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RE: panic attack

Postby mickeypainless » Fri Mar 10, 2006 1:00 am

I usually just use one chord between my guitar and amp! 2 if I'm using some kinda FX. :P
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RE: panic attack

Postby nizer » Fri Mar 10, 2006 3:36 am

I don't think my music suffers by learning new stuff although I'm kinda slow. Recently I've been getting into dimished chords substituting for the IV chord. I like the jazzy west coast style of using 6ths and 9ths when comping rhythm. Also Jimmy Nolen of James Brown's great bands and T-Bone Walker.
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RE: panic attack

Postby ricochet » Fri Mar 10, 2006 4:03 am

How about vocal chords, Mick?

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."
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RE: panic attack

Postby maxx england » Fri Mar 10, 2006 12:28 pm

I keep finding stuff but I often don't know what the thing is meant to be called.
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RE: panic attack

Postby 1four5 » Fri Mar 10, 2006 1:25 pm

Thanks for mentioning that Maxx. the longer I play, and the more I noodle...the more stuff I find that I use but don't bother assigning names to. Any time I have a free finger or two thay are always experimenting and some of the stuff sticks...I'd have no idea what to call it.
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RE: panic attack

Postby mickeypainless » Fri Mar 10, 2006 9:36 pm

[updated:LAST EDITED ON Mar-10-06 AT 04:37 PM (EST)]>>>How about vocal chords, Mick?

I wonder if these are the "Dumb answers" acCHORDing to Rookie......
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RE: panic attack

Postby ricochet » Sat Mar 11, 2006 3:55 am

Dumb answers? On here?

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RE: panic attack

Postby rookie » Mon Mar 13, 2006 1:40 pm

It's a small price to pay for the genuinely useful info, guys...
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RE: panic attack

Postby guitarsmurf » Mon Mar 13, 2006 2:36 pm

Hey Rookie,

I recommend you get the book "Practical Theory for Guitar" by Don Latarski. It's got chord theory, scales, modes, harmonies, chord movement, substitution, etc. It's all very well explained and really helped me understand a lot of the stuff that confused me at the time.

Overall for blues... Blues has a dominant sound. So in the first place you'll use dominant 7th chords that can be embellished (made prettier) by adding the 9th or 13th. You can use diminished chords to go from the I chord to the IV chord and back. You can use augmented 7ths and minors if you want to do a swing style turnaround.

There's so much stuff out there.

I also recommend http://www.swingblues.com where you'll find a free online course teaching you chords, scales, basic riffs, rhythms and soloing lines used in swing & jump blues.

In the end it's up to you what sounds good. BB King once said: "Learn all the chords and scales and then PLAY the ones that sound good to you."

And who are we to argue with Mr King, right?
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RE: panic attack

Postby rookie » Thu Mar 16, 2006 10:21 am

Smurf, thanks for that. Words like augmented and diminished have been confusing me for a while, so that's a handy explanation. I'll try and get hold of the book, although music theory is usually one of those things that I only follow for the first two sentences and then it all goes over my head. If my school music lessons had actually taught music rather than gettting us to draw posters for the upcoming musical production, who knows where I'd be today?

As for Mr King, I always used to think I was just as good a guitarist as him. I once heard him say he couldn't play chords, and well, neither could I...
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RE: panic attack

Postby guitarsmurf » Thu Mar 16, 2006 2:24 pm

No problemo, dude.

Chords are basically formed by "stacking thirds". So a normal major chord follows the formula: 1 3 5. Which means the first, third and fifth note of the relevant major scale. So for C that would be C (1), E (3) and G (5).

So a dominant 7th would be: 1 3 5 b7
A diminished 7th: 1 b3 b5 b7
An augmented chord: 1 3 #5
A minor 7th: 1 b3 5 b7
A major 7th: 1 3 5 7

Just let me know if you have further questions. You can e-mail me at dezjokke@hotmail.com too if you like.
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RE: panic attack

Postby rookie » Mon Mar 20, 2006 1:09 pm

Cheers Smurf, although you don't know what you're letting yourself in for there... You should be safe for a while though - for the time being, I'm quite happy to follow the chord progressions shown on the DVDs/fake books etc. At this stage, the playing's more important than the understanding why...
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RE: panic attack

Postby nizer » Tue Mar 21, 2006 12:21 am

>I also recommend http://www.swingblues.com where you'll find a free
>online course teaching you chords, scales, basic riffs,
>rhythms and soloing lines used in swing & jump blues.

Hey, that's a great one! Thanks smurf.
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RE: panic attack

Postby guitarsmurf » Tue Mar 21, 2006 9:54 am

>>I also recommend http://www.swingblues.com where you'll find a free
>>online course teaching you chords, scales, basic riffs,
>>rhythms and soloing lines used in swing & jump blues.
>
>Hey, that's a great one! Thanks smurf.

Yes it is! Everytime I visit that site I just can't help myself and listen to some Hollywood Fats! :)
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