Friday, February 25, 2011

The Percusive Piano Playing Style

Think of the piano as a drum set for a while.  Pound up and down the keys.  Use intricate rhythms and tribal-sounding beats and quirky chords.  I call this meathod of piano playing the percusive piano playing style.  But be warned I've broken piano keys and damaged a synthesizer doing this...

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Grunge Guitar

I own a special guitar: the grunge guitar.  One of the stings is removed (the fourth string) and all the strings are tuned down.  I was writing down riffs for this guitar this morning and that got me thinking I'd share the grunge guitar idea with others.  Playing on a guitar that is strangely tuned and has fewer strings makes you think about guitar playing in new ways.  I thought of things I never would have thought of on a conventional guitar.  I recommend using a cheap guitar for this.  In my case, I use a harmony brand guitar I got from a pawn shop for aprox. 35 dollars.

Try it out!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Saturday, February 12, 2011


Sup peeps, right now I'm playing Mario Party 7 on the Nintendo Wii.  I'm planning to play a solo concert at the St. Cloud library.  I'm in the process of writing music for it including the song I'm now working on titled: Space Brain Universe.

The band I'm doing the most work with now is Syndrome (used to be called Woof Puppies).  We have an aprox. ten song song list so thats good.  We plan to start writing originals after we get good at our cover song material.  At that point we'd also start playing coffee houses.

In the world of Psychodelix I a got a look at Marks un-official bass tab for Cauliflower Song and I'll be able to use it the work out suitable guitar part to complement it.
See me at the Library,
Donald Neu  A.K.A.  Doctor Grinch

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Usefull Music Stuff

To remember the notes on the strings of the guitar ( E A D G B E) I came up with this nifty phrase:

please note that the top word corresponds with the string closest to the player whereas the other strings would be further away.


looking down at your guitar the strings would be:


Here's a Blues scale

A-------- 2--3--4------------------------------------------------

To remember the different scale modes (Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aoelian, and Locrian) I used another prase.

Lips Inc

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Rawk Fist

Incense And Peppermints

I wrote a piano/organ/melodica part for this song.  It's not the same as the original part but it fits and works if you play this song in an ensemble.  Here's the main pieces of it:

(Incense peppermints cripple mankind) E B E D E B E, B A G C BAGC / E B D E B E, FE  CB  ^FE  C B

(Look at yourself) D--  G-- D-- G--, F# Bb Ab C# Bb C# D# F#