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by briank
October 16th, 2005, 7:12 pm
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Your first finger pickin' songs?
Replies: 44
Views: 7032

"Blackbird" by the Beatles- instantly recognizable, and very fun to learn. . . You'll know you're on track when you get the first notes right.
by briank
October 15th, 2005, 7:44 pm
Forum: Slide and Alternate tunings
Topic: Drone tunings
Replies: 4
Views: 3883

Drone tunings

I'm a big fan of droning, eastern, raga music (and pretty much anything psychedelic 8)). Led Zeppelin's "Black Mountainside" is a good example of what I like. Does anyone know of any cool fingerpicking songs that I could learn to play that incorporates droning tunings? Or any acoustic guitarists tha...
by briank
October 15th, 2005, 7:14 pm
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Complicating chords within a scale
Replies: 7
Views: 2501

But I usually play by myself- no lead guitar, no singing. So there really is no melody... or should I learn to incorporate little melodies in my chord (either strumming or fingerpicking) playing?
by briank
October 15th, 2005, 7:03 pm
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Anyone else get real nervous tuning their strings?
Replies: 41
Views: 4417

It's a fear I just can't go over...when I hear that metal tightening sound I always imagine the string breaking and hitting in me in the eye. Yes! That is the exact same fear I have. . . Sometimes I'm glad I wear glasses Yeah, me too. But the worst thing is this: you bust a string somehow, so you g...
by briank
October 14th, 2005, 6:26 pm
Forum: Slide and Alternate tunings
Topic: DADGAD or DADF#AD?
Replies: 15
Views: 8564

Don't mean to jack the thread, but does anyone know any good music that uses drone tunings, like Led Zeppelin's aforementioned raga-esque "Black Mountainside"? All of a sudden, I feel like tuning my guitar like this 8) 8) ....
by briank
October 14th, 2005, 6:11 pm
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Complicating chords within a scale
Replies: 7
Views: 2501

Thanks everyone, I'll work on incorporating those chords. . . But one other thing- in Traffic's "John Barleycorn," there is a chord progression that goes- D,C,G, Am, Asus2. . . The Am-Asus2 change involves the C dropping to a B- picking up the finger fretting the 1fret, 2nd string. I think that is a...
by briank
October 12th, 2005, 6:33 pm
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Complicating chords within a scale
Replies: 7
Views: 2501

Complicating chords within a scale

I'm working on making up some simple chord progressions that I can fingerpick mainly, but also for strumming. Now I know about the I-IV-V progression, as well as throwing in the appropriate minor chords. But after a while this sounds a little boring. My question is, what are some slightly more compl...
by briank
October 11th, 2005, 2:18 pm
Forum: Singing
Topic: screaming??
Replies: 12
Views: 5846

For good screaming that accents the music beautifully, check out Pink Floyd's "Careful with that axe, Eugene." Don't know if it's in tune, but it sounds great. 8)
by briank
September 27th, 2005, 6:18 pm
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Wah wah pedal
Replies: 16
Views: 1961

Oh my holy cow, that is awesome. . .
I want that wah probe, heck i'll take any wah pedal. 8)
by briank
September 8th, 2005, 10:55 am
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Changing the "mood" of a song
Replies: 24
Views: 3298

Well, within a song during a performance, it would seem technically correct (and less annoying to the audience) to just switch to the relative minor, and change the focus, which could be accomplished immediately,... but by changing to that key's minor, I feel that that would be something that you wo...
by briank
September 7th, 2005, 9:50 am
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Changing the "mood" of a song
Replies: 24
Views: 3298

It would seem the easiest way to switch moods is go from major to minor. . . Within, for example, a solo, would you just switch to the relative minor of the major key you're playing in- C major to A minor and have any accompanying rhythm instruments switch the focus to the Am chord, for instance?
by briank
September 2nd, 2005, 12:19 pm
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Using modes and exotic scales
Replies: 17
Views: 3720

Whoa, some of you are getting a little too deep. . . . After trying some of the ideas, I think one thing that seems pretty easy to do is use a scale pattern that I already know- for instance, A minor or A minor pentatonic on the fifth fret- and ending phrases on notes other then A. I'm also trying t...
by briank
August 18th, 2005, 8:48 pm
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Buy the bass?
Replies: 6
Views: 933

Well, I'm no pro (I've been playing about as long as you- about a year), but here's my words of wisdom- Really, all you would need to do as a bassist is back up the chords of the rhythm, which is rather easy to do- just play the root note of the chord. That doesn't sound exciting, and you'll want to...
by briank
August 16th, 2005, 4:56 pm
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Good "Shredding" riffs, anyone?
Replies: 3
Views: 868

It's hard for me to say how fast I am. . . I feel that when I use a lot of hammer-ons and pull-offs, I can move around pretty quickly but I feel that I'm just doing quick trills to make my playing seem faster. I've been playing for just over a year, and I think I'm pretty fast, but I'm not a Page or...
by briank
August 16th, 2005, 4:06 pm
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Good "Shredding" riffs, anyone?
Replies: 3
Views: 868

Good "Shredding" riffs, anyone?

I know a bunch of scales, and can play them all pretty well when I'm improvising, but I'm not good playing fast riffs. I try to play up and down scales as fast as I can, and try to use scale runs to lead up to a slower, more "meaningful" riff, and I use a lot of hammer-ons and pull-offs. But I reall...