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by Ricardo
Sun Oct 12, 2008 10:07 am
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Tone
Replies: 94
Views: 20167

Saying tone 'is in the fingers' is simply a rather ill-informed, general way of talking about phrasing, intonation, dynamics etc etc Tried to explain that much earlier. Unfortunately it is your use of the phrase "ill-informed general way..." that is coming across very condescending to everyone, whe...
by Ricardo
Sat Oct 11, 2008 10:55 pm
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Tone
Replies: 94
Views: 20167

OK, we can just add some new terms to my original point. A metronome with a flash (no sound) could be put on at 60bpm, and students could be told to play a 4 beat note 'mezzo-forte', with the sound recorded at the same volume, with the same setup, same room temperature/humidity, same distance from ...
by Ricardo
Fri Oct 10, 2008 10:29 pm
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: stuck in a big rut
Replies: 32
Views: 11920

Get a drum machine, and program some cool grooves to jam on. Make up some cool rhythmic vamp, no more than two chords, and practice keeping rhythm and soloing by trading off with your vamp (maybe 8 or 16 bars each, whatever you want). Try to keep it easy at first, just a simple mode or scale, but ma...
by Ricardo
Fri Oct 10, 2008 10:09 pm
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Tone
Replies: 94
Views: 20167

I stand by my original post on the subject, but regarding the meaning of "fingers" regarding tone, that whole issue of musical interpretation (phrasing, dynamics, etc) is what is meant by "its in the fingers" This is therefore a false and misleading interpretation that will cause problems when disc...
by Ricardo
Wed Oct 01, 2008 10:39 am
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Tone
Replies: 94
Views: 20167

I stand by my original post on the subject, but regarding the meaning of "fingers" regarding tone, that whole issue of musical interpretation (phrasing, dynamics, etc) is what is meant by "its in the fingers", verses the other aspects tone could be about, such as equipment (guitars, picks, strings, ...
by Ricardo
Mon Sep 22, 2008 10:38 am
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Tone
Replies: 94
Views: 20167

A lot of it IS the fingers, but there are other factors. It is not only one thing. Strings, pickups, instrument, the pick gage, amps, PA, obviously any effects or signal processing, etc. It is a chain, and ultimately you change any of them and you can end up with a different result. Since you can't ...
by Ricardo
Mon Sep 22, 2008 10:33 am
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Comping
Replies: 6
Views: 2530

One thing is to do a basic rhythm pattern, like just up beats or certain accent, constant instead of "comping". The other is to just hold chords and let them ring when there are changes. And the best thing is to share duty, let the piano comp for the sax, and YOU comp for the trumpet, etc. That is u...
by Ricardo
Sat Sep 20, 2008 11:03 pm
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Theory and More
Replies: 5
Views: 2496

All music theory can be whittled down to the CIRCLE OF FITHS diagram, once it is memorized and UNDERSTOOD. I shows how all keys, and therefore chords and scales, relate. You learn which chords use what key signature and you have the scales, or the melodies that can work with them. The modes are all ...
by Ricardo
Fri Sep 19, 2008 6:38 am
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Check this out (What does it mean to be in tune?)
Replies: 31
Views: 14880

Ekim wrote:Crap like this is why I'm glad I can play drums. Virtually no thought needed whatsoever.
But drums can be out of tune too. They sound way better when they are tuned to some pitch and complement each other. I prefer to play with drummers who have an ear for melody too.
by Ricardo
Thu Sep 18, 2008 1:11 am
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Learning the modes
Replies: 46
Views: 15908

Re: State of mind!

Modes are really just a state of mind. RE learning the modes - record one note (no harmony at all; let the note ring for about 10 minutes or so) and practise each mode over the note. As you are staying in the same key, you will hear the sound of each mode better. The worst thing to do is to play C ...
by Ricardo
Thu Sep 18, 2008 12:45 am
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Putting Theory to the test!
Replies: 9
Views: 3384

Re: Putting Theory to the test!

Hello fellow musicians, Vai fanatics and other virtuostic artists, I am a young composer in the process of making a very abstract piece. Once this piece is finished, I would love to know if there would be places I could submit the sheetmusic too. Is there anyone that could help me? How young do you...
by Ricardo
Wed Sep 17, 2008 11:20 pm
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Check this out (What does it mean to be in tune?)
Replies: 31
Views: 14880

...it has been almost a year since I started this research...now I damn the day I started to learn this crap and you may ask why? First I learned the sad fact that nothing is truly in tune but that wasn`t such a big deal, problem was with my ears. They got so much better since I started to pay a lo...
by Ricardo
Thu Sep 20, 2007 1:31 pm
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: key elements for music genre's
Replies: 21
Views: 5808

Might want to investigate some things about fingering of chords. I find that doing a certain fingering for the same chord actually is a big part of a different musical genre involving the guitar. I call certain chordal fingering styles "grips". So more than just the voicing of chords, the actual way...
by Ricardo
Tue Sep 18, 2007 7:32 pm
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Harmonic Minor Arpeggios and chords anyone?
Replies: 6
Views: 2607

Lower case roman numeral is minor chord or chord with minor third at least. Major chord is capital letters, so you are right about that. Not necessary to use a "b" next to the roman numeral. But it ties into naming scales by intervals 1234567. That would be the major or natural scale. Harmonic minor...
by Ricardo
Tue Sep 11, 2007 6:44 pm
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Harmonic + Melodic Minor Modes
Replies: 12
Views: 4432

Also you can use "mode 4 of A melodic" instead of "D lydian dominant", for example. You can use the number of the mode for any and it is real clear. Also some other names I have heard for: Lydian dominant: Overtone scale or lydian b7 Locrian natural 2 is more commonly Aeolian b5. Altered is often ca...