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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.
Jan
21
comment Should I worry about painful fingertips?
A guitar student was complaining about learning some Gilmour solos one summer. She was saying, "I could do these bends like a month ago, but now my fingers hurt! I feel like a wuss." I asked her if she'd been spending a lot of time at the pool and she said, "Yes. With my acoustic too. We just swim and jam. Why?" Ha!
Jan
21
comment What to do? Programming, bass playing and RSI
I think the key is, look less cool! The cooler you look, the worse it is for your hand. You want to look like the bassist for a dinner band on a cruise ship. Then it won't hurt nearly as much.
Jan
21
answered What is the first scale one should learn on guitar
Jan
21
comment What is the first scale one should learn on guitar
Your first scale is a minor pentatonic. Although it is often referred to as just pentatonic, the third is flat so it's minor. The major pentatonic is not used as much, but sounds quite different (Stir It Up for instance).
Jan
21
comment What is the first scale one should learn on guitar
@DRL, Major scale is better to learn if you're interested in theory. Minor pentatonic if you just want to get playing.
Jan
20
comment Tips on playing with wah-wah for beginners
+1 good ideas. Try them out on a particular tune. Voodoo Chile makes use of a lot of these techniques.
Jan
19
comment Best method to learn to play barre chords?
These are great exercises. I'll add, if you're teaching yourself, find some videos (or even better a person) that can help you with your technique. Hand position isn't super intuitive, but it makes a big difference.
Jan
19
comment Pick weight - functional difference, or just personal preference?
@Kendrick, that's interesting. I had never thought of that. I'll have to give that a go. In order to stop losing your picks, try an electric guitar! ;o) Really though, it's all in the technique. With some practice, you'll find you don't lose it so much.
Jan
18
comment What to look for in an independent luthier?
The strat(ish thing) that my dad had built for him is an absolutely beautiful guitar and cost him just under $2000. So I don't think you're number is necessarily accurate. Although, I'm sure you can pay that much. It's certainly possible to get out for half that much.
Jan
18
comment What to look for in an independent luthier?
If you're in Atlanta, I've got a great suggestion.
Jan
18
answered What to look for in an independent luthier?
Jan
18
comment How To Improve My Sightreading?
Is there a reason you're not just practicing reading out of your real book?
Jan
15
comment Properly fingering jazz chords?
I also think these kinds of chords are easier to learn based off your barre positions rooted on the E and A string than in the open position. For one, it's much easier to move them to different keys!
Jan
15
comment Properly fingering jazz chords?
There are also a ton of voicings for different chords. For instance, in the m7 and 7 chords you have listed, you're not using the lower 5th. Adding that in doesn't change the composition of the chord, but it sure does change the fingering and sound. I'd suggest starting with a more comprehensive chord chart and exploring from there, as I think there are some more intuitive fingerings for someone already familiar with barre chords (although I do prefer the sound of some of the fingerings listed here).
Jan
15
comment Do guitar strings wear when not used?
The flip side of this is, I leave my guitars out. The less I play the guitar, the faster the strings seem to go compared to the ones I play a lot. I could store the guitars properly, but then I'd never play them!