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by NoteBoat
May 7th, 2019, 2:57 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: What are scales ?
Replies: 2
Views: 435

Re: What are scales ?

The word "scale" literally means "ladder" or "climb" - it's from the Latin word scala . It can be used to refer to any set of two or more pitches that rise (climb) through a range of one octave. In terms of songwriting or improvisation, a scale is the set of notes you draw from to make melodies and ...
by NoteBoat
April 13th, 2019, 5:24 pm
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: What key would this be in?
Replies: 8
Views: 2932

Re: What key would this be in?

"Key" can mean several different things. It can mean the key signature, the tonal center of the piece, or the scale being used. And in some pieces of music, each of those three definitions can lead you to a different answer. So let's start with tonal center - you say it "has a B minor feeling", so t...
by NoteBoat
February 15th, 2019, 12:07 pm
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Get Noteboat's theory book here
Replies: 56
Views: 60374

Re: Get Noteboat's theory book here

Sure Rich - you can send it to me at my music school: tom.serb@mwmusicacademy.com
by NoteBoat
January 5th, 2019, 2:08 pm
Forum: Guitar Repair and Maintenance
Topic: How to fix with glue?
Replies: 2
Views: 1332

Re: How to fix with glue?

That's a protective film to guard against scratches during shipping and while it's on display. It's not supposed to stay on once the guitar is sold (and you've probably got one on the pickguard too). Just peel it off.
by NoteBoat
December 30th, 2018, 9:53 am
Forum: Guitar Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Question on neck stability
Replies: 1
Views: 947

Re: Question on neck stability

I'm just guessing here, but I think the problem may be with the neck attachment itself. A Strat neck is attached with four screws that go through a metal plate, then through the body, and into the bottom of the neck. Your issue could be with one or more loose screws, or with worn or damaged wood in ...
by NoteBoat
November 11th, 2018, 7:54 am
Forum: Guitar Noise Lessons
Topic: delete
Replies: 2
Views: 2042

Re: Cm6/b5 - Arpeggios - Scales - Variations - Guitar Examples

There is no such thing as a m6b5 chord.

The notes would be C-Eb-Gb-A, which is a Cº7 chord.
by NoteBoat
October 25th, 2018, 7:10 pm
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Where to start with learning music theory.
Replies: 9
Views: 4765

Re: Where to start with learning music theory.

I'd start with learning to read standard notation. You don't need to "sight read" - in fact, you don't even need to be able to translate what you read into guitar playing - but the fact is, all of music theory is based on standard notation, and tablature is not a substitute. Example: C-F# is a diffe...
by NoteBoat
September 22nd, 2018, 3:32 am
Forum: Guitar Repair and Maintenance
Topic: What’s the issue?
Replies: 3
Views: 1893

Re: What’s the issue?

Oh yeah... since you've changed out the bridge to give it more compensation, there's one more thing: Either the problem was caused by BOTH the nut and the saddle, which is possible due to wear, or you've now got too much compensation at the saddle end. The only way to check this is to get a really a...
by NoteBoat
September 22nd, 2018, 3:25 am
Forum: Guitar Repair and Maintenance
Topic: What’s the issue?
Replies: 3
Views: 1893

Re: What’s the issue?

Pitch is determined by the string mass, tension, and length. Since you're not changing the mass or tension when you fret, the issue is with the string length - and that means it's a problem that originates at either at the bridge saddle or the nut. When you tune the open string to pitch an fret, the...
by NoteBoat
August 29th, 2018, 6:26 am
Forum: Guitar Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Bridge on Partscaster Not Installed Properly
Replies: 3
Views: 2778

Re: Bridge on Partscaster Not Installed Properly

You're going to need a solid substrate to properly secure the bridge. So first mark out where the holes are going to need to be. If they're too close to the existing holes, you've got a problem. You might end up needing to route a pocket, glue a solid inlay piece into it, and then drill into that. B...
by NoteBoat
August 18th, 2018, 5:53 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Ten years
Replies: 1
Views: 2385

Ten years

It's exactly ten years ago today I opened my music school. Tens of thousands of lessons later it's still a lot of fun. The best part of this past week? One of the students who was with us on day one was a nine year old girl who wanted to learn to play piano. On Thursday she came in for her lesson - ...
by NoteBoat
August 10th, 2018, 2:18 am
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Help with this Backing Track
Replies: 2
Views: 5111

Re: Help with this Backing Track

Minute/second isn't much use to a musician, because we don't think of time that way. We think of time in beats or in measures . Either one of those will tell you when the chord changes; minutes/seconds won't, unless you're looking at the clock - and if you are, you're not really thinking about the m...
by NoteBoat
July 18th, 2018, 6:57 pm
Forum: Guitar Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Fixable? Neck snapped off body of guitar.
Replies: 3
Views: 2073

Re: Fixable? Neck snapped off body of guitar.

Take the top of the guitar. If you're going to do it right, you need to be able to clamp the joint you're gluing. You're gluing two pieces together: the neck that's snapped off, and the neck block - which is inside the body. So... how are you going to clamp it? The distance from the sound hole to th...
by NoteBoat
July 16th, 2018, 8:23 pm
Forum: Guitar Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Fixable? Neck snapped off body of guitar.
Replies: 3
Views: 2073

Re: Fixable? Neck snapped off body of guitar.

I haven't seen that specific construction before - it was doweled to the neck block (a wood support inside the body). Most guitars with a separate neck block use a dovetail joint with a lot more gluing surface and supporting wood. It's probably fixable, but not easy. And the effort probably isn't wo...
by NoteBoat
July 13th, 2018, 3:43 am
Forum: Guitar Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Sound disconnecting as I play
Replies: 2
Views: 1926

Re: Sound disconnecting as I play

It's a broken wire (or insulation) somewhere. As you play, sometimes it's in a position to carry current to the amp, and sometimes it's not - either through a gap if it's a broken wire, or a short if it's insulation. First thing to try: use a different patch cord. Because they move around so much, t...