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Product Manager by day, Cook and Guitarist by night.


Jan
24
comment Can you make your own Leslie Speakers?
Just spin around in circles while you play. It's much easier with a wireless rig. Otherwise just get a really long cable.
Jan
24
comment What is a good guitar solo to learn in the minor scale?
Great answer. Thanks.
Jan
24
comment What is a good guitar solo to learn in the minor scale?
Yes, seriously. Minor and Major are not effectively the same scale. While there is a relative minor with the same notes, C major and C minor do not sound the same at all. Also, see the update to my question. I'm actually a teacher and was looking for some suggestions for students. I phrased it the way I did because I thought it would be more generally useful for the site. Probably not the best idea in hindsight.
Jan
23
asked What is a good solo to learn in the Dorian mode?
Jan
23
asked What is a good guitar solo to learn in the minor scale?
Jan
23
asked What is a good solo to learn in the major scale?
Jan
23
comment How to play upstrokes with our hand when playing an acoustic guitar?
My first thought on this question is "how long is a piece of string?"
Jan
23
comment What is the I-vi-ii-V Chord Progressions?
Am I missing something? Why is everyone assuming that this is a major progression?
Jan
23
comment Vertical wall mount / Holding a guitar by the neck
+1 but I hang my guitars so that they are out of the way (I'm much more worried about some one knocking over a guitar on the floor than the wall) and they're easy to grab and play and less so that they are "on display". It's convenience, not showing off. I play a guitar that's out 10 times more than one that's in a case. Although the signed, '78 Les Paul custom shop is a little bit of showing off.
Jan
23
answered Mental approach to improvisation
Jan
22
comment Singing notes while playing scales
It really helps with composition. Also, if you're bored, you can play air guitar and know exactly what it sounds like!
Jan
21
comment What is the first scale one should learn on guitar
@DRL, haha, maybe you should be working so you can go home instead of futzing around on a guitar website.
Jan
21
comment What is the first scale one should learn on guitar
Haha. Ok. You can certainly end up in the same place either way. But if you have clear goals in mind, then there's a better place to start. If someone said, "I wanna jam with a blues band" then the major scale wouldn't be the best starting point. If they want to learn how to do chord composition and voicings, then the pentatonic scale won't give the basis they need. Of course, if they want to become a well rounded player, they need to know it all eventually.
Jan
21
comment What is the first scale one should learn on guitar
@DRL, I presented an either or because the question asked what to learn first. You can't learn two different things first. As I've said, I don't have anything against your approach, and it was the one that I learned and what I usually teach. But I think that it's not perfect for everyone. I'm not sure why you are getting so worked up about me having a different answer than you.
Jan
21
comment What is the first scale one should learn on guitar
Right, I gotcha. I think it would be clearer if you said A Minor Pentatonic, since you do call it out as the key of A. If you had said it was the C Pentatonic, I'd have suggested you call it the C Major Pentatonic, since that is a more complete description of the scale. When teaching someone A minor, you might tell them that it's the same notes as C major, but you wouldn't tell them it's also a major scale and leave it ambiguous as to whether the key was A or not. But it's not a huge deal as the minor pentatonic scale is often referred to as just pentatonic.
Jan
21
comment What is the first scale one should learn on guitar
@DRL, All I said was that if you wanted to start from a jamming sense, then do what DRL said. If you want to start with music theory, do what Silver Light said. I learned how to play the way that you explained it. That's cool. It's how I teach people to play too. But, if someone came to me and said, "I want to learn Jazz and music theory", I'd start with the major scale. That's all I'm saying and why I added my own answer.
Jan
21
answered Where does picking speed come from? Forearm, hand, or bicep?
Jan
21
comment What is the first scale one should learn on guitar
@DRL, see my answer above. I disagree with you approach for learning theory. While you can certainly learn theory after the fact from knowing your minor scales, I don't think it's the best way to approach it if you want to start with theory. The major scale makes way more sense for that approach.
Jan
21
comment What is the first scale one should learn on guitar
@DRL, I did understand your answer. You have a rather convoluted way of getting to the major scale. Any music theory course is based entirely off the major scale. Minor is referred to as relative to a major scale or having a flat 3rd and 7th that's the 3rd or 7th from a major scale. The same way that chords are refered to as having notes flat or sharp compared to the major scale. Everything starts with the major scale, not the relative minor. I know that all these things are highly interconnected, and you can make the leap from minor to major, but for theory major makes the most sense to start
Jan
21
comment What is the first scale one should learn on guitar
I'm not sure what that means. The two scales have different notes in them. That makes them not the same. Do you meant that C minor and A maj pentatonic have the same notes? That is certainly true, but they're not the same scale when you put them in the same key.