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Like a reversible jacket or shirt the pentatonic scale has 2 sides giving you 2 scales for the price of 1! So if you’ve learnt one scale you already know the other one. The most commonly used and learnt version is the minor pentatonic scale which works well in blues, rock and other styles of music. However do you know what this scale also has a major side for songs in a major key?
For example if you’re learnt the B minor pentatonic scale these same notes (B D E F# A) are also the notes of the D major pentatonic scale. Play the same scale pattern but start and end on the D note and it becomes the D major pentatonic scale. This becomes more obvious if you play the scale over a D major chord or a song in the key of D major. Read More
The previous guitar lesson Part 1 – 8 Great Rhythm Guitar Jam Ideas focused on 16th notes to match the drum hi-hat groove and power chords. Here the examples start with power chords then move onto other ideas using a cleaner guitar tone to get the creative juices flowing.
Example #5 simply uses power chords to create accents similar to what you would hear in a typical AC DC or The Who song. Try moving the timing of the A power chords to create different rhythms.
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This example base on an A minor arpeggio sounds clearer with a clean guitar tone. The slower 8th notes of the arpeggio create a nice rhythmic contrast to the faster 16th note rhythms of the drums. Read More
Have you ever found yourself in a jam with other musicians not knowing what to play? In this guitar lesson you will learn how to create rhythm guitar ideas over a simple groove. These 8 great rhythm guitar ideas should kick start your imagination and help you to develop your own ideas over other grooves and chord progressions.
The groove used here is based around the drums playing quick 16th notes on the hi-hat. The chords are A minor with a little bit of C D and G major. So the key is A minor meaning that you can improvise using notes from the A minor pentatonic, A blues scales and the A Dorian mode.
The first idea is a simple 16th note rhythm matching the high-hat and additional 8th note C D G A notes matching the bass at the end of the bars. Read More
What can the guitar gods teach as lesser mortal guitarists who are looking to improve on our instruments? Here we will see what they can teach us with some of the best quotes for guitar players and students.
“How can you learn to play lots of great fast notes when you can’t make a few slow ones sound good?” – Gary Moore
Gary Moore is spot on here. There is no sense in trying to play fast if you can’t play slowly well. When soloing its essential to know the right notes to play. Some of the best players don’t need to play a lot of notes to sound great.
Just listen to BB king and jazz trumpeter Miles Davis for examples of great soloing with minimal notes. The less is more approach often works well verses lots of rubbish throw away notes. Read More
Are you looking to break out a minor pentatonic scale rut on the guitar? Sick of playing the same old tired blues licks? Then this guitar lesson is for you! Here you will learn how to use modes and arpeggios to ground break your guitar soloing into new territory.
Modes are simply the notes of a scale starting at a different point. For example if you play the C major scale starting and ending on the D note you have played what is called the Dorian mode. The Dorian is a “mode of the major scale” that works well in songs in the key of D minor. A great example of this is So What by Miles Davis.
For more info on modes check out Solving The Mystery of Modes.
For the G minor blues example used here we are going to play the G Dorian mode over the G minor chord in song. Read More