Keeping Time and Playing by Feel in Music…

Keeping time and playing by feel… continues to be a fair conversation amongst musicians…
I personally see where ‘both’ have their merits in playing music. A grove can be an ever elusive dance. Being ‘locked-down’ using a metronome can also have its ups and downs!
Ron

Metronome

(… provided by Whisky Sage)
“Playing by feel,” or trying to express emotion is the primary concern of music. Music itself an expressive form, so it’s nigh impossible to play or experience it without any sort of feelings involved…”
… read more here:
https://blognamedmort.com/2013/07/11/playing-by-time-is-what-counts/

Guitar Chords and Scales guide…

I was going through one of my files 
the other day and ran across this small
pamphlet for musicians. 

It's a guitar note and chord musical 
reference guide...

And I want you to have it at no charge!

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Just click on image above or hop-over here to download...
https://www.musicdials.com/MusicDialsReferenceGuide.pdf
(btw, no email opt-in required)

This free booklet includes; Key Signatures and 
the Circles of Fifths, how to play chords 
in accompaniment, playing chord extensions, 
melody and lead notes, scale references, 
and much more.

Enjoy your complimentary pdf download as 
my 20th Anniversary Music Dials gift to you!

... yep, it's free!

Until next time, Jam On!

Ron Greene

Using Fake Amps on Stage for Live Tours…

My realization is that many bands on tour use a back-drop of amplifiers, which not all of them are used. As a way to look bigger than life on stage, this appears to be a subjective matter as to what stage entertainment is all about. My take… no harm, no foul.

You may recall a few weeks ago that Black Veil Brides were called out for using “fake amps” (i.e. staging or dummy cabinets) during Warped Tour. Bands have been using dummy cabs for decades now, so regardless of your thoughts on Black Veil Brides, the entire controversy was extremely dumb. Unfortunately, not everybody has gotten the memo, as a Texas radio station has now singled out Machine Head for doing the same thing during the Rockstar Metal Mayhem Festival… (Lambgoat)
… continue reading > https://lambgoat.com/blog/363/Machine-Head-latest-band-to-be-stupidly-called-out-for-using-fake-amps

Music City to Host 2013 Summer NAMM Show

NAMM shows are always a great place to determine what’s going to be on the music product(s) horizon in the near future… And it appears that Nashville will be the next NAMM gig for those that are interested…
Ron –

story by Chris Cannon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – More than 10,000 attendees of the Summer NAMM show will soon start to arrive in Nashville. One hotel has spent millions in anticipation of their arrival.

The National Association of Music Merchants will hold its summer convention at Music City Center. It is the largest convention to be held in the recently opened facility.

Organizers said the convention is a perfect fit for Nashville.

“It’s all the major companies, new companies, start-up companies, and it’s their opportunity to come here and meet musicians,” said musician Rick Monroe.

… Continue Reading Here >
https://www.newschannel5.com/story/22799475/big-conventions-call-music-city-center-home

Play by Ear

Today, we’ll learn how to play music by ear intrinsically.

Hi, it’s Ron Greene here,

awhile ago we discussed how music theory, and how you might discover some insightful ways to play better on your musical instrument. Also, I provided you with a blurb about my development experiences with the Music Dial.Play music by ear in a band setting

Within this posting I’d love to discuss some thoughts with you, regarding your ability and feelings about… playing music by ear.

Here’s my take on playing music by ear or “play by ear” if you will. It might reference a typical means of playing music without wanting or needing to read notes on a music staff or on a tablature. The ability to play by ear, no doubt, means a lot of different things to a lot of people. To me it seems that on many occasions, playing music by ear would be a practical thing to learn and do. Continue reading Play by Ear

How to Transpose Music

Basic Music Transposition

OK… as we discussed in our recent posts (basic music theory, guitar power chords, et.al.) it was suggested that we visit the subject matter of… Music Transposition.

To transpose music simply means… to change the pitch of each note without changing the relationships between the notes. Now, relationship between notes is one thing, another topic we’ll touch on is, how it actually changes the ‘feel’ of the original composition. But, first let’s take a look at the basic fundamentals. Continue reading How to Transpose Music

Guitar Power Chords

Guitar Power Chords” relating to the Music Dials…

Hi –

Rhythm and chords have always been the popular foundation for all types of music. Power chords are essentially, just 2 (many times 3) of the strongest tonal notes in the key of the song, which creates powerful sounding chords all to themselves.

In this case, by playing these notes as viewed on the Music “Power Chord” Dial, you will immediately find yourself laying down some substantial rock and blues sounds, indeed. Generally, they are played on the lower registered (bass) strings, where they have the most ‘punch’ to them. Continue reading Guitar Power Chords

Basic Music Theory

Hey fellow musicians… Ron Greene here,

There are a lot of decent basic music theory books, tapes etc. on the market these days, and many of them provide good technical content. However, most of the information in them seems to lack specific details that otherwise, really never get you to the point of playing your instrument.

For example, music theory publications do a good job of explaining Key Signatures and the history of music, yet, these subjects might not interest you as much as getting your instrument out and actually getting down to the matter at hand… playing it! Continue reading Basic Music Theory