WE all love music,and in the music we hear from the instruments makes us want to emulate and capture that sound, we listen hard to the riffs the chords and put together the song. 1. Does it have to be that if a tune is played on the radio or TV we need to study it and play it like many others do.?
2.This is is what I have found that people are more interested in copying others than trying to creat sounds for themselves, the idea of the now trying to be original has gone completly out the window, and stereo copycats are manifold and more and more try to emulate their rising stars, their are so many music books on their songs and how to play it like them, most of the books and scores are completly wrong, and mislead , we all are trying to improve in playing the guitar but we need a technique that comes from us and that shows we have dedicated our inner selves in trying to be original. Don't fall into the trap of trying to copy someone and spending long hours in trying to achieve that, a lot of people have given up and to frustrated to continue. People are familiar with a piece humming in their head heard from the radio or Tv and its this that gets us wanting to try and play it, by all means try and learn to play it, I have also but not to the extent that we can only play covers and the creativeness is already written out , that we have no creative ideas from ourselves. My point is try and be original and put your stamp on your playing and make a sound that is you, than trying to copy to someone that your not.
Our new Band Space Odic Samurai will be performing our show, with dance and song, this will be a musical night opening up with The Celturian performing Celtic Instrumentals, a night not to miss all in aid of the Acorns Children's Hospice,on the 24th Sept, at the Solihull arts Complex theatre, ticket price ...£8.00, If you love guitar then this is the show not to miss.
One of the fascinating features about guitar is the building of chords, and each and every chord has a formula of notes that make up that chord from the root position. In this section I will put down chords that have their formulas and will be useful in music theory,remember chords are the building blocks the backbone that shape and form a sound.
(An artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner.)
There are some chords with different names but some notes, and they may be used in place of each other. The most important ones will be listed here; they are given in only one key, but you should learn them in all keys...For instance, Cm6=Am7b5; therefore Dm6=Bm7b5,Ebm6=Cm7b5, etc. Do not try and take in too much at once. It is not important for you to learn all the synonyms at first, because you probably wouldn't know where to put the chords, no matter what you called them, if you do not understand substitutions and voice leading study these first and gradually keep coming back to the synonyms and you will find that you are able to apply some of them very easily.
The main benefit of knowing chord synonyms is that you can use them to come up with substitute chords you wouldn't have come up with otherwise. For example: If you saw Am7b5 on a piece of sheet music, and you knew that it was the same as F9 with no root, you might try replacing the Am7b5 with F9 with a root, or F7/6 or F13 or any other F chord that is in the Dominant 7th family. Let me break it down a little to understand about chord substituting.
1/ For a basic major, minor or dominant 7th chord, any extension may theoretically be substituted. The word theoretically is used because, as said before, you must experiment and you will find that certain extensions sound better in certain places than others. Example: Cm6 might sound better than Cm7 in place of Cm in a certain song.
2/ For a dominant 7th chord, you may play a m7 type chord whose root is a 5th higher than the root of the dominant chord and then play the dominant chord or (extension)...Example: for one measure of C7 (4 beats normally) you could use Gm7 for s beats, and then C7 for 2 beats; or Gm7 for 3 beats and then C7 for 1 beat etc.
3/ Dominant chords with altered tones (remember this means b5th,#5th.b9th,#9th) can be used effectively for dominat chords when the next chord is: 1-one whose root is a 4th higher, the 7#9 chord can also be used as a direct replacement for the 7th chord in other cases too, when a bluesy sound is desired.
Cm6 = Am7b5 = F9 = B7b9+
Cm6/9 Am7b5/11 = F13 =B7#9+
Cm Maj7th/6 =Am9b5 = F+11 = B7b9+
Cm9 = Eb maj7th
Cm11 = Eb maj 9th
Actually all Cm7 type chords are similar to all Eb major type chords.Also notice that Eb9 contains a Gm7 chord all are elated strongly to Eb
A little insight to chord progressions, what is a chord progression? Ask ten different musicians and see what they say, probably the only thing that most of them will agree about is that it's pretty hard to define this concept. Another good question that you be asking is' "where does one use all these progressions?" Although this depends to some extent on the individual,there are certain areas that most musicians are interested in; some of these areas are:
1.Improvising- Whether you want to improvise with others or by yourself, you will probably find the going quite a bit easier, in almost any type of music, if you have a knowledge of chord progressions.
2. Composing- While you may be fortunate enough to be able to write songs or pieces by "ear". the ear can only take you so far. There are many sounds that you may not have dreamed even existed or, if you did know of them, maybe you didn't have a clue or the foggiest idea about where to look for them or how they were derived. Once you understand the principles of chord progressions, the whole new worlds of sound will open for your use and enjoyment.
3."Recomposing"- This deals with taking someone else's song or piece and working it out in your own style. As you might guess, a knowledge of progressions is priceless here also.
4. Arranging- Very similar to recomposing, but you might also wish to arrange your own song or piece. Virtually every good arranger understands about progressions and makes use of them in introductions, fills. harmonizations of melodies, modulation passages, and endings.
5. Patience and Determination- If you encounter any progression that sounds at all strange or unattractive to you, make sure you are really playing all the right notes, and then play it a couple of more times. Many times your ear will adjust to something that, upon first hearing, sounded a little out in the twinkies, and you may even begin to really like some of these sounds. Actually, it is a good habit to repeat every progression, no matter what your feelings are toward it,because there is a strong possibility that you will hear new things in there each time, (every chord progression is really a collection of melodies being heard simultaneously, and your ears might latch on to different ones of these melodies at different times).
Remember key words: Determination Study & Practice key elements in study, progressions in chords the building blocks that make the very foundation of sound on guitar,and each chord that one finds brings a delight, practice building on these progressions train your ear to listen to the sound , name the chord write it down play all the notes clearly,this will ensure that you are becoming an accomplished musician.
Check out on more information I will be giving out some cool chord combinations to enhance your playing, watch this space!
The Acoustic guitar has been around for centuries, and made by differant woods to suit the balance and tone, the lighter the woods the more resonance and full sound would eminate from the sound board, every guitar has its unique sound and the more warmer the bass string sounds, the ideal suitable guitar to use and play. Everyone I have talked to on the subject of guitar I asked them which do you prefer an electric or acoustic ? most reply an electric guitar has this amplifies and gives more power and sustain than acoustic, but how many can play an acoustic ? Is it the same has playing a electric guitar ? Well the answer is that its not the same the acoustic requires more depth and control their is no sustain to carry a note through, alot harder work plus the voice riffs are totaly differant, where the electric has added effects to carry of the consistency. So the next time you pick up an acoustic guitar try and find ways in how you can devolop a technique,in finding consistency and control to this wonderful instrument.
The Celturian is a acoustic warrior with fretting behaviour his only weopon is the acoustic ax!. C=K as in Kelt to pronounce the name Kelt urian...My love and passion and dedication to this wonderful instrument started many years back ,at the age of 13 I started to play studying all books I could get my hands on, then experimenting on chord shapes to progressions, my passion grew then wanted more and more challenges for the guitar, that is why I took up Celtic music that stretches the boundaries in utilising all the fret board, the time signatures were all over the place the fast flurries from reels to jigs and Strathspeys, this gave it a differant dimension with full on enriching tones.
A Warrior armed and engaged in battle to fire up the guitar in a showy display of fret work showing that their is more to this humble instrument, yes like a warrior prepared in battle, so is the celturian with fretting behaviour engaging in a musical battle in firing up riffs with control and pace, check out the celturian's music or gigs and listen to him perform, and let him bring the warrior out of you.