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PaulJones9
@pauljones
03 Jun 2018 20:47:43
26 posts

Over coming Fear of Playing in Public


Bands & Artists

For those of you who specifically suffer from finger tremors when anxious I highly recommend you consider this.

Interesting, I have taken propanolol before because I also suffer from finger tremors (even when not anxious), but I have never taken it before a gig. Probably because I've played live so many times I don't get that nervous before playing, and I usually have a beer or two before the show which for some reason calms me down a bit. But I will keep the propanolol in mind, especially for gigs that could potentially make me more nervous than usual (large venues, things that may go wrong, etc).

PaulJones9
@pauljones
29 Apr 2018 16:08:28
26 posts

Playing and singing at the same time.. Anybody else has this issue?


Getting Started with Guitar and Music

@fl3k  Do binaural beats really help? I listened to them once but it was just noise. Which ones did you listen to? And in which ways they helped you improve?

PaulJones9
@pauljones
22 Apr 2018 22:00:08
26 posts

Share your D.I.Y. project!!


DIY (Do It Yourself)

Wow, amazing work! It's nice to see vintage instruments repaired and working again. What about the sound, did it change at all? You can always get new pickups and improve the sound of any bass. Unless if the built-in pickups sound great already.

PaulJones9
@pauljones
22 Apr 2018 21:51:19
26 posts

Fingers or a Pick


Bass Guitars

I think it depends on what kind of sound you're after; some bass tones can only be achieved with fingers, and others with a pick. I personally use fingers a lot, but that is because I usually play jazz, funk, and rock. But if I want to sound a little bit more aggressive I might use a pick, which gives a lot of more edge to the tone. I also like muting the strings and using a pick to get a 'James Jamerson' muffled sound with almost no sustain. A similar sound can be achieved by placing a sponge under the strings and playing fingerstyle like Jamerson did, but I like the extra attack the pick adds to the tone. I don't know why playing with a pick is frowned upon by so many bass players- it's a tone you could not get otherwise, and it works great in some instances where fingerstyle would not have gotten the right bass tone for the music. Ultimately, there is no right or wrong answer; you don't have to play with a pick if you don't want to, just as you don't have to play slap bass if you don't want to. Well, unless you're a session musician- in that case, you should definitely know how to play both.


updated by @pauljones: 22 Apr 2018 21:52:55
PaulJones9
@pauljones
01 Apr 2018 21:50:19
26 posts

Music Theory Topics


Music Theory


I would suggest learning chords, scales, and arpeggios first

Chords: Major, minor, diminished, Dominant, Major 7th, minor 7th, diminished 7th, half diminished.

Chord families (Tonic, Subdominant, and Dominant) 

Learn them in different positions and inversions. Play them as arpeggios and as block chords.

Scales: Major scale and its modes (Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, Locrian) and their construction. 

Play them up and down, in broken thirds, arpeggios, etc.

Harmonize scales by thirds and learn the chord quality of each degree. Each degree of the scale has a specific chord quality and mode.

Here are the degrees of the major scale.

( I - ii -iii- IV- V- vi- vii° )

Once you mastered those scales, you should learn the modes of the harmonic minor and melodic minor scales. Then, the symmetrical, diminished and whole tone scales. It's also important to learn the context in which these scales are used. Most of the time they are played against certain chord or chord progressions.

Play everything in all keys and be aware of what notes are being played. Learn the circle of fifths, it will give you a better understanding of how keys are related and organized.

Learn about secondary dominants and modal interchange, then choose a jazz standard and try to find examples there- believe me, in almost each jazz standard there are many.

I recommend to check some of the lessons on the site, there is a lot of great theory stuff, and explained in simple terms. I hope this is helpful to you! 


updated by @pauljones: 01 Apr 2018 21:53:30
PaulJones9
@pauljones
06 Dec 2017 02:25:34
26 posts

Over coming Fear of Playing in Public


Bands & Artists

In my experience the best you can do is to know the songs by heart. I used to get very nervous when I had to play difficult passages that I knew were coming, but that was mainly because I had not studied them enough to the point of being able to play them by heart. Once I forced myelf to study them I wasn't nervous about it anymore. If you're playing with other musicians make sure you rehearse until the band sounds tight. 

And also try not to worry about mistakes and simply go on and have fun. The times I felt I was playing better live was when I was not worried but having a lot of fun. Of course one beer always helps calm the nerves. But just one, if you get drunk you will lose concentration!

PaulJones9
@pauljones
06 Dec 2017 02:18:52
26 posts

Scales Vs. Arpeggios


Music Theory

Lately I've been getting a lot into studying guide tones. They are a great way of knowing how to lead your melodic line through chord changes. It's a matter of targeting those notes and creating your lines around them. This way you're not longer attached to one way of thinking (scale or arpeggio) and you can come up with interesting melodies. I actually play more interesting lines using both scales and arpeggios without thinking too much about that, just focusing on the target notes and letting the phrase develop by itself.

PaulJones9
@pauljones
09 Jul 2017 19:22:40
26 posts

How to play this song? :D


Songwriting & Lyrics

Hi alix! sorry for the delay, I had not seen this post yet.

Sure, I can help you. I'll give it a listen and get back to you. For what I can hear, there is a lot of fingerpicking in the song though, so I would recommend learning some fingerpicking patterns before getting to the actual song. It will jsut make the process way easier and less frustrating. Fortunately for you, a series of  awesome videos on fingerpicking techniques by Collins Studios were uploaded recently to the site. Here's the link:https://www.myguitarworkshop.com/collins-studios/lessons

Meanwhile I'll check the song and get back to you once I have something. 

PaulJones9
@pauljones
28 May 2017 08:20:15
26 posts

Scales Vs. Arpeggios


Music Theory

Hi everyone! As requested, I did a lesson on the concept, check it out! Daneskovic already did ;)

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