Using open strings is a great way to add texture and atmosphere to any chord progression. By adding open strings to even the simplest chords, you can create voicings that sound sophisticated, but are really easy (and fun) to play. They're practical, not intimidating, and most certainly don't sound like "jazz chords."
The guys in Dream Theater recently took a few minutes away from touring in support of their latest album, A Dramatic Turn of Events, to answer some questions about what life is like on the road. Check out the full Q&A below:
Progressive metal icons Dream Theater recently put out the call for fans to send in their videos for the band's song "Lost Not Forgotten," off their latest album, A Dramatic Turn of Events. Yesterday, the band announced the winning video, which you can view below.
Earlier today, several websites picked up on the fact that an advertisement running in this month's issue of Revolver featured what appeared to be the official release date from Periphery's new album. The full-page ad also referenced a guest guitar solo from Dream Theater's John Petrucci.
Before Dream Theater took off I used to teach a lot, and one of the things my students often asked me was how to apply the chromatic scale to practical playing situations. You see, their other teachers would give them chromatic warm-up exercises without providing any explanation of how important and versatile this scale actually is. For the next few months, I'd like to show you how to use the chromatic scale, not just as a tool to build chops but as a melodic device to add color to your playing.
In the media-happy world the Internet has created, most musicians are fairly careful about what they say in the public forum, especially towards other bands. It's not that all bands get along and all musicians truly respect one another, but it's just much easier to not air that kind of dirty laundry in public.