What are Slash Chords? | Q+A

From Adam Neely. Also, can you play an 8/5 time signature, and how do you use the whole tone scale? :18 Is the lick a dead meme? :31 How can I apply Whole Tone scales to my playing? 1:42 What’s the next big thing in music? 2:03 What do (note) over (note) chords mean? 4:43…

Demystifying Songwriting

From Adam Neely. Let’s demystify songwriting! Guitarist/YouTuber/Animator Ben Levin and I wrote a song, and we documented the whole process through the initial sketch to the demo to the final live recording. CHECK OUT THE FULL PERFORMANCE https://youtu.be/OgSESWL8H2I (spotify link) https://open.spotify.com/track/6Cy5WRJqNfwlRT7SDMQBlq?si=m_zWeATbTzS7CiLeAj_79w BEN LEVIN’S CHANNEL https://www.youtube.com/user/nimajqeb The beautiful band… Jessica Kion – Vocals, Bass Ben Levin…

Is playing to track cheating?

From Adam Neely. My band Sungazer plays to backing tracks – are we cheating? Or are we simply continuing the tradition of Pierre Schaefer and the electroacoustic avant-garde of the 1950’s? Or…is that just a pretentious way of justifying lazy practice? I was recently on an episode of PBS Sound Field where I jammed with…

Testing 432 Hz Frequencies (and temperaments)

From Adam Neely. 432 Hz might be how we should be tuning our instruments, but…. …most justifications for 432 require it to be in really wacky tuning systems for the numbers to make any sort of numerological sense. I actually tested some of these tuning systems to hear how they sound. THE THREE TUNINGS I…

What is Polytonality? | Q+A

From Adam Neely. Exploring Polytonality, musical memes, and picardy thirds! Answering all of your questions about bass and music in general. BASS Many thanks to Brendan Hayes, Jeff T, Ike Zhang, Craig Smith, Jack Mahlmann, Emma and James Weidner for their insightful questions. 0:11 What is Polytonality? 6:40 Stop treating music like a meme! 9:05…

Polyrhythmic Juggling

From Adam Neely. Paul Davids and I worked out how to juggle egg shakers polyrhythmically at Thomann’s Gearhead University #tgu19. It turns out that #polyrhythms, when juggled, reveal a lot about coordination and rhythm. Plus, it’s a fun meme game. Go play it! If you do, film you and a friend juggling polyrhythms, upload it…

The Lick in 5/8 for Classical Chamber Ensemble

From Adam Neely. Go check out the full amazing collab over on David Bruce’s channel now! https://youtu.be/nWDITMZW1XE Tantacrul’s Channel: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCl_dlV_7ofr4qeP1drJQ-qg Ben Levin’s Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/nimajqeb Nahre Sol’s Channel: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UC8R8FRt1KcPiR-rtAflXmeg The Chroma Ensemble https://www.chromaensemble.co.uk/ (⌐■_■) ⦿WHAT’S THE BACKGROUND MUSIC?! (my band!)⦿ https://spoti.fi/2AKAAQ6 ⦿ Adam Neely T-shirts! ⦿ https://teespring.com/stores/adam-neely-merchandise ⦿ SUPPORT ME ON PATREON ⦿ http://www.patreon.com/adamneely ⦿ FOLLOW…

Who owns the copyright for AI Music? | Q+A

From Adam Neely. Also, how to get quasi-perfect pitch, learning about emotions and musical intervals, and my personal approach to bass fills! Many thanks to Ben Hudson, james frank, Thomas Carmichael, Trey O’Brien and Freetival Music for their questions! 0:13 Who owns the copyright for AI Music? 4:11 How do the bandleaders on your gig…

Mixing Jazz and J-Pop

From Adam Neely. I played with the J-Music Ensemble and talked with their frontman Patrick Bartley about what drew him to J-Pop and anime music as an American jazz musician, and what the differences and similarities are between the two genres as performing musicians. Check out the J-Music Ensemble on all social media platforms, but…

We played until 1am (a gig vlog)

From Adam Neely. Getting down and dirty with the NY/Nashville Connection at Rockwood Music Hall. Check em out here! https://bit.ly/2VrI2et ARTISTS FEATURED (in order) Jae Soto Melany Watson Chaz Langley Emily Prime Raycee Jones NY/NASHVILLE HOUSE BAND: Ryan Connors – Keys/music direction Josh Bailey – Drums/music direction Kate Steinberg (Emily Prime) – Background Vocals Holly…

How to count 32nd notes? | Q+A

From Adam Neely. Superfast Instagram Q+A time! Thank you all who submitted questions, for consideration in the next Q+A, follow me on instagram at @its_adamneely. (⌐■_■) ⦿ Adam Neely T-shirts! ⦿ https://teespring.com/stores/adam-neely-merchandise ⦿ SUPPORT ME ON PATREON ⦿ http://www.patreon.com/adamneely ⦿ FOLLOW ME ON THE INTERNETS ⦿ http://www.facebook.com/adamneely http://www.instagram.com/its_adamneely ⦿ Check out some of my music…

Reharmonizing “thank u, next”

From Adam Neely. Taking Ariana Grande and adding some delicious jazzchords™️ to her hit song “thank u, next.” Exploring why jazzchords™️ sound great as a story-telling device. Than you to…. YAEVIN – Vocals Meitar Forkosh – Violin Rotem Sivan – Guitar Josh Bailey – Drums/Drum Pad (⌐■_■) ⦿WHAT’S THE BACKGROUND MUSIC?! (my band!)⦿ https://spoti.fi/2AKAAQ6 ⦿…

Japanese Music Notation

From Adam Neely. Western music is read from left to right, but other cultures do it differently. Notational systems reflect the music they express, and sometimes Western notation isn’t the ideal means of expressing musical ideas. Zac Zinger – Sanma Samba (I played on this, check it out!!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=434xCyCSXBg (⌐■_■) ⦿WHAT’S THE BACKGROUND MUSIC?! (my…

Why “Single Ladies” is so cool | Q+A

From Adam Neely. Also, can guitar hero make you a better player, and why do you pronounce the word “leg” so strangely? Many thanks to Language Pepe, rogue cherokee, Carl Enquist, Denny Crane, Ryan Martin, marscrasher, oli dzoli, Bo Diddly and Robert Roberts 0:29 Single Ladies is simple pop trash! 6:17 Can playing guitar hero…

Scotch Snaps in Hip Hop

From Adam Neely. The Scotch Snap is everywhere in modern hip hop – a metrically accented sixteenth note followed by a dotted eighth note. Why is it everywhere? And where did it come from? The answer lies in how American speak english. A Study of Rhythm in London: Is Syllable-timing a Feature of Multicultural London…

Balancing on 1 leg improves your rhythm

From Adam Neely. Basically, the more balanced you are in your body, the better you rhythm good. Single leg balance can help with that. My Mom (Cate Frazier-Neely) https://www.catefnstudios.com/ Embodied Meter: Hierarchical Eigenmodes in Music-Induced Movement http://mp.ucpress.edu/content/28/1/59 Embodied Cognition and Kinesthetic Motion Literature Review https://rhythmcoglab.coursepress.yale.edu/2014/10/27/embodied-cognition-and-kinesthetic-motion-literature-review/ Vestibular influence on auditory metrical interpretation. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0278262607001832?via%3Dihub (⌐■_■) ⦿WHAT’S THE…