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Re: JPG-003 • How To Play What You Hear In Your Head
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2015, 09:41:04 am »
Good stuff!

I have to admit you're poking a sore spot - I guess I am a bit guilty of often practising my fingers and seeking new scales and techniques. Will start singing more in the car from now on ;)

On a more serious note - I have actually also been doing "play what you hear" exercises before... and they are great fun and very beneficial!

I usually start out by playing the melody lines for a bunch of kids songs. Sometimes on one string, sometimes in a certain part of the neck.
But it's also fun to just turn on the radio and challenge yourself like this: before a song is over you should be able to play the basic chord progression (in the beginning one can do this pretty easily with just power chords) and/or melody lines. Time can really fly when doing this exercise. Highly recommended!

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Re: JPG-003 • How To Play What You Hear In Your Head
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2015, 11:54:47 am »
But it's also fun to just turn on the radio and challenge yourself like this: before a song is over you should be able to play the basic chord progression (in the beginning one can do this pretty easily with just power chords) and/or melody lines. Time can really fly when doing this exercise. Highly recommended!

I should do this more but I always find myself playing and refining the same songs over and over again and if time permits I incorporate new techniques. I think I should schedule to do this maybe not every day but at least a couple of times per week.
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Re: JPG-003 • How To Play What You Hear In Your Head
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2015, 05:31:29 pm »
Excellent cast.  I look forward to more.

I like your idea on doing a lesson series on this.

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Re: JPG-003 • How To Play What You Hear In Your Head
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2016, 07:11:05 am »
#3 was of my all time favorite podcasts - saved on the phone for repeated listening.  ;D

One question: when Justin talks about playing the songs we hear in our heads, beginning with Happy Birthday, does he mean the melody or the chords as well? Being able to recognize and play chords by ear ... seems fairly advanced.   ???

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Re: JPG-003 • How To Play What You Hear In Your Head
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2016, 04:48:40 pm »
I'm still listening but isn't what Justin describing- those guys who can just play straight without any effort - perfect pitch. Its rare but people who can play by ear just have perfect pitch.

The rest of us have to labour and learn.

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Re: JPG-003 • How To Play What You Hear In Your Head
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2016, 06:31:12 pm »
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but isn't what Justin describing- those guys who can just play straight without any effort - perfect pitch

No it isn't. Playing by ear and recognizing chord phases or melodies comes with practice.
Perfect pitch is when you can recognizing notes by name and what octave or frequency they
are played in.
I played in a band with a guy who had as close to perfect pitch as I've ever seen and he was impossible
to play with. He was always tuning his guitar and complaining every one was out of tune. This lasted
for a couple of month and we booted him from the band. Everything was great after that.





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Re: JPG-003 • How To Play What You Hear In Your Head
« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2016, 06:59:45 pm »
Perfect pitch = naming the note with no reference, no instrument in your hand.  Sitting in the bath tub, drinking a beer, hearing a note and able to say"that's  F#".

Relative pitch (good relative pitch) = hearing a note and being able to find it quickly on your guitar.  That usually starts by grabbing a note that you think is 'close' to the note you are looking for and once you have done so and have that 'close note' as a reference, being able to know where to go from there to get the note you are looking for.

The better your relative pitch gets the more it approaches the illusion of perfect pitch.

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Re: JPG-003 • How To Play What You Hear In Your Head
« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2016, 05:34:10 am »
Stitch, yes i have heard it was so problematic that it could just be labelled as a medical/psychiatric condition. That is to say, its more of a problem than a blessing.

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Re: JPG-003 • How To Play What You Hear In Your Head
« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2016, 06:35:09 am »
I'm still listening but isn't what Justin describing- those guys who can just play straight without any effort - perfect pitch. Its rare but people who can play by ear just have perfect pitch.

The rest of us have to labour and learn.

Perfect pitch is described above. It is a different skill to being able to simply stay in tune when accompanying yourself, or hearing a notes and finding it on the guitar. No one needs perfect pitch to do this.

Accompanying yourself is often a lot easier than trying to hear a song and replicate it on guitar. For that, you need to know the fretboard well. If you do, chances are your ear for correct notes will be good, as you will have spent a lot of time learning the fretboard.

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Re: JPG-003 • How To Play What You Hear In Your Head
« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2016, 01:05:50 pm »
Good relative pitch in action:

https://youtu.be/_oSCDsyp1i4

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Re: JPG-003 • How To Play What You Hear In Your Head
« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2018, 10:54:29 pm »
i just cant get this at all...suppose i just need to keep practicing it

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Re: JPG-003 • How To Play What You Hear In Your Head
« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2018, 04:43:00 am »
Excellent cast. Look forward to more.

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Re: JPG-003 • How To Play What You Hear In Your Head
« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2018, 08:00:06 am »
Yep, heard this one too. Tried happy birthday with just notes, no chords. That took some time, but i got it in the end.
When i hear something in my head, and that occurs several times a day, i try to remember even try to write it down, wich is not easy. How do i write notes going up and down when i don't know what they are? So, i try to remember and when i get home, i grab my guitar and fumble around.  Sometimes this works, other times i've already forgotten the sequence, but by just noodling around, i sometimes come up with some nice sounding sequences. (to be forgotten when i wake up the next day. I should be writing them down).
 
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Re: JPG-003 • How To Play What You Hear In Your Head
« Reply #14 on: May 30, 2018, 09:34:17 am »
You could try singing them into a recording app on your phone.

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