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1 How do you guys learn music? on Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:57 pm

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Probs not the correct location to post this, but :S I couldn't think of anywhere else Surprised
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So how do you learn songs?
By ear? Sheet music? Tabs? Do you only play original material?

I can't read sheet music and I really can't do anything by ear, so I have to rely on tabs (guitarpro tabs mostly).
It sucks because I know learning to be able to pick out the key and scales and such and learn by ear would open up a lot of new possibilities when it comes to learning songs.

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2 Re: How do you guys learn music? on Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:14 pm

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You don't necessarily need to know keys or scales to learn by ear (hell I don't) but I'm not going to deny it doesn't help.

I can't read sheet music either, but I use normal tabs or guitar pro. I learned normal tabs before I had guitar pro


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3 Re: How do you guys learn music? on Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:41 pm

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Guitar bro is the shit.


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4 Re: How do you guys learn music? on Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:41 pm

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5 Re: How do you guys learn music? on Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:45 pm

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I use Guitar Pro, but I'll figure it out by ear sometimes too. I need to start using my ears more.

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6 Re: How do you guys learn music? on Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:47 pm

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Glad to know i'm not the only one that primarily uses tabs/guitar pro Razz
I almost felt like a lesser being.

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7 Re: How do you guys learn music? on Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:50 pm

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I'm mostly just too lazy to learn how to read music and learn theory.


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8 Re: How do you guys learn music? on Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:54 pm

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I tried learning theory before but lol nope.
Not really something i'd like to pour that much time into.

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9 Re: How do you guys learn music? on Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:58 pm

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It's near the bottom of list of fucks to give. I've written songs without it, I think I'll be fine for now.


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10 Re: How do you guys learn music? on Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:07 pm

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I know some theory, and I use it to write more interesting chord progressions. All in all though, it's more about me just knowing more chords.

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11 Re: How do you guys learn music? on Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:11 pm

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Closest I do google what chord progressions = what key and work from there. I usually only need like 3 chords out of those to get an idea


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12 Re: How do you guys learn music? on Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:14 pm

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I can't post links, but there's a chord progression tool on the all-guitar-chords website.

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13 Re: How do you guys learn music? on Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:16 pm

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I might look that up. I like writing in minor keys because I'm a lvl 17 emo kid on the inside.


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14 Re: How do you guys learn music? on Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:18 pm

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I usually write everything in C Maj/A Min then transpose because of the open chords. I'm more of a lvl. 14 emo kid. I did write an emo song the other day though.

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15 Re: How do you guys learn music? on Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:21 pm

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I'm not sure what key I write in the most, but I can kind of tell I end up using certain chord progressions too much.


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16 Re: How do you guys learn music? on Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:25 pm

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I don't really use certain chord progressions over and over, but I use chord progression "tools" over and over. Like the old Beatles' trick of the IV-iv-I. (I don't know how much theory you know. If you want an example of what that sounds like, play F Maj, F min, C Maj.)

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17 Re: How do you guys learn music? on Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:26 pm

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I usually like dot dot half step, or backwards. (if you think about it, you know what I'm talking about)


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18 Re: How do you guys learn music? on Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:29 pm

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Yeah, I get it. Like 3-5-6.

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19 Re: How do you guys learn music? on Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:31 pm

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Sure


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20 Re: How do you guys learn music? on Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:33 pm

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I've never heard of doing it like that before. I mostly use theory to improvise. I play a lot of jazz.

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21 Re: How do you guys learn music? on Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:36 pm

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That's part of why I think theory would be cool to know.
Improvisation is really cool, and it's really pretty impossible to play bass along with jazz without knowing at least a fair bit.

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22 Re: How do you guys learn music? on Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:36 pm

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Jazz bass is best bass.


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23 Re: How do you guys learn music? on Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:39 pm

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nastyn8 wrote:I've never heard of doing it like that before. I mostly use theory to improvise. I play a lot of jazz.

I just taught myself errything so I was trying to come up with ways to remember what goes with what.


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24 Re: How do you guys learn music? on Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:40 pm

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Jazz bass is bomb.
I really want to buy a jazz bass.

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25 Re: How do you guys learn music? on Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:41 pm

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Grungie wrote:
nastyn8 wrote:I've never heard of doing it like that before. I mostly use theory to improvise. I play a lot of jazz.

I just taught myself errything so I was trying to come up with ways to remember what goes with what.

That's better than just doing what everyone else does. You're original.

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