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Thread #26622   Message #321279
Posted By: M. Ted (inactive)
17-Oct-00 - 06:46 PM
Thread Name: Theory questions that make me nuts--
Subject: RE: Theory questions that make me nuts--
You will be surprised to learn, Matt, that Jazz players typically keep extensive files of just this sort of chart--as to people knowing how a song goes, well, maybe they do, and maybe they don't--A lot of people think they know the melody til it comes down to playing it, then they discover that they are a little unclear about the bridge, or overlook a keychange, or play a fifth when the melody goes to a third, and end up in the wrong key for the last measures--I have heard some fairly reputable musicians make these mistakes--inevitably, they say, "That was a really great tune, I gotta learn the music to that for next time"

I will point out that you can generally drop the chart for a tune in front of a good musician and they can play it, whether they've heard it before or not--And anyone who plays a melody instrument ought to be able to read the melody off of a lead sheet--

PeterT--I am sorry if I seem a bit harsh, I am really trying to help people get the information that they need and want--Your questions about augmented chords are answered in every basic music theory class on the first day that they discuss intervals and chords--I am not trying to give you a hard time, especially since you are one of the few serious music students around here--

I will admit, that I sometimes get very despondent when I encounter people who have invested a lot of time and effort in music, and yet do not know the basics, even to the point of insult and arguing with people who try to explain things--