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brads playing style..

Posted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 1:16 pm
by narghile
Hey, just wondering if we can narrow down the scales and keys that brad usually played in, i mean technically theres not to much to decipher here but, by no means am i a musical scholar. :doh:

i get a sense of alot of A's D's and G's so that may be the key of Dmaj

can we tell what he solos in, because there too we dont have alot of variation, well besides the improvisation aspect.

any ideas/input/flames are welcome.

Posted: Mon Dec 25, 2006 8:14 pm
by Poncho
Brad didn't use one particular key... But the key of A seems to show up a lot.

Also, he used pentatonics a lot, and they easy to do... Simply take a major scale, and use degrees 1, 2, 3, 5, 6. Pentatonic, baby...

Posted: Tue Dec 26, 2006 12:30 am
by narghile
ya i was gonna say A at first but, i checked out a key table and G looked closer, so i went with it since theres so few minor chords used, and oh yes the all mighty pentatonics are teh shit! thanks for the reply!

Posted: Tue Dec 26, 2006 9:54 am
by Poncho
Well, minor chords wouldn't effect the keys he uses... For example, G Major doesn't have less minors then A minor. Each keys would have four minor chords and three major chords within them, despite the fact that one is a major key and the other is a minor key.

They key G certainly shows up in Brad's writing a lot. See if you can figure out the keys with this:

A Major is made up of these basic chords: A, Bm, C#m, D, E, F#m G#dim

G Major is made up of these basic chords: G, Am, Bm, C, D, Em, F#dim

Posted: Wed Dec 27, 2006 8:28 am
by swanny

Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2006 12:19 am
by narghile
lol! you win genius.

Posted: Sun Dec 31, 2006 1:19 am
by narghile
this is exactly why i posted this originaly cuz tabs can only take you to that point....

its actually all pretty easy but absolutely boring math kinda stuff,

i think its best to learn the key of Cmaj to start off because its easy to play on guitar, and check out the key of Amin because it uses the same notes, its like the south pole to Cmajors North. now go GOOGLE it...

Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2007 9:31 pm
by Poncho
A Minor is actully more like the relative minor of C Major then the south pole... Regardless...

Scale degrees:

Simply, they break down like this. Let's use C Major here because it contains no sharps or flats.

The notes go like this:

notice how there are eight notes... There are also eight scale degrees. The first one (also known as TONIC), in this case, would be C. The second scale degree would be D, the third would be E, and so on.

Now, pentatonics:

Take this new scale degree information, and do this.

A pentatonic scale consists of scale degrees 1, 2, 3, 5, 6. Using the C Major example from above, you would construct the C Major Pentatonic scale by using the following notes: C, D, E, G, A. It's five notes, hence PENTA.

Hope this helps. Let me know if you need more help.