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Introduction Hello there, you may have seen me around The Escapist and most know me as The Rockerfly, I am a musician. I have been playing music for about 10 years and have been writing for 3 years. I have an A level in music, grade 7 guitar, grade 5 in tuba, play the drums part time and sing for a group as well. Now to write music it is useful to have theory however it is NOT essential to writing music however it is useful if you to progress and write things out of your comfort zoneI know it is hard to know where to start with the theory and I find writing this article very difficult so please excuse me if you feel that I have not written it to your standards, every musician has been taught differently so their theory will be different Now introductions are over here are the basics of writing the harmony of a music piece and how to write the lyrics Reading Sheet Music I believe I may have missed out some content. An example of these diatonic notes is the C note. Intervals 1. Basics Cadences

Scales and emotions See also a post about making chords from scales. So maybe you want to write a song or an instrumental in a particular mood or style, and you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the scales. Here’s a handy guide to the commonly used scales in Western pop, rock, jazz, blues and so on. Click each image to play the scale right in your browser with the aQWERTYon. These scales have a major third (E in the key of C), which makes them feel happy or bright. Major scale Happy; can be majestic or sentimental when slow. Mixolydian mode Bluesy, rock; can also be exotic/modal. Lydian mode Ethereal, dreamy, futuristic. Lydian dominant mode Also known as the overtone scale or acoustic scale, because it is close to the first seven pitches in the natural overtone series. Phrygian dominant mode Exotic, Middle Eastern, Jewish. Harmonic major scale Majestic, mysterious. These scales have a flat third (E-flat in the key of C), which gives them a darker and more tragic feel. Natural minor scale (Aeolian mode) Dorian mode

Harmonic Progressions | Learning and Loving Music Theory - StumbleUpon Kelvin, You actually caught a mistake on the roman numerals! Thanks, I’ll have to fix that. The first and last chords of the progression are not 7th chords. Somehow I inadvertently typed “I7″ on the first chord of all the major keys. (Notice that I didn’t do that for the minor keys.) In the classical tradition, for the sake of stability, the first and last chords of a circle-of-fifths progression are usually triads, not 7th chords. Harmonic Sequences Part 2 In the jazz tradition all chords usually are 7ths, in which case the progression will start and end with 7th chords. Thanks again for your interest and input.

Chord Progression and Chord Theory Lesson at Access Rock Free Jam Tracks and Backing Tracks The Chord Guide: Pt I – Chord Progressions Chord progressions are the canvas on which musicians paint their masterpieces, and it’s a canvas which is a piece of art in itself. A chord progression can be subtle and in the background or it can be blatant and up front; it can be simple and catchy, or it can be technical and complex, it can stay in one key or it can change like the seasons. In any of these cases a chord progression is what drives the song as it literally shapes the music that accompanies it. Chord progressions are like a cozy home where melody and rhythm can kick their feet up. All the songwriting giants, like John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Bob Dylan, to name a few, have/had a tremendous knowledge of the art of the chord progression. I’m not going to promise you tremendous knowledge, but I will offer you a good head start in the way of making your own music – in an easily digestible chunk to boot. Chord Progression Guide Major Chord Chart Above is a chord chart for the 7 most used keys. Chord Theory

The 9 Most Underrated Funny Songs (According to Weird Al) Weird Al Yankovic has been parodying pop music since back in the days when people still paid for it. When we found out he was willing to do something for Cracked.com in line with his recently released double album, we asked him if he might want to write something about underrated funny songs or even better tell us the stories behind songs he wanted to parody, but couldn't. To our surprise, he did both. BARNES AND BARNES - Boogie Woogie Amputee "Oh Suzie baby if you please Let me give your stump a squeeze." Yes, Barnes and Barnes are the geniuses behind the immortal "Fish Heads," but a lot of their other work is woefully unsung. THE TUBES - I Was A Punk Before You Were A Punk "We were a joke at our own record label They told us, "Make a record, if you're able." The Tubes had some early semi-novelty minor hits with "White Punks On Dope" and "What Do You Want From Life," but I'm partial to this track from their hard-to-find live album. TONIO K - Funky Western Civilization

A Jazz Improvisation Primer This is the online version of my text, A Jazz Improvisation Primer. Here you can find information on almost every topic relating to jazz improvisation, from jazz history to music theory to practical advice on playing in a group. A German translation, by Edgar Lins, is online, at There is also a Hungarian translation at provided by Makrai Balázs. A Portuguese translation by Cláudio Brandt can be found at And now there is a French version at A Jazz Improvisation Primer is brought to you by Outside Shore Music. By the way, this work has been online since 1992, so if parts of it seem a bit dated, that’s why. Contents Appendices Thanks To: Ed Price (edp@panix.com), for the conversion of this resource into hypertext!

Guitar Lesson World: Lesson 8 - Flatpicking Technique Holding the Pick Always point the pick directly down towards the guitar Do not allow it to spin while picking Make sure your grip is comfortable Make sure you have a firm grip Rest your forearm on the guitar for stability and comfort Here is a picture of the proper way to hold a pick: Sweep Picking Sweep picking is a great way to play a flurry of notes quickly. I included an exercise that gradually increases speed one a three-note chord.

Online Jazz Guitar Lesson Websites Joe's Guitar Method Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar -- Jurupari's Site Bob Russell's Jazz Guitar Page Joe Finn's Lessons Rick Del Savio's Lessons Steve Carter's Lessons Dan Adler's Jazz Guitar Solo Gallery Ralph Patt's Jazz Web Page Jimmy Bruno's Tips Ted Vieira's Jazz Guitar Lessons Olav Torvund's Guitar Pages Chris Grey – Theory and Guitar Dirk Laukens' Jazz Guitar and Transcriptions Site http//www.jazzguitar.be The Serious Guitarist Guitar Masters Jazz Guitar Online Guitar Notes: CHORD MELODY Mel Bay's Guitar Sessions Arpeggios

How Music REALLY Works!, 2nd Edition, world's most useful book on music and lyrics. Most musicians play by ear. Suppose you play by ear. What use would you have for a book on musical technique full of examples in the form of music notation? Doesn’t make sense. Other ways of explaining music work just as effectively. Or even better. Fluency in music, like fluency in language, does not require the ability to read or write. FIGURE 1 How Music REALLY Works! In case somebody has ever advised you that learning how to read and write music notation will make you a better songwriter or performer, here are just a few of the many songwriters who did alright without notation skills: And some non-songwriters ... performers who managed to play and sing their way to glory without knowing how to read or write music: Musical skill is normal in the human species. Same with songwriting. But hardly anybody has one vital skill required to create brilliant, classic songs. Technology will not save you. First, you need to learn the technical elements covered in this book. In short, not much.

5 People Who Failed Their Way to Fame And Fortune Florence Foster Jenkins Florence Foster Jenkins was a very bad opera singer. Seriously, you guys. So bad. How Bad Was She? If you didn't watch the video, just imagine Ashlee Simpson jumping rope while singing opera through some sort of reverse auto-tune device that makes things even more out of tune than they already are. Or you could listen to the sound of this puppy as you kick it repeatedly. As a youth in the late 19th century, Jenkins endured countless words of discouragement from anyone unlucky enough to hear her sing, including her father. A regrettable decision for several reasons. People Actually Paid For This Crap? Despite her ineptitude-riddled pipes, Jenkins's performances were always enjoyable, just not in the way she hoped. Over time, people turned out in droves to catch a glimpse of Jenkins's special brand of awful. The highlight of her career was her first and only performance at Carnegie Hall in 1944. How Bad Was He? It will make you want to go out and create something.

Interactive Circle of Fifths User's Guide The Interactive Circle of Fifths ("the Circle" for short) is a tool designed to help musicians to: figure out the key of a piece of music easily transpose music to a different key compose new music understand key signatures, scales, and modes The concept of the circle of fifths is not a new one (see this Wikipedia article for more information), but there is more to this simple, yet profound structure than the traditional diagram can easily convey. The Interactive Circle of Fifths goes beyond the limitations of a static diagram without sacrificing clarity and simplicity. Using the Circle Offline: You can easily download a copy of the Circle to use when you don't have an Internet connection: If you use Internet Explorer or Opera: Use the Save As... command in the browser's File menu, and save as type "Web Archive, single file (*.mht)". If you use Safari: Use the Save As... command in the browser's File menu, and save as format "Web Archive". (seven sharps) through C (seven flats). Phrygian?)

Play The 7 Modes in 7 Days (Tabs Incl.) Photo by Marta Monleón Modes are used in all kinds of musical styles like Jazz, Rock, Metal, Flamenco, etc. They create a certain mood or feel to your playing. If you feel like you are stuck playing solos using just Major/Minor or Pentatonic/Blues scales all the time, you’re ready to call on the modes and dive a little deeper. When I first got introduced to modes I was a little bit overwhelmed, but also excited to explore this whole new world of boundless possibilities. I soon realized it’s all about the journey and not the destination, so enjoy the process! There are 7 modes which can be derived from the major scale: 1 – Ionian 2 – Dorian 3 – Phrygian 4 – Lydian 5 – Mixolydian 6 – Aeolian 7 – Locrian Each mode starts and stops on a different note within the major scale. In this post we take the C major scale to explain the modes, but you can derive the 7 modes from any major scale in any key. I challenge you to understand the basics and work your way through each mode in 7 days.

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