Wow I feel old. I haven't posted in the pit in a while, there's not much interesting content anymore. Or maybe I just grew up.

everything nowadays is an "ONLY" thread on things I just don't care about. where are the original threads and discussions?
Hey UG, I'm fixing up a Les Paul style guitar I made five years ago and I want to replace the neck. Although I made the body myself, my old neck was from an Epiphone Les Paul Special II. How would I find a new neck that will work in my guitar? What will I have to watch out for?

Here are the specs of my current neck:

Neck Shape 1960s SlimTaper™ “D” Profile (I don't mind at all if this changes)
Neck Joint Bolt-on
Scale length 24.75” (this should stay the same, no?)
Fingerboard Radius 12” (how much does this matter?)
Nut Width 1.68” (how much does this matter?)

I'm guessing that I can't put a 25.5" scale neck in because it would mess up the intonation (and I really don't want to put new holes in my guitar for the bridge hardware).

I can't seem to find a website that has a 24.75" scale necks. The ones i've seen (warmoth, gutiarfetish) only seem to carry strat and tele style necks. What will work and what won't? And where can I get something that can ship outside the US? I'm doing this in Hungary.

Help me out please!
I'm pretty sure I've unwittingly hung out with Das_Skittles last weekend but I'm not positive.
Great question. You can do whatever you want. The chord-scale approach, used often in modal jazz does just that. Let's say you have a chord progression:

Em7 / A7 / Dmaj7 / - /

This is a common ii V I progression. With the chord-scale approach, you could follow a E scale over the Em7, a A scale over the A7, and a D scale over the Dmaj7.

If you wanted to stay diatonic to (using only notes in the key of) D major you would use the E dorian mode, A mixolydian mode, and the D ionian (major) mode over their respective chords. But that can be unnecessarily complicated. You don't really need to think of playing an entirely different scale every time the chord changes when you know the entire song is diatonic to D major. You can just play in D major and target the various chord tones you want to hit within that scale.

An interesting sound to try would be playing in A lydian dominant over the A7. It sounds like a mix between the lydian and mixolydian modes, with a sharp four that provides a leading tone to the V, and a flat 7 giving it a dominant quality.

You could also just forget about scales and focus on the chord tones. Play whatever notes in between, alterations, whatever the hell you want, as long as what you hint towards the chord underneath it can work. You'll just have varying amounts of dissonance, which is awesome if that's what you're going for.

you can focus on chord extensions. What if you made the A7 chord an A7b9 chord? It'll give it a really cool, dissonant quality that's not used very often in a major tonality. Even if you don't put the flat nine (in this case, a Bb) in the chord itself, using it in your melody will definitely hint towards it.

Using the whole tone scale over augmented chords is also an option. There are tons of things you can try musically and they don't all have to fit into one diatonic key. It's really all about tension and resolution. Too much tension and dissonance doesn't sound good, and too little is just boring. experiment.

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Eventually I asked some advice from some experienced jazz players, and I found out two things - first of all, many jazz players are really angry that the chord-scale method is taught at all, because it's a totally confusing and actually quite wrong way to think about soloing over chord changes.

Yes, it is totally confusing, but it is not at all "quite wrong." Great music has been and continues to be made using chord-scales. They describe certain sounds, tools in a toolbox, if you will, that can be drawn upon at a moment's notice if they're well practiced.

You're not going to blow through Cherokee improvising with chordscales after looking at it for five minutes. You can go through it following key changes and using chords and arpeggios. But chord scales can be helpful in composition and especially when you're playing over altered chords or if you want to access a specific type of sound.
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Paul Gilbert has a few lessons on youtube going over this and other ways to arpeggiate chords, you should check them out. I found his string skipping ones to be especially useful, even if I can't come close to playing them at the speed he does

can you link me?
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that's not really "from the ground up".

why do people pick and choose from the advice i give? i say everything i say for a reason.

You can't work from the ground up if you don't know what/where the ground is. The misconception that music is based on riffs and scales is common (especially with guitarists) and seems to throw a lot of people off. A lot of people also don't know the difference between a key and a scale, and are then resistant to information that challenges the incorrect information they've already learned.
As was mentioned, the real book is your best bet. There's also an application called iReal b that is a Real book sans melody, but you can play along with it and transpose to any key.
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Why would you want to play jazz if you don't like the sound of jazz?

Jazz guitar opens up your mind to the possibilities on the guitar like no other genre. You don't have to enjoy the sound of jazz to realize the value of it.

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An I listening to recognize jazz music and therefore should listen more to standards to know the melody and therefore tackle learning those songs?

Or should I be picking an artist to listen to that I like the most to pickup his style?

That too.
Or is it to develop my ear in a jazz style?


Try listening to Duke ellington, charlie parker, miles davis, and john coltrane to start with. Someone else can give a much more rounded list but this is a small sample.

would actually be one way of playing it, albeit in second inversion. It's a pretty easy chord to play.

A sus7 chord has the tones I, IV, V, bvii.

Bb is the root (first fret A string.)
Eb is the fourth (first fret D string)
F is the fifth (first fret E string)
Ab is the b7 (first fret G string).

And if you need to play it in some other inversion, you can get away with omitting the root or the fifth sometimes. They're not as integral to the chord tone as you might think, and the bass usually has one or both of them covered anyway.
get a good night's sleep and good luck!
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Holy shit it's a young Javier Bardem.
Nice arrangment btw.


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Fearofthemark - That was very very quiet, but nice.

yeah, I didn't realize my recorder was set on low sensitivity

Thank you though!
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^ I'd say you are good to go, it's understandable to be iffy of the black market.

With only two ratings? I wouldn't be so sure.
So I just got an iCade for christmas, and paired with a MAME emulator, i can honestly say that old school arcade games are the hardest and most frustrating games I've played in my life. Ragequits all around.
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This thread is streets behind.

You are the opposite of Batman.
When the fuck is Half-Life 3 coming out?
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That's so much funnier in the context of the show because it comes out of nowhere.

thanks for that.

This makes me cringe a bit.
For me, it would probably be Pokemon SoulSilver or Skyrim. They're both just such incredible games.
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Any idea how long it's for? There's a few games in there I've been waiting to get for the price of Dishonored... on sale... If it's going to last a while I might wait for it to calm down.

I have no idea. I'm going to check again before I fall asleep, hopefully the site will work then. I'm still really conflicted about whether to buy it or not. I have so many games that I haven't played already but Dishonored, Fallout New Vegas, and TES III/IV are so great. If I could, I would split the cost with someone and pay $14 for just those 4 games.
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I have been refreshing it for about half an hour now.

Do you have to buy them all at once, or can I pick and choose?

I think you buy them all at once but they're individual steam codes.
Holy shit

Huge Bethesda deal on (steam codes)

TES III/IV GOTY, Skyrim, Dishonored, Fallout III/NV, Brink, Rage, Hunted, Doom 3, Rogue Warrior.

The website is down to a crawl so you might want to wait.

Guess how much? $28. I already have skyrim and Fallout III, and I already said I won't buy more games, but damn it I'm tempted. Should I get it?
Guitar god. There are plenty other things to work my way up to, and it would be nice to have a solid career in music lined up for me in an instant.
I decided to join, put this in whatever category you think is most appropriate. You might want to use headphones, it's pretty quiet. I guess intermediate would be the best, it wasn't too hard to learn (other than that one 7 fret stretch).

Sons of Skyrim
Does anyone want Darksiders? I have a steam key for it but I already own the game.
With the THQ humble bundle, the Steam winter sale, random awesome amazon deals (Bioshock 1 and 2 for $5??), I've only played maybe 25% of my steam library. Am I alone?
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My PC is shit and I doubt I could run them :/

Thats a shame
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Woop woop.
Chantelise for 5 bucks, Sonic Adventure 2 for 5 bucks, Fairy Bloom Freesia for 4?

Yes pls :3
A few others on my wishlist on sale, but not that I actually want to buy right now...

Darksiders I and II (with all DLC) is on Amazon for 13.75, steam activated if you're interested.
Probably be playing Darksiders II all day. It's on sale for $13 with all the DLC on Amazon. Can't resist...

Also appropriate.
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I was never gone?

I mostly lurk nowadays.

Oh okay, I haven't seen you post for a couple years.
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I found a diamond in a pile of shit

holy shit you're back!

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You idiots watching this video is the reason this bullshit gets popular, worse than that, you feel the ever compelling need to let everyone know how bad it is and share it. I hate you all, ****ing die.

What's wrong with this video becoming popular? It's hilarious.
Great year.

- Learned a ton of music theory and got a lot better at guitar.
- Finished my first year of university
- Transferred into a much better college where I can actually study what I want.
- Got a kickass summer job.
- Made a lot of new really close friends.
- Figured out what I want to do with my life

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sounds abit over dramatic

You've never experienced frisson/ had a cold chill when listening to an epic piece of music?
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Although this thread will probably get closed, the flow in this song is ungodly. It gives me shivers just thinking about it.