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  • Back in the USSA.

    Posted by albert_d on May 23, 2022 at 6:44 am

    After a few weeks in France and Spain with no guitar, I stayed on plan. As TAC suggests, Plan for disruption. So I took a couple of Music Theory Guitar books (Volume 2 and 3) and read a chapter daily. That kept my head in the fretboard. Upon return (extended for a 5 day quarantine for a positive COVID test after arrival from Madrid [thanks Feast of St. Isidrias]), I’m back and into daily challenges again. And adding a G7sus4 to my Mr. Bojangles and knowing what in the world that means!

    N-lightMike replied 1 year, 11 months ago 5 Members · 7 Replies
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  • stevieblues

    May 23, 2022 at 4:51 pm

    Glad you’re doing alright after a positive covid test. It’s good that you’re back into your routine again. That G7sus4 sounds like a new medicine. Lol

  • Kitman

    May 23, 2022 at 4:59 pm

    Welcome back @albert_d ! Great planning on how to keep your mind in sync with guitar.

    • albert_d

      May 26, 2022 at 8:31 am

      I have a Martin Backpacker I usually take with me @Guitargeezer-Jack but being my focus was to be on the bride of my youth, she appreciated that I left it behind in her honor. (She didn’t mind the Theory books because she was napping as we traveled anyway). That’s part of the trick to getting to 50 years.

  • Guitargeezer-Jack

    May 24, 2022 at 2:26 am

    Hoping your symptoms remain mild and you have no extended effects. albert_d, I am presently traveling overseas in Scandinavia with Viking. They have been proactive regarding COVID as we are tested daily and encouraged to wear masks 😷 when in crowded areas off and on ship.

    I brought my Journey travel guitar along and have put in at least 10 minutes in each day using the ship’s WiFi to link up.

    Last night there was a 60’s music show that was inspiring, had exceptional musicians and vocalists. Terrific guitarist also on board preforms daily.

    It’s great to venture once again out into the World!

  • N-lightMike

    May 25, 2022 at 12:44 pm

    It is a big thing, at least to me, @albert_d , to understand music. A G major chord, for instance is made up of the notes G, B, D. If you add the 7th, you are not talking about the F#, because that would be called a major7th, so it’s the flat 7th, or the note F. Now, you have G, B, D, F. But, a sus 4 would mean that you add the note C and remove the note B. If it has the 3rd, then it’s and “add 4” chord, not a “sus 4” chord. In fact, it would probably be called the “add 11” as it would be the C note from the next octave up.

    So, the G7sus4 would be a G, C, D, F, and you would probably make that by fretting the 1st and 2nd strings at the 1st fret, giving you an F and C notes and taking away the B. Then you would have to mute the 5th string with the ring finger while it’s fretting the 6th string at the 3rd fret. If you are fretting the 5th string at the second fret and allowing the B note to ring out, then it’s a G7 add11, not a G7sus4. These 2 chords are confused all the time. But regardless if the B note is heard, the 2 higher notes still gives it that sustained sound.

    So, understanding all of this is a big deal. And then putting this into a song is an even bigger deal. So this is a great win.

    MG 😀

    • albert_d

      May 26, 2022 at 8:26 am

      And the fun thing is…. I understood everything you just wrote. And even why it adds color to that transition. The theory dimension makes the playing aspect easier. And as my brain ages it makes for much less memorization. I’ve always had a good capacity to memorize things, but with the theoretical understanding it is not nearly as necessary. I welcome our future musings @MikeGaurnier about why or how the music is working. I also am eager to see what the FBW rework looks like.

      • N-lightMike

        May 26, 2022 at 11:26 am

        I am working up a “music theory” video series for YouTube, @albert_d . I absolutely love music theory and it turns out it is an almost never ending rabbit hole. So much fun. I jumped on the chance to “speak music geek” when you said you understood what a G7sus4 was. How much fun is that, really understanding. It might seem so silly or boring to some, but I have spent hours and hours over the last few years slowly but surely absorbing more and more. It’s amazing how many dimensions there are to a system that is based on only 12 elements. Did you know there could be 19 or 24 notes? One of my favorite videos, “Why Are There 12 Notes” by David Bennet Piano:


        I have watched this several times. There’s a lot of stuff involved in answering the question. The other cool thing is to learn about the octaves within the range of human hearing. Anyway, yes, we’ll muse later.

        MG 😀

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