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by NoteBoat
February 23rd, 2016, 8:13 am
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Is your guitar teacher an donkey*ole?
Replies: 5
Views: 5722

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: 7328

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...
by NoteBoat
January 24th, 2016, 6:59 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Scales
Replies: 8
Views: 4243

Re: Scales

There's a lot more than 17. The most commonly used ones are the major and minor pentatonic, the major scale, the natural, harmonic and melodic minors, the Dorian, Lydian, and Mixolydian modes, the whole tone and chromatic scales, and the two diminished (HW and WH) scales, the Phrygian and Locrian, a...
by NoteBoat
January 24th, 2016, 6:52 am
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Theory behind soloing over chord changes?
Replies: 10
Views: 7328

Re: Theory behind soloing over chord changes?

I'm afraid we don't do Skype lessons. In my opinion Skype is limiting for effective instruction for a couple of reasons: first, there's the fact that it's 2D. During a lesson, I might need to see what's going on behind the neck (for example, the student's thumb placement) to suggest a solution to a ...
by NoteBoat
January 23rd, 2016, 2:38 am
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Theory behind soloing over chord changes?
Replies: 10
Views: 7328

Re: Theory behind soloing over chord changes?

I do - I've been teaching guitar since 1978. I also teach piano and music theory, and I own a music school in Plainfield IL (Midwest Music Academy) with teachers for all instruments and voice.

http://mwmusicacademy.com/
by NoteBoat
January 22nd, 2016, 6:21 am
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Theory behind soloing over chord changes?
Replies: 10
Views: 7328

Re: Theory behind soloing over chord changes?

Honestly, your question is really vague. A scale works or doesn't work over a chord because of the melody you're playing - there's no magic in the scale itself, and no "use this scale over this progression" will work for all choices of melody. Harmony is composed of consonance, when the melody note ...
by NoteBoat
January 10th, 2016, 3:06 pm
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Modes!!
Replies: 7
Views: 8529

Re: Modes!!

Sure thing. What you show as a Dorian scale in the key of G is indeed Dorian, but it's not G Dorian - it's A Dorian. When you find the notes of a mode by starting from a related major scale, the modes you find start with the different scale degrees. In other words, with the notes of G major you have...
by NoteBoat
December 19th, 2015, 2:09 am
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: So many scales, so little....understanding...
Replies: 5
Views: 4126

Re: So many scales, so little....understanding...

Scales are just a way of organizing the notes used in music. As far as improvisation goes, they're not such much a "play these notes"... they're more a "be really careful playing anything besides these notes". It's a subtle difference, but a helpful one - many beginning improvisers feel compelled to...
by NoteBoat
November 23rd, 2015, 4:19 am
Forum: Meet and Greet
Topic: Used To Be Scrybe
Replies: 3
Views: 2100

Re: Used To Be Scrybe

Welcome back! And congrats on the new gear!
by NoteBoat
November 19th, 2015, 9:03 pm
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Advice for someone missing fingers
Replies: 4
Views: 2509

Re: Advice for someone missing fingers

Yes, there is a style. Django Reinhardt became a professional guitarist at age 13. Five years later he was trapped in a fire, and spent a year in hospital. When he recovered, he reinvented his playing style, because his left ring and small finger were permanently curled - just like yours. This was a...
by NoteBoat
November 9th, 2015, 8:21 pm
Forum: Guitar Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Acoustic Guitar won't stay in tune
Replies: 5
Views: 3026

Re: Acoustic Guitar won't stay in tune

In addition to Alan's questions, do you have enough wraps around the tuning posts? You want 3-4. And are the bridge pins in place? If the strings that are dropping in pitch have the bridge pins higher than the others, it's possible you've got the ball end of the strings positioned under the bridge p...
by NoteBoat
November 8th, 2015, 11:52 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: root note - key note - start note ????
Replies: 5
Views: 2858

Re: root note - key note - start note ????

Jo, music theory has a precise technical language - but there's also a commonly used slang which is a lot fuzzier. The two can be confusing sometimes, because the slang can differ from the precise term. "Root", strictly speaking, is the basis for building a chord. We need a term for that because the...
by NoteBoat
October 29th, 2015, 8:02 pm
Forum: Guitar Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Need help with intonation problem
Replies: 3
Views: 1907

Re: Need help with intonation problem

I'm trying to think through this - if your 5th fret A major is in tune, you're playing a C# on the G string. But when you play a D major at the 5th fret, the G string (which is now playing a D note) is sharp. This tells me the problem isn't saddle placement. If your open string is in tune, and your ...
by NoteBoat
October 14th, 2015, 6:40 am
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Is there quality in Cheap guitars?
Replies: 4
Views: 2319

Re: Is there quality in Cheap guitars?

Most (not quite all - let's say 98+%) of the lower end guitars are actually manufactured under license by just two companies: Cort and Samick. The license holder for a design will give them specs for materials and sizes, and all the manufacturing is then done on the same machines - even the cheapies...
by NoteBoat
August 30th, 2015, 10:09 am
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Aaaaahhhrrrr these modes aren't working for me?
Replies: 2
Views: 4148

Re: Aaaaahhhrrrr these modes aren't working for me?

My sense is you're overthinking things. You've also got one inaccuracy in the way you're thinking. First the inaccuracy: modes are related to a major scale, but they are not "in majors". What makes something sound "major" (as either a scale or a triad chord) is the presence of a tone a major third a...