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Jun
23
comment Lead sheets / fake sheets without score
As in the examples in the question - they are bar lines just as in sheet music. In the photo, it shows that "My", "Wears", "Wears", "Lives" are on the first beat of a bar. That the C/C/G/G chords coincide with the start of bars, and the final C is halfway through a bar. Although you need to know the tune to sing it, anyone can strum an accompaniment without having heard the song before.
Jun
23
comment Lead sheets / fake sheets without score
Thank you for drawing my attention to this. Unfortunately none of the screenshots of Chordastic has bar lines. That is a very important requirement to me.
Jun
22
comment How do you identify a good acoustic guitar?
@supercat that's fine if you spend most of your time in one room, and you're allowed to keep a guitar and amp set up all the time.
Jun
21
comment Basic chords to play any song
Fair enough. I must admit the open B7 wasn't in my repertoire; I always barre it.
Jun
21
comment How are phrases used in Rock music?
It's up to you whether you think that lick is a lead-in to the second chugging riff. I think there's a "breath" between the lick and the chug, which weakens the case for it being a lead-in.
Jun
17
comment Why are grand pianos usually black?
A veneer might have undesirable acoustic qualities.
Jun
9
comment Lyric writing - books or essays?
Tom Robinson wrote and sang 2,4,6,8 Motorway, a big UK hit in the 70s, and is now a radio DJ.
Jun
8
comment Lyric writing - books or essays?
Good advice from Tom Robinson - don't worry about writing good songs. Just write songs. Lots of them. Good songs will come with time.
Jun
8
comment Lyric writing - books or essays?
I suspect this is too broad a question. But I think "How to write songs on guitar" by Rikky Rooksby is quite good.
Jun
2
comment What to look for in a drum machine for practicing guitar with
Rather than vote to close, I edited.
Jun
1
comment Which Blues notes are deliberately flattened?
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_note - 3rd, 5th and 7th. When I'm feeling bluesy, the main thing I do "automatically" is to play thirds that are somewhere between major and minor third, by starting on the minor third and bending up. Wikipedia draws attention to the phenomenon of playing minor thirds over a major chord changes.
Jun
1
comment How to 'feel' note duration
@amalgamate McCartney claims he woke up with the melody in his head; frantically tested it on anyone he could find, to check he hadn't stolen someone else's melody; then they rehearsed with the stand-in lyrics ""Scrambled Eggs/Oh, my baby how I love your legs".
May
27
comment Solfa to sing in a chord
"Which voice gets which note? Whichever you think sounds best."
May
27
comment Solfa to sing in a chord
"Conventionally, the bass instrument or voice will take the root note. The other voices will take other notes. The highest voice often handles the overall melody. But none of these are hard rules."
May
27
comment Solfa to sing in a chord
C E G is Do Mi So.
May
13
comment How does one place a beat 'on' a given note/rest value?
@GregJackson note that the book quote doesn't use the word "beat", it uses the word "element". The questioner has used "beat" afterwards, but it seems from context that he means "note" or "sound" or "sample".
May
12
comment How does one place a beat 'on' a given note/rest value?
I'd go further and say that even if you're not working with a grid, you would use this language. "I'm going to put a kick drum on every beat, and I'm going to put a snare on the twos and fours" is something a live drummer might say (OK, I've said "put" not "place" but these are the same)
May
11
comment Why are pure tones depicted as sine waves?
"A sine wave and its corresponding cosine will cancel each other out." -- er, "sin(x) + cos(x) is not a flat graph", nor is "sin(x) - cos(x)"
Apr
10
comment Home recording: Preamp or Dynamic Mic?
Many condenser mics can use a battery, when phantom power isn't available. You still need XLR, but that's another matter.
Mar
23
comment Is it normal for most people to play root or inverted chords?
On guitar very few chords are straight triads starting on the root. Novices play inversions because the easy fingerings are often inversions. Experts play inversions because they sound good.