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by NoteBoat
January 24th, 2016, 6:52 am
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Theory behind soloing over chord changes?
Replies: 10
Views: 5611

Re: Theory behind soloing over chord changes?

I'm afraid we don't do Skype lessons. In my opinion Skype is limiting for effective instruction for a couple of reasons: first, there's the fact that it's 2D. During a lesson, I might need to see what's going on behind the neck (for example, the student's thumb placement) to suggest a solution to a ...
by NoteBoat
January 23rd, 2016, 2:38 am
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Theory behind soloing over chord changes?
Replies: 10
Views: 5611

Re: Theory behind soloing over chord changes?

I do - I've been teaching guitar since 1978. I also teach piano and music theory, and I own a music school in Plainfield IL (Midwest Music Academy) with teachers for all instruments and voice.

http://mwmusicacademy.com/
by NoteBoat
January 22nd, 2016, 6:21 am
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Theory behind soloing over chord changes?
Replies: 10
Views: 5611

Re: Theory behind soloing over chord changes?

Honestly, your question is really vague. A scale works or doesn't work over a chord because of the melody you're playing - there's no magic in the scale itself, and no "use this scale over this progression" will work for all choices of melody. Harmony is composed of consonance, when the melody note ...
by NoteBoat
January 10th, 2016, 3:06 pm
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Modes!!
Replies: 7
Views: 7129

Re: Modes!!

Sure thing. What you show as a Dorian scale in the key of G is indeed Dorian, but it's not G Dorian - it's A Dorian. When you find the notes of a mode by starting from a related major scale, the modes you find start with the different scale degrees. In other words, with the notes of G major you have...
by NoteBoat
December 19th, 2015, 2:09 am
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: So many scales, so little....understanding...
Replies: 5
Views: 3621

Re: So many scales, so little....understanding...

Scales are just a way of organizing the notes used in music. As far as improvisation goes, they're not such much a "play these notes"... they're more a "be really careful playing anything besides these notes". It's a subtle difference, but a helpful one - many beginning improvisers feel compelled to...
by NoteBoat
November 23rd, 2015, 4:19 am
Forum: Meet and Greet
Topic: Used To Be Scrybe
Replies: 3
Views: 1611

Re: Used To Be Scrybe

Welcome back! And congrats on the new gear!
by NoteBoat
November 19th, 2015, 9:03 pm
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Advice for someone missing fingers
Replies: 4
Views: 2089

Re: Advice for someone missing fingers

Yes, there is a style. Django Reinhardt became a professional guitarist at age 13. Five years later he was trapped in a fire, and spent a year in hospital. When he recovered, he reinvented his playing style, because his left ring and small finger were permanently curled - just like yours. This was a...
by NoteBoat
November 9th, 2015, 8:21 pm
Forum: Guitar Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Acoustic Guitar won't stay in tune
Replies: 5
Views: 2616

Re: Acoustic Guitar won't stay in tune

In addition to Alan's questions, do you have enough wraps around the tuning posts? You want 3-4. And are the bridge pins in place? If the strings that are dropping in pitch have the bridge pins higher than the others, it's possible you've got the ball end of the strings positioned under the bridge p...
by NoteBoat
November 8th, 2015, 11:52 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: root note - key note - start note ????
Replies: 5
Views: 2373

Re: root note - key note - start note ????

Jo, music theory has a precise technical language - but there's also a commonly used slang which is a lot fuzzier. The two can be confusing sometimes, because the slang can differ from the precise term. "Root", strictly speaking, is the basis for building a chord. We need a term for that because the...
by NoteBoat
October 29th, 2015, 8:02 pm
Forum: Guitar Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Need help with intonation problem
Replies: 3
Views: 1602

Re: Need help with intonation problem

I'm trying to think through this - if your 5th fret A major is in tune, you're playing a C# on the G string. But when you play a D major at the 5th fret, the G string (which is now playing a D note) is sharp. This tells me the problem isn't saddle placement. If your open string is in tune, and your ...
by NoteBoat
October 14th, 2015, 6:40 am
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Is there quality in Cheap guitars?
Replies: 4
Views: 1886

Re: Is there quality in Cheap guitars?

Most (not quite all - let's say 98+%) of the lower end guitars are actually manufactured under license by just two companies: Cort and Samick. The license holder for a design will give them specs for materials and sizes, and all the manufacturing is then done on the same machines - even the cheapies...
by NoteBoat
August 30th, 2015, 10:09 am
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Aaaaahhhrrrr these modes aren't working for me?
Replies: 2
Views: 3216

Re: Aaaaahhhrrrr these modes aren't working for me?

My sense is you're overthinking things. You've also got one inaccuracy in the way you're thinking. First the inaccuracy: modes are related to a major scale, but they are not "in majors". What makes something sound "major" (as either a scale or a triad chord) is the presence of a tone a major third a...
by NoteBoat
June 18th, 2015, 7:16 am
Forum: Meet and Greet
Topic: Need help identifying
Replies: 2
Views: 1294

Re: Need help identifying

Google is your friend... http://www.fuzzypsg.com/int/
by NoteBoat
June 5th, 2015, 2:12 am
Forum: Guitar Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Neck bending backwards
Replies: 4
Views: 1673

Re: Neck bending backwards

The path of the strings is determined by the bridge and nut. If they're hitting the 24th fret, the peghead is too far back. Get a couple of business cards or similar material and cut them to fit the width of the neck. Take the neck off, and lay the cards across the TOP of the neck pocket, farthest f...
by NoteBoat
June 3rd, 2015, 6:48 am
Forum: Guitar Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Strings too close to fret board
Replies: 1
Views: 3281

Re: Strings too close to fret board

It depends on what's causing it. You don't say if the strings are too close to the frets through the entire range or just part of it. Causes that come to my mind, from the easiest fix to the hardest: 1. The bridge is too low. Cure: bridge height adjustment 2. The neck relief is off. Cure: truss rod ...