~ guitar / bass learning method

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'turning music theory into the musical sounds and sequences that express our stories ...'

lessons with some pros ...
picking hand ideas
fret hand ideas

beginning patterns / triads

s / triads

double stop on top two strings

12 key worthy
choose a melody

novice ~ advancing ~ advanced

 

guitar

bass guitar

our thought process

bass pitch motions

style of music you want to play

cycle of 5th's

organic pathway of development

descending chromatic / tritone sub

learn a song

5 scale shapes

localized playing

warm up

localized playing

warm up
everything is a four bar phrase
is everything a sequence? t5Fmaj
the blues elevator
the pentatonic elevator
the triad elevator
melodic embellishments
harmonic embellishments
suspensions
chords of musical styles
chord melody
chops / styles basics
essential bass rffs
bass patterns
bass vamps
ideas for practicing
classical conversions
learn to read music

~ learn a song ~

~ learn a melodic sequence in F major as part of Take 5 ~

~ learn to read music ~

~ the pentatonic elevator ~

~ ideas for practicing ~

~ melodic embellishment ~

~ harmonic embellishment ~

~ stylistic basics ~

 

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~ guitar and bass learning method ~

1/8th note gallop
launch points for Americana phrasing

 

'conjuring up the groove right out of thin air...'

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In a nutshell. The playing method here is organized along the same philosophy as the music theory evolutions; simply that the number of pitches 'in play' determines musical style. So each of our three main components; melody, harmony and rhythm are presented along this line of thinking. For example, metal chords, 5th's have two pitches, folk chords are usually triads so three, blues chords need a 7th so four pitches usually. Jazz chords upwards of five, six, seven and beyond, depending on instruments available and experience of the players in the session.

So pick the topical links that fit your thing, get over there and read a bit. Do let your own curiosities and need for topical closure to guide you along. Teach new theory to friends so inclined to sure up your own understanding of how it goes together. The perfect closure of the theory, described in our various loops of pitches, create solid written models to share. Cool?

guitar ~ bass
octave closure
That a six string guitar's low four strings are the same as a four string bass just might be encouragement enough for those curious enough to get enough of both going along. While usually leaning guitar to bass, many monster staus bass players will play a some guitar. Here's the strings and letter names. Example 1.
Cody

If you are a guitar player wanting to play bass ...

if you are a bass player looking to play some guitar / Cody interview

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Cody
licks

Seven styles ~ seven licks.

kids licks

folk licks

blues licks

country licks

rock licks

pop

jazz licks arpeggiate the base

 

any closed cycle of events, finding the beginning of the loop is often key to understanding the form. In music we call this the top of the form; the downbeat of the first measure at the beginning of the melody, words etc. Hear the top, the pitch 'G', the downbeat on beat one after the pickup notes of an Americana classic. Example 1.

Overview. With all that is on the web these days for guitar and bass instruction, the gist of what is in this learning method is all based on the natural evolution of the music and its theories that underlies and supports all our Americana musical styles. And while there are many of the same elements here as everywhere else in cyberspace, we're theory based so follow its main pathway from start to finish; octave, fifth, triad, pentatonic, seven pitch diatonic, the color tones. Along the way we end up bumping into the philosophy that combines musical style and number of pitches. Once this degree of

understanding is reached and we can hear at this level, present the basics for folks just starting out. and that determines the order of presentation of the resources. To what degree each reader here utilizes this information and practices to get better, becomes the juice to evolve as a player, artist, leader and all around cat in showbizz.

So to begin, simply select from the following choices and click to begin your journey for guitar or bass. All of the discussions are directed towards eventual performance as it is just easier to make sense of it all for me in the writing. So whether you're looking to have the guitar / bass skills to play "Happy Birthday" at family gatherings on and beyond to wanting to tour with a national act, the same basics apply; to make music we each have to find the right buttons for the pitches and push them to make the sound. That this is something we actually do, we can consciously shape our approach. The joys of free fill and wanting to .

kids
folk
blues
country
bluegrass
rock
pop
bossa
jazz

Tonal gravity /aural predictability. This first idea here is to simply examine a few points about our thought process when physically making musical sounds on our chosen instruments.

We're inspired. Once we've some things under our fingers, oftentimes in playing we just get an inspiration to sound out what we can to express our thoughts. This is usually a bit of a burst of energy that creates a one time coolness for that moment. Hopefully we're recording so we cpature these moments to revisit and compose additional works from. Getting 'one new inspired idea a week' is thought to be successful in this bursts of inspiration performing thought process.

Think ahead in the music. As we strengthen in our abilities in creating musical sounds we as improvising musicians will begin to think ahead from the point in time we're at towards future events that are coming up in the music we're creating. Any song will provide a format to think ahead. As in most of life's endeavors, thinking ahead helps smooth out the ride, create some nuance for telling our story through humor, curiosity,

four triads / building blocks
thirds

kids
folk
blues
country
bluegrass
rock
pop
bossa
jazz

Musical styles. This first idea here is to simply examine a few points about our thought process when physically making musical sounds on our chosen instruments.

We're inspired. Once we've some things under our fingers, oftentimes in playing we just get an inspiration to sound out what we can to express our thoughts. This is usually a bit of a burst of energy that creates a one time coolness for that moment. Hopefully we're recording so we cpature these moments to revisit and compose additional works from. Getting 'one new inspired idea a week' is thought to be successful in this bursts of inspiration performing thought process.

Think ahead in the music. As we strengthen in our abilities in creating musical sounds we as improvising musicians will begin to think ahead from the point in time we're at towards future events that are coming up in the music we're creating. Any song will provide a format to think ahead. As in most of life's endeavors, thinking ahead helps smooth out the ride, create some nuance for telling our story through humor, curiosity,

four triads / building blocks
thirds

guitar
by ear
improv
blues
architecture
groups

The thought process of playing muisc. This first idea here is to simply examine a few points about our thought process when physically making musical sounds on our chosen instruments.

We're inspired. Once we've some things under our fingers, oftentimes in playing we just get an inspiration to sound out what we can to express our thoughts. This is usually a bit of a burst of energy that creates a one time coolness for that moment. Hopefully we're recording so we cpature these moments to revisit and compose additional works from. Getting 'one new inspired idea a week' is thought to be successful in this bursts of inspiration performing thought process.

Think ahead in the music. As we strengthen in our abilities in creating musical sounds we as improvising musicians will begin to think ahead from the point in time we're at towards future events that are coming up in the music we're creating. Any song will provide a format to think ahead. As in most of life's endeavors, thinking ahead helps smooth out the ride, create some nuance for telling our story through humor, curiosity,

four triads / building blocks
thirds
guitar
by ear
improv
blues
architecture
groups
bass guitar
by ear
improv
blues
architecture
groups
moving one shape
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fingerings
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technique
lead

rhythm

movable forms
practice
lessons
open tunings

In a nutshell. The Essentials method combines learning guitar and bass wth the same riffs and ideas. In the olden days they called this 'two for a nickel.'

Overview. The gist of what is in this learning method is all related to our main topic throughout; the pitch organization of our music theory that builds and supports all our Americana music. By changing our letter name pitches into their numerical representations within key center, we create the order events in this method, which all evolves upon a pitch by pitch to our core five, pentatonic grouping of pitches.

a numerical basis

It starts with the blues. .

Americana musics
today's guitar
open G
a slide
our muse
video finding a lick

guitar

"Muddy Riff. The playing method here is organized along the same philosophy as the music theory evolutions; simply that the number of pitches 'in play' determines musical style. So each of our three main components; melody, harmony and rhythm are presented along this line of thinking. Each reader here must determine and create for themselves their studies.

today's guitar
open G
a slide
our muse
o finding a lick

bass

It starts with the blues. The playing method here is organized along the same philosophy as the music theory evolutions; simply that the number of pitches 'in play' determines musical style. So each of our three main components; melody, harmony and rhythm are presented along this line of thinking. Each reader here must determine and create for themselves their studies.

guitar

The playing method here is organized along the same philosophy as the music theory evolutions; simply that the number of pitc

guitar

The playing method here is organized along the same philosophy as the music theory evolutions; simply that the number of pitc

 

musics
today's guitar
open G
a slide
our muse
finding a lick

"I’ve done the ‘William Tell Overture’ a thousand times on my live show. That, too, is a challenge, and I don’t think I’ve ever played it perfectly. If I ever do, fans might grow to expect it that way every time."

wiki ~ Glen Campell

From the NYTimes, Aug. 8, 2017

 

 

 

Guitar
by ear
improv
blues
architecture
groups
Bass guitar
by ear
improv
blues
architecture
groups
technique
lead

rhythm

movable forms
practice
lessons
open tunings