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    Re: "Brain Flatulence" when playing

    If you want to make your performance "bullet proof", check out https://bulletproofmusician.com/
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    Re: Major chord arpeggios

    The tones in an arpeggio are your strongest start and end points for phrases. They also provide good coordinates for understanding the organization of the fret board.

    The more different ways you...
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    Re: How to build a solo?

    Never say that!
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    Re: How to build a solo?

    Yes. It is BS. I used hyperbole to address hyperbole.

    Nonetheless, one needn't always start with the melody.
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    Re: How to build a solo?

    This is just one approach. Solos don't have to reference the melody. If you ALWAYS start with the melody, you will NEVER engage your inner voice.

    It's not a Bluegass or fiddle tune, but it's well...
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    Re: Are All Lloyd Loars Dropping In Price?

    So Thiele got a Genius Award and spent it on an overpriced mandolin?!😬
  7. Re: Compensation for Artists on Instructional Websites

    If your studio or teaching fee is advanced and the rest of the royalties are gravy, isn't it a no brainer?
  8. Re: Compensation for Artists on Instructional Websites

    I asked around and one source said "advance their studio rate against royalties of 15% of wholesale."

    In case anyone else is interested.
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    Re: How to build a solo?

    My son is a professional jazz bassist. When he was starting out at about 12 years old, he would learn the melody and chords, and then his teacher would ask, "What do you hear inside?" Then my son...
  10. Re: Compensation for Artists on Instructional Websites

    I'm exploring a business model that will probably not give feedback. My intention is to pay fairly.
  11. Compensation for Artists on Instructional Websites

    Does anyone here have an idea what artists who create courses for instructional sites get in compensation. Is there a usual percent of net or gross, or an up front payment?

    I assume that sites...
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    Re: Mastering a New Skill

    I have always been a poor speller. So articles about spelling have always caught my attention. Basically, if you are a poor speller, there is nothing you can do to become a good spell.

    Thank God...
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    Re: looking for a small but good eq

    Fishman makes one.
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    Re: Metronome Android app recommendations, please

    I use Natural Metronome. It seems to provide regularly spaced clicks just fine.
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    Re: How to approach practicing and improvement?

    If your goal is to solo more confidently, practice doing that.

    Just like anything else, you manage it by slowing down and working on small sections.
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    Re: Position playing or shifting?

    She probably uses a $30 pick.
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    Re: Position playing or shifting?

    It is important to shift up the neck so the folks at the jam session see that you can shift up the neck.
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    Re: Point of Diminishing Returns

    https://www.meaningfulhq.com/massed-practice.html

    This will explain a lot. I highly recommend the book referenced for all learners.
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    Re: Common Chord shapes

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    This has everything other than "chop" chords that you are ever likely to use.
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    Re: Improvising

    But the notion of a chart is static.
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    Re: Improvising

    Don't these feelings vary depending on the harmonic context?
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    Re: Improvising

    Sure. It's great to be well rounded. But to get good at something, practice that thing. To get good at improvising, practice improvising. I think it is challenging for teachers to teach creativity,...
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    Re: Improvising

    My son is playing jazz with top pros in the LA area, and has never learned a tune by ear or sung a line. His teacher would give him some changes, show him various note collections that would work...
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    Re: Improvising

    One way to expand your creativity is to pose yourself the problem of "How can I incorporate X into an interesting phrase".

    X could be
    The rhythm "sweet potato pan cakes."
    A major 7th note.
    ...
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    Re: Improvising

    I think the most efficient approach is to use an outside resource to explain the tools that are commonly used in your genre, be it a teacher, a book or a video. Then spend a lot of time experimenting...
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