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  • Music TheoryDateTue Jun 15, 2010 6:37 pm
    Forum post by robmurtha. Topic: Music Theory

    hows your headache swamp!

  • PICKING ForumDateMon Jun 14, 2010 8:54 pm
    Forum post by robmurtha. Topic: PICKING Forum

    wow the tone from these DAVAs is amazing, nice feel too. I still like the cat's tongue grip better but the feel and tone from the DAVAs is great for an edgy sound and killer harmonics thanks!

  • Music TheoryDateMon Jun 14, 2010 1:28 pm
    Forum post by robmurtha. Topic: Music Theory

    Hope this helps - this "circle of 4ths" as I'm calling it is the method by which I learned all the flat keys, circle of 5ths works for the sharp keys. IMO the flat keys sound better in the tempered scale so I tend to go in that direction, a lot of guitar players wind up playing and composing in sharp keys just because of the tuning of the instrument.

    I'm only going to include these links as an FYI as to why certain keys sound one way or the other, to each his own regarding keys. It's not necessary to know this stuff to play music.

  • Plastic Guitar GamesDateMon Jun 14, 2010 11:35 am
    Forum post by robmurtha. Topic: Plastic Guitar Games

    Fender announcement for Rock Band 3, will be shown this week.

  • Music TheoryDateMon Jun 14, 2010 11:15 am
    Forum post by robmurtha. Topic: Music Theory

    A lot of theory can be worked mentally, for example learning the scales in all keys can be done mentally, it helps to go in the circle of 4ths for example C major - cdefgabc, F major one flat Bb - fgeBbcdef - Bb major - two flats etc... Then you can recite the triads ceg, dfa, egb, fac, gbd,bdf etc.. then move on to 7th, 9th, after that do inversions starting on the 2nd and then 3rd note of the triad, egc, acf, bdg. When you are reciting them try to have an established "clock" whatever it is and stick with it using the same pricipals as though you are learning a new song. Then do progressions I IV V - CFG, etc or work out your favorite song in every key.

  • Drop 2 and 3 VoicingsDateSun Jun 13, 2010 9:21 pm
    Forum post by robmurtha. Topic: Drop 2 and 3 Voicings

    in the "Stealth Guitar" thread I referenced some chord / melody applications, I think the drop voicings help when constructing a walking bass line or passing chords within a song when the progression is heading somewhere and you need a specific note in the bass. For any chord that you already know you can easily find an inversion. Rather than memorizing all of the voicings try and pick your favorite song and do a chord / melody arrangement with walking bass lines.

  • nice groovesDateSat Jun 12, 2010 10:10 pm
    Topic by robmurtha. Forum: BASS Player Forums

    I would like to start this thread with a cover of a classic bass line by James Jamerson - Motown bassist - Jackson 5 Darling Dear. The guy who is covering it is doing a really nice job of staying in the groove and getting a decent tone. Jamerson played with one finger and called it "the hook". I'm working on this one because the rhythms are so funky, give it a try - not as easy as it might sound.

  • backing tracksDateFri Jun 11, 2010 9:02 pm

    wanted to start a thread for sharing backing tracks, was thinking about how I used to practice with Jamey Abersold and I found this site -

    Not sure how to get the charts but if you have a real book that will help, I have never bought anything from this site and I'm not affiliated in any way - it has a preview feature so you can get a sample of the tracks.

    vol 3 - II-V7-I progressions helped me alot

    there are some decent blues jams for those harmonic minors etc

    vol 26 scale syllabus is pretty cool the link is wierd though and won't work when I post it

  • Plastic Guitar GamesDateFri Jun 11, 2010 12:24 pm
    Forum post by robmurtha. Topic: Plastic Guitar Games

    I think its great - there is a guy who has a version with a real guitar already but I'm sure the market will respond to Rock Band 3 much better. The big issue for real players will be latency.

  • and ear trainingDateFri Jun 11, 2010 4:14 am

    pretty cool and the links can be easily shared thanks!

  • PICKING ForumDateThu Jun 10, 2010 1:31 pm
    Forum post by robmurtha. Topic: PICKING Forum

    I have always had less than desirable results with arpeggios, I learned some sweep / economy methods that help a little, I could use some tips on how to cross over from deliberate attack to sweeping evenly.

  • I think it is also important to understand the musical context of the era, much of the jazz music of the time consisted of rapid sets of changes, mapping to chords was much easier than trying to play linear. Listen to Oscar Peterson and how technical and pure his playing is. I somewhat disagree in relation to blues and guitar though because the blues scale was very heavily relied upon to define the music. The thing that Miles did was write modal so that scales would become the tool for exploration. I like what Ethreridge is saying though - playing with other musicians cannot be replaced by practicing.

  • Guitar Volume: Cranked or Rolled Back? DateWed Jun 09, 2010 11:21 am

    I would say it partially depends on your instrument, some of the better circuits have no loss when turning down volume, others lose tone. One thing that irritates me about the clapton strat is there is a 25db boost but not all pedals can handle it. I like to reserve about 20% if I'm cranked into a hot amp.

  • PICKING ForumDateWed Jun 09, 2010 9:10 am
    Forum post by robmurtha. Topic: PICKING Forum

    I just ordered the black grippies, I do like the cat's tounge 1.5's too.

  • PICKING ForumDateWed Jun 09, 2010 4:52 am
    Forum post by robmurtha. Topic: PICKING Forum

    The one where you are playing and illustrate between alternate and sarod was really helpful thanks.

  • PICKING ForumDateTue Jun 08, 2010 11:38 pm
    Forum post by robmurtha. Topic: PICKING Forum

    I always thought my left hand was the issue until I figured out that I can play faster with economy picking, now I need to work the bugs out of my alternate picking technique to match the speed that I can do with economy. I started using the scalpel method and am moving towards the floating wrist / sarod style. Years ago I had a spanish guitar teacher who showed me that technique but I never really applied it to anything more than spanish style triplet playing on two adjacent strings. Pebber which vids to you recommend for someone who is new to sarod? Thanks.

  • 'Stealth' Guitar - Left Hand Techniques DateTue Jun 08, 2010 10:04 pm

    I agree with you on that, sorry I was referring to the vids I posted

  • 'Stealth' Guitar - Left Hand Techniques DateTue Jun 08, 2010 10:00 pm

    the vids are meant for inspiration - the assumption is that we are all students of Pebbers and using his methods to attain something other than pure technique

  • Nice JamsDateTue Jun 08, 2010 7:14 pm
    Forum post by robmurtha. Topic: Nice Jams
  • 'Stealth' Guitar - Left Hand Techniques DateTue Jun 08, 2010 6:40 pm

    I try to find ways to practice technique within the context of real application where possible, these are excellent tools in your your arsenal my opinion is that you will need these techniques in special situations and that knowing more chords is preferable to knowing the technique by itself. Notice the application, a chord solo, if you really want to have command of the instrument take the melodies and formulate the chords to ensure that the melody line is prominent, many guitarists simply bang out block chords from the bottom up, a top down approach favoring the melody is more challenging and to me very rewarding. The other aspect is that chord diagrams are an important form of written music but having the theory and fretboard knowledge to construct the chord forms on the fly to me represents the ultimate freedom on the instrument. I think that as you explore this you will find these techniques useful but to me time would be better spent picking your favorite song and working out the melody/chord style in every key and various positions. By the time you do that you will have techniques of your own that work for your hands and build.

    Here are some vids for you, thanks for a good post, I've been wanting to work on a good song I like this one.

    1. Get You Back - Shawn Lane

    2. Get You Back - nice chord melody cover

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