Tuesday, June 28, 2011

So yeah,


I'm starting to give a girl guitar lessons now so that's cool.  Probably gunna give the second lesson this Friday after practice with Psychodelix.  Too bad we can't practice together more often...  Anyhow yeah... basically just listened to the B-52's Funplex album and wrote some classical sounding piano music.



Monday, June 20, 2011

Fried My Little Brains (The Kills)


Make sure you use your pinkie for fretting too.  It can be easy to avoid playing with it because it's generally a weaker finger.  Just pay attention to your playing, and try to use it more often.  If you do this the finger will become more strong and your hand will become more coordinated.     

Some chord forms require the thumb for fretting too.
Alternate picking is another thing.  If you're playing fast, doing warm ups, doing scales, what-ever,  ALTERNATE PICKING BABY!

Cool Groove

d                                6 7 8 6
a    4     6 7 8 4       8              8 6 4
e 6    6               6                             6

It's a melody from a Herbie Hancock song calld Watermelon Man

play cool guitar

Demon Reborn 1 opening bit

e              10 10 10 11 11 11 11--
b 11 10-- 

Demon Reborn 2 bit:

e 10 12 10 12 12 12(repeat)                                                              12 14 12 14 14 14(repeat)
b                               12 14 12 14 14 14(repeat) 10 12 10 12 12 12(repeat)

Goat In A Boat bit

e                                            16 15
b 3~ 6~ 9~ 12~ 11~ , 15 14

Play Cool Synth

Here's a cool synth lick



RH: C G F# C# D F E Eb
LH: G C C# F# F D Eb E

Saturday, June 18, 2011


Helpful For Guitar


Play Cool Bass

slap style for this first thing:
g      2               4                 6
d         2               4                6--
a   1        3--               5
e1         3                 5

For this one just use a rhythm that you are comfortable with
g                                  1                     3
d                      2, 0 3           3 3    2                3 3
a          3, 0 4                  2 2                   2 2
e  0   5

These bass parts sound cool and they are easy to remember.

Weird Guitar "Scale"

e                                                                                             9 11 12 14 15 17
b                                                                                13  16
g                                                            12 14 15 17
d                                            13 16 17
a                        12 14 15 17
e  10 12 13  16

d                                 8      10
a                9       10
e  9     12
   C#    E    F#     G      Bb    C


Here's some more stuff for RETINA

BURNED....(that's the cue word)
e 7 10 8 9        /                    13 11 10-10-10  / 7     7         /
b               8~   /   13 11 10                             /     5     4      /
g                       /                                              /                   /
d                       /                                              /                   /
a                       /                                              /                    /
e                       /                                              /                    / 1 3 5 2 4 0

That last one I plan to use the grung guitar in the recorded version. 

Retinas (potential) ending part

g          0
d  0
a        11
e  11 

those fingerings with some kind of uncomfortable sounding arpegio.

chech out more:



Play Guitar Like Prince , Play Guitar Like Django Reinhart



Musical Terminology

These are a few of the terms from the glossary of a college textbook called MUSIC IN THEORY AND PRACTICE.

Agogic accent: An accent created when one note is longer than surrounding notes.

Blue tone: Blue tones (or "worried" notes) are tones that are between the diatonic and flatted thirds and sevenths, which characterize the blues scale.

Blues scale: A major scale with a flat third and seventh.  **It must be remembered that when the flat third and seventh were sometimes "worried" notes, thus their pitches did not always correspond to equal tempered tuning.  {{**significant to singer's, guitarist, trombone players, and anyone who can play "the notes in-between the notes"}}

Blues scale with added flat fifth: A classic blues scale (flat third and seventh), but with an additional flat fifth.  This is a somewhat later development in blues.  Flat ninths are also included on occasion.

Chordal texture: A texture in which the musical material is concentrated into chords with relatively little melodic activity.

Diatonic: Any of the common scales made of whole steps and half steps in a particular pattern.  The white keys on a keyboard instrument form a diatonic scale.

Dynamic accent: An accent created when one note is louder than surrounding notes.  Often indicated with the accent sign.

**Elison: A musical situation in which the end of one pattern overlaps of coincides with the beggining of the next pattern

Harmonic rhythm:  the rate of chord change

Interval: the relationship between two tones.

Nonharmonic tone: A tone that does not fit into the surrounding harmony.

Parallel supporting melody: A melodic idea that moves essentially in parallel with either a primary or secondary melody.

Polyphonic texture: A musical texture consisting of more than one melodic line.

Scale: A summary of the pitch material of a piece of music in order from the lowest toe the highest pitches

Sequence-modulationg: A sequence that leads from one tonal center to the next.  In some sequences of this type each segment is technically in a different key.

Sonority: A group of pitches sounding at the same time.  A simultaneity.

**Swing: The rhythmic style of most jazz, in which the division of the beats is uneven and there is considerable stress on the notes between beats.

Tactus:  the name given to the pulse in medieval and Renaissance music.  The tactus was said to be equal to the heart rate of a person breathing normally.

Tessitura: The average range of a particualar voice or instrument in a composition.  If a tessitura is "high," the notes tend to be in the higher extreme of the total range of that voice or instrument.

Three-part form: A form of music with three parts.  The first and third parts are either the same of nearly so.

**Turnaround (turnback): A term used in popular song to denote four-chord formulas that signal the repetition of a period or return to a previous period.  Example: C B Dm G

Harry And The Potters



Sunday, June 12, 2011

This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is My Land


Friday, June 10, 2011

Noob Keyboarder

If you are a newbie to the piano or synthesizer there's a little trick you shoud know.  It's a way to sound good almost no matter what! 

This trick assumes that you are writing your own music or just winging it on stage with improv.  When you devise your melodies,  if you playing only white keys you will almost always sound good, and find the notes your looking for or notes that are close.  It sounds good 99% of the time because you are playing everything on the same scale C-Ionian or D-Phrygian or what-ever you decide the root note and mode is. 

Playing only black keys works just as well, and limits you even more.  So... kind of a good thing kind of a bad thing.  Playing only black keys creates a major scale where some of the notes are missing.... they've gone to the lost and found....  Basically your working with this
F# (whole step) G# (whole step) A#(minor third, whole step plus one half step, a sinister sounding interval) C#(whole step) D#

The black key way should leave even less room for error because there are no notes that are half-a-step apart (if you play 2 notes that are a half step apart at the same time, it can screw up the melody.... sometimes)  

Yeah really, though...  I love all styles and meathods of piano playing...  Go wild and do whatever you feel.  But take a look at this way too cuz it makes sense and it works.

Also... The oldest classical music only had the white keys.  The black keys were added later to make it possible to play any scale mode from any root note on the keyboard. 

Monday, June 6, 2011

knob flipping

This effect is partifcularly cool on old electric organs.  But you can get simmilar cool effects on melodicas, and conventional synthesizers.  Toggle the volume knob up and down.  With the organ there are multiple volume knobs for all the synthesized instruments.  Many instruments can be toggled at once, and when yo do this you get a natural tremolo ( and sometimes a "dee-dee-dee-dee!").

Another cool thing for keyboarbers, is doing an instrument or "voice" change in the middle of the melody.  It's unexplected and can put a totally different flavor on the sound.

If you're looking to record your stuff check out the free music software online called audacity.  It will help you in your magical mystery tour.

Thursday, June 2, 2011


I'm pretty tired.  I've been getting up for work at 2:00 in the morning this week.  Yeah, brutal.  Anyhow they play the song "Dream On" on the radio there a lot so that sparked my interest in the song.  I've got a classical music CD in with songs by Edvard Grieg.  I've olnly heard the first track but it's pretty cool stuff.  I whent swimming at the pool at my appartment today too, so that was refreshing.  I'll get some new songs on the web...  eventually.