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    Re: Those other chords?

    ... I should be so clever! Thanks for thinking I might be, but I'm only a bad speler & proof-reeder and when the spel checker can't determine it, I oftun miss it.
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    Re: Those other chords?

    You are quite correct and that's the designation I use on my Borrowed Chord chart in my guitar book. I just wasn't sure if enharmonic equivalents was a good topic to broach. Your spell checking is...
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    Re: How to Get The Blues!

    Me thinks the number of possible modes may be expanding to unknown limits?
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    Re: How to Get The Blues!

    Not to be confused with "pie ala mode" where one adds ice cream instead of "assorted chemicals"?
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    Re: How to Get The Blues!

    Love it! That's about as "nerdy" as as one could hope for. It must have been named by someone at Juliard or Berklee?

    Over the years I've taken to calling it "The Hybrid-Blues Scale" and...
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    Re: Those other chords?

    I suppose it's "how many angles can one put on the head of pin" or "all a mater of how one is taught?" What makes the most sense to me is that we agree that it's a major C chord, and we know that VI...
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    Re: How to Get The Blues!

    In my attempt to simplify playing blues, I seem to have complicated the issue for some. My apologies!

    - Absolutely the blues can be played in any key and yes horns, reeds, & keyboard players seem...
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    How to Get The Blues!

    Have you ever noticed how many Blues tunes get played in E or in A, be they recordings; tunes played at jam sessions; what two strangers play who just sit down and start picking together; or what...
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    Re: Those other chords?

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    -Tim Hardin’s “If I Were a Carpenter” is all I-bVII-IV and it’s the same for Steve Miller’s “Jet Airliner”.

    -John Fogerty’s “Green River” is also...
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    Re: Those other chords?

    Queuing off your mention of "Get Together" I'll focus first on classic rock/folkrock. All these tunes can be found on the YouTube machine in arrangements that I describe below.

    -Otis Redding's...
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    Re: Those other chords?

    Here is an exercise I hand out in the 2nd session of my Intro to Jazz Guitar class. I call it the ii-V-I cycle with a little explanation at the bottom of how I-IV-V-I easily morphs into I-ii-V-I...
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    Re: Those other chords?

    I apologize for sounding like I don't think these are all great songs because they surely are, for several reasons. I was just pointing out that it's those borrowed chords in the progressions that...
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    Re: Those other chords?

    My "bias doth show" whenever I discuss the subject of Rock Progressions (other than Classic Rock, circa '60s & some '70ish tunes) because I use the term "Dark Guitar"! They're all about "Power...
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    Re: Those other chords?

    You're absolutely correct but since no orchestral players play chords and few classical guitar players think of the progression or key they are actually playing, that's probably why it's commonly...
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    Re: Those other chords?

    Sorry to be getting so "Nerdy" on the theory with Roman Numerals & Greek tribes but skimming the surface of what's called "Harmonic Analysis" can be truly eye (or ear) opening. It helps to have had...
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    Re: Those other chords?

    I hope no one takes this the wrong way but,... my opinion is that concern with modes is way overrated until you become so good at improvising that pentatonics with a little chromaticism added is just...
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    Re: Those other chords?

    Your use of the term "tonal center" indicates that you are acquainted with Jazz. You are correct in that Jazz uses chords the same as any other genre BUT the often frequent movement between tonal...
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    Those other chords?

    A student from many years ago recently told me "The most useful thing I ever learned from you was how to figure out those weird chords that often show up in a song."

    It was eye opening to me also...
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    Re: Filling Behind a Singer

    The most critical concept to abide by, no matter how tasteful, cool, fitting, etc. etc, your fill might be, DON'T EVER obscure a single note of the singer!
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    Re: Improvising

    One of my favorite sports analogies is: "Playing music with others is the ultimate team sport because everybody has the ball all the time!"
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    Re: Improvising

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    For years I have been teaching (preaching) what I call "Improv 101" and it applies to all genres of music & all stringed instruments (obviously having different looking patterns) The home...
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    Re: What's In Your Mind

    My advice to students is to start simply. Vocalize a simple line from a song or a simple improvisatory phrase (lick, riff, or whatever) and pick (hunt & peck) it out on your instrument. Do this over...
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    Re: What's In Your Mind

    I encourage students to use the three legged stool analogy: Primarily, playing any instrument is first a manual skill, secondly an ear training application, & thirdly an application of music theory...
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    Re: Martin vs D'Addario Strings

    I guess the guy who started the thread was just "stringing' us along?" Sorry I got tangled up in the "winding of these tales!"
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    Re: Martin vs D'Addario Strings

    In the '70s during the pro-playing years of my life I was changing strings every week & "tried em all" (that is the ones that existed back then). I settled on DAddarios as they were the only one's...
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