think minutemen stuff has a lot of cool displacement of classic funk rhythms, yeah!


I wrote it, but since it was specialised, and I saw no response after several days, so I removed it. If you ask for someone to go through the necessary effort involved, it's a good idea to respond ... you know ... like "thanks".
#4
Quote by jerrykramskoy
I wrote it, but since it was specialised, and I saw no response after several days, so I removed it. If you ask for someone to go through the necessary effort involved, it's a good idea to respond ... you know ... like "thanks".


Very sorry friend, I checked it a few days after and I got wrapped up in trying to figure out what it was saying. I was debating whether to e-mail you. The post was super informative and detailed, and I really do appreciate the effort you put into it! No foul intended, I assure you.
#6
kind of -- the little chord stabs from "maybe partying will help" i got.

so was i right in the fact that you more or less said "this stuff just arises from chords shapes you'll just grab when playing d mixolydian (d major pent + a minor pent)." as well as displacing funk rhythm to something different?
#7
Yes ... write out the scale shapes for these, with A min pentatonic rooted on 6th string (5th fret), and D major pentatonic rooted on 5th string (5th fret). If you layer these one of top of the other, you'll see/hear there's virtually no difference. These pentatonics both are found in D Mixolydian.

That song was basically grabbing vertical lines of notes using the top 3 treble strings. I'm about 95% sure the guitarist was just grabbing these as easy shapes to use, rather than think what the actual chords were. The innovative bit was the rhythmic phrasing of these.