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Start Playing Guitar's 'The Bridge', Vol 2 #1 - I Can't Sing That!
February 01, 2007
Start-Playing-Guitar.com's 'The Bridge'
Volume 2, Issue 1: Play in a new key. How?
New Content on Start-Playing-Guitar.com
Chances are most beginners use guitar TAB more than they use Standard Notation.
If you want a full understanding of TAB: how to read it, how to write it, why many free TAB sites are shutting down... take a look at the new Guitar TAB page.
The Guitar Buying Guide my complete guide to selecting a guitar and getting a good deal, was updated for easier navigation and now has Bottom Line advice.
Work In Progress:
Coming soon to the web-site!
I Can't Sing This... Now what?
If you're like me you decided to learn guitar for two primary reasons: to improve yourself, and to play the songs you love.
You begin by learning string names, some open chords, and a few easy songs.
Somewhere along the way you discover that there's a lot more to playing than learning chords, figuring our strum patterns, or learning a favorite riff or two.
You spend hours learning moveable chord forms, scales, techniques like muting, pull-offs, hammer-ons, more strumming, etc.
Finally, you take the big leap and start to play with others. Almost immediately you're faced with the fact that you need to play chords and notes other than those you practiced. You need to play chords and notes other than those your find written down in TAB or the song books.
Why? The people who sing the songs have a different vocal range than the version you've been learning.
You need to transpose the song to a new key.
Once, not long ago, this would have meant sitting down, working through the song with pencil, paper, and your guitar to methodically determine each new chord.
To do it properly, you would need to study basic music theory, learn about the Circle of Fifths, modes, and more. That could take months of study.
Lucky for us, Jim Fleser created The Chord Wheel.
The Chord Wheel:
The Chord Wheel is published by Hal Leonard.
It's a short 12 pages containing great explanations of how to use the wheel. The wheel that makes it all possibly is on the front cover of the book. Keys, and their associated chords, are layed out clearly. Changing keys is as simple as turning the sturdy dial.
There's even a web-site with additional explanations and tutorials.
You can pick up The Chord Wheel: The Ultimate Tool for All Musicians at Amazon.com for about $11.
Go For A Big Finish!
I hope you've enjoyed this issue of The Bridge. See you next month!
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