Sunday, September 23, 2012
Saturday, September 1, 2012
This song was a fave off the June Indie/Rock playlist.
verse riff "*" means quickly sweep these notes
E| B| G| 6 6 6("8" sometimes this note instead) D|6* 6 6 9 9 6 9 6 6* 6 6 6 6 A|7* 7* E|Verse Chords: E | C#m
Transition Chords: G# | B
Chorus Chords: E | C#m | G#m | A
One of the best takeaways from this song is the use of the III chord in the transition passage. Usually this would be a iii chord but the substitution provides some extra color and the major tonality is more driving heading into the chorus. Theoretically, you can view this as borrowing from the parallel harmonic minor. In this case the parallel minor of E is C#minor and G# serves as the "V" chord in that key which makes it harmonic minor, rather than natural minor which would use a "v" chord. When used at just the right moment a non-diatonic chord like this can make all the difference.
Monday, August 20, 2012
was definitely worth the wait. It's the 2.0mm Classic II model with the speed bevel which beats the regular Dunlop picks on every level. This pick is not only
comfortable in your hand, but is terribly difficult to drop while playing because of the holes in its center, and this is coming from someone who has nearly put people's
eye out many a time with flying picks; haven't dropped this one even once. Another thing that's really cool about these is they don't wear down like a normal pick, so you don't have to worry about a new pick without a speed bevel or adjusting to the wear on your pick. This allows, once you familiarize yourself with the pick, to play with much more accuracy and precision. Finally, while tone is subjective, many would
argue that this brings a richer sound with more clarity than most production
picks. There's an audio example below where you can hear for yourself which sounds
better to your ears. The first example is the Red Bear pick and the second is a 2mm
Dunlop pick. The only downside to this pick is the price ($28.50 w/ shipping) and
wait (It took 4 months).
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Friday, August 3, 2012
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Stumbled across the monthly indie/rock playlist here, and after checking it out, would definitely say it's one of the best sources for killer tracks that u might otherwise miss out on. It is comprehensive though, with like 150 tracks, so if u don't have time to listen to them all these were some favorites from the March playlist that deserve a place on your mp3 gadgets:
Said The Whale - "Heavy Ceiling"
Little Comets- "Waiting In The Shadows In The Dead Of Night"
Emma Acs - "Green Stars And An Orange Sun"
Bogan Via - "Purple Catacomb"
Bleeding Knees Club - "Teenage Girls"
And finally...overall favorite track with bonus analysis junk for songwriter-y ppl
Evan Voytas - "Feel Me"
*note there are some short passing chords which I denoted with "()" listen to track for timing on those.
Verse Chords: F/C/Gm(F)(/Bb
Chorus Chords: F(C)/Gm(F)/Bb(F)/Bb
Okay a couple cool things going on here we can learn from this song. First, the chorus contains the same chords as the verse, but the harmonic rhythm changes becoming faster. In other words, the Gm chord appears in the third bar in the verse, but in the chorus we've already gotten to it by the second bar. This serves to give a sense of urgency to the part that is fitting for the higher energy a chorus usually needs. Another thing worth mentioning is the bass -- which is basically batshit insane. Better yet, cuz it's badass and he knows it; he holds it back, only letting it loose at just the right moment (the bass doesn't actually enter until 0:53). This is metaphorically like the card shark with an ace in the hole. You don't play it right away just save it till the moment is ripe. That's something to keep in mind if there's a part in a song ur working on that seems really fierce, then maybe restrain from playing it too soon.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Listening to a lot of music the other day and noticed a couple of songs that repeated the same lyrics w/ the same melody 4 each of the verses. Something seemed different though and after playing through them a couple of times on the guitar figured out that they were using chord substitutions to add depth so that u wouldn't get bored hearing the same lyric/melody repeatedly. Chord substitution just basically involves playing a different chord progression other than what was originally used that the same melody can still fit 2gether with and not sound odd, unless of course odd is what ur going 4. Generally, the substitute chord will have some strong relationship to the original chord, but u don't have to rely on rulez if u just let ur ears be ur guide. If u have any songs that use this repeating lyrics/melody theme give it a go and see what other chords will work over the same lines and u may stumble upon something that adds a little more dimension than repeating the same lyrics, melody, and chords each time around.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Recently finished "Creative Guitar" by british guitarist Guthrie Govan which was quite a bit better than your run of the mill guitar book. Here is something he mentions that is good to incorporate into your regimen to tighten up your timing. Instead of always speeding up the metronome and trying to go faster and faster, work from the opposite direction and slow down the metronome. So for example, you would play a riff or progression with the metronome at 120bpm. Then, when your comfortable slow it down to 60bpm however keep playing at the same speed. The only difference will be the clicks will be on every half note instead of quarter note. When you have that so you're right on time then half the tempo again to 30bpm. Now continue playing as if the tempo was still 120bpm and the click will only fall on the first quarter note of each bar. This can help you to keep your internal metronome synched even when you don't have all the clicks to guide you and make everything much tighter when you do have a normal click to work with.
Monday, January 23, 2012
She Drives a Lamborghini by galaxyswan This was our first track using the Axe Fx II guitar processor and it definitely is an impressive box. Have a Kemper Profiling Amp on order too and will give some thoughts on how these stack up against each other when it arrives.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Checking out this track by Mt. Eden, and in addition to just being an all-around st0mp3r, there is a cool technique around 3:44 where a the vocal line for the next section comes in early and further back and kind of rises into the actual line, so it's like the vocal is moving towards the listener. Guessing they used a sampler for this. Kind of reminiscent of how a lot of ppl use reverse reverbs, so could probably work in a song just abt anyplace something like that is appropriate...