In the era of YouTube, and with the ubiquitous presence of camera phones and inexpensive digital recorders capturing almost every mundane moment of modern life, it’s difficult to imagine a musical genre or group of talented musicians remaining undiscovered.
My first two ear training columns (Part 1 and Part 2) outlined techniques intended to strengthen your note-recognition abilities, using the guitar as an ear training tool. This month, I’d like to turn you onto some ear training techniques that use chords.
For our final lesson on chromatics, I thought I'd throw you a little curve and give you a few odd-meter exercises in 5/8. Now you might ask, "Why play anything in 5/8?" Well, I came up with this sequence because it's easier for me to play across the strings.
One of the first scales many guitarists learn is the minor pentatonic scale. Though it is a staple of the rock and blues worlds, many guitarists tend to leave this scale behind when they begin to explore the jazzier side of the music world. While there are a number of scales and modes one needs to learn when studying jazz guitar, we don’t need to forget the material we’ve learned in our rock and blues playing when jumping the fence to the jazz world.
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents an exclusive lesson video with New York City's Resolution15. The song in the video is "Mr. Dark," which is from the band's new album, Svaha. You might notice that the video lacks guitars. That's because Resolution15 is a metal band that uses violins instead of guitars in their thrash, punk and hardcore-influenced music.
After learning a handful of stock chord shapes in first and second position — what are commonly referred to as “open” chords or “cowboy” chords — it can be liberating for your fretting hand to venture beyond the first three frets, move up the neck and get acquainted with the sweet sounds of chords played in the higher positions.
In this series of videos, Guitar World's Andy Aledort explores the classic Jimi Hendrix track "Freedom," as heard on The Cry of Love. After discussing Hendrix's tuning, Andy jumps into the intro, the verses and the solos.
For this blog, I would like to talk about applying the altered dominant scale over a dominant seventh chord in a minor chord progression. The altered dominant scale (sometimes referred to as super locrian) is the seventh mode of the melodic minor scale. It is a widely used favorite among jazz guitarist because of its eerie dissonant tension on the dominant chord creating a pleasant resolution to the tonic chord.
While mixolydian, diminished, Lydian dominant and the altered scale are all fairly common choices when playing over 7th chords in various situations, there is one scale that is often overlooked, but that can add a freshness to your lines and take your playing in new directions at the same time.