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by smj
Sat May 27, 2006 8:15 am
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Chord problemo
Replies: 15
Views: 3430

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by smj
Sat May 27, 2006 12:11 am
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Chord problemo
Replies: 15
Views: 3430

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) *** these rules are for chord voicings only.... and don't necessarily apply to writing melodies/soloing. Sean Meredith...
by smj
Fri May 26, 2006 11:55 pm
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Chord problemo
Replies: 15
Views: 3430

what are the diatonic chords for c natural minor (aeolian), its built from the 6th degree so is it min, min7b5, maj, min, min, maj and back to min again?? same chords as in an Eb Major scale....starting on C Secondly, can you use this 'borrowing' approach only with modes that have the same key cent...
by smj
Fri May 26, 2006 6:24 am
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Chord problemo
Replies: 15
Views: 3430

i still dont understand how you can 'borrow' chords from the roots minor key (in a major progression) and it still be deemed as in 'c major'?? what are the rules on this-can you only borrow from the roots minor for it to still be demed in key i.e. dmajor/dmin, cmaj/cmin, emaj/emin etc?? The idea is...
by smj
Thu May 25, 2006 9:03 pm
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Chord problemo
Replies: 15
Views: 3430

This is getting into the "non diatonic" harmony realm. You start adding chords/notes that aren't in the home key. For instance... I have a progression in C major... but borrow chords from C minor and intertwine them with the chords in C major. This is still functional stuff.... meaning the chords fr...
by smj
Sun May 21, 2006 7:07 pm
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: pinkey or ring finger?
Replies: 22
Views: 4406

I can't imagine playing without my pinky. For beginners, the pinky is always the weakest finger... so there's a tendency to avoid using it. Like someone else mentioned before... be delberate about it and train yourself to use it... it will pay off. As far as the thumb... I use it to play bass notes ...
by smj
Sun May 21, 2006 6:57 pm
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: concious thinking-scales over chords
Replies: 16
Views: 4763

As a final question; is what i have listed a common approach to soloing-- come up with a chord progression, use the diatonic mode, eg over the chords i listed use c ionian, d dorian etc, and then perhaps approach the chords individually i.e. over the fmaj (1 3 5) use f lydian, f mixolydian etc. Am ...
by smj
Sun May 21, 2006 1:08 pm
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: What picks do you use?
Replies: 121
Views: 22544

I like the Gator Grip .96mm. I used to use the jazz picks... but they don't work so well (for me) for rhythm. The Gators have a nice grip... and just a lil bit of a spongy/snappy feel to them.... but stiff enough for faster pick runs.

Sean Meredith-Jones
http://www.seanmeredithjones
by smj
Fri May 19, 2006 10:10 pm
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Guitar string gauges...
Replies: 23
Views: 6156

Some people say lighter strings distort better.... there could be some truth to that. With Vai, when he plays with a clean tone (live) ... I'm not wild about the sound he gets... you can really hear how small the strings are and it sounds a little tinny to me. Though his distorted tone sounds great ...
by smj
Fri May 19, 2006 12:38 am
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: concious thinking-scales over chords
Replies: 16
Views: 4763

cheers sean that helped. when you say some notes will be 'outside', you mean outside of the key of the progression i.e. c in this case. however they will be 'in key' with they chord thus giving a different 'flavour'? many thanks That's actually hard to answer....mainly because "outside" is relative...
by smj
Tue May 16, 2006 5:46 am
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: concious thinking-scales over chords
Replies: 16
Views: 4763

Simple but not that simple. Your progression is in C Major. If you want to sound "inside"... stick with the notes in that key. Even though there is no shift in mode in that progression, emphasising the chord tones of each chord can add more melodic depth/shape to your soloing/melody. Ie... the F wil...
by smj
Mon May 08, 2006 6:23 am
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Creating Chords
Replies: 11
Views: 2102

Here's something some people here will dig for coming up with unusual voicings. Take a scale...any scale. Then take a set of 3 notes with an unusual intervallic spacing. IE 1 2 7 If we were in C Major... that would be C D B Now take that voicing and slide it up diatonically. C D B D E C E F D etc De...
by smj
Wed Apr 12, 2006 7:18 am
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: How do u guys just get so good?????????
Replies: 36
Views: 7751

It sounds like you should get yourself a teacher who can take you where you want to go. Still, that's no substitute for hours of listening to different players in different genres. Try and learn a Steve Vai solo, then a Satriani one... then maybe an SRV or Eric Clapton one. Then maybe a Miles Davis ...
by smj
Tue Apr 11, 2006 9:30 am
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: Playing till you weep? Anyone?
Replies: 17
Views: 4103

seeking 7 wrote:Check out David Gimour "on a island" for so major weeping :cry:
I literally can't stop listening to this album. It's gorgeous in so many ways... particuarly sonically. It wasn't smashed to death in the mastering.

Sean Meredith-Jones
http://www.seanmeredithjones.com
by smj
Tue Apr 11, 2006 9:24 am
Forum: Techniques, Playing Styles and Music Theory
Topic: why do i always sound hsit?
Replies: 10
Views: 2139

Maybe take some golf lessons to help your guitar playing....:D

Sean Meredith-Jones
http://www.seanmeredithjones.com