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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000778.txt from 2002/05

Subj: Re: [kl] "Don't All My Songs Sound the Same?"
Date: Wed, 29 May 2002 22:44:35 -0400

Dont worry Gene your sense of tonality isnt off. In addition to playing
the clarinet I am also a performer in a Punk band as the lead guiatrist
and in
a ska band and a metal band as the bassist. If you strum the open
strings of a guitar the chord you will produce is an Em7 + 4. E A D G B E
lowest to highest. So as you can see the structure of the instrument
lends itself to playing in the keys of G major and E minor which are the
two most commonly used keys in the rock industry. An interesting aside:
You will often hear songs in different but similar keys. The most common
way the less musically inclined bands stray from this rut of Em and G is
to tune their instruments down as much as a minor third or to use a tool
called a capo which stops the strings acting as a new nut for the guitar.
So even when these (rather poor) musicians are playing in a different
key as far as the actual playing is concerned they are playing in the

Happy to be Back,
Wayne P. Hill

PS-For those of you who are jazz guys the lead guitarist of the band
Metallica has a very bluesy solo styling that the concepts of which lend
themselves quite well to just about any other form of music. He has a
book entitled ":The Art of Kirk Hammet" that outlines his trademark
style. It is a very god read, unlike most other rock musicians his
musical background, particularly with theory, is very strong.

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