• Melbourne Guitar Show 2016

    Melbourne Guitar Show 2016

    Last Sunday I ventured out to the Melbourne Guitar Show for the afternoon. I mainly went to check out the Guitar Players Acoustic Session and The Finale Jam. Of course there were also all the exhibitor stands full of guitar and bass gear to check out too.
    At these sort of events I personally find it hard to hear or play gear due to so much noise going on and am happy enough just to window shop as I walk by. Any way I probably have more than enough gear and guitars even though there were some good deals on offer! However there were a few products that grabbed my interest and I would recommend checking out.

    Fican Guitars are a range of guitars created by Australian luthier Stuart Monk that looked really interesting. Read More

  • Song Writing Solutions – Modulation, Relative Keys and Chord Substitutions

    Song Writing Solutions – Modulation, Relative Keys and Chord Substitutions

    Here are some ideas to get your music out of a one key or chord progression rut when song writing. A great way to make your song or track more interesting is to change or modulate the key for a bridge / middle eight / break down section. Follow these few simple rules to learn what chords work together.
    Relative Major & Minor
    One common way to modulate (change) to a different key or tonal centre is to move the song to its relative minor or major. For example if you have a song in the key of C Major, A Minor is the relative Minor due to both chords sharing the C and E notes.

    C Major & A Minor | Download
    Listen to the audio of C & Am.

    If the song is in D Minor the relative major is F Major again because both chords share two notes. In this case F and A. Read More

  • 2 Scales For The Price of 1

    2 Scales For The Price of 1

    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

  • Ground Breaking Guitar Solos With Arpeggios & Modes

    Ground Breaking Guitar Solos With Arpeggios & Modes

    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

  • Nutting Out Rhythm Notation

    Nutting Out Rhythm Notation

    In music rhythm is the placement of sounds in time whether it be a drum beat or the strumming of a guitar chord. While many guitarists get by without knowing how to read rhythms it is highly recommended to have a basic knowledge of how rhythms are written in music notation. This will help you to understand better how music works rhythmically and to be able to communicate rhythms to other musicians who aren’t just guitarists such as drummers!
    In music notation, time is notated from left to right. Understanding rhythmic notation is essential to learning and studying rhythm.
    The Beat
    Most music has a steady pulse called the beat. It’s the steady rhythm to which you tap your foot to or dance to. Think of the music you’ve heard in a dance club and you can easily imagine the beat. Read More