In this Monster Lick Unleashed, I'm using the diminished 7th scale in the key of E. The notes used in the scale are E, G, Bb and C#. I particularly love this scale for the intense sound it creates when played fast or slow. This scale is perfect to use in combination with the pentatonic.
Hello, and welcome to my new Guitar World instructional column. In the coming months, I’ll share with you some of the guitar-playing concepts and approaches that have helped me develop my technique and overall playing style. I’d like to start off with an examination of ascending scalar shapes that, by design, cover the majority of the fretboard.
If you ask some people in these parts, 2014 wasn't a great year for music. I disagree. I think it kicks 2013's ass. Mind you, my tastes have veered way over into the roots-rock, rockabilly, non-horrible-country arena. Luckily, Sturgill Simpson, Whitey Morgan and Reverend Horton Heat provided me with plenty to listen to.
Like any practice, you actually have to practice in order to learn anything. This is one of the biggest challenges with any skill you want to learn. As soon as we try to start a new habit, all sorts of resistance pops up and creates obstacles to sticking with it. Being masters of rationalization, it’s easy for us to come up with reasons to skip practice. “I don’t have time.” “I don’t know what to practice.”
The Alchemy is Donner’s latest offering to the working guitarist. The effect features eight modulation effects packed into one box. Yes, you’ve probably seen something like this before, but The Alchemy doubles its eight effects with Deluxe or Normal mode and boasts stereo inputs and outputs. At $43, it costs less than a major U.S. city parking ticket.
Lack of inspiration, time commitments such as work, medical problems, loss of interest, even video games are all valid reasons people take a break from playing guitar. I decided to start this series of lessons for anyone who has spent a period of time away from playing. These lessons will help you get back into playing regularly and give you some useful exercises to help rebuild your technique.
One of the many tools that can be used to learn the higher positions is the CAGED system. Though the application can be very useful, aspects of it can be simplified and studied in a more musical approach. Doing this might help you have a better understanding of chord voicing and harmony.
Last year, I gave you a 30-minute guitar workout designed for guitarists with limited practice time. The goal of the workout was to give you an intense 30 minutes of practice. The positive response to this workout inspired me make a new version for 2014. As with my previous workout the goal is the same: 30 minutes of intense practice.
When you first learn the three-note-per-string and/or single position seven-note scale, you learn the patterns starting on the low E string and work your way up to the high E and back. You do this for each of the seven patterns up the neck, practicing and perfecting your scales. This is great! The only problem is, this is how you are training your hands and brain to approach them.