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How to Create “Outside” Lines with Fourth Intervals

Back in the April 2017 issue, my column focused on fourths when creating rhythm parts and solos.The use of a combination of notes that are fourths apart, known as “stacked fourths” or “quartal voicings,” is a common sound in jazz.On the guitar, stacked fourths are generally very easy to achieve, as all the pairs of adjacent strings, with the exception of the G and B, are a fourth apart, meaning... …

Exploring the Diminished Scale with Alex Skolnick

The diminished scale is a highly useful resource for adding spice to solos, creating unique licks and formulating modernist note sequences.Confusion often stems from the misunderstanding of the term, as it is often misused to describe the type of licks found in FIGURE 1. This arrangement of notes, which fall in minor third intervals, represents a diminished seven arpeggio, which consists of... …

Building Chords and Melodies from Fourth Intervals

This month, I’d like to talk about using fourth intervals as a building block for both chords and solos.Although this lesson leans more on the jazz side of things, this topic can be quite useful for better fretboard understanding even if jazz guitar isn’t your main thing.Quartal harmony—chords voiced in stacked fourth intervals, are a familiar sound in jazz accompaniment, popularized by... …

Metal Allegiance to Launch Self-Titled Debut Album at BackStory Live Interview Event

BackStory, a series of curated live, feature-length interviews with iconic artists and musicians, announces metal heavyweights David Ellefson (Megadeth), Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs), Alex Skolnick (Testament) and Mark Menghi of Metal Allegiance as upcoming guests for an exclusive live interview focusing on the band’s self-titled debut album, and much more. ... …

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