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Why does pentatonic + diatonic embellishments sound so much better than just using the diatonic for guitar solos?

The general answer is that pentatonic scales avoid some of the dissonances against the chords that occur naturally in the diatonic scales. For example, suppose you're playing over a C Major chord. ...
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Minor key and its chords

The diatonic chords in minor are: Tonic (A C E) is minor Supertonic (B D F) is diminished Mediant (C E G) is major Subdominant (D F A) is minor Dominant (E G# B) is major Submediant (F A C) is major ...
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What other scales can be played over ii chord in ii-V-I besides Dorian?

You can play pretty much anything, depending on context and what has been established both melodically and harmonically. All modes derived from the mayor scale are commonly used: Lydian easily fits ...
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Notes and Beat "slashes" in the same measure

Since slashes are a more recent addition to the world of music notation the conventions are a little less etched in stone. The main thing is to make sure what you write is logical and clear, which it ...
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What is it called when one voice type sings a 'solo'?

Possibly soli? In my experience, it means a solo for an entire section. For example, a saxophone soli would be a feature for all the saxophones in a big band. Google tells me it has other meanings ...
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Rolling Stones Sway guitar solo chord function

...what the Bb chords function is in the end solo as it alternates with the C chord? If it is just going like C Bb C Bb C Bb... then looking for function doesn't make sense. It's static harmonically....
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How good am I supposed to be at my 3rd year of playing electric guitar? Also, suggestions for songs and exercises to improve faster

There just isn't a simple graph that could be made - time played against ability to play. Every single person's would be very different! And then there's actual playing ability. Playing any of those ...
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Air tube to change the sound of guitar

It's a "talk box". It works by projecting the sound coming from the instrument (typically a guitar) into the mouth of the performer (the tube is coupled with a speaker inside the box). The performer ...
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Why does soloing over the pentatonic minor of the fifth of a major scale sound so good?

There are different ways to see it. Your E minor pentatonic fits there, because the notes of the E minor pentatonic added to an A major chord either support the A major, or add to it creating more ...
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How do I properly support a bass solo as a keyboard player?

Since the solid bass playing will stop during a bass solo, only coming back in during the last couple of bars, maybe, the drums often continue. That is to keep a rhythm going, sometimes even against ...
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Starting a solo on a root note

Try listening to existing solos, it's a good start point. You'll notice that they can and do start on any note, although the root is fairly common. There's also the factor of which beat do you start ...
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Melodic line for voice soloist with divisi. Why?

I wouldn’t call it divisi unless two instruments were playing it. Without seeing more of the piece, my first guess is that you’re right and the lower pitch version is for singers that don’t feel ...
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How Can I Make my Solos Sound Like an Actual Song?

At the beginning, with no chord pattern obvious, it could have been any old song. However, the bass and drums ( and occasional keyboard and possible guitar) shape things into the well-known sequence. ...
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How to write guitar solos from a keyboardist perspective?

The best way to write for an instrument you are unfamiliar is, is to work together with whoever is going to be playing the part. Start by writing the piece as you imagine it, in a way that you think ...
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Background sound of pick hitting string

The amount of pick sliding over the string may be the problem. Try holding the pick more gently, and changing the length it sticks out, thus not more than 3 or 4 mm showing. Also, you may be digging ...
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Figuring scales from a chord progression

A basic thing is spell the chords (correctly) then put the letters all in order... G = G B D A = A C# E Bm = B D F# A B C# D E F# G A ...then look for a key/scale. In this case you have F# and C#....
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What is the full form of cont. RH solo and its meaning?

It means 'continue right hand solo'. The RH solo starts at M.54 (notated) and at M.58 you continue improvising in a similar style. The arranger has written out the first four bars of the solo to give ...
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Why does pentatonic + diatonic embellishments sound so much better than just using the diatonic for guitar solos?

Pentatonics are so much safer! The two notes that are most likely to sound out of place in any chord sequence are the two omitted from the diatonic set - 4 and 7. A tritone apart (both ways). Those ...
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Post-concert routine for soloists?

In between pieces, a soloist and conductor will walk off stage and just stand in the wings briefly. It's a chance to pause, switch gears before the next piece, maybe have a drink of water. It allows ...
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Best approach to count Seven Four Signature (7/4)?

I was tempted to start my answer by refuting "Seven four (7/4) simply means that each measure of music will include seven beats, with the quarter note receiving the beat". There are ...
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What is the purpose of knowing the relative minor of a particular major scale?

You're nearly correct. The natural relative minor shares all those notes. There are other minors that don't. The concept is that any piece has a 'home' sound. Generally, in a major piece, it sounds ...
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Modes over II-V-I

When it comes to soloing anything is "available" at any time. It just depends if it sounds good to you. The more notes that are diatonic to the key the more consonant or "inside" it will sound while ...
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Rolling Stones Sway guitar solo chord function

It's flirting with things and keeping you in suspension. "Is this major or minor" and "where is the tonic" are the questions you're supposed to have. There are many ways to look at it, but here are ...
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How can I play a solo when there is no chord progression?

Improvisation is live composing, and composing is slow improvisation. If you haven't been given instructions on what to do, you have to make it up yourself. Whatever you don't have, you make up. If ...
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How to choose scales for improvisation based on chords used in a progression?

If I understood you correctly, you're trying to play notes from a scale that's always rooted on the root note of whatever chord there is at that moment. And that's why for example if your chords are C ...
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Figuring scales from a chord progression

Be aware that there isn't always one scale that fits a sequence of chords. However, a good start point for you, rather than a totally random approach, would be to consider the chords involved. Here, ...
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Best approach to count Seven Four Signature (7/4)?

It really does depend on the piece you're soloing on. Different septuple-meter pieces and sections often have different emphasis patterns. For example, Yanni's "Keys to Imagination" uses 4-3 ...
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How to involve audience during a solo performance?

Talk to them. Tell some jokes. Give them some anecdotes referring to the song sung. Choose an audience member, and talk diectly to them. Be self- deprecating. Make eye contact with some members of the ...
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