Jamming

Discussion in 'rec.music.guitar' started by Le Grand Schtroumpf, Sep 1, 2003.

  1. Hello,

    I've been playing guitar for several years (self taught).
    I'm usually able to play most of the - not too difficult -
    songs, but as for jamming, i'm pretty bad.
    Recently I began to learn a bit of theory and a few
    scales (minor pentatonic, major) in a few positions,
    which I think was the first things I was lacking.
    I also bought a small digital multitrack recorder so
    that I can record chord progressions to jam over.
    Do you have any ideas of exercices I could
    do to improve ?
    In particuler, other chords progressions than
    the basic I-IV-V ?
    An other question, how do you know which
    scale you can use over a given chord progression ?
    For instance over an I-IV-V progression one can
    use a major scale, because this progression is
    built on notes of a major scale, is it right ??
    But why is it also possible to use a minor pentatonic
    scale ? it seems that the scale notes do not fit
    the chords notes...
    Last question, what does mean "in a minor/major key" ?
    Does it mean that the root notes of the chords are
    in a minor/major scale ? (and that the scale that
    fit is minor or major)
    If yes, does an I-IV-V progression can be in
    an other key than major ???

    Thanks for any help
    LGS
  2. NJD

    NJD Guest

    In article <3f5362f1$0$26854$626a54ce@news.free.fr>,
    le.maillonfaibleNO@SPAMcaramail.com says...
    > Hello,
    >
    > I've been playing guitar for several years (self taught).
    > I'm usually able to play most of the - not too difficult -
    > songs, but as for jamming, i'm pretty bad.
    > Recently I began to learn a bit of theory and a few
    > scales (minor pentatonic, major) in a few positions,
    > which I think was the first things I was lacking.
    > I also bought a small digital multitrack recorder so
    > that I can record chord progressions to jam over.
    > Do you have any ideas of exercices I could
    > do to improve ?


    Perhaps you might find http://cultv.com/music/categories/theory.htm
    helpful.

    > In particuler, other chords progressions than
    > the basic I-IV-V ?


    II-V-I

    > An other question, how do you know which
    > scale you can use over a given chord progression ?


    Any note that would sound good as part of the chord will work. So if
    you're playing an C, then C, E and G will definitely work. D (9), A (6)
    and B (7) should also generally work just as Cmaj7, Cmaj9, or C6 would
    probably work given the right context. The F (11 or sus4) might work,
    though it might not depending on how it's played.

    Hell any note will work given the right context and style of play. Even
    "bad" or sour notes sound good if handled right. In general, certain
    notes sound better as resting stops -- as points of resolution.

    You can get away with using the most bad notes right before the
    resolution. For example, playing all the "wrong" notes on the V can
    really sound great if you end up on a chord tone of the I when the V
    chord resolves to the I.

    > For instance over an I-IV-V progression one can
    > use a major scale, because this progression is
    > built on notes of a major scale, is it right ??


    Pretty much.

    > But why is it also possible to use a minor pentatonic
    > scale ?


    Look at the notes that work and consider how they relate to the chord.
    Do they sound good if you play them as part of the chord?

    --
    Nick
    http://www.cultv.com Fine arts & more
    http://www.ironia.net My last band
  3. "Le Grand Schtroumpf" <le.maillonfaibleNO@SPAMcaramail.com> wrote in message
    news:3f5362f1$0$26854$626a54ce@news.free.fr...
    > Hello,
    >
    > I've been playing guitar for several years (self taught).
    > I'm usually able to play most of the - not too difficult -
    > songs, but as for jamming, i'm pretty bad.
    > Recently I began to learn a bit of theory and a few
    > scales (minor pentatonic, major) in a few positions,
    > which I think was the first things I was lacking.
    > I also bought a small digital multitrack recorder so
    > that I can record chord progressions to jam over.
    > Do you have any ideas of exercices I could
    > do to improve ?
    > In particuler, other chords progressions than
    > the basic I-IV-V ?
    > An other question, how do you know which
    > scale you can use over a given chord progression ?
    > For instance over an I-IV-V progression one can
    > use a major scale, because this progression is
    > built on notes of a major scale, is it right ??
    > But why is it also possible to use a minor pentatonic
    > scale ? it seems that the scale notes do not fit
    > the chords notes...
    > Last question, what does mean "in a minor/major key" ?
    > Does it mean that the root notes of the chords are
    > in a minor/major scale ? (and that the scale that
    > fit is minor or major)
    > If yes, does an I-IV-V progression can be in
    > an other key than major ???
    >
    > Thanks for any help
    > LGS
    >



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