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by Pif
Sun Sep 07, 2008 10:45 pm
Forum: General Music Discussion
Topic: WORLD RECORD GUITAR SPEED 2008
Replies: 11
Views: 3971

I can't say I approve of his playing style or choice of effects. Even at 170 bpm, his sound was too flat and what you heard most wasn't the actual guitar, but rather the attack of the pick. Well, if you attempt to play this piece, at this speed, while being filmed, you're hardly going for musicalit...
by Pif
Sun Sep 07, 2008 10:28 pm
Forum: All About Steve
Topic: Things you wish you had said to steve ...................
Replies: 57
Views: 12204

I haven't looked for it on the net. Otherwise, off the top of my head, in photos from Guitar Extravaganzza and the booklet of the Flex-Able Cd (with 4 leftovers, from a dozen years ago or so, you never really know with Flex-Able editions).
by Pif
Fri Sep 05, 2008 9:43 am
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Jazz solo
Replies: 7
Views: 3235

Re: Jazz solo

Another common feature in jazz is to use implied modulations - essentially, this is playing the V7 of a chord, irrespective of key. We call using a V7 chord that doesn't belong in a key a 'secondary dominant' - since it is not the 'primary' dominant chord of that key. I thought the secondary domina...
by Pif
Fri Sep 05, 2008 2:30 am
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Fun with synthetic scales
Replies: 76
Views: 194261

I knew I was all mixed up about this, thanks. I've noticed that when I play with my teeth, sometimes certain notes taste funny so I guess that's why. It's a good thing Steve knows what he's doing when he does that, being pretty knowledgeable about theory and stuff as I'm convinced that's what kille...
by Pif
Fri Sep 05, 2008 1:48 am
Forum: General Music Discussion
Topic: How expressive is the piano?
Replies: 18
Views: 4789

Re: How expressive is the piano?

So my question is, does the lack of ability to manipulate tone limit one's expressiveness on a piano? Certainly not, each instrument has its own constraints. The biggest number of simultaneous notes you can get out of a guitar is a meager 6, maybe a bit more if you cheat. Compare that to any piano ...
by Pif
Fri Sep 05, 2008 1:37 am
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Where do you start?
Replies: 15
Views: 8316

It really depends, but most of my actual music writing was in a band. Even if I came most of the time with a solid idea, it was the process and everyone's input which breathed life into it. A rewarding but tedious process, and everyone has to keep their ego in check (and everyone having the right to...
by Pif
Fri Sep 05, 2008 1:33 am
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Fun with synthetic scales
Replies: 76
Views: 194261

So, just to make sure I'm understanding everything, a synthetic scale is one that is played on nylon strings only? Or is it only on a non wood guitar? I'm so confused. I'll just stick with normal scales the way mother nature intended. You idiot, it depends how they're made. Long ago, each scale was...
by Pif
Fri Sep 05, 2008 1:25 am
Forum: All About Steve
Topic: Things you wish you had said to steve ...................
Replies: 57
Views: 12204

About his outfit from the flex-able era, you know, silvery boots and leafy spandex stuff:

"Seriously, man, did you walk all day in it? Nobody gave you shit about it? I can't believe you"

Yes, I know, I am a cheeky, petty, miserable piece of a man :)
by Pif
Fri Sep 05, 2008 1:20 am
Forum: General Music Discussion
Topic: Maestro
Replies: 34
Views: 6737

Dissonance can be considered consonance when that which would in standard terms be considered 'dissonant' is placed within a context of a piece of music where all the parts have a higher level of dissonance than the actual traditionally 'dissonant'-considered sound(s). Resoultion could be considere...
by Pif
Fri Sep 05, 2008 1:05 am
Forum: General Music Discussion
Topic: Maestro
Replies: 34
Views: 6737

I'm glad Goldie stayed. Though his rendition of Mozart was not brilliant, I think he has incredible potential. He has proved that already. I think his drum and bass experience translates well to heavy classical pieces such as O Fortuna and Hall of the Mountain King, and I want to see him do well in...
by Pif
Thu Sep 04, 2008 12:17 am
Forum: News
Topic: [News Item]Steve Vai: Naked Tracks - Coming Soon!
Replies: 114
Views: 31517

BTW, I have to just say it. When Steve gives advice about the guitar, the technique and the music, it's quite often from a very hight point of view which, even though it's as a rule full of wisdom, is hard to put in practice for a beginner. The Song Rap from the Naked Tracks booklet/mini-site is sim...
by Pif
Wed Sep 03, 2008 11:59 pm
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Fun with synthetic scales
Replies: 76
Views: 194261

Re: FLoyd rose issue revealed

The breaking of strings is the beginning of wisdom... With all due respect: About your mantra, kind sir, what would be step #2? Continue playing on the other five strings? Replacing the broken string? Exclaiming (to no one in particular), "OMFG! I just broke a string!" There must be intermediate st...
by Pif
Wed Sep 03, 2008 11:56 pm
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Getting back into shape....
Replies: 7
Views: 3555

ty2k wrote:Oh, my picking hand goes south if I take a couple days off. What i found works for me is I take my normal routine a drop it by ten on my trusty metronome.
I'll +1 you on that if it's for a short gap : simple and efficient.
by Pif
Tue Sep 02, 2008 2:20 am
Forum: General Music Discussion
Topic: Sampling, is it cheating or is it a cool thing?
Replies: 32
Views: 7211

Ah. You're playing with words here. Anything that gets digitized is technically a sample, so... But you're right. What I could without any kind of remorse bitch about is the lazy sampling (and getting that metal pop sound that fits nicely teen ads thanks to SR can be put in that bag any day), you kn...
by Pif
Mon Sep 01, 2008 3:55 am
Forum: News
Topic: [News Item]Steve Vai: Naked Tracks - Coming Soon!
Replies: 114
Views: 31517

Vol.3 - Fire Garden available on iTunes in Belgium.

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