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by hbriem
September 10th, 2013, 7:01 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Question About Electric Guitar Alternative Tunings
Replies: 2
Views: 2267

Re: Question About Electric Guitar Alternative Tunings

There are definitely no risks involved in Drop-D tuning (you are backing off on the E string tension). In theory it could damage a guitar to tighten the bass strings excessively, but in practice it won't. The strings will break long before the guitar is damaged. Any reasonable tuning is fine. If you...
by hbriem
February 7th, 2013, 7:13 am
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: progressions and modes
Replies: 8
Views: 3519

Re: progressions and modes

The best approach to them is simply to forget you ever heard of them. Yes, I mean that. Just forget they exist, play or compose in major or minor, then explore the sonic effect of altering individual notes as you see fit to get the effect you like. Voila, problem solved. The second approach is to th...
by hbriem
February 1st, 2013, 6:54 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: The C & B7 Cords ???
Replies: 11
Views: 3791

Re: The C & B7 Cords ???

Yes, but it's the other The difference is that when it has that open low E played you are playing a C chord with a different root note (E instead of C) the actual name of the chord changes to E over C major or E/C as it is written out on a cheat sheet. I hope all this makes sense. Yes, except it's t...
by hbriem
January 17th, 2013, 4:13 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: help with strumming
Replies: 3
Views: 2029

Re: help with strumming

Read this response from David Hodge. It's in the Theory section even though it should be here.

http://guitarnoise.com/forums/viewtopic ... 21#p469279
by hbriem
December 6th, 2012, 2:44 am
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: What Scale?
Replies: 5
Views: 2533

Re: What Scale?

A and E are of course closely related. E is the 5th of any A scale and belongs to both A minor (A_BC_D_EF_G_A) and major (A_B_C#D_E_F#G#A) and of course to both the A pentatonic minor (A__C_D_E_G) and pentatonic major (A_B_C#__E_F#__A) Here's a table of all the keys and their relative minors that ma...
by hbriem
December 5th, 2012, 1:33 am
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Where do i start with all this theory?
Replies: 12
Views: 5858

Re: Where do i start with all this theory?

As you can see, Kingpinjones, you are not getting too many replies to your question. I wonder why that is? In short, it's too big and too vague. There are many, many excellent theory articles for beginners here. Unfortunately they have been rearranged recently and there is no longer a Theory link wh...
by hbriem
October 23rd, 2012, 5:16 am
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Harmony and chord progressions
Replies: 5
Views: 3542

Re: Harmony and chord progressions

Big question. Well, harmony and music theory really is the same whether you're into prog/metal, jazz or even punk or hip-hop. You just don't necessarily have to use all of it. Prog/metal will typically use simpler chords (3-note) or even powerchords (2-note) than jazz with its 4- 5- or even 6-note c...
by hbriem
August 28th, 2012, 2:57 am
Forum: Bass Players Discussion
Topic: Root notes or tabs for Beatles Blackbird?
Replies: 3
Views: 6370

Re: Root notes or tabs for Beatles Blackbird?

I've never played this, but there's a simple chord chart here . To start with, just play one note per chord. It's not a fast tempo song and this will sound fine to begin with. As a rule, you will just play the root note, i.e. where it says G you play G (3rd fret 1st string), where it says Am7 you pl...
by hbriem
August 17th, 2012, 5:54 am
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Is there a modal element to pentatonics?
Replies: 10
Views: 3602

Re: Is there a modal element to pentatonics?

Well ... the B minor pentatonic (b-d-e-f#-a) (Aeolian) and the D major pentatonic (d-e-f#-a-b) (Ionian) share the same notes with a different key centre so in a sense, they are modes of each other. In theory you could construct "modes" from the other 3 notes. In E (e-f#-a-b-d) it would some sort of ...
by hbriem
July 30th, 2012, 4:47 am
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Wat key is Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground in?
Replies: 4
Views: 2383

Re: Wat key is Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground in?

This is a classic case of "key of A Rock".

It's an ambiguous mixture of A major and A minor like a million other rock songs. It's related to A Mixolydian (but it's not really). It's closer to A minor with a major I chord.

One chord substition I Am -> I A does not really make a new key.
by hbriem
June 6th, 2012, 1:19 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Strumming with plectrums
Replies: 13
Views: 6780

Re: Strumming with plectrums

I'm sure skilled players can strum fast and well with just about anything. Some even use metal picks. I have no issue with that. For myself however, when I was a complete beginner, switching to a flexible pick helped a great deal. I play bass in a punk band. Both our guitarists play with very thin p...
by hbriem
May 30th, 2012, 1:32 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Strumming with plectrums
Replies: 13
Views: 6780

Re: Strumming with plectrums

Using a pick can be challenging if you are not used to it. Tips that I give my students include using a very thin pick. This will allow for more flexibility and the pick wont get hung up on the strings. Dont choke up on the pick either. allow a fair amount of pick to show when strumming. Only choke...
by hbriem
May 15th, 2012, 5:32 am
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Modes and chords
Replies: 10
Views: 4084

Re: Modes and chords

RichCochrane wrote: Unless you're playing music where the mode has a wider function (like in modal jazz) modes are just scales.
Even if you're playing modal jazz, modes are just scales.
by hbriem
March 23rd, 2012, 3:17 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Jack White and cutting three strings off your guitar
Replies: 13
Views: 5559

Re: Jack White and cutting three strings off your guitar

I'm sure that sounds lovely, Cat, and also sure that it would make Jack White roll his eyes & go, "Jeez, man, could you miss my point any worse?" His point was to think less about your toy. Maybe so...but I can play circles, squares, and whatever polygon ya wanna think about...around him. 8) Just s...
by hbriem
February 28th, 2012, 6:25 am
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Music Theory
Replies: 6
Views: 2681

Re: Music Theory

Our member Noteboat, Tom Serb, has written an excellent book on guitar theory for guitarists.

You can buy it following links from his website.