DonaldK’s one thousand, four hundred and eighteen comments

  • Re: Sessions

    Some hexatonic tunes are that way by necessity rather than by design (in the sense of trying to create "ambiguity") and in some cases purely accidentally. So, for example, GHB tunes in Am often use the pentatonic (hexatonic) scale A-B-D-E-(F#)-G. That's b... more…

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    Thanks for that, Conical bore. more…

  • Re: Sessions

    "The lack of knowing the key/ mode of a tune by a backer is epitomised by the horrid sound of an F major chord in an A dorian tune. I think it always hints that the accompanist has studied more Jimmy Page than Reg Hall." more…

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    Ok, so I'm learning a new tune. I can usually work out the tonal centre and the relevant scale within a few notes being played. But I'm not going to know the tune is based on a gapped scale until the very last note is reached so I won't have that informat... more…

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    Jeff, when I'm listening to or accompanying tunes I'm not naming the notes in my head as I go so whether there was a C note or not probably wouldn't register. If I was flat picking the tune then I might think "oh, there wasn't a C in it" when I got to the... more…

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    I'm not convinced by that gapped scale stuff, Richard. The "rule" that says you can only use the notes in a tune to accompany a tune seems purely arbitrary (not sure that Mozart would have gone along with that). more…

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    Yhaal House, more…

  • Re: Sessions

    We have a few C and F tunes but usually at the start of a set. more…

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    Calum, I am usually able to hear the changes but if I get distracted by someone shouting out the supposed key I can often miss the change. more…

  • Re: Employment after ITM at University

    If they're anonymous folk, allan21, how do you know they are uninformed? And what is your agenda? more…