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  • Hey all,

    I have a question for anyone to answer... I'm needing to record for a song that's in the key of D Minor, however, I'm unsure of which tuning will sound the best with this key... .Any suggestions??

    What do y'all think about these guys?
    Does anyone have a quick gypsy jazz lick they'd recommend trying out as an intro into that style of playing? I love that sound but am intimidated by the prospect of beginning the Django "Minor Swing" because I'm still beginner-level.
    Ids Schiere
    Ids Schiere
    Check out Robin Nolan's gypsy jazz club, it has a 14 days free trial at the moment. No credit card or PayPal necessary.

    Hail To The King also it effectively a gypsy jazz solo. That A minor Arpeggios lick is a gypsy jazz lick.
    Ids Schiere
    Ids Schiere
    Also, Minor Swing is arguably one of the easiest Django songs to solo over. I'm not saying what he does is easy but it's really a blues chord progression so not overly complicated. If you land on seconds, sixths every once in a while, throw in some half step bends, predominantly use downstrokes and build your melodies/licks around arpeggios you're well on your way.
    Jaxon Muller
    Jaxon Muller
    Your knowledge is so impressive thanks so much for sharing that additional info!
    I have a question about "Key"... I'm confused on the meaning mostly. If someone says they're playing in the "Key of G" or "Key of C" in a jam session, does that mean the tuning is in G or C? Or does it refer to the the scales and chords that should be played during the jam for continuity within the jamming/playing? Thanks
    Andrei Moraru
    Andrei Moraru
    It refers to the scale in which a song is written. The words key and scale can be used interchangeably on this. The expression is tuning agnostic, meaning you can still play a song in whatever key regardless of the tuning. The CAGED system can be used in any key, you just gotta move up and down the fretboard depending on what key you're playing in (and your tuning). Papa Gates explains the CAGED system in the key of D for example. But if you take those shapes and move them up by 2 frets (or 1 step), you get the CAGED system for the key of E.
    Andrei Moraru
    Andrei Moraru
    As for memorizing each note, you are correct, you kinda have to do that. There are some ways in which you can ease this though. One is the circle of 5ths and the other one is scale formulas. I know Papa Gates mentions both in the lessons and I am fairly certain I made threads about both these topics in the Music Theory forums.
    Jaxon Muller
    Jaxon Muller
    Thanks for your thorough reply I really appreciate it. I've just recently gotten through the first "beginner" lessons on the CAGED system Part 1 and am currently focusing on practicing it to commit it to near-instinct (if possible). I guess I'll also need to go and memorize the notes, too. I feel like the CAGED lessons part 2&3 will probably cover my question as well but was curious how I could start applying what I've already learned to work with regard to the "key" question! Will also get to the circle of fifths lesson down the road! Thanks again! I'll check out your posts, too!
    I feel like Syn Gates is who Johnny Depp wishes he could've been..... no disrespect to Johnny of course.
    Hi Shredders,

    I hope all are doing well during their respective stay-at-home orders across the country/globe. What do you consider the "must-know" chords for every guitarist? I know there are the general campfire chords, but what do you consider essential chords for picking up any song by ear? Maybe that's a bad question but any answers are appreciated. Stay safe everyone! Thanks!
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    Jaxon Muller
    Jaxon Muller
    Thanks for your reply! Do you have any suggestions for achieving that real dark, country twang/sound. I'm not a country guy but some of the real heavy sounding chords that Aaron Lewis plays or like the guitar at the beginning of "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked"? But without having to use the slide
    Ed Seith
    Ed Seith
    Major and minor Cowboy (campfire) chords, along with major and minor barre chords with root on E, A, or D.
    Jaxon Muller
    Jaxon Muller
    Thanks so much!! Very helpful!
    If anyone is looking for a good virtual drinking partner, after practicing of course, I'd highly recommend Christ's youtube show "Drinks With Johnny"... quality content
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