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by smj
Tue Sep 12, 2006 8:13 pm
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Eric Johnson's tone.
Replies: 20
Views: 5236

I was just watching a live DVD of Pink Floyd... a double dvd filmed back in 94. Dave Gilmour has the tone that EJ wants... but Dave makes it work so much better. The "Comfortably Numb" solo... that's one of the coolest guitar solos I've ever heard. The light show is stunning on top of it. EJ's strat...
by smj
Thu Sep 07, 2006 7:45 am
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Eric Johnson's tone.
Replies: 20
Views: 5236

I think EJ's tone works for his albums... but I have to say... I really don't like it live. I saw him back in April here in Toronto... opening for Satriani. I was sitting on the floor... some rows back... but EJ's amps were pointed right at me. His tone was VERY muddy. It really was hard to hear all...
by smj
Wed Aug 09, 2006 6:57 pm
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Interval Recognition
Replies: 18
Views: 4490

woo, first post! Greetings all, good to be here. From memory, Jimi is playing two Bb's an octave apart....the bass is playing E....so the overall effect is of a tritone. You could be right about that.... there's definitely a tritone sound on beats 1 and 3... so the bass might have played the other ...
by smj
Tue Aug 08, 2006 10:40 am
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Interval Recognition
Replies: 18
Views: 4490

Where is there a tritone in hendrixs purple haze? Unless you're talking about the chord he plays? E------------------ B-8----------------- G- 7 ----------------- D- 6 ------------------ A-7----------------- E------------------ It's not this chord.... it's the first 2 notes he plays at the very begi...
by smj
Sat Aug 05, 2006 5:17 pm
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Interval Recognition
Replies: 18
Views: 4490

Another way to approach interval recognition is to sit at a piano. Play one note, then sing the note an augmented 4th/diminished 5th higher or lower than the note you played. Play another random note and repeat the same thing. You can do the same thing playing random notes on your guitar, then singi...
by smj
Wed Jul 26, 2006 8:39 pm
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Circle of Modes (or similar) Need Theory Wizards!!
Replies: 10
Views: 2178

I suppose you could look at modes from the circle of 5ths standpoint. Very interesting now that I think about how you would do this. This would be really easy to draw a picture of... but this forum doesn't make it so easy.... so here it is in horizontal fashion. The Circle of 5ths starts with C at 1...
by smj
Fri Jul 21, 2006 7:59 am
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Berklee College of Music - questions
Replies: 8
Views: 2026

So, if I have played bass guitar earlier and have had a teacher, I must have a letter from him, that explane my level on that instrument then? Because, now I'm playing guitar. And what about that ones who never had any teacher? It doesn't really matter if you've never had a teacher. You have to sho...
by smj
Thu Jul 20, 2006 9:41 pm
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Berklee College of Music - questions
Replies: 8
Views: 2026

mmmh....but i wonder why berklee is such a famous school, when the audition level is so low....i mean, as far is i understood the message you don't even have to have little ear training skills and that's the standard on every music university i know.....maybe i got it wrong, then please correct me,...
by smj
Tue Jul 18, 2006 4:54 pm
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Berklee College of Music - questions
Replies: 8
Views: 2026

Full tuition scholarships are available if you audition. When I was there, you had to actually audition in person to get full tuition scholarships. Alternatively, they let you send in a demo of your playing... but I think you can only get a partial scholarship that way. Also, living in an apartment ...
by smj
Tue Jul 04, 2006 11:02 pm
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Is Vai's new stuff better than his old stuff???
Replies: 20
Views: 4010

I had a couple of ideas for future projects for Steve.... and by all means he and everyone else can tell me to go to H E double hockey sticks... these are both in the acoustic vein: 1) Solo acoustic baritone guitar. Metheny did one not long ago... but I think Steve could do something even more creat...
by smj
Mon Jul 03, 2006 12:29 pm
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Is Vai's new stuff better than his old stuff???
Replies: 20
Views: 4010

Sometimes I wonder if we really get to hear all the music that is in Steve's head. For the past 15 years or so he's been making "guitar music".... that's not a slam by any means... just an observation. His records have increasingly become more hi-fi sounding over the years.... really saturated tones...
by smj
Wed Jun 21, 2006 9:26 am
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Advanced phrasing and avoiding cliche(safe) licks...
Replies: 20
Views: 3774

5) Listen to horn players or singers and try and hear the way they approach playing/singing lines. 11) Find styles of music that your favourite licks just don't work over (e.g. jazz licks don't often work in a country setting) and play along with those. #5 is right on the money... I would add piano...
by smj
Thu Jun 15, 2006 6:57 am
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: My playing style is endangering my health......
Replies: 43
Views: 10501

One other thing I just thought of... and this is specific to tele bridges... You might be catching your hand on the lip around the tele bridge... that's a design I've never been a fan of... more on that later. The other thing, on tele bridges, they put the height adjustment screws on top of the sadd...
by smj
Thu Jun 15, 2006 6:47 am
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: My playing style is endangering my health......
Replies: 43
Views: 10501

I did draw blood one time while playing... but it was only because I already had a cut on my finger, and it was just aggravated while playing. Seriously though, how can you not feel your hand getting torn up while you play? Surely the cuts on your hand will reveal which part of it is getting sliced ...
by smj
Sat May 27, 2006 8:16 am
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Chord problemo
Replies: 15
Views: 3466

smj, when you mention this cool chart ''an available tension summary for major keys: IMaj7...(9, 13) IImin7....(9, 11, 13) IIImin7....(11) IVMaj7....(9, #11, 13) V7......(9, 13) VImin7....(9, 11) VIImin7(b5).....(11, b13)'' You are referring to tensions available when staying diatonically in-key ye...