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Learning music theory...
    #3465165 - 12/08/04 04:45 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

changes your whole perspective on what is good music and what isn't. I'm just now learning about scales and chords, and it's amazing what I thought was "good" music was actually pretty bad from a technical standpoint, while some other music that I've thought was lame is actually well thought-out and written.

Like, last night, I heard "I Am the Walrus" on the radio and up to now I've always thought it was just a decent song. But now when I hear songs I'm actually listening for the chord progressions and effects used, and from a technical standpoint, this is one of the best songs ever composed. I now understand why the Beatles were so groundbreaking. NOBODY was making music like that back in the 1960s.


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Re: Learning music theory... [Re: ]
    #3465221 - 12/08/04 04:57 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

I didnt find that so much.  I've always been into the complex rhythms associated with drumnbass and Jungle.  Although most people IMO just dont understand them :smile:


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Re: Learning music theory... [Re: ]
    #3465225 - 12/08/04 04:58 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

If you liked a song before learning theory, why shouldn't you still like it after learning theory? You might not think it's as complicated of a song anymore, but that doesn't mean it's a bad song... A great song still has some emotional connection, it still sounds amazing, whatever. If a song is lame, even it's theoretically amazing, it's still lame. Not being theoretically technical is definitely not a reason for a song to be bad.


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Re: Learning music theory... [Re: MovingTarget]
    #3465270 - 12/08/04 05:07 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Well-written music isn't genre-specific. There's a LOT of good drum 'n bass out there.


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Re: Learning music theory... [Re: Letto]
    #3465299 - 12/08/04 05:12 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Good point. I'm just saying though, learning the theory has made me enjoy some songs that I didn't really like before, so now I have another way to enjoy music in addition to just the emotions I feel from it.


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Re: Learning music theory... [Re: ]
    #3465474 - 12/08/04 05:45 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Yes, Max... I have also experienced something very similar as I progress musically. My area of musical interest was widened drastically.

I hear what you are saying about the stuff you "used to think was good"... it's not that it's "not good" now, it's just that it pales in comparison to the more elaborate and creative material that you've opened your eyes to. Does that sound about right? :smile:


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Re: Learning music theory... [Re: ]
    #3465689 - 12/08/04 06:22 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Oh man, getting into advanced theory will BLOW YOUR MIND. It's as complicated as any other science. No wonder they say some of the best musicians are also great at math/science, they are directly related. I don't mean your A minor - G - F, I'm talkin advanced jazz theory, all the different modes, augmented/diminished scales...ahh, I can freak out putting too much thought and time into that stuff. It's certainly not necessary to be a good musican (think Hendrix) but it does open things up and get you thinking about music in a completely different way. It really speeds up the songwriting and practicing process when you're in a band and you all know at least the basics...sucks when your guitarist can play awesome riffs but doesn't know what a C is.


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Re: Learning music theory... [Re: Hendostan]
    #3466273 - 12/08/04 07:37 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

my favorite chords are extension chords... so rich and gorgeous


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Re: Learning music theory... [Re: Blastrid]
    #3466321 - 12/08/04 07:46 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Shit man, was that a joke? :grin: Or is there really a kind of chord called extension chords?

I've never heard of them, if so... can you elaborate?


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Re: Learning music theory... [Re: JacquesCousteau]
    #3466411 - 12/08/04 08:05 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Yeah Jacques that's kinda what I was thinking.

Music theory is just so interesting to me because before I started learning it I didn't think there was some sort of science to making music, but there really is. Advanced music theory really is a science, because it's predictable and reliable just like any other science.


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Re: Learning music theory... [Re: JacquesCousteau]
    #3466435 - 12/08/04 08:08 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

pretty sure he means 9, 11, 13, 7sus4 chords etc., anything besides the regular 1-3-5-7 setup.

never heard the term extention chords, but I've heard those kind of intervals called extentions when referring to such chords.

that's my guess anyways :wink:, and yeah, theory rox my sox :smile:

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Re: Learning music theory... [Re: ]
    #3466539 - 12/08/04 08:23 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Now listen to some good metal and you will be amazed. Its all about music theory and technical proficiency.


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Re: Learning music theory... [Re: Catalysis]
    #3466600 - 12/08/04 08:34 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Yeah, what he said

and listen to some Dream Theater while you're at it


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Re: Learning music theory... [Re: Catalysis]
    #3466836 - 12/08/04 09:15 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

I would listen to some good metal for the music theory aspect of it if it weren't for the fact that it's so often harsh and abrasive.  :sad:


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Re: Learning music theory... [Re: JacquesCousteau]
    #3466893 - 12/08/04 09:26 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Try Some Helstar? I've noticed that the Nosferatu album is actually pretty smooth.


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Re: Learning music theory... [Re: JacquesCousteau]
    #3466911 - 12/08/04 09:29 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

You just have to find the right stuff... some of it is actually very mellow. "Metal" is a VERY broad category and there is probably about 500 sub-genres of it. Death metal, Thrash metal, Jazz metal, Neo-classical metal, Black Metal, Progressive metal.. just to name a few.

What about it do you find abrasive? The vocals? The riffs? What metal bands have you heard turn you away? What metal bands have you heard that you like?
What kind of sound would you like to hear? I can make a few recommendations.


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Re: Learning music theory... [Re: Shroomism]
    #3467006 - 12/08/04 09:44 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

I find screaming abrasive, unless it's done tastefully and rarely, only as an accent to the singing...

I find continuous double-bass drumming to be abrasive.

I find heavy gain guitar with no low end especially abrasive.

I don't remember the names of the bands that turned me away, heh.. it's hard to remember names of bands that don't appeal to you.

But I've had my friend Brandon (FireworksGod) send me various metal that didn't appeal to me at all.. and this was after he said the same thing.. "you just gotta find the right stuff" heh.

I like metal bands that don't sound like what the common stereotypical "metal sound" is. So therefore they might not be classified as metal, and therefore I don't know which metal bands I like. :P

But some examples of somewhat heavy bands that appeal to me would be:

System Of A Down
Chevelle
Dredg
Deftones
Finger Eleven
Nonpoint
Onesidezero
Tool

To pinpoint what it is about these bands that I prefer over most "metal" that I've heard, it's mainly the melodic vocals and lack of generic-metal-sounding "jackhammer" drumming... but there is more to it than that, I'm sure.. just can't pinpoint it really.

P.S. I hate to categorize music by genre. I like bands that I like, and I don't like bands that I don't like. Bands that don't fit cleanly into one genre are much more likely to appeal to me than a band that does fit cleanly into one genre, and this includes metal. That's why most of the bands I listed--while "metal"ish to me--probably aren't considered metal by anyone who "listens to metal".

If that makes any sense. :smile:


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Re: Learning music theory... [Re: JacquesCousteau]
    #3467019 - 12/08/04 09:47 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

the best way to learn anything, is to transcribe it


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Re: Learning music theory... [Re: JacquesCousteau]
    #3468124 - 12/09/04 01:10 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Alright.. I just spent the better part of three hours writing up a metal guide. I hope it helps you find something you like.. check out the 'progressive metal' section particularly. I'm going to be adding more bands over the next couple of days too.. that's just a start.


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Re: Learning music theory... [Re: ]
    #3468149 - 12/09/04 01:14 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

dont fall into the common musical elitist point of view, which is that if the chords arent complex, the song isnt good.

The truth is, anything is great, regardless of its complexity, as long as it can still communicate with you.

Simple can be awesome, complex can be awesome, in the middle can be awesome :smile:

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