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by smj
Tue Jul 24, 2007 9:10 am
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Is there a relation between modes, scales and chords?
Replies: 11
Views: 3563

Re: Is there a relation between modes, scales and chords?

Hello All, For example, to me the only difference between the ionic mode an lydian mode is the starting note. But what can you do with that? How can you apply that? To derive the chords of any mode, take each note of the scale and stack it in thirds using only the notes of that scale. In other word...
by smj
Sat Jul 21, 2007 6:31 pm
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Concentration Of the Fittest
Replies: 16
Views: 5467

I think some good things have been listed already... primarily a balanced diet and exercise. I would also add rest . The human body needs minimum of 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Also, you will get your best sleep by getting to bed before midnight... you're body's rigged to work with sun. Taking a 1...
by smj
Sat Jul 21, 2007 12:40 am
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Soloing the Whole neck
Replies: 19
Views: 5324

heres a little tip on that, while learning your major scales and then your minor scales, play them up and down a single string. after you're comfortable with the scale try improvising in it on that one string. I really agree with that. Playing with boxes/patterns doesn't help you see the notes you'...
by smj
Sat Jul 07, 2007 12:16 am
Forum: All About Steve
Topic: Steve Vai Live - USA 2007 Dates Announced
Replies: 129
Views: 34709

Hi all, You know I enjoy seeing Steve live... and have seen him several times in the past. However, I really am discouraged from continuing to see any more shows of his due to the poor sound quality of the concerts. The last two times I saw him play here in Toronto were at Massey Hall. This is one o...
by smj
Wed Jun 27, 2007 9:24 am
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Jazz guitar
Replies: 29
Views: 7354

The Charlie Parker Omnibook is a great resource. It's a book full of transcriptions of many of his solos. Buy the book and try and get a hold of some of those recordings with those solos. If you look at his solos, they're not that harmonically complex... very chord tone oriented... but with nice chr...
by smj
Wed Jun 27, 2007 9:14 am
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Chord Borrowing
Replies: 17
Views: 5215

then, what is it called when you borrow a chord from Ab dorian for example? is it just randomly changing the tonality of the song? Yeah, there isn't really a name for it. Remember, modality is dependent on a fixed tonal center. Once you start changing the tonal center, ( Ie going from C whatever to...
by smj
Tue Jun 19, 2007 10:52 pm
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Chord Borrowing
Replies: 17
Views: 5215

It's actually freeing to know that everything in musical composition is valid, don't rely too much on basic rules and old composition guidelines. they're just obstacles 8) Dude, you can do whatever you like. I don't care whether you believe me or not... or whether you use this stuff or not. The que...
by smj
Tue Jun 19, 2007 10:35 pm
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Chord Borrowing
Replies: 17
Views: 5215

The whole idea of borrowing a chord from another mode hinges on the fact that each mode shares the same root note . that's not necessarily true see here It's actually freeing to know that everything in musical composition is valid, don't rely too much on basic rules and old composition guidelines. ...
by smj
Mon Jun 18, 2007 9:30 pm
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: What Guitar Strings to Use?
Replies: 30
Views: 8172

I liked Ernie Balls.... but consistently got bad batches that wouldn't intonate properly. At first I thought it was my guitar. I changed to DR and use the "Pure Blues" set 11-50. I also don't like the gauging of the Ernie Ball set of 11's.... the DR's seem to be a lot more natural. Sean Meredith-Jon...
by smj
Mon Jun 18, 2007 9:23 pm
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Chord Borrowing
Replies: 17
Views: 5215

I think you guys mean modal interchange... Within the Pitch Axis theory link I posted above, I had gven a fairly comprehensive list of borrowed (or modal interchange) chords from various modes. The concept being that you borrow chords from a parallel mode. IE C major is parallel to C Lydian C major...
by smj
Mon Apr 30, 2007 10:29 am
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: I'm just beggining to delve into music theory.. some ?s
Replies: 9
Views: 3177

You can't really analyze a lick/riff without looking at the chord that it's played over. Usually, the harmony (chords) dictates what the note choice will be solo wise. More sophisticated songs will have chords that weave in and out of the key.... hence the note choice will go out of the key. Sean Me...
by smj
Wed Jan 17, 2007 12:41 am
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: i am so annoyed with how much theory there is
Replies: 85
Views: 16527

What music theory needs is a person(s)/publisher to write a text book in the same way there are general texts for Neuroscience (my field), Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Biology etc i.e.-progressive, richly illustrated with diagrams and examples that can be easily accessed say via iTunes, interacti...
by smj
Tue Nov 28, 2006 8:46 pm
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Best Vai based Wah-Wah
Replies: 39
Views: 7740

Hi all, I've actually researched wahs extensively for the past while. I have the Bad Horsie and Bad Horsie 2. I like the Bad Horsie for rock stuff, but I really hate it for clean, bluesy stuff. It's a little ragged and really sucks some of the punch out of your tone. I also find it shrill, and doesn...
by smj
Thu Nov 23, 2006 7:41 pm
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Improvising
Replies: 18
Views: 3850

Re: Improvising

Just wondering what other methods there are to improvising. I want to hear about your methods of improvising. At the moment my guitar teacher is slowly teaching me. I've been taught to play various pentatonics over a chord pattern that in a key that would go with the key of the pentatonic scale tha...