In this post we’ll have a look at the “minimal” amount of skills necessary to actually being able to play enjoyable guitar solos.
In the previous part we had an introduction to what music is and how our brain searches for patterns to understand it. In this second part we start to explore in more details all the rules that allow musicians to create these patterns.
This is an “evergreen” question which I keep hearing around and reading about on music related forums and websites, so here is my modest contribution trying to answer such a complex question… … Continue Reading
Often while chatting with friends and students, questions about “what is exactly” or “what are fundamental characteristics” of Progressive Rock compositions comes up.
What I noticed is that many people think that the fundamental characteristics are just presence of Spare Time Signatures (or Odd Time Signatures) and a keyboard player who can play solos… Honestly I find this a wrong definition and also very reductive, so here is some (and I repeat SOME) of the “must have” in order to define a track Progressive Rock or Progressive Metal. With that said remember that music is ART, so it is CREATIVITY mostly and therefore rules are made to be followed and to be broken (when you’ve learned them really well and you became capable of mastering them!).
I play multiple musical instruments, mainly electric guitars, acoustic guitars and classical guitars, but also drums, bass guitars (6 strings and 5 strings) and keyboards.
I have had proper music school for electric organ and keyboards from the age of 11 years old till 16 years old, then I started playing guitars at the age of 16/17 years old. At the age of 21 I started to play bass guitar (4 strings bass) and, later on in my life, I added the study of drums (acoustic and mostly vDrum).
I also had 3 years of private Symphonic music training as well as music theory and music composition on which recently I added music production studies.
As personal passion I am also studying Progressive Rock history, techniques, major bands, philosophy and everything related to Prog music.