Playing A Different Instrument
PosterBoy
May 1 2020, 12:28 PM
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There is such a benefit to playing a different instrument that helps you come up with things you'd never do on guitar.

I can play a little piano, enough to get myself in trouble

So I was mucking about with the same old diatonic progressions that most pop music ballads use in A, when I hit an F in the bass, and as luck would have it, it sounded good.
So I fooled around with the right hand to see how it fitted in there and also worked out the notes of the full chord.

It turns out it was a C#7 in the 1st inversion and it sounds really good going from a F#m to a D or D to F#m rather than the normal E chord.

Something I wouldn't have discovered by accident on guitar.

So have a play putting the IIIM7 1st inversion in your progressions that normally go from vi V IV or IV V vi

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PosterBoy
May 1 2020, 03:48 PM
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This is how it sounds in context. Excuse the crappy playing.

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Todd Simpson
May 2 2020, 06:12 PM
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Well played and well said! I've written about this same idea. I mentioned how much playing the drums helped me work on my internal clock/rythm. It was after learning how to play drums that I was able to keep much better time playing guitar and was able to play with an actually drummer in a band. Many players these days have never played with a real drummer as there is no real need once one buys a drum plugin, unless one is in a live band of course. Not playing with live musicians can impede the growth of any player imho. Learning to play with people instead of over top of plugins is another thing, in addition to playing other instruments, that can be really helpful to any player.

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