Music Theory

No matter if your playing on a dobro, piano, koa guitar, or any other style of any instrument, your playing and overall music comprehension is greatly increased by a greater understanding of music theory. It can of course be a very challenging task, no matter if you play the guitar or anything else, to learn theory especially on your own time. I personally was first truly introduced to music theory when I was a high school student. However, the class I took was very basic and all the lessons were taught using the piano. Browsing through the internet I have come across quite a few blogs that attempt to simplify and teach this very difficult subject. I am very interested in learning more theory, especially as it pertains to guitar and songwriting, however, I am unsure of which blog I should put my trust into and there are SO MANY! Does anybody out there have any suggestions as to any specific site that has a lot of good theory help? For that matter, does anybody know of any books that do a good job of teaching theory? As always I am open to suggestions and would love to hear any helpful information!

Simon

IStillGotMyGuitar

Kid A

To continue on a post from earlier, I am currently studying/listening to/enjoying Kid A by Radiohead. As I said earlier, I am studying them to prepare myself for Bonnaroo this summer, where I will see them live playing their rosewood guitars and manipulating their electronic beats in all their glory. This is the second album of theirs that I have studied and I feel that it picks up right where the first left off. Listening to Kid A however, I start to notice some of the sounds that have led people to compare them to progressive rock bands of old like Pink Floyd (though in my opinion I still believe the comparison is unwarranted, maybe because I am a huge and unfaltering Floyd fan). In some respects I believe it is the elements that make them most like a band like Floyd who has so many abstract songs that separate me from liking this album as much as some of my counterparts. Though it is clearly brilliant and I’m not trying to say I don’t enjoy them, many of the songs on this album see to lack any kind of form. And those that do, such as The National Anthem, eventually completely abandon form. Does anybody have any thought about this? As usual all comments are thoroughly encouraged and enjoyed.

Simon

IStillGotMyGuitar

One Day At A Time

This is another song I wrote a couple years ago and its called One Day At A Time. It cuts out early but not before the song ends. Check it out and please let me know what you think. I’m only playing on a little 50 watt amp so the guitar is pretty quiet and the vocals might be a little overbearing.

lyrics:
-Ive walked out the door, ive begged her to stay
-ive owned the world and ive pissed it all away
-never worryin about tomorrow
-ive begged in the dirt and ive sold my soul
-and now ive nothing left to fill this ole black hole
-no not even til tomorrow
-but i guess i can fill it for today, yeah i guess right now im fealin ok
-ive bitten the bullet, yeah, ive shot it on back
– ive worked so hard and frittered away everything i have
-it never lasted til tomorrow
-ive played the gambler laid down my bets, on cocaine,whiskey, and cigarettes, no no
-it never lasted til tomorrow
-but i guess it can last me for today, yeah i guess right now im feelin ok
-though the sun burns red off that rollin sea
-this darkness still won’t lift itself up off of me
-ive ran and ive ran still here i stand, with nothin but this ole guitar and my own two hands
-to get me through tomorrow
-i remember her taste and those brown eyes, but now ive nothin left but the memory and the ole gray skies
-to get me through tomorrow
-but i guess they can get me through today, yeah i guess right now im feelin ok
-and all the saints theyre burnin in hell, and all the coppers standin stoned
-i join them on Sundays on a city bench, its better than feelin alone
-i have been stoned now for over to weeks, im to tired to wake, hell, im to tired to sleep
-sleep on until tomorrow
-maybe tomorrow il find my way on home, tonight im in a crowded room broke down and so alone
-and will be until tomorrow
-but i guess i can stay here for today, yeah i guess right now im feelin ok

Let me know what you think!

Simon

IStillGotMyGuitar

Radio Head-OK Computer

Though most of the people I associate with would probably consider this blasphemy, I have never been a huge fan of Radio Head. Not necessarily because I dislike their music, but more because I have never really taken the time to study and critically listen to their music, which obviously is more a reflection on me than on the band itself. However, in recent years I have done my best to absorb them as much as I could whenever I have been exposed to this British bands sounds.Now, especially with the summer’s festival line ups coming out, and Bonnaroo hosting Radio Head, I feel compelled more than ever to try to turn over a new leaf in my Radio Head awareness. Of course, I have always found a concert to be more easily appreciated when you are more familiar with the group of people playing their cedar guitars and selling their souls in front of you.  I have decided to begin my studies with their album OK Computer. Though I’m not the biggest fan of g/indie rock, it is easy to see within the first couple times through the album where peoples fascination with them comes from. Especially when trying to consider how progressive this music was when the album came out 15 years ago. Does anybody out there have any particular songs or parts of songs that they would like to point out that might make me more appreciate this album from one of the greatest rock bands of our generation.

Simon

IStillGotMyGuitar