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by NoteBoat
May 26th, 2017, 6:01 pm
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Basic Mode question
Replies: 10
Views: 7340

Re: Basic Mode question

I'll try. When you're playing modal music, you want to avoid using dominant seventh chords. Dominant sevenths have a strong pull towards a resolution, and resolution is what really defines your key - the resolution feels like home base. Hence the vamp between two minor chords. A vamp between Cm and ...
by NoteBoat
May 14th, 2017, 6:26 am
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Major scales
Replies: 2
Views: 1544

Re: Major scales

You can use anything you want, whether it's in the scale or not. The issue you'll have is making them sound good. Notes in the scale that also appear in the chord you're playing over are the harmonic tones . A note that isn't in the chord is a non-harmonic tone ... which could be a scale tone or som...
by NoteBoat
March 19th, 2017, 5:37 am
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: What are scales?
Replies: 17
Views: 8147

Re: What are scales?

I solve that problem by giving the shapes names. A C major scale at the third position is a 1 fingering - the root is under the first finger on the A string. The same scale played in fifth position is 4E, seventh position 2E, 12th position 4A, etc.
by NoteBoat
February 12th, 2017, 11:06 am
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Quick time signature question
Replies: 1
Views: 1228

Re: Quick time signature question

Time signatures represent meters, or patterns of stress. Everything in music occurs in patterns of two (stressed/not stressed) or three (stress/not stressed/not stressed). When groups are combined into larger units, the first beat is the primary stress, and the second stressed beat is a bit less: 4/...
by NoteBoat
December 11th, 2016, 9:55 am
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Weird Chord Question
Replies: 2
Views: 5199

Re: Weird Chord Question

This is one of those rare instances when I'm going to disagree with Alan on the names. Chord names can fill several different roles in music. The "correct" chord name is usually the one that gives the most useful information. So what's the useful information? First, it's the outline of the harmony b...
by NoteBoat
August 27th, 2016, 4:22 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: New to electric guitars. Need help on identifying what exactly I have.
Replies: 2
Views: 1643

Re: New to electric guitars. Need help on identifying what exactly I have.

The Les Paul was introduced in 1952. In 1958 Gibson introduced the "Les Paul Special", which was renamed the SG in 1959. With re-issues and whatnot, that SG style has been marketed several times as a "Les Paul Special - double cut"
by NoteBoat
June 27th, 2016, 6:28 am
Forum: In The Studio
Topic: Digital piano owners?
Replies: 2
Views: 3641

Re: Digital piano owners?

I own a music school, and we use digital pianos in our studios. At the moment we have three different brands: A Williams, which I do NOT recommend. We picked it up on Craigslist, not realizing it was the house brand of Guitar Center. It's impossible to get parts, which is a big issue because our ins...
by NoteBoat
May 30th, 2016, 11:08 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Guitar Intonation
Replies: 7
Views: 2818

Re: Guitar Intonation

If it was the depth of the nut slot, the 12th fret would be off too (although it would be off less than other frets).

Are the strings new?
by NoteBoat
May 25th, 2016, 3:46 am
Forum: Opinions and Polls
Topic: Can Digitally Modelled Amps replace traditional Analogue Amplifiers? (listening test)
Replies: 1
Views: 2720

Re: Can Digitally Modelled Amps replace traditional Analogue Amplifiers? (listening test)

When I got to question 5 I received an error that the audio track couldn't be extracted.
by NoteBoat
May 23rd, 2016, 6:20 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Question on this specific song
Replies: 2
Views: 1554

Re: Question on this specific song

It's called flatpicking - playing individual strings from a chord fingering to create an accompaniment pattern.

I hear the strumming as D DUD DUDUDUD. In 16th notes you'd count 1 +a2 +a3e+a4
by NoteBoat
March 14th, 2016, 7:08 pm
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Is it too late?
Replies: 20
Views: 9310

Re: Is it too late?

Notes is a little off on Wes Montgomery - he took up the guitar at age 19 (my recollection, don't remember the source) or 20 (Wikipedia). The story I've heard is that he was married, working in a factory, and had two brothers who were gigging musicians (one played bass, the other vibes)... and he sa...
by NoteBoat
February 23rd, 2016, 7:57 pm
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Can I modulate to a mode?
Replies: 2
Views: 3261

Re: Can I modulate to a mode?

Pretty much any modulation is "allowed" - even ones that are really jarring usually have a theoretical construct behind them that explains things, like geometric modulations (key changes based on drawing a shape, like a triangle or square, inside the circle of fifths). The one you're using is called...
by NoteBoat
February 23rd, 2016, 8:13 am
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Is your guitar teacher an donkey*ole?
Replies: 5
Views: 4823

Re: Is your guitar teacher an donkey*ole?

Satriani is a great technical guitarist, and he communicates his ideas clearly. But I'd disagree that he's a great teacher, because some of what he conveys will only confuse others studying music. Satriani shares the problem common to most "self-taught" musicians: they don't know what they don't kno...
by NoteBoat
January 25th, 2016, 4:50 am
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Theory behind soloing over chord changes?
Replies: 10
Views: 6132

Re: Theory behind soloing over chord changes?

It's true that many guitarists think of different scales over different chords. Some even make it work - but more end up doing what one of my teachers called "mental masturbation" - the thought process doesn't result in anything musically rewarding. For example, it's common to see things on the inte...