This month we're gonna talk about harmonics-how to get 'em, where you can find 'em and what you can do with 'em. There are a number of different ways you can make harmonics happen. You can induce 'em with your pick (pinch harmonics), you can tap 'em like Eddie Van Halen does sometimes (tap or touch harmonics) or you can get 'em by lightly resting one of your left-hand fingers on a string and then picking it. The last type are called natural harmonics, and they're the suckers we're gonna be dicking with.
Musicians Institute and Guitar World bring you a new series of guitar lessons with some of the top guitar instructors around. Here, Jeff Marshall gives a lesson on Melodic Shapes: Adding the Second Degree.
Musicians Institute and Guitar World bring you a series of guitar lessons with some of the top guitar instructors around. In this video, Dean Brown gives a lesson on "Minor II-V-I and the Melodic Minor Scale."
One aspect I’ve noticed many players overlook in their quest for “ultimate shred-dom” is the ability to control their instrument. I’m all about blazing through scales and sweeping like hell, but a gratuitous display of such can compromise the melodic development of a line. And when we’re programmed to simply run up and down patterns while taking a solo, our lack of control can get the better of us when we run into speed bumps (pun -- sort of intended).