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    i am talking more about piano. guitar is great,...

    i am talking more about piano. guitar is great, but if it's a 'theory instrument,' i really don't see how. i can't hope to see what i'm doing on guitar yet. piano, yes, if someone can teach me a way...
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    voice leading

    i've been away for over a year. but here's a question i have.

    voice leading. i understand it. but i can't do it on the fly.

    why.

    i learned theory via memorizing 'big ideas' of an...
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    that makes total sense. structure is the most...

    that makes total sense. structure is the most difficult thing for me. being able to MESS with structure, try out different ones--by just choosing from a menu--that's a good feature. sounds like you...
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    would you/could you please describe more about...

    would you/could you please describe more about what band in a box can do for the composition process? how specifically do you use it, and how does it help with the songwriting process? ive always...
  5. for a new section, you mean? if so, its weird....

    for a new section, you mean?

    if so, its weird. i cant hear what you were playin with there, but its good it's just typed out, because a rhythm comes to mind just looking at those chords. one i...
  6. in my current drunk state of mind i cannot...

    in my current drunk state of mind i cannot understand that. just an hour ago, there were two distinct moons in the sky.

    but someone on another theory forum made me think i didnt have to think...
  7. ah, i love in flames. which album is that from? ...

    ah, i love in flames. which album is that from?

    anyway, i think i did it. i dont know how--i think its because im drinking, and because i stuck with it all day. ended up with about 20 new ipod...
  8. october flower is a cool name. im going to...

    october flower is a cool name.

    im going to have to try to write from melody now. i rarely do that, but the one time i did, i was very happy with the results and ive come to view that as my most...
  9. well i think it's 6/8. if you count 6 quick beats...

    well i think it's 6/8. if you count 6 quick beats and then start over, the accent always falls on the one. those two e chords when they occur right next to each other are two stressed hits that feel...
  10. been trying to write this song for over three years

    i feel like crying. i cant approach it or touch it anymore. nothing works. i dont understand.

    i wrote a verse riff in 2002 which i immediately loved because it utilized new insights i'd had about...
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    i think jazz bass ideas generally dont go well...

    i think jazz bass ideas generally dont go well with heavy music. with heavy music you can get more use out of jazz chords on the guitar than anywhere else. the jesus lizard is a good example of that....
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    i know my theory and i cant do anything.

    i know my theory and i cant do anything.
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    i think i want something with MIDI capability. i...

    i think i want something with MIDI capability. i think it's probably important to play the notes as i see them, to get my eyes to associate lines and spaces with keys, and not with letter names in my...
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    sight reading

    it is time i got swift with reading sheet music.

    i took piano lessons for six years as a kid but was not motivated to really internalize how to read. i stumbled along and held myself back,...
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    to say the Ab is the diminished second of G#...

    to say the Ab is the diminished second of G# destroys something important, i think. it eliminates a useful distinction.

    perhaps this enharmonic stuff might create another useful distinction, but...
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    while this explanation is true and all, it makes...

    while this explanation is true and all, it makes me mad for the following reason:

    it is just a distraction. an extra mental step. it doesnt help you feel intervals or make music with them, which...
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    thanks everyone for listening. i came up with a...

    thanks everyone for listening. i came up with a chorus that i like a lot but it doesnt fit the song, so i might get distracted for a while here while i see if i can turn that into something else. but...
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    "I find when i do write something that's rhythm...

    "I find when i do write something that's rhythm based it almost always comes from writing a bass line first, rather than the drums, then add the two together and work the melody later."

    --me too,...
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    thanks lb. this means a lot if some of you people...

    thanks lb. this means a lot if some of you people who really know your stuff can at least find something somewhat ok in a little song fragment. i'll change that verse into something catchier later.
    ...
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    last post was in response to black mantra. but...

    last post was in response to black mantra. but nick, i dont hate all bands that use power chords. nirvana was the band that got me into music. danzig too. those bands were pretty much just power...
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    well thanks. speeding it up and changing the bass...

    well thanks. speeding it up and changing the bass and drums in part one will be the first thing i try. but just one thing--how do you know my name?

    j
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    thank you guys. i have wondered if slowing it...

    thank you guys.

    i have wondered if slowing it down or speeding it up is the right course. guess ill find out soon enough. i'll play with a totally different and more active bassline and ill even...
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    thank you matt. you hit the nail on the head. far...

    thank you matt. you hit the nail on the head. far too many of my songs are 'plodding' -- thats the perfect word. thats what has been bothering me!

    so. how not to plod. im not sure why i write so...
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    someone tell me exactly why this sucks?

    http://www.myspace.com/commonloon
    or
    attached here...

    the song fragment called vanilla. started working on it the other day, and i have to say, i'm getting very sick of myself.

    i dont...
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    hahah this thread is hilarious

    hahah this thread is hilarious
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