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QUOTE (Phil66 @ Jun 12 2019, 05:27 PM) *
Thanks Gab,

That backing tricked me, it doesn't follow the same format even though it's i iv v laugh.gif I mean not the same amount of bars per chord are played like in a 12 bar.

I can understand that Spotify is a great investment, but when I have free time that's when I'm practising my guitar wink.gif



Yeah, it's a bit different so it's great to help you to adapt to different situations!

Your spotify comment made me think... do you usually listen to music and guitarists?


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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Jun 13 2019, 01:38 PM) *
Your spotify comment made me think... do you usually listen to music and guitarists?


Interesting comment Gab

I mainly listen to rock music in my car, 90% rock/blues with some other stuff thrown in. I used to have some high end hi-fi equipment, (the entry level of THIS company)and I used to sit at home and listen for at least one hour every night, just listening to the music, absolutely nothing else, eyes close, getting absorbed in it. Now that time is taken up practising guitar and fitting other life things in.

Out of interest, obviously, we get to know the "format" of a i iv v 12 bar but, how do you, yourself, tackle following the chords on a piece that is new to you and you haven't learned the progression?

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QUOTE (Phil66 @ Jun 13 2019, 10:54 AM) *
Interesting comment Gab

I mainly listen to rock music in my car, 90% rock/blues with some other stuff thrown in. I used to have some high end hi-fi equipment, (the entry level of THIS company)and I used to sit at home and listen for at least one hour every night, just listening to the music, absolutely nothing else, eyes close, getting absorbed in it. Now that time is taken up practising guitar and fitting other life things in.

Out of interest, obviously, we get to know the "format" of a i iv v 12 bar but, how do you, yourself, tackle following the chords on a piece that is new to you and you haven't learned the progression?

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I asked because I consider important to listen to music if you are a musician. smile.gif


If I don't know the chord progression, I let the first beat of each change in silence and then start the phrase during the first rounds.


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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Jun 14 2019, 02:52 PM) *
I asked because I consider important to listen to music if you are a musician. smile.gif

Thanks Gab,

I do listen to music, mainly in my car but usually my own collection on my iPod and Classic Rock radio channels.

I have just subscribed to Spotify because I didn't know you could download stuff to your phone and listen offline, great for in my car if I can set it up, (I'm your dad's age don't forget ;o) )

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If I don't know the chord progression, I let the first beat of each change in silence and then start the phrase during the first rounds.

Regarding following the chords, I really really need to work on that, I sometimes don't even recognise a chord change and if I do I forget what the progression is. You have a very very good ear, maybe perfect pitch? So for you it is easier, I have to rely on counting bars etc. I'll get there slowly, hopefully, my ear is my biggest enemy still.

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QUOTE (Phil66 @ Jun 14 2019, 05:27 PM) *
Thanks Gab,

I do listen to music, mainly in my car but usually my own collection on my iPod and Classic Rock radio channels.

I have just subscribed to Spotify because I didn't know you could download stuff to your phone and listen offline, great for in my car if I can set it up, (I'm your dad's age don't forget ;o) )

Regarding following the chords, I really really need to work on that, I sometimes don't even recognise a chord change and if I do I forget what the progression is. You have a very very good ear, maybe perfect pitch? So for you it is easier, I have to rely on counting bars etc. I'll get there slowly, hopefully, my ear is my biggest enemy still.

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Well, it's not so dramatic. When practicing improvisation, is good to try to follow the chords, and understand what is happening because you are practicing, but in real life, you forget about everything and just play what you feel, if you think to much when playing live, your mind blocks.




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Now I'm really confused laugh.gif I love playing what I feel but I always think I'll be told it's wrong. To play it safe I would always just stick to the key signature and play the relevant G shape pentatonic in one position. wink.gif Got to get out of that but I'm struggling with creativity as you know. Ideas flow freely when noodling but not when restricted to a backing and trying to follow chords.

I'll get there buddy, I'm just travelling a difficult road for me at the moment wink.gif I think I need to spend more time on my blues REC lesson and learning other people's stuff to give me fuel for my own improvisations. I'm getting a little bit demoralised keep struggling to get ideas. I've hardly spent any time learning new things lately all I've been doing is trying to create and you can't build a house if you ain't got bricks wink.gif

Here is another total improvisation with the original backing, I kinda like the ideas in it, I don't think the technique is very fluid and I've started to struggle to remember the order of the chords, I know it's only A7, D7 and E 7 but some are two bars some are one bar and I get lost in it, must be some kind of dyslexia, I struggle with immediate memory, for instance, I'm very good at mathematics, I need to be being an engineer but, when I'm working things out in my head, I keep forgetting where I am. I know I can beat it with neuroplasticity techniques but that area of my brain must be microscopic laugh.gif

https://soundcloud.com/gmcphil-1/a7-jam-16062019

I did an experiment tonight. I recorded the A major and A minor penta independently and then copy and pasted them randomly into another track (see below). I played them back trying to identify them and it just couldn't tell one from the other. I can tell the difference between major and minor chords if played back to back, eg, E maj and E min, and A maj and A min but I struggle if just one is played on its own. I think this is a key issue with my problem following chords for improvisation and, if you agree, and have anything that can help I'll gladly listen. If you think about it, I can improvise quite well when I use one pattern in position but what I'm trying to do now is like climbing Mount Everest in roller skates for me sad.gif

https://soundcloud.com/gmcphil-1/majmin-mix-up


Don't know if you've ever seen this but it's quite interesting. The interviewer's a bit of a cock, especially when he mentions the Mersey beat completely out of context but it's a good interview.

https://youtu.be/SZoX6Q0UK8A


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I've only put this here to let you know that I have added to the post above. Just in case you read it on the day it was posted and have prepared a reply, you may miss the added content. Sorry it's a long one but it is the culmination of a few days practise and thoughts wink.gif


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Hi Phil!

Why are you confused? Do you remember that quote that says that it has to become a second nature? That's when you just play what you feel, because the concepts and techniques learnt become a second nature and you don't have to think on them. We are going there, but it's not a short and easy journey.

Don't your recognise the difference between both scales in that audio? It's simple, Major Pentatonic starts with a major second interval, so it starts exactly as "Happy Birthday" song. Minor Pentatonic starts with a minor third interval... if it doesn't sound like "Happy Birthday" beginning, it's Minor! biggrin.gif This is a good technique to start, what do you think?

Thanks for that SRV video, I've seen it in the past but it's always inspiring to watch it again.



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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Jun 16 2019, 09:02 PM) *
Hi Phil!

Why are you confused? Do you remember that quote that says that it has to become a second nature? That's when you just play what you feel, because the concepts and techniques learnt become a second nature and you don't have to think on them. We are going there, but it's not a short and easy journey.


I was confused because I have to try to follow the chords when practising but play what I feel in real life but it was kind of a tongue in cheek comment which is why I put the laughing emoji wink.gif
I know it's not a short journey which is why I need to actually learn things like a REC lesson to give me a sense of achievement, when something is taking a hell of a long time, probably longer than most other students, something else is needed to keep interest. I don't really mind how long something takes as long as I can see /feel progress which can't at the moment with my improvising when trying to follow chords. It's nobody's fault is just due to my generic limitations with my ears/brain, over the years I've tried many ear training courses but they never helped, that's why I came up with that idea for that book with Troy Stetina but he's really struggling financially and couldn't put the time in, I sent you the initial stages of the transcript.

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Don't your recognise the difference between both scales in that audio? It's simple, Major Pentatonic starts with a major second interval, so it starts exactly as "Happy Birthday" song. Minor Pentatonic starts with a minor third interval... if it doesn't sound like "Happy Birthday" beginning, it's Minor! biggrin.gif This is a good technique to start, what do you think?


No I don't recognise them. When you say "it's simple", it is for you, not for me mellow.gif my ears are not very good yet, I hear when I play a wrong note in a scale but, if you played A minor pent to me followed by A major pent and then played one of them again without saying which one it was, I wouldn't be able to tell you if it was major or minor sad.gif. Not simple for me at all. That's why I keep thinking, "maybe I should just learn other people's blues stuff and mix that up a little bit". I don't want you thinking I'm giving up or anything like that, I just get really really frustrated with my ear skills, or lack of.

What did you think of the improv?

QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Jun 16 2019, 09:02 PM) *
Thanks for that SRV video, I've seen it in the past but it's always inspiring to watch it again.


SRV was an incredible player, in that interview you can tell he really really studied his craft.

Cheers buddy.

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