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Clearly whoever concerns themselves with this question is either tremendouly uptight or has nothing better to think about.

What people do, chosen or not, behind their own doors isn't really anybody's else's business but their own.

Tbf, every hole's a goal
Sorry, slip of the tongue. That band get through synth players :P
Thank you, I did read the FAQ but unfortunately I've been blind from birth and possess the mental agility of a donut.

And in case you're wondering, I have a braille laptop from the future.
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Clearly you are boring.


Well said.
Just to paraphrase what I posted on the Musician's board, I'm a new kid on the block and although I'm not much of a guitarist, I'm a musician with extensive experience of them... -_-;;

To the point... I've uploaded numerous mp3s to my profile for your listening pleasure and this post is really just a shameless self promotion for initial salutations ^.^ And also trying to kick start my motivation by finding individuals similar to myself who might like the odd internet collab or jam. Or even those in my area of residence

Anybody making foolish comments such as 'omg u goth f4g why d u mke such depresing music' or 'i lyke da bit with da pretty piano' will be treated with the appropriate gun. Let target practice commence.
I think Wait for Sleep is a bit challenging for a player of only a few months (which in terms of learning music isn't a great deal of time), the melodies in both hands are quite intricate and you're making some awkward jumps that require smooth transitions which can only be acquired with years of practiced technique. It may sound simple to the untrained ear but I assure you, it's Rudess at one of his finer moments.

Indie rock's a good bet actually, quite alot of repetition. You could hammer out some decent beginner piano parts from stuff like Oasis. My best advice is really to get a tutor, learning piano is probably one of the hardest instruments to learn by yourself and easiest to fall into some very bad habits very early on that are incredibly hard to get rid of if s/he wants to make good progress.
Pretty much all of those questions you asked can be answered yourself through trial and error.

All you can learn is labels to apply to certain things and techniques... the rest is up to you. Otherwise it's not creative and rather self defeating, and besides, do you want to have to be spoonfed everything? You decide whether or not to use that cool mode over that awesome chord pattern by trying it and hearing if it sounds good.

Anything goes in music. It is art after all.
Fankoo Xfilth ^.^

Peeno - Indeed he is a beautiful player, it's a pity he doesn't record properly instead of taping himself, the video quality doesn't do him justice, especially not to his voice which sounds gorgeous through the video compression ¬_¬. I have issues with his right hand wrist... but that's another story for another time

Fenderboy - I WAS going to suggest some Dream Theater or Muse... but seeing as your keyboardist is 'relatively new' (define?) I think maybe it'd be a little cruel to subject him to stuff like that just yet. I'm not sure what kind of genre you guys want to play in, but may I suggest looking within Progressive Rock and Trip Hop for some of the best synth work, although rather hard to emulate for a newbie, definately a good aspiration. Otherwise if you want immediately playable piano parts you're looking at simple stuff like Evanescence... but if your feelings are anything like mine maybe NOT -_-;;; I find playing classically is the best way to improve yourself on any instrument anyway.
I'd agree doing it by feel is probably your best bet. Almost like the suzuki method they teach you on violin - before you even begin to read any music or learn groundwork theory, it can be beneficial to just play around and listen to what connects properly and makes sense to your ear. Don't be afraid of sounding like crap at first, the best way to learn is from your own mistakes.

There are also some basic cadences (chord sequences) that are widely used if you want to have something on paper to start you off. If you already know this I apologise or if you have no idea what I'm talking about I'll gladly elaborate.

For instance... Say we started in the key of C major for simplicity's sake, no sharps and flats, and we'll work in terms of triads (chords of three notes two tones apart).

Chord I = C E G
Chord II = D F A
Chord III = E G B
e.t.c

A typical pop sequence of chords might be I to IV to V to I. The bass note starts on the root note, C, moves down to F, moves to G and finishes on C. This gives a feeling of 'completeness' and is also quite predictable to listen to. This is called a Perfect Cadence. All the chords are related within the key of C major.

If you wanted to shift into a minor, instead of finishing on chord I, you'd move to chord VI, which would be the triad of A minor. A C E. A minor is the closest related minor key to C major, and yes, you can say moves towards more of a 'sad' feeling, but I prefer to think of it as 'flattening' the progression.

These are perhaps the most basic shifts, but once you start thinking in terms of certain chord sequences rather than aimlessly messing about, it makes it easier to figure out your own combinations and identify them in the music you listen to so you can work it out yourself using different keys.

It also helps if you at first work in terms of 4/4 and play about with the rhythm of progressions. That way you eventually get an idea of the context in which to use certain sequences rather than just following stock and eventually moving onto more complex rhythmic cadences.
Actually, I'd go as far as to completely contradict you all and say... put the guitar down.

Yes... please don't kill me, but I've found actually giving yourself a break from the constant thinking and going out and doing other stuff can reset your muse. Don't necessarily give up practicing and refining current techniques, but sometimes all you need is to give yourself a bit of creative space
Greetings, since there seems to be no specific place for initial salutations I thought I'd introduce myself here, I have read the FAQ but I'm also blind with the mental agility of a spoon most of the time. I'm not much of a guitarist, but I am a musician who can appreciate and I have extensive experience of working with guitarists and writing for them.... ¬_¬;;

I also like writing reviews and dishing out theory lessons if there is anywhere on this site where they strap you down to a grindstone and get down to some filthy theory geeking out point me in the right direction and I'll be sure to bring my universal translator so communication with the bassists is possible...

The main purpose of this post was really shameless self promotion - I have uploaded numerous tracks to my profile for your listening pleasure and criticism. However, I have the sweet temper of a synth player as well as the sense of humour of one and moronic comments such as 'i lyke that piano bit dat wos ded nice' will be treated with the appropriate gun.

Now that's out of the way... where are the hookers around here?