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Guitar Musician e-zine 04/05/2006
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| "..When I first heard Elvis' voice, I knew that I wasn't
going to work for anybody ... hearing him for the first time was like
busting out of jail"
- Bob Dylan
I've sure gotten old. I've had two by-pass surgeries. A hip replacement, new
knees, fought prostate cancer, and diabetes. I'm half
blind, can't hear anything quieter than a jet engine, take 40 different medications that make me dizzy, winded, and subject to blackouts. Have bouts with dementia. Have poor circulation, hardly feel my hands and feet anymore. Can't remember if I'm 85 or 92. Have lost all my friends. But ...thank God, I still have my driver's license!
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GUITAR Q AND A
Sam Ervin; Galveston, TX
Q: What are the most used chords for Jazz Guitar? I want to start to learn this genre and don't know where to start; all I have played so far is basic Rock songs. Thanks for the help.
A: It's great to hear that you are expanding your horizons and opening up your ears to new styles of music; it will make you a better and more versatile guitar player.
I suggest that you start with basic Major 7th and Minor 7th chords. Learn a 5th and 6th string root position for each. After you start to get a handle on this then move on to Major 6th, 9th, and Dominant 7th chords while again learning a 5th and 6th string root for each species. This will give you a great start for learning Jazz chord progressions.
I would also recommend that you start to memorize the Major scales across the entire neck in all keys. Start with the key of "C" Major and learn the five positions spanning the neck.
Jazz is a very colorful music and can often be quite complicated so be patient, it will take a little practice to make it all sink into your fingers.
Hope this helps!
Yours in Music,
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Prosody is the agreement of lyric and music. If the lyric has an "up," positive message, it would generally be unwise to use a melody in a minor key. Minor chords are used better in songs of pain, longing, despair, loss, and sadness. Ideally, you want the emotional tone of the music to enhance the message of the lyric. It's possible, however, that your message might be enhanced by doing just the opposite of what feels natural, for effect. A good example is Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's "Mack the Knife." But that should be a conscious choice, not an accident.
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