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    Need help with playing non-diatonically

    If you're looking to break into some new territory for writing new riffs, I think looking into, shall we say alternative scales, is a good place to start. Diminished, whole-tone, even modes based on scales aside from major. You also might want to look at synthetic scales. There's a whole big...
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    Learning the Fretboard, effectively and efficiently?

    Here's what works the me. Figure out different "anchor," points that work for you. As in frets that you know the notes solid. From there, build different "webs," that connect those points. For example, I know the open strings. I know the fifth fret matches the higher open string. The seventh...
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    Dissonance

    Just about all of music is based off of tension and release. For adding dissonance I find rooting yourself in one of two ways makes sense. Chordal: is there a chord progression that changes at a rate of one chord per measure or faster? If so, you can think of all notes as either being a chord...
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    Jazz Harmony and Improvisation

    Not to resurrect a nearly two-month old thread (I'm trying to respond to as little as possible as I go back in time), but there's a few things here I felt compelled to say. First, chord-scale theory does not and should not apply to all of jazz, and I think it by and large makes no sense to apply...
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    Anyone Here Ever Give Up Playing Entirely? Or Thinking Of Quitting?

    I've had periods where I don't play as often (or at all). Usually what that means is that whatever I've been working on has lost the stakes that gave it meaning. And I've had times where I thought about quitting because I didn't see a reason to keep playing. Usually what breaks this is I figure...
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    Octatonic scale writing help!

    Sorry I'm a little late to this party, and it seems like you've mostly got what you needed for this particular question, but if you want to re-explore this or do any work with alternative/synthetic scales in the future, might I suggest exploring a more modal or synthetic form of harmony. One way...
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    What are some good songs to practice sweeping?

    For sweeping exercises, sometimes I'll take a simple song that you can play just as block chords and sweep them instead. On a micro level you're learning all of these shapes, and on a macro level you learn how different chord progressions work, which can help your playing in general. It's also...
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    Writing melodys

    What's your typical process? One thing you might want to try is to sing the guitar melodies before you play it. If I'm going for a specific feel that's usually what I do since I tend to go off in really weird directions if I try just on the instrument. Sometimes I like that, but I find having...
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    Harmonic Sequences

    So there are two types of basic harmonic sequences, diatonic and chromatic. There are three of the former, and six of the latter. Let's start with diatonic because there are less of them. Take the I chord in a key. Move it up in seconds, then move it back down. Then move it in thirds. Then...
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    Cable Management suggestions for Live Rig

    Just be careful with monoprice, they sometimes do a terrible job soldering their cables. There's a reason they're the cheapest ones out there. As for cable organization, it depends on what you're trying to do. If you just need to know that cable A has an end here and there you can just get...
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    Help me understand the theory behind this 5/8 arpeggio section I wrote?

    Perhaps I explained my thought process poorly. One chord per measure is certainly not enough on its own to make something modal, but when the relationships between chords are obscured and the tonic becomes ambiguous the ear has no choice to but to take each chord as its own little world until...
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    Help me understand the theory behind this 5/8 arpeggio section I wrote?

    My ear is crap but my analyzing is pretty solid. Since no one else has volunteered, would you mind sharing the actual chord progression, the bass line, and what arpeggios you're doing on top of it. If I can see it written out in some form I can probably answer most, if not all, of your...
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    Suggestions for PA setups

    What's your budget?
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    How good should your timing be?

    When you say "perfect," do you mean to your ears or to your eyes? Because only one of those actually matters when it comes to making music.
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    Bands that play in lower tunings live than used on albums

    Sounds like someone has the curse of perfect pitch :P The problem isn't the way the guitar is tuned. In fact, the tuning of the guitar has basically 0 to do with the problem. The problem is that a singer will write the best, most interesting melody they can. A melody that ascends to its...
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    How to get a better phrasing

    Also, how did I forget this Charlie Parker Omnibook: For C Instruments (Treble Clef): Charlie Parker, Jamey Aebersold, Ken Slone: 0029156904161: Amazon.com: Books A great way to study the phrasing of a master soloist. I think it can be applied to other styles as well, it's a great guide to...
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    Best way to practice for upcoming gig

    Sounds like you're doing a pretty good job thus far. I caution against two things. The first is that musicians have a tendency to nail the hard parts, and then mess up the easy stuff. At the end of every song maybe write down a part that you didn't do as well with as you could have (or...
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    How good should your timing be?

    Being in the pocket is more important to being right on the beat. In case you don't know what, "the pocket," is, I'll try and give my best description. Basically, it's not marking the time exactly, but using our brains natural inclination towards putting things into exact patterns (which then...
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    Recording High Gain - Sounding Compressed?

    What do you mean by, "want depth." The purpose of a room mic is to capture the sound of the instrument in the room. This provides 1) a little bit of extremely natural reverb and 2) helps to add air to the recording. A lot of what you get with close mic'ing, even when you add reverb later, is...
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    Studio Monitor Headphone Suggestions?!

    Right now I have a pair of 7506's which I think of as being relatively flat. I want to get some ATH-m50's as well. m50's are a bit heavier in the low-mids but not outrageously so. Just remember that whatever you get you need to learn those headphones so you don't cut where they have bumps and...


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