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Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by blueruins, Sep 21, 2019.
Curious how my fellow Gretsch Talkers get around?
I use a combination of knowing the notes and working through scales by ear. That has kept me from the limitations that simply playing though scales imposes on you. I often find that "accidental" notes actually bring everything together.
Some notes sometimes. Patterns, based on pentatonic, but knowing where the other notes are. I generally 'modify' the major scale in that if I’m in a minor key I just flatten the third and the seven, or for a diminished scale, flatten the third, the fifth and the seven, etc. modes, I just start in the requisite note and go from there.
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Either the note is right, or it isn't. Simple.
Tab and licks I have learned over the years.
Sheer blind luck....
..... never really thought about it
I use pattern memorization; know the root..and it's octaves and dance around from there
A wrong note is just a bend away from being right....and I use that method..often
I navigate by ear an fingermemory. Sure, I have some patterns that help me going from one spot to another. But mainly I tend to compose my solos in my head, maybe even whisteling them to my cellphone recorder before I grab the guitar. That keeps me from playing the obvious.
I meant to do that!
Like my typing, I hunt and peck.
Exactly. But make sure you play it twice. If you do it more than once a "mistake" turns into a "style".
Find 'em and grind 'em!
The notes are the vehicle but the navigation is the numbers.
I use patterns for different scales and keep track of where the root, 3rd, 5th and 7th are.
......And, I wish I was as good as that sentence makes me sound.
It’s a jungle, you need to pay attention to everything.
I’m working from muscle memory and shape recognition if I’m aping someone else’s work, and I’m using my ear predicting intervals on my own riffs. But improvisation is the weakest part of my playing. After 40 years I am still absolutely hopeless when it comes to improvisational soloing.
A close relative to my technique: beat 'em and bash 'em!