~ legends of Americana musics ~

~ recognizable artistic signatures ~

~ Americana monsters ~

Duane Allman / rock octaves
Wes Montgomery
Pat Metheny
finding the swing
groups of pitches
the modes within
blues melodies
diatonic cycles

'... a tribute page for cats who helped change our game ...'

rhythm
folk
blues
rock
country
pop
jazz
spectrum

Rhythm guitar maestros. Invented swing, taking 'a chorus' and using the word 'cat' as a slang term to describe a jazz musician.

Jaco Pastorius

Bass. Invented swing, taking 'a chorus' and using the word 'cat' as a slang term to describe a jazz musician.

Folk. Invented swing, taking 'a chorus' and using the word 'cat' as a slang term to describe a jazz musician.

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Blues. Invented swing, taking 'a chorus' and using the word 'cat' as a slang term to describe a jazz musician.

Muddy Waters
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Country. Invented swing, taking 'a chorus' and using the word 'cat' as a slang term to describe a jazz musician.

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Rock. Invented swing, taking 'a chorus' and using the word 'cat' as a slang term to describe a jazz musician.

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Metal. Invented swing, taking 'a chorus' and using the word 'cat' as a slang term to describe a jazz musician.

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Pop. Invented swing, taking 'a chorus' and using the word 'cat' as a slang term to describe a jazz musician.

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Jazz. Invented swing, taking 'a chorus' and using the word 'cat' as a slang term to describe a jazz musician.

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Wes Montgomery. In finding words to describe Mr. Montgomery's contributions two ideas manifest. One is the depth of his sense swing, in his day he was King. The second is historical for it is believed John Coltrane offered to expand his quartet to include Wes.

Wes Montgomery
play like Wes
John Coltrane
Southbound (song)
Dickie Betts

Legends. How lucky we really are to have such a rich history of music to enjoy. Everything just seems to be out there somewhere these days. We can go into the 1920's and 30's and forward from there wuThat jazz was at one time America's popular music helped create the scene for the instrument to evolve. With the advent of the electric guitar in the late 1930's and onward, guitar has had a solid place in the lineup. The following historical discussion is for the most part just a listing by decade of the main players who advanced the jazz guitar style.

modes
intervals

Louis Armstrong. Invented swing, taking 'a chorus' and using the word 'cat' as a slang term to describe a jazz musician.

West End Blues creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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Coleman Hawkins.

Invented swing, taking 'a chorus' and using the word 'cat' as a slang term to describe a jazz musician.

West End Blues creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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Charlie Parker.

Used the chromatics to blues hue ...

hromatically enhanced the diatonic withounvented swing, taking 'a chorus' and using the word 'cat' as a slang term to describe a jazz musician.

West End Blues creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

major / relative minor
key signature
tonal center
accidentals

New talent. Simply to pair up our musical vocabulary with the aural sounds they represent. Think musical component, label, what it sounds like. As this is an entry level page, the 25 or so terms included are among the most common elements that seem to come up in theory discussions when working with new learners. For the more seasoned Cats, lots of links prompted by exploring the vocabulary term are included in the brief descriptions moving us deeper into topical discussions.

modes
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Arpeggio kings. In the 1930's the then emerging era of Two / Five / One diatonic slice and dice, the arpeggio figure begins to be the new cool for improvised lines. Built by simply respelling out the diatonic pitches, all the theory was already in place and under everyone's fingers to begin the organic evolution to "Giant Steps."

Saxophonist Coleman Hawkins forged a new structural model for American improv based on a song's cycle of chord changes. His seminal 1939 recording of the pop standard "Body And Soul" creates what becomes a new way forward for our melodic line. A new pathway yet one still true to our blues and gospel roots that provides room for a new diversity of harmony.

For the theory, the arpeggiated figure perfectly replicates the tones of any chord. It turns out that it was only a matter of velocity that held back the next generation of our theory evolution. To knowledgeable ears, i.e., we musicians ourselves, that arpeggios clearly sound out a song's harmony, chord progresssion etc., that if played fast enough in succession it would indeed create a sound like regular chords being struck, thus creating another opportunity for 'new changes' to evolve their music.

Saxophonist Charlie Parker, hailing from from Kansas City probably had a 1930's regular public school music education. Might have played recorder or a kazoo in 3rd, maybe the the clarinet in 4th then sax in 6th. By the 8th grade, students have full command of the 12 pitches and basic reading skills.

Like so many of our innovative leaders in any discipline, Parker's bio tells us of a restless, youthful artist pushing on the existing musical boudaries of his day. Unsuccessful in historically documented first attempts, arpeggios will become Parker's 'proof' that his newly forming ideas about harmony and their color tone extensions were not only true to the core jazz Americana, the blues but a new and exciting way forward for the American musical arts.

Parker goes on to slice up the diatonic pie into it's slimmest harmonic pieces ever imagined without ever losing the same diatonic core that has centered our musics since time immemorial. His compositions are of full of new harmonic explorations; 'Blues For Alice' changes, nicks each of the 12 root tones somewhere along the way, each providing a triad and color tones for Bird's blazing arpeggiated figures. .

Lester Young
"Body And Soul"
Charlie Parker
'Blues For Alice' changes
a 12 tone diatonic
color tones
color tones
color tones

John Coltrane ascends a dozen or so years later and begins his own journey through the harmony. Picking up where Mr Parker left off, Trane devises new cadential motions based on the common diatonic evolutions supercharged by Bird. Once set in motion, Trane's own exploration of chord substitution energizes a quest that becomes his signature 'sheets of sound' of the mid 1950's; blazingly articulated arpeggios of the combined substitution possibilites of dominant harmony (V7b9). Once the diminished V7b9 is exhausted, Trane shifts explorations towards whole tone possibilities and discovers a new, never done before, harmonic motion by combining two very common intervals in a totally brand new, super exciting way.

'Blues For Alice' changes
intervals

So who is the arpeggio kings after Bird and Trane? today ... ? The

'Blues For Alice' changes
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Charlie Patton. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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Charlie Patton. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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Charlie Patton. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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Son House. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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George Benson. Simply to pair up our musical vocabulary with the aural sounds they represent. Think musical component, label, what it sounds like. As this is an entry level page, the 25 or so terms included are among the most common elements that seem to come up in theory discussions when working with new learners. For the more seasoned Cats, lots of links prompted by exploring the vocabulary term are included in the brief descriptions moving us deeper into topical discussions.

modes
intervals

Lennon, John

If there was ever a cat in my book who was able to find the 'perfect chord for any spot' while using mostly open chords and simple barres in conventional tuning, when composing original songs, it's surely got to be John Lennon. Of course he had help in this with his band mates Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. The super magical melodic properties of Lennon's original ideas are paralled by an uncanny knack in arranging, finding the right chord color and rhythm to capture the thing, however momentary it might appear in the music. An obvious example might be in the last 16 bars of 'Twist And Shout.".

John Lennon
Paul McCartney
George Harrison
Ringo Starr

Keith Richards. Of course he had help in this as did Keith Richards, who reminices fondly in his bio "Life" of when he got hipped to the open G tuning. That the ideas for songs just 'poured' out of his hands, some pure and ready to go, others shaped up to go by his band. Those of us who've spent time in open G know it's really just about two chord shapes at its core. Two shapes. One's a one finger bar chord. Google around and find the list of Stones tunes that we're penned in the open G tuning.

n creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

major / relative minor
key signature
tonal center
accidentals

Stevie Ray Vaughn. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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SuperNova Pop stars. Patsy Cline, Madonna, Katy Perry, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, etc..

modes
intervals

Folk legends. Woodie Gutherie, Pete Seeger, Peter paul and Mary, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan

 

, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, etc..

modes
intervals

Blind Blake. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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Robert Johnson. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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Blind Lemon. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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Eddie Lang. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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Charlie Christian. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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Wes Montgomery. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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Joe Pass. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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George Benson. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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Johnny Smith. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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Duane Allman. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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T. Bone Walker. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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Carlos Santana. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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Willie Dixon. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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Pete Townshend. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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Keith Richards. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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The Eagles. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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accidentals

Son House. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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Robert Johnson. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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key signature
tonal center
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Blind Blake. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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Blind Lemon. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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Crazy Blues. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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Dr. James B Miller. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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American Arpeggio Kings. Lester Bird and Trane.

creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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Jazz hero's. Lester Bird and Trane.

creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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Daune Allman. In

Use of octaves from SA ...

creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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jimi

Jimi Hendrix. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

power of soul
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Clarence White. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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Graham Parsons. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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Davey Graham. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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Eddie Van Halen. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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"A tribute page to the Cats who changed our game

Robert Johnson

Eddie Lang."

"Daune Allman

SRV

Eric Clapton

Robert Johnson

Eddie Lang."

Objective. Developing the ability to hear the theory, to bring our theoretical vocabulary to aural life.

 

Overview. Simply to pair up our musical vocabulary with the aural sounds they represent. Think musical component, label, what it sounds like. As this is an entry level page, the 25 or so terms included are among the most common elements that seem to come up in theory discussions when working with new learners. For the more seasoned Cats, lots of links prompted by exploring the vocabulary term are included in the brief descriptions moving us deeper into topical discussions.

aural
guitar method
evolution of ...

Lennon, John

If there was ever a cat in my book who was able to find the 'perfect chord for any spot' while using mostly open chords and simple barres in conventional tuning, when composing original songs, it's surely got to be John Lennon. Of course he had help in this with his band mates Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. The super magical melodic properties of Lennon's original ideas are paralled by an uncanny knack in arranging, finding the right chord color and rhythm to capture the thing, however momentary it might appear in the music. An obvious example might be in the last 16 bars of 'Twist And Shout.".

John Lennon
Paul McCartney
George Harrison
Ringo Starr

Keith Richards. Of course he had help in this as did Keith Richards, who reminices fondly in his bio "Life" of when he got hipped to the open G tuning. That the ideas for songs just 'poured' out of his hands, some pure and ready to go, others shaped up to go by his band. Those of us who've spent time in open G know it's really just about two chord shapes at its core. Two shapes. One's a one finger bar chord. Google around and find the list of Stones tunes that we're penned in the open G tuning.

n creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

major / relative minor
key signature
tonal center
accidentals

Stevie Ray Vaughn. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

major / relative minor
key signature
tonal center
accidentals

New talent. Simply to pair up our musical vocabulary with the aural sounds they represent. Think musical component, label, what it sounds like. As this is an entry level page, the 25 or so terms included are among the most common elements that seem to come up in theory discussions when working with new learners. For the more seasoned Cats, lots of links prompted by exploring the vocabulary term are included in the brief descriptions moving us deeper into topical discussions.

modes
intervals

Milestones. Simply to pair up our musical vocabulary with the aural sounds they represent. Think musical component, label, what it sounds like. As this is an entry level page, the 25 or so terms included are among the most common elements that seem to come up in theory discussions when working with new learners. For the more seasoned Cats, lots of links prompted by exploring the vocabulary term are included in the brief descriptions moving us deeper into topical discussions.

modes
intervals

Charlie Patton. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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major / relative minor
key signature
tonal center
accidentals

Son House. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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major / relative minor
key signature
tonal center
accidentals

George Benson. Simply to pair up our musical vocabulary with the aural sounds they represent. Think musical component, label, what it sounds like. As this is an entry level page, the 25 or so terms included are among the most common elements that seem to come up in theory discussions when working with new learners. For the more seasoned Cats, lots of links prompted by exploring the vocabulary term are included in the brief descriptions moving us deeper into topical discussions.

modes
intervals

SuperNova Pop stars. Patsy Cline, Madonna, Katy Perry, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, etc..

modes
intervals

Folk legends. Woodie Gutherie, Pete Seeger, Peter paul and Mary, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan

 

, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, etc..

modes
intervals

Blind Blake. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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major / relative minor
key signature
tonal center
accidentals

Robert Johnson. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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major / relative minor
key signature
tonal center
accidentals

Blind Lemon. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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major / relative minor
key signature
tonal center
accidentals

Eddie Lang. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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major / relative minor
key signature
tonal center
accidentals

Charlie Christian. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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major / relative minor
key signature
tonal center
accidentals

Wes Montgomery. In

octaves

creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

major / relative minor
key signature
tonal center
accidentals

Joe Pass. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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major / relative minor
key signature
tonal center
accidentals

George Benson. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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major / relative minor
key signature
tonal center
accidentals

Johnny Smith. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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major / relative minor
key signature
tonal center
accidentals

Duane Allman. In

octaves

creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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major / relative minor
key signature
tonal center
accidentals

T. Bone Walker. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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major / relative minor
key signature
tonal center
accidentals

Carlos Santana. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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major / relative minor
key signature
tonal center
accidentals

Willie Dixon. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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major / relative minor
key signature
tonal center
accidentals
 

Pete Townshend. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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major / relative minor
key signature
tonal center
accidentals

The Eagles. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

major / relative minor
key signature
tonal center
accidentals

Son House. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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major / relative minor
key signature
tonal center
accidentals

Robert Johnson. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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major / relative minor
key signature
tonal center
accidentals

Blind Blake. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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major / relative minor
key signature
tonal center
accidentals

Blind Lemon. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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major / relative minor
key signature
tonal center
accidentals

Crazy Blues. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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major / relative minor
key signature
tonal center
accidentals

Dr. James B Miller. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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major / relative minor
key signature
tonal center
accidentals

American Arpeggio Kings. Lester Bird and Trane.

creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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major / relative minor
key signature
tonal center
accidentals

Jazz hero's. Lester Bird and Trane.

creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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major / relative minor
key signature
tonal center
accidentals

Daune Allman. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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major / relative minor
key signature
tonal center
accidentals

Eric Clapton. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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key signature
tonal center
accidentals
srv

Stevei Ray Vaughn. In creating these examples, it's just easier to use the pitches of the C major / A natural minor grouping of pitches. The key signatures of these tonal centers or keys require no sharps or flats to properly designate the letter names of their pitches. So when we come across an accidental in the musical ideas which follow, we'll know something's up theoretically that we'll want to explore further to understand where it is coming from and why.

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key signature
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