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Soloing in any key on guitar. Knowing the fretboard or knowing the boxes?

A few days ago I started to practice soloing in random keys. For example A major, G minor, etc. Before I dive into the details I must add that I know every single box in minor/major/pentatonic scales,...
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Varied bass line and varied tune: What is the term used for this style?

I‘ve been looking for the term in English for this kind of gestures or ornamentations: Figuration is understood in the music playing a melody in small note values, in contrast to an ornament. The ...
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natural 5th or #5th on a V7#9 chord?

The most commonly recommended scale for the V7#9 is the altered scale. However, this scale does not have the natural 5th which is present in the chord. What exactly does this mean? I find it quite ...
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how change key while solo/improvisation on guitar?

I'm playing a song with the chord progression: Am7-Am7 Gm7-C7 F-F When the song starts I am in the key of A, but in wich key am I when the Gm7 or the F chord is playing? And how am I supposed to ...
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Benefits of using a drum backing track when practicing? [duplicate]

I've been practicing my oud and using the following backing track. I'm wondering if anyone has been using a rhythmic/drum backing track and what benefits have you seen versus not using one? (Doesn't ...
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What scale(s) would I use to improvise over this riff?

I am a keyboard player and as an exercise, I like to figure out riffs or background chords to songs I like and improvise over them. I chose to tackle this riff, starting at 6:14 with a guitar soloing ...
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Musical language that expresses anger [duplicate]

Music language be used to express anger? Here is what I have learned the recommendations I got from Music that Expresses Anger repeated, descending figures strong rhythmic drive use of chromatic ...
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How to improvise on organ

I feel quite comfortable doing piano improvisations, but I am very limited when talking about the organ improvisations. Specifically, talking about the left hand, on the piano I can do the specific ...
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Pat Martino chord concept - Augmented Forms - Guitar Fretboard shapes

Imagine a A+ chord that Pat transfers to a Dm chord by raising the note c# to d. Pat seems to relate a A+ chord to a D-minor chord. What´s the improvisational use of that approach as A+ is not "...
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How do I teach myself guitar (as a high level pianist)?

I'm pre-noting this with my background as I understand it is easy to see why this could be a repeat question and I do not want to do this. I have an extensive background in music theory, I've taught ...
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Keeping track of theme when improvising

Improvisations in jazz is done over the song itself, typically. However, I don’t hear the theme in plenty of recordings, the harmonies and solo are so far away that I can’t see the connection to the ...
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Question concerning the integration of jazz solos into the rest of the ensemble

I am a relatively new jazz player. I do know a sizable amount of theory, though. My question was if there were any tips and advice you could give me concerning if and how soloists try to adjust their ...
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Is the “sad” side of a major scale the relative or parallel minor? [closed]

I know that whenever anybody talks about happy/sad it gets downvoted. But please hear me out. I think that major/minor is so prevalent because as humans we tend to always be in a shifting state of ...
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Are modes in jazz primarily a melody thing?

I was wondering when jazz cats talk about how they'd use a Lydian scale to improvise over a major chord, or a Dorian scale to improvise over a minor chord they're mainly talking about the melody? So ...
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Recording a CD with piano improvisations [closed]

I have been playing piano for about 14 years and I am thinking to record a CD/album with piano improvisations. Is this a common thing to do? These songs will not necessarily have sheet music. I am ...
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What to improvise over “fake” ii V I and succession of dominant chords

I frequently see "incomplete" ii V I sequences in standards (like Satin Doll for example) where only the ii and the V are played and I'm always wondering what I can play there, since I find most of ...
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When improvising should one have a musical form in mind?

Sometimes I'll take one of my instruments and I'll just randomly improvise on something. It could be some kind of scale, or switching between scales, I might take a few chords from the scale. But I ...
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Do chord progressions usually move by fifths?

I'm wondering if chords usually move down by fifths. It seems so by the diagram, so iii to vi, vi to ii, ii to V, V to I. etc. Other chords can also be thought of like that, because IV/ii and V/vii ...
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Improvising over quartal voicings

One particular jazz piano technique is to voice chords using quartal voicings. A quartal voicing is a chord built on fourths. For example, one might voice Cmin with the notes (in ascending order) F-B♭-...
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Do jazz musicians improvise on the parent scale in addition to the chord-scales?

I noticed that jazz musicians improvise on actual chords. This makes sense for modal jazz since the chords in the progression might not be related. But for tonal jazz, say we have a "ii-V-I" ...
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Whole-step technique for figuring out jazz scales?

I was watching a tutorial on how this guy finds scales to play on top of jazz chords. And I was wondering if this a good method to use, and if not how do I know which scales to improvise on chords. Do ...
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Were partimenti purely improvisational exercises?

Burney describes Neapolitan conservatory students "pounding out" accompaniment exercises that were full of "jargon and dissonance" in his history of music and Robert Gjerdingen suggests that these ...
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How can someone mentally improvise music? [closed]

For a long time I have wondered how musicians have been able to create music internally without the use of an instrument i.e improvising physically or in some other real way. I think the idea that ...
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How do you improvise vocal tunes? [closed]

It is not that hard to improvise tunes on instruments. But the thing I am struggling is a way to improvise vocal tunes. Do you just hum? How do you improvise vocal tunes?
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Can anyone precisely describe what it means (or feels like) to play exactly what your “inner ear” is hearing?

I've been improvising jazz and other styles on piano for decades, and yet there is still a very significant amount of my improvisation which is based on physical patterns developed over the years, ...
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How to turn each chord in a progression into separate scales?

I was jamming with some jazz guys yet I'm not so good in jazz so I made a bunch of mistakes. One of the things they told me is is how inside of a chord progression, you then spread each chord to its ...
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How to create rhythm parts on piano?

I am trying to self learn piano. I can play some melody (right hand), can play some chords (left hand) and can play some melody with chords (right + left) with right doing all the complex finger ...
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Which chromatic passing tone to use?

I'm wondering if there's certain chromatic passing tones that are used more than others. Especially in classical or pop improvisation/composition. For example in the key of C, each of the five black ...
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How are melodic sequences used?

I keep hearing about sequences. I know that there's both harmonic and melodic sequences. I am familiar with harmonic sequences I believe they're also called "basso ostinato" where you play a repeating ...
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Who plays classical music by ear? [closed]

One of the things I'm working on is playing classical music by ear. I've figured easier things like Canon in D, Prelude in C. But I'm trying to work my way up. I'm wondering if it's possible to play ...
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Accompanying a RH melody (improv/comp) [closed]

Are there any interesting rhythms/patterns for accompanying the melody (because I can play those by ear), such as breaking chords or etc. For doing piano covers of pop music, I am able to play the ...
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Are non-diatonic chord progressions usually modal mixtures?

I asked a question in the past about non-diatonic notes. In the answer I got a progression of the form: IV Maj | ♯iv dim | I64 | V7 | I Maj IV Maj | ♯iv dim | V7 | V7 | ♯v dim ...
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Freestyle Advice for Beatboxing [closed]

So I have been beatboxing for a couple of months now, got inspired by GBBB battles. I can do the basic sounds (kick drum, hi hats, (inward and outward) K snares, pf Snare, throat bass, lip ...
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Is a chromatic mediant considered a modulation?

Say I go from a C major chord to an E major chord. I understand that this is a chromatic mediant. Does this change my key from C to E though? said differently, does non-functional harmony change ...
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How to avoid following the rhythm while soloing or improvising melodies?

I'm enjoying improvising melodies over simple chord progressions. I record a simple strumming pattern and bass line with my loop station and just play. However, no matter how creative I find my notes, ...
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How to improvise and play chords across the guitar neck?

I want to start playing melodies and chords across the whole neck and escape the prison that is the first 4-5 frets, but I don't know a systematic way of learning how to do that. I thought of learning ...
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Melodic minor and the ii chord

I am curious about the following. If you look at the Melodic Minor scale (ascending) it is really just Dorian with a major 7th. In Jazz we do not alter this mode when descending. In classical ...
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Can any melody / motif be turned into a good sounding melody? (Theoretical and practical question.) [closed]

I've read and experienced and I noticed that rhythm, rest placing and even very minor (no pun inteded) changes to the melody, for example some flat or sharp can change it drastically. My question is ...
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How do video game music composers make so many songs for one game? Are all of them some sort of musical talent / genius?

I love video game soundtracks from to 8-bit ones to the very orchestral pieces but it's not clear to me how they can make so many songs for one game. Even if there are motifs which can help make ...
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What chords does Rule of the Octave use?

Rule of the Octave seems to have been fazed out from music. But I find it really interesting as greats such as Bach, Mozart, etc used it to improvise and make music. Also today's musicians that focus ...
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Example of Partimento for improvisation?

I was watching this video about improvisation on partimento. In the video in the bottom I see terms such as Parstorella, Clausula ottocento, Scalino 7.1, Phantom Lancia, Queiscenza 1. What are those ...
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Bass line or chord progressions as a basis for improvisation?

I was reading how the Baroque period made bass lines as the basis for their improvisation. This is in contrast with today's chord progressions that are the basis of jazz improvisation. I'm wondering ...
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Did Bach use the Partimento technique?

I was researching techniques used in classical improvisation. And I keep coming across two terms. One is "Partimento". Which is an Italian method of improvising on a bass line. Another is "The Rule of ...
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Jazz improvisation on descending chord progression

The challenge on this topic is Jazz improvisation scales and ideas on the following chord progression: C#maj7 - Cmaj7 - Bmaj7 - Bbmaj7 So 4 chords are descending chromatically within 2 measures and ...
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Are weird chord types a byproduct of improvising and sound?

Say we have on one hand the basic chords of triads (major/minor) and sevenths. And then on the other hand we have less common chords like sus4,add9,augmented,diminished,six chords,extended chords, ...
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What are the most important chord types? [closed]

I've mainly been practicing triads (major/minor) and sevenths (major/minor/dominant) as I think those are the most important chords. If this is wrong, please let me know. I mainly play pop songs on ...
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Practicing including riffs into improv?

I can learn riffs pretty easily, but I have a hard time remembering to work them into my improv. Do you have any good techniques/tips?
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In what situations can a seventh be substituted for a triad?

My understanding is that a dominant seventh can be substituted when going from V to I. so V7 to I. But are there any other situations where a seventh chord can be substituted for a triad? I'm mainly ...
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How to practice sevenths?

I'm trying to figure out a good way to add sevenths to my practice. One thing I did with triads is I'd take a scale, and then starting from each note in the scale play the arpeggio for the ...
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How do I improvise over the V7 chord in minor?

I've been working on a number of traditional jazz tunes in minor keys, and they often resolve V7 > i During the V7 chord when improvising I feel pretty confused as to what notes to use. I end up ...