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Let's Talk Dynamics.

Discussion in 'Tab, Tips, Theory and Technique' started by KrenarCilku, Feb 24, 2021.

  1. KrenarCilku

    KrenarCilku Tele-Meister

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    How often do you guys work on Dynamics?

    I would say dynamics and touch are the most important thing when it comes to guitar playing.

    What do you guys think?

    Oh, here's a video I made about this topic.

    Cheers!

     
  2. 68tele

    68tele Friend of Leo's

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    Dynamics is the most important thing in music, period.
     
  3. schmee

    schmee Doctor of Teleocity

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    We work on them now and then. It's a band thing mostly. One person driving too hard can ruin the whole thang.
     
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    YES SIR!
     
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    That Cal Webway Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Right here right now,

    Someone has posted Mark Knopfler playing live, Brothers in Arms

    Go to that for total redemption of Dynamics Lesson 101-- through doctorate level!!


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  6. KrenarCilku

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    Definitely, trying to solo while the drummer wants to tear up his snare ain't fun! lol
     
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    Aw dang I was hoping for a thread about Maxwell's equations.

    ...well, the time-dependent ones of course.
     
  8. KrenarCilku

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    Knopfler is a big inspiration!
     
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    lmao
     
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    I know, so the whole band gets excited when someone takes a solo and starts blasting! ARGHH! Pisses me off. Suddenly you cant play nuance or build something at all.... you're just trying to hear yourself!
    Once I stopped playing turned around and shouted OK... take a drum solo!
     
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    I don't think dynamics is the most important thing in music. Tuning and timing are at the top of my list. But dynamics is right up there in the top 3.
    When I was teaching I'd tell my students that you can equate dynamics to talking. Nobody wants to be screamed at all day or have someone speaking so low you keep saying what.
    I think of it like this, when you are talking with someone you are talking at maybe 65% of your voices loudest point. And when having a conversation your voice might get louder in order to get your point across. Or it may get lower in order to acomodate the topic of conversation. I can also state to you the best way to lose a good gig is play too loudly.
    I can't tell you how many wedding gigs or whatever it may be I get a call to sub for somebody and I become the first call sub guy because i play at a lower volume than the guitar player. The singer's are happy because I'm not blowing them off the stage with insane volume.
    Believe it or not a lot of the time it's better to be seen than heard.

    I just wanna clarify that this is just my opinion. But I've been gigging for over 40 something years. And I've made every mistake you could reasonably think of and it cost me many gigs, especially when I was starting out.

    Stay well everyone.
     
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    I once played in a four piece band (two guitars, bass, drums) The other guitarist was VERY passive aggressive. He was the #1 lead guitarist, and wasn't awful, although the tone he sought and achieved was horrible. When they asked me to join, I was perfectly happy to play second fiddle, and play rhythm and lead only when there was a harmony part. (picture Hotel California) The bass player (principle leader) kept urging me to sing lead and take a bigger role in picking songs. This other guitarist felt threatened, (it didn't help that I seemed to get better audience response than he did) and would play all kinds of inappropriate stuff, especially when I was doing a guitar part that was "integral" to the song. He just "stepped on" everything I was doing. I finally told the bass player I didn't mean to sound like a prima donna, but I wouldn't be playing with them anymore. Two weeks later, he called and asked if I'd come back if Curt was no longer there? They ousted him. ;)
     
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    You might hurt yourself. Dynamite is very dangerous.

    What?

    Never mind.
     
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    In my opinion it’s the most important part of physics too. I’ve got no time for statics.
     
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    Drummers need dynamics lessons more than any other group of musicians. I’ve played with far too many that think the only way to drum is bashing through their kit
     
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    I understand your sentiment.....but in my experience, I've had more problems with bass players. I HATE when all you can hear is bass!......
     
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    Dynamics!?
    I'm playing as loud as I can.
     
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    I dunno if I'd say it's the most important thing; it needs to be melodic first in my mind. But it is critical to delivering the feel and emotion of it and seems to be one of those things that really separates the men from the boys in terms of playing quality.
     
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    Dynamics is just as important form of expression as anything else. I would not say the most important, because I think there are quite a few things that all form the fabric of expression.
     
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    What is this Dynamics thing of which you speak?
     
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