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Guitar Musician e-zine 06/07/2006
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| "I'll say Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton and the Grateful Dead
- they are people still here, you know, and they're here because the music
was just as valid today as it was then. Music that is not necessarily to
sell lollipops or trucks or beer or anything like that. You know, it's music
to pick up hearts like a crane and put hearts in a different place ... you
know, and guitars are like cranes to pull people's hearts from self-imposing
misery... And then they put them in a place where people can fly and say...
You know, now I feel like I'm a winner because every time I play in a
certain place I can tell that I command the attention without having to be
phony or flash. In other words, the music of Hendrix and people like that
wake people up to their possibilities. It's more than just dreaming about
being a guitar hero."
- Carlos Santana
One morning the husband returns after several hours of fishing and decides to
take a nap. Although not familiar with the lake, the wife
decides to take the boat out. She motors out a short distance, anchors, and reads her book
Along comes a Game Warden in his boat. He pulls up alongside the woman and says, "Good morning, Ma'am. What are you doing?"
"Reading a book," she replies, (thinking, "Isn't that obvious?")
"You're in a Restricted Fishing Area," he informs her.
"I'm sorry, officer, but I 'm not fishing. I'm reading."
"Yes, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment. I'll have to take you in and write you up."
"If you do that, I'll have to charge you with sexual assault," says the woman.
"But I haven't even touched you," says the game warden.
"That's true, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment."
"Have a nice day ma'am," and he left.
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GUITAR Q AND A
The Difference Between Minor and Minor Pentatonic Scales
Jesus Santana; Puerto Rico
Q: First let me tell you that your DVD's are great, I purchased the Learn Acoustic Guitar, beginner and intermediate levels and have learned more in 3 weeks then in the previous 8 months!!! Also the support website is awesome ... great job!!!
I have one question, I was reading on the internet (not on www.rockhousemethod.com) about scales, they call a "minor scale" what you refer to on the DVD as a "minor pentatonic scale", this difference in names caused me confusion, are they different scales?
A: Yes, there are many different types of scales and it can get a bit confusing when people start calling them different names but here is the deal with the scales you are inquiring about.
The scales that I taught in the DVD are Minor Pentatonic scales. They consist of 5 different named notes; this is where the prefix "Penta" comes from. There are full minor scales (Natural Minor) that will contain seven different notes. These scales are exactly like the pentatonic scales but with two added notes. Both are considered Minor scales but are just different versions of the scale. I'll give you an example using the key of "A" Minor.
A full "A" minor scale consists of the following notes:
To make an "A" Minor Pentatonic scale I play the 1st-3rd-4th-5th-& 7th notes from this scale.
By just isolating these five notes from the Natural Minor scale we create the Minor Pentatonic scale and it's very distinctive sound.
Hope this helps,
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Tips for Writing Effective Band Bios
By Bobby Borg
Promotional materials, such as demo tapes, photographs, biographies, and press clippings, help people to get to know you. When these materials are assembled in one package or folder, they are most commonly known as a press kit. An important part of the press kit is the biography (bio), yet it is surprising just how many bands don't understand its purpose when making submissions. A bio should be written clearly and concisely without a lot of big words and flowery adjectives. It should be as informational as possible containing facts about your band such as group and members' name(s), date your band formed, and most importantly, accomplishments and goals. Here are a few more tips you should consider when writing your next biography:
Band Name / Logo Design / Contact Info: Centered Across Page: List band name, address, phone number, fax, e-mail, and Web site URL. This could be your contact or band representative.
Date and City Band Was Founded: First paragraph: List the city and state or country in which the band formed. If the group has relocated to a new territory, briefly state where and when as well.
Full Name of Band: First paragraph continued: List the band's full name. If you failed to choose a band name that everyone can read and pronounce correctly, than include the phonetic spelling as well.
Style & Comparable ("Like") Bands: First paragraph continued: Every band fits into a format of music. If you don't know what categories you fall under, examine the formats radio stations use: Modern Rock, Alternative, Adult Contemporary (AC), Rhythmic Crossover, Jazz, etc. Also, though every band likes to think they are unique, there is at least a few comparable or "like" bands that you could open up for on tour. List these bands to give your reader an idea of your target audience.
Members': Names / Instruments / Age Range: First paragraph continued: Be sure to list your members' names (nick names) as you would like to see them in print along with the instrument they play. Additionally, list the age range from the youngest to the oldest musician in order to give your reader some idea of your target audience and your long-term career potential as a musical act.
Brief History (Interesting Story of Band): Second paragraph: Noting interesting pieces of information about how your band came together gives press people something to talk about and helps the reader draw a picture about your personalities. Think of interesting hooks such as: members knew each other since kindergarten, members have famous parents, members were part of other famous groups, members have success in other fields such as acting, and members formed as a result of some tragedy (911, etc.). Just be creative, but be truthful. You get the idea.
Accomplishments & Quotes to Back Them Up: Third paragraph: Listing your accomplishments says a lot about a band's work ethic, which is one of the top credentials record and publishing companies, personal managers, and attorneys look for in new artists these days. People are attracted to those who help themselves. List recent successes such as: record sales, the number of people in your fan club or who visit your Web site, the average number of people who attend your shows, the amount of college radio play you get and whether or not you charted on CMJ, any placements of your music in film and TV, successful bands that you toured or opened for, song writer's competitions you won, the producer or co-writer who teamed-up with you to make your record, type of merchandising you sell and designed, reviews in well-respected magazines, and battle of the bands awards. Additionally, if these successes can be supported by one or two quotes of someone note-worthy, than all the better. Be sure to include the person's proper spelling, company name and the source if the quote was published.
Where You're Going From Here (Do-It-Yourself Goals): Fourth Paragraph: Rather than sound like you are need of someone else to take you where you want to go, show your reader that you're unstoppable and that you already have a plan of attack to move ahead to the next level of your career. Make people think that you're going all the way whether or not they help you. You'd be surprised at how infectious pro-activity and confidence can be. Attract the attention of those who can help you by first helping yourself.
Re-state Contact Information: Last line or paragraph: It is always helpful to include your contact information as many times as possible-and leaving it at the end is the proper writing format for business anyway. Being that it is the last thing that your reader will view, it is also going to be one of the last things on his/her mind. Who knows, they just might be inspired to contact you.
Bobby Borg is the author of "The Musician's Handbook: A Practical Guide To Understanding The Music Business," which is available now at www.bobbyborg.com or in a store near you. Contact www.bobbyborg.com.
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