With no thirds, sevenths or other notes included in the backing power chords, I have the freedom as a soloist to inject minor or major thirds and sixth and sevenths into my solo lines without them clashing with the chords. In this month’s column, I’d like to focus on two of my favorite scales for soloing that include the above-mentioned intervals: harmonic minor and its fifth mode, Phrygian dominant.
The goal this month is not to talk about the theory behind them, although I will be doing that in the next month or two. It’s to get you adding the pitches, and exploring these notes, aurally, as well as using them in your phrasing. So let me show you what I’m talking about.
Earlier this week, D’Addario introduced its NYXL electric guitar strings — what the company considers the next generation of strings. To celebrate the occasion, D’Addario hosted a star-studded launch party May 1 at the Carle Place Guitar Center in Long Island, New York.
Guitar Center recently started creating "product spotlight" demo videos for gear that happens to be available at their stores. The week' video showcases the 40-watt, all-tube Marshall DSL40C amp, a versatile combo that's great for gigging.
Courtney Love has premiered the music video for her current single, "You Know My Name." The video, which was directed by Maximilla Lukacs, shows the singer trashing a room while wearing a white gown. Love released her double A-side single "Wedding Day/You Know My Name" on May 4.
Last night — or was it early this morning? — Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society performed on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Check out the official clip of "Angel of Mercy" below. The song is from Catacombs of the Black Vatican, the band's new album.
Earlier this week, Stryper's Michael Sweet released an autobiography (Honestly) and a new solo album (I'm Not Your Suicide). Among the album's 13 tracks is a cover of Neil Young's "Heart of Gold" that features vocals by Electra Mustaine, the 16-year-old daughter of Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine.
The minor scale is the most commonly used scale in metal. This month, I’d like to detail the most prevalent minor scales in metal: natural minor (also known as the Aeolian mode), the Dorian mode, the Phrygian mode and the harmonic minor scale.