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What's the best (music-related) secret you've learned?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by SixStringSlinger, May 15, 2015.

  1. Coop47

    Coop47 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Not quite. Subtle difference.

    Get along with the drummer - just needs to keep a beat and play at a reasonable volume. Doesn't need to be spectacular, just cooperative.

    The bass player and the singer are the two most noticeable parts of the band (IMO) for non-musicians. Guitar players and drummers think they matter a lot more than they actually do. And you can always kick a guitar player out - there are dozens of them on CL looking for someplace to use their gear.
     
  2. telemnemonics

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    Wicked good point!

    It took a while to figure this out, but I have found that overplaying guitar licks becomes a boring blur, far less interesting than a good grinding bass line.

    If there are not enough spaces in the guitar playing, it is never surprising, and predictable entertainment can get pretty boring.
     
  3. cowboytwang

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    It's always better to have big ears than a big mouth!
     
  4. J-man

    J-man Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Touché!
     
  5. J-man

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    That cuts both ways, though. If there's too much space and nothing to contrast it, then that can be pretty boring too. Sometimes a fast flurry of notes can be the absolute perfect thing to do in the context of the piece.
     
  6. telemnemonics

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    Totally cool when an explosion of notes follows a bit of space, preferably at a slightly unexpected interval...
     
  7. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    All the music I've ever loved, or probably will love, is played with the same dozen notes.

    Not only that, but my guitar has all of them. Multiples even.

    Makes me think I must be doing something wrong. :)
     
  8. Shiro

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    I can't tell you.
     
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    gigging success: Tune your guitars to the onstage piano!

    studio success: All the great solos were done on a Tele.
     
  10. Mjark

    Mjark Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Practice really works.
     
  11. gwjensen

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    Originally Posted by gwjensen

    The Pentatonic minor isn't the only scale.

    HeHe, yeah, it's amazing how much mileage you can get out of it, especially if you play all the positions and blend it with the major pentatonic across the whole fretboard, or vice versa, like our dear, departed BB.

    Speaking of whom, he was a limited player in a lot of ways; strictly a flat picker, didn't play acoustic, arpeggios, rhythm, chords in general except for the occasional double stop or triad, and totally entrenched in the blues, but what he did he did better than anyone else, IMO.

    What I take away from his playing is figure out what you do well and perfect it, and above all else, exercise restraint, good taste, intelligent phrasing, and impeccable technique, all of which I won't achieve in my lifetime, but for the way I like to play, he's the North Star.
     
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    My greatest insight was the realisation that, for me at least, the musical journey is much more important than the destination.
     
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    Your pickups are fine; keep your strings fresh and practice.
     
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    Take a few days off every now and then...
     
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    Louder isn't better.

    Your ears are your life, wear hearing protection.

    Edit: That's two separate bits of advice.
     
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    Or I'll have to kill you! :D
     
  18. Larry F

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    The guys who say they "serve the song," ironically, are least equipped to do so.
     
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    Music is used for good and evil.
     
  20. Badabing

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    When learning a song, lick, or lead. Slow down!
    Practice it slow at a speed which you can nail it and then slowly increase your speed until you have it down at the speed in which you want it to be.
    Use a looper and loop sections of the song, lick, or lead at a slow speed until you have it down and then move on to the next section of the song. Pretty soon you will be playing what you want at the proper speed correctly
     
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