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Jan
7
comment Does the bass note in a “slash” chord really have an associated interval?
This was a good answer, thanks. The reason I asked this question, was because I was writing a program that given a chord name, it would tell you what the associated intervals / spelling was. I was debating what was the best way to handle slash chords, and thought perhaps it didn't need to show the interval of the slash note for the reasons I mentioned. Being a fellow software guy, is that the approach you would take?
Jan
7
comment Does the bass note in a “slash” chord really have an associated interval?
I'd like to know more of these mixed-third chords you speak of ;) Will have to do some reading.
Jan
6
comment Does the bass note in a “slash” chord really have an associated interval?
@MatthewRead True. I think what I meant to say is the chord spellings I have seen don't contain both minor and major thirds. (where the intervals really are written as 3 and ♭3, not 3 and #9). As Owen S. says, I am probably incorrect in that understanding though.
Feb
25
comment Learning Guitar by hearing
One last tip: when I improv, I play dud notes all the time :) But the secret it to not dwell on it - a note not in key is not a bad thing. You can use it to your advantage - for example, the a note out of key will create dissonance/tension. If you can resolve that tension, it will sound OK, and probably kind of cool. The trick is that if you play an "outside" note, you just have to remember that the "correct" note was either one semitone above or one semitone below. I.e. just quickly move back one or forward one fret. Once you get used to this, you realise there is no such thing as a bad note
Feb
25
comment Learning Guitar by hearing
Or you can just go at it by yourself. Pick a key or a scale, or a chord progression. Then just experiment - play just random things within those boundaries. Some things will work, others wont. If something starts working, then build off that. The key is to listen to what you're playing, as you're playing it. You should have a goal in mind, like where you want the melody / harmony to go. With time, you'll get better at "guessing" which notes to play. Lastly, I would say - just listen to as many improv performances as you can.
Feb
25
comment Learning Guitar by hearing
First, those vids were not improvisational as such. They weren't playing by ear - they had learnt those songs beforehand ;) The thing about jamming, is that the inspiration comes from either within you, other people you're playing with, or music that you're listening to. You can jam over the top of other people's records, or get some backing tracks.
Feb
16
comment “slash” chords, e.g. B/F♯ - are these only for inversions, or can any note be the bass note?
Thanks. When I see F/G I think that it could be written as Fadd9 or Fadd9/G, and C/G♯ could be written as G#maj7♯5. But you're saying that if a G♯maj7♯5 is functioning as a C chord in a progression, then it can be better to write it as C/G♯ ?
Nov
26
comment What is the full list of possible chord names? Are there chords that don't have a name in chord theory?
@Iuser droog - 11th chords generally have the 3rd omitted
Aug
16
comment What notes are optional in jazz chords?
The sharp and flat symbols are part of unicode: fileformat.info/info/unicode/char/266f/index.htm You can find them in windows "char map" program and then copy them into any text box. Or look at this page: fileformat.info/tip/microsoft/enter_unicode.htm
Jun
8
comment How to hide a flat pick in the right hand when switching to finger picking, Warren Haynes style
Thanks, very helpful. As I mentioned in my own answer, this is also how Joe Bonamassa does it