TL;DR - I’m interested in using IFR to learn to create music from my imagination with sounds on guitar based within the Indie Rock genre (examples below). Coming into an IFR framework, I have some questions:
What alt. guitar tunings balance a symmetrical
fretboard with sounds on this genre?
Is P4 able to do this adequately?
-I’ve read that Eb-Ab-Db-Gb-B-E with a partial capo
on the first four frets will allow for open chords in
pop/rock music while balancing symmetry - Within
IFR is this helpful and/or necessary?
Hey All! I recently received IFR as a gift for Xmas and could not put it down. I’ve loved music my entire life and have been able to sing by ear in musical productions and community choir for years, all without having to read standard notation. If I can listen to it I can sing it, either from my ear or from my imagination.
Last year when I turned 36 I began a life long dream of learning to play guitar. I told my guitar teacher up front I want to learn to play the music I hear in my head, specifically within a rock and roll framework. My teacher was an awesome guy but didn’t have a framework to address some of my key questions around how to get to the place that I can learn and play and create guitar based on audiation.
I recently stopped lessons in order to work solo with IFR based on reading the book and have begun the IFR guitar class and Sing the Numbers #1. The reason being, David addressed right up front in IFR the biggest question I had to my guitar teacher that he didn’t have a framework for learning to address it. So, here I am and excited to learn. Reading “Architect or Bricklayer” literally made me cry. That’s the question I’ve been trying to deal with in music for a very long time.
I always got scared off from guitar lessons before because they felt so mechanized and all the feelings in music that I connected with got lost in the technicality of music theory. Taking lessons, I could see there was likely a way out there to learn without it feeling mechanical and now coming to IFR I’m very eager and hopeful to have found a way that does just that.
So, I’m excited to be here and plan to take all the classes and workshops if I’m able to start creating from my imagination.
Now, that all aside, my questions come out of trying to get started with the method in an optimal way for my goals.
I see complete logic in playing with the P4 tuning, however, after deep diving all over the interwebs I continue to see conflicting answers around what genres you can realistically play with this tuning.
I want to create sounds from my imagination along with the ability to improvise lead and solo within the specific genres of Indie Rock/Dream Pop. I’ve included four favorite songs to give you a sense of what style I’m looking for to both play and create. These are all songs I would like to learn eventually.
My Own Souls Warning - The Killers
Under the Pressure - War on Drugs
World Party - The Waterboys
Hirzel - Andreas Vollenweider
Learning the guitar at the beginning with 4ths makes good sense to me. If I’m able to create and play songs closely approximating the examples above I’m down for it. However, if a different tuning like All 3rds, Standard or All fourths w/ Capo works better, I’m good with that too.
Any thoughts or opinions are welcome and appreciated!