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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-17-2006, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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Ear Training/Improvising Melodies help

Hey everyone,

I thought I'd start a thread focusing on ear training techniques and how to improvise melodies. I'm hoping some of you could share some of your practice techniques.

What are some good practice ideas for learning how to come up with a melody in your head and putting it directly onto the guitar, accurate note-for-note? I've been trying to practice humming different intervals and connecting them together to make melodies, but is there a better way to practice it?

Also I'm planning on going to Musicians Institute next Fall, although I'm a little worried about where my ability on guitar, music reading, and ear training should be.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-17-2006, 10:41 PM
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Re: Ear Training/Improvising Melodies help

as far just making stuff up . I just sit down with my guitar and play around till i find a little groove pattern somthing that is easier to follow . Then i'll add a progression up to a higher note then the next time i play the beggining groove i'll add a lower part . Sort of like steve vai's Kim-pee-du-wi .

If not that way i'll find two cords i like and then add in some little fill scale type runs inbetween . Racer-x's addidcted to that rush is a good example of what i try to do with this approch .

If i am trying to focus more on cords , I'll again find a nice cord alternate pick it and then find another cord in the same key .

I dont worrie much about keys or what notes fit as much as how it sounds , I'll find a scale or mode that fits the progression's key and go from there . I am newer to the hole theory thing though , so i am sure that more advanced players can offer better solutions to ear theory training .

As far as expansion on creating a solo that has melody , i advise you to listen to a lot of different players . All sort of have thier own individual approach to how a solo's melody should come out .

My favorite players to listen to solo are
steve vai
joe satriani
greg howe
paul gilbert
there are plenty of other players out there but those are a few of my favorite

And as far as just doing crazy stuff on guitar
steve vai
Micheal angelo balto
and Bob zubec (i just found out about him and i like his style a lot ) here are some of his clips .




Racer-x 's addidected to that rush

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-18-2006, 02:10 AM
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Re: Ear Training/Improvising Melodies help

sing all of your modes/scales in all keys as you play them. you'll really hear the unique quality of each scale. this way, when you hear something in your head, you'll start to recognize what mode it is your thinking of. sing triads and anything else you can think of.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-19-2006, 11:46 AM
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Re: Ear Training/Improvising Melodies help

I really think that everybody's input is invaluble.
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joe satriani , paul gilbert , steve vai

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