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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 05:50 PM
Is this Daune and Dickey's favorite key?

 

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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 06:43 PM
It's a great guitar key you have access to so many octaves and timbres because of where all the notes are on the instrument and how they can sound different in the same octave depending on which string you play it on.....I think A is probably the go to key for most guitarist....or E and those are two keys that can drive horn players crazy

I actually love F and Bb for blues...C is kinda bright and to high for my voice as is D

But I love Cm and Dm

Ok guitarists what's your go to key when you pick it up and just start noodlin??

 

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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 06:46 PM
GREAT topic...

for fun?

A,E or D ( Major or minor)...

for practice ?

working on all modes in all keys..for the First time ever..

 

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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 06:50 PM
When I write it's usually in C, where I'm most familiar with chord relations. For rock and roll A is good. You can play Chuck Berry rhythm staying in the first position on A, D + E.
 

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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 07:09 PM
E, A and D

 

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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 07:20 PM
A is a great guitar key. Jessica, IMoER, Whippin' Post, etc.

Dickey also has this little riff/trick he plays in A, where he holds the low E string down at the 5th fret (A) and the D string down at the 7th fret (A), and picks those two along with the open A string to create this cresendo in A. He does it to close out Les Brers and Jessica and a lot of other tunes.

 

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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 07:23 PM
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Ok guitarists what's your go to key when you pick it up and just start noodlin??


Typically it's A or D. For slide, always open E..

 

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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 07:26 PM
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Ok guitarists what's your go to key when you pick it up and just start noodlin??


Without a doubt it's B minor. A perfect sound to me.

 

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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 07:32 PM
You ever notice how there are the five different types of open chords that everybody knows, (E, A, G, C, and D) which can also be played as barre chords, and how they run into each other up the neck until the pattern starts all over again.

For instance, lets say I start out playing a G chord by barring the 3rd fret and playing the E type chord to get a G. I can then move up barring the 5th fret and play the D style open chord to make a G. From there I can barre the 7th fret and play the C style open chord to make a G. Then I can barre the 10th fret and play an A style open chord there to make a G. Then I can barre the 12th fret use the G style open chord to make a G. By moving up and barring the 15th fret using the E style chord I have now come full circle and am back where I started.

If you know this pattern, the key doesn’t matter.

 

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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 07:49 PM
Guitar - and music, for that matter, is as much math as it is anything.

Symmetry, math, precision... not "sexy" words, but as crucial to music as heart, soul and sweat.

 

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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 07:56 PM
When I pick up the guitar to noodle, E.

When I sing, G.

 

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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 08:08 PM
liketosmoke, I was taught that 'CAGED' theory about 10 yrs ago....good stuff, for sure.

 

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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 08:10 PM
I usually will try and flow from one key to another doing an exercise or chord pattern. I will start at one position and go thru the modes and then move up a fret and repeat. then I will do chord patterns and do the same.

For singing.........well they haven't invented that key yet.

 

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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 08:15 PM
On guitar & piano seem to find myself playing around with major & minor sevenths
 

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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 08:22 PM
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liketosmoke, I was taught that 'CAGED' theory about 10 yrs ago....good stuff, for sure.



Geez, I thought I invented it!!!

But seriously, I am not a player. I learned some music theory when I was young, and I play a little acoustic. I might just go out one day and buy a rig. I would want an old Les Paul with a Twin Reverb amp.

One day I will get one. I love music.

 

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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 08:28 PM
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When I pick up the guitar to noodle, E.

When I sing, G.


Same here Jim. G is the best key for my limited but enthusiastic singing voice, though I do OK in D and A as well.

E is my favorite rock and blues key , especially when I'm doing the minor pentatonic thing up in the 12th fret position and upwards.

Though A would be a very close second...

Sadly, my guitar playing is limited but enthusiastic as well...



[Edited on 12/8/2009 by les_paul_sunburst]

 

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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 08:45 PM
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Ok guitarists what's your go to key when you pick it up and just start noodlin??


Typically it's A or D. For slide, always open E..


I love open E for slide but I've also grown a liking to open G but only on my dobro, Electric Open E. I play a lot more slide in standard tuning...but my accuracy suffers. I really like open E

 

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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 08:51 PM
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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 09:09 PM
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You ever notice how there are the five different types of open chords that everybody knows, (E, A, G, C, and D) which can also be played as barre chords, and how they run into each other up the neck until the pattern starts all over again.

For instance, lets say I start out playing a G chord by barring the 3rd fret and playing the E type chord to get a G. I can then move up barring the 5th fret and play the D style open chord to make a G. From there I can barre the 7th fret and play the C style open chord to make a G. Then I can barre the 10th fret and play an A style open chord there to make a G. Then I can barre the 12th fret use the G style open chord to make a G. By moving up and barring the 15th fret using the E style chord I have now come full circle and am back where I started.

If you know this pattern, the key doesn’t matter.



Hey man,
Thanks for explaining it *that way* - haha , I've heard of The CAGED Theory ..... theory takes me a LONG time to "get it" -

but, haha, the way you just explained that just made a couple years of casual head-scratchin' --- make some sense.

To be honest, while i've seen *some* examples, and obviously use a few of them ---- I *never* knew that for every "open chord", you can barre behind it and move on up .... some of these are gonna take some practice! I know that 'C' one is for me usually a bit of a challenge, finger-wise.

(sorry to go off topic)

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  posted on 12/7/2009 at 10:31 PM
When I started it was only E.

Then

Never used to care, could sing in them all so it didn't matter.

Now

Q flat, my voice is shot.

 

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  posted on 12/8/2009 at 12:56 AM
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Ok guitarists what's your go to key when you pick it up and just start noodlin??


D

 

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  posted on 12/8/2009 at 01:12 AM
A is a player. Used to hate F until I started listening more to Jack Pearson.
Like playing acoustic in open G...C# Minor has is very cool tuning also.

Fun in C# Minor

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPY2Q8gVyBE




[Edited on 12/8/2009 by Haisija]

 

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  posted on 12/8/2009 at 01:18 AM
Nice topic.

 

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  posted on 12/8/2009 at 01:26 AM
I've been a guitar/banjo player my entire adult life, although not in a band. Just at home strumming on my porch,etc.

I always tune to open G or d to start and take it from there. Sometimes drop D, but never standard. When I want something new I try a Joni Mithchell or Indigo Girl tuning.

My favorite key to sing in is D.

 

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  posted on 12/8/2009 at 01:32 AM
Open minor tunings are fun as well, especially when you're depressed.
 
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