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Old 07-14-2016, 07:14 PM   #1
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Old 07-14-2016, 07:41 PM   #2
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Yes. It goes like this: "intervals".

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Old 07-14-2016, 07:49 PM   #3
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lol I don't think so, personally. I think it helps on a technical level and can help you figure stuff out quicker, but when it comes to song writing, it's entirely about how you feel at the time and getting that on paper. What ever note you press works.
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Old 07-14-2016, 08:18 PM   #4
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Does this discipline varies for the musicians of which main instrument is different? (For a piano player, violin player, guitar player etc.?)
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Old 07-14-2016, 08:24 PM   #5
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zanshin777,

You should ask less questions and focus on what you want to know. The first step is always to analyse the question itself, because most are not formed in a way that even allows for a proper answer... the first thing is that the question must be a proper question. You will get nowhere asking unanswerable questions... half of all endeavors (even including becoming a guitarist) is accomplished by first asking the right questions.

In this case, your question is incomplete. "Should" is implicitly transitive and requires an object phrase. Without an object there is no proper question, so no answer.

An object would be something like:

"... in order to understand music?"

"... in order to compose music?"

"... in order to perform music?"

"... in order to improvise music?"

Then you can ask:

Are there musicians that understand music without being able to spell intervals fluently?

Are there musicians that compose music without being able to spell intervals fluently?

Are there musicians that perform music without being able to spell intervals fluently?

Are there musicians that improvise music without being able to spell intervals fluently?

The answer to all those is "yes".

So now you can ask:

Should A Songwriter Musician Be Able To Spell Intervals Fluently in order to understand music?"

Should A Songwriter Musician Be Able To Spell Intervals Fluently in order to compose music?"

Should A Songwriter Musician Be Able To Spell Intervals Fluently in order to perform music?"

Should A Songwriter Musician Be Able To Spell Intervals Fluently in order to improvise music?"

So the answer to these examples is certainly "no".

If you select to load a purposely tautological object as something like this:

"... in order to pass an examination testing one's ability to spell intervals fluently?"

then you can ask:

Should A Songwriter Musician Be Able To Spell Intervals Fluently in order to pass an examination testing one's ability to spell intervals fluently?

and the answer may be "yes".
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Thank you very much for detailed answer pauln.

You clarified my question very well.
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Old 07-14-2016, 08:39 PM   #7
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Music schools expect attendants to be able to do that.

So I had thought that a musician should do.

I think most ameteurs which want to be serious at music (analysing and writing music) are curious about what capabilities they should have or what exercises they should do etc.
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zanshin777,

Please do this:

Just you and your guitar, nothing else (no tab, no sheet music, no books, no backing track, etc.)... find about an hour and play your guitar.

Play until you discover something, then come back and describe what you found.
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Intervals concern melodic improvisation much more than songwriting, for me.
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Old 07-26-2016, 04:36 PM   #10
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Should A Songwriter Musician Be Able To Spell Intervalls Fluently? (Up and Down)
Only if he/she needs to describe what they're doing to another (qualified) musician.
Otherwise no.
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