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Dec
25
comment Why are two pitches considered a chord?
(To confuse things further :) -- In alot of the fake book stuff I've seen, the typical Chuck Berry style shuffle (Think Johnny B. Goode) calls the alternated chords, in the key of C, C and C6.
Dec
25
comment Why are two pitches considered a chord?
An interval in this case is an instrument of measure and the word chord names the item. The notes in a chord are separated by intervals. Lots of people consider 2 notes together a chord fragment and not a true chord and call it a diad where others consider the minimum chord a triad (3 notes). Very awkwardly phrased, sorry...
Nov
22
comment Fender guitar preamp
I would add one thing to this otherwise excellent answer... Look at the Fender Mustang amps and see if any of them are appropriate for your sons use. The added effects and flexibility (and low price) are pretty good for a beginner and give lots of flexibility. The lack of flexibility for my first guitars and amps almost drove me away from playing since I had the choice of 2 sounds... Acoustic without reverb or acoustic with reverb. :)
Nov
7
comment Does the electric guitar necessarily have a narrower dynamic range compared to an acoustic guitar?
This argument has no soul. Listen to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Segovia... Both appear to have soul to me.
Nov
6
comment Why does the dominant chord contain a flattened 7th?
Frivolous answer: Because that tritone is beautiful... youtube.com/watch?v=6TK_9tBQu-o
Nov
2
comment Why does pedal order matter?
Just to add to Wheat and Peter's good answers: Noise is another reason you'd want to order effects in a certain way. For example, a noise gate as the first effect probably wouldn't work too well. In general, [Some do this different] the groups are: (compression, overdrive, distortion), (wah), (modulation, pitchshift), (delays), (reverb), (noise gate). Some groups can be moved around but the above general rule helps with noise and negative effects interaction. An eq could be added anywhere in the chain though you'd probably want it after a compressor.
Oct
26
comment Looking for a list of common 4-note chords
@JCPedroza: Root, 3rd (of some variety), 5th(of some variety) of the key in which you're interested make the base chord. The third will be major/minor or sus2/sus4. The fifth will be flat or not. Add 6th/7th/9th/11th as appropriate and/or desired. Flat 3rd + flat 5th = diminished etc. Not that hard to hit on 90% with a little thought and easily computed. If I get interested enough I'll post a basic python script that does exactly this.
Oct
24
comment Looking for a list of common 4-note chords
@JCPedroza: I think it is perceived of as irritating for two reasons: 1) because you could compute it yourself. 2) You're asking others to do something you could easily do. Now, as for your topic: Don't forget that leaving out the root and the fifth are pretty common, leaving room for 6th and 9th variants. Also missing: sus 2 and sus 4 variations. 3rds (and variants) and 7ths are the most important to keep IMO.
Oct
18
comment What's the best way to begin learning lead guitar?
practice. goals.
Oct
10
comment Which advanced chords can I use for a song composition in scale of G?
Tim and r lo, Thanks for correcting me.
Oct
8
comment Which advanced chords can I use for a song composition in scale of G?
@Tim: You're absolutely correct about the Dom 7th. It was a brainfart and thanks for letting me know. As for the F#m7b5, I was taught to call it F#Dim7... Is that wrong?
Oct
2
comment Does weight and/or body frame have anything to do with singing?
Pat Benatar is a counter example to your "thick" argument. :) She's a tiny little thing with a rich, powerful voice.
Sep
16
comment What electric guitar strings are the most rust-resistant?
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Sep
16
comment What electric guitar strings are the most rust-resistant?
I've tried for years to answer this question. The best answer for me was: Use D'Addario strings and immediately wipe them down with Old School Aqua Velva when done playing. I learned this from an old dude in the '80s and I still have the original bottle of Aqua Velva I bought back then to test with. Note that I tried numerous things in place of the Aqua Velva... Alcohol, Windex, 409, Fast Fret, Some Ernie Ball string cleaning product... Nothing worked quite as well as the AV... My old guitar cases smell very strongly of it now... :)
Sep
9
comment Guitar audio interface matching tone of my old amp, and a problem
Most amp sims are only good at simulating a few amps. For example, the Fender Sims (Mustang Amps/Floor pedal) are very good at most Fender sounds. The Vox Sims are good at Vox sounds (Tonelab series of hardware/software) The rest of the simulations are average at best and take a lot of work to get a good sound. Expect to have to tune everything. The input levels from the interface, the sound shaping controls on the amp, the post processing tools all interact to make a big complicated pile... It gets easier as you get experienced with your tools. Find 1 or 2 you like and stick with them.
Aug
30
comment How to determine what key changes are appropriate?
Give a listen to a few songs that use a modulation/key change to push the singer or solo instrument a little harder or where it's used solely for effect. The first solo in ZZ Top's LaGrange shifts from A to C for the solo. Lynyrd Skynyrd's You Got That Right shifts up a whole step near the end. Linda Ronstadt has a duet version of When Will I be loved that modulates so she can use "power mode" near the end and be more mellow in the beginning. I think the duet was with Cher, but... Fuzzy old guy memory...
Aug
7
comment What factors contribute most to the tone of an electric guitar?
IMO, This is the best of a bunch of subjective answers for a question that some consider voodoo and religious. Still, I think all of these answers underrate playing style and how you pick and how you finger the notes. Listen to SRV play something with a pick and then switch to fingers. Lenny is a good example. Wes Montgomery is also very distinct in this respect.
Jul
30
comment How do I practice (vocal) pitch without an instructor?
Practice. Another cliche sounding answer from me today, but facts are facts.
Jun
26
comment Reduce a tube amp power or volume
@CarlWitthoft: Carl, I'm going to resist my inclination to get a little hot under the collar over your little joke. :)
Jun
25
comment Reduce a tube amp power or volume
Attentuators are very subjective just like tube amps. Some people love them, some hate them etc...