What does your fretboard say about you?

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fluidguitar
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What does your fretboard say about you?

Post by fluidguitar » August 14th, 2018, 2:07 am

When I see that some people only seem to play in the a- or e-minor pentatonic, just from looking at their fretboard … I realized I could spice my improvisation up too (once in a while).

What about you? and How do you do it?
currently using this improvisation app and a Juan Hernandez Profesor from 2009

MisterLutherMan
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Re: What does your fretboard say about you?

Post by MisterLutherMan » August 21st, 2018, 2:49 pm

I like to play in the scale that suits my idea I'm working on at the time. I currently write a lot of stuff, and am learning Jazz soloing, so its a mixture of the aforementioned and choosing which scale will fit over a chord or series of chords. With the Jazz soloing its targeting chord tones though, so its not a scale I'm choosing per se, but basing my playing around a smaller selection of notes to fit in with the music, whilst playing around them for musical interest.

Tbh though, I've found when I create something from my head, I don't think about the scale, just the sound of the idea. However, I think that the idea I created was made possible because I know the scale well that the idea was based on, because I rarely create ideas that are not based on scales I don't already know.
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Re: What does your fretboard say about you?

Post by oldstrummer » August 22nd, 2018, 6:24 pm

A lot of study has been done on the emotional responses evoked by different scales in music. Here's one:

http://biteyourownelbow.com/keychar.htm

Sometimes, I'll try to play something specifically emotive, and turn to keys that aren't in my "normal" scales. For example, I don't usually play in the key of F#, but there's something about an F#m that I really dig. And, strictly speaking, to me an E, A, D sequence doesn't sound the same as G, C, F, even though they're the same pattern.
Duke Ellington said it best: "If it sounds good, it IS good!"

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Re: What does your fretboard say about you?

Post by MisterLutherMan » September 1st, 2018, 6:25 am

Thats interesting. When I create songs and riffs from my head, they are in a specific key, so it makes sense that specific keys have different emotional effects, otherwise whats the point in different keys in the first place?

Do you people notice a difference in using different scales to invoke different emotions?
Take it or leave it, the shadow is always there.
Holding your hand.
With a glass of ice cold lemonade in the other.
Listening to reggae music. 
What more do you want?

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