When working on writing melodies for my original compositions, my standard approach is to examine the chord progression in order to determine which scales or modes would best apply. A mode is the notes of scale, such as the major scale, oriented around a different root note and chord; Modes offer great flexibility in terms of the way they relate to a set of chords within relative keys.
Some people consider the Winter NAMM Show the musical-instrument Super Bowl. It's a time for instrument manufacturers and other companies to unveil their new product lines. It's also a time when some of the best musicians in the world head to Anaheim, California, to rock out, share their passion for music and jam with their peers.
Current and former members of Anthrax, Queensryche, Rising Force, Racer X and other metal bands will take part in the 2013 NAMM Metal Jam this Wednesday, January 23, at the Whiskey A-Go Go in West Hollywood, California.
One of my favorite things to do is take a classically flavored chord progression, like the one shown in FIGURE 1, and use it in a rock guitar context. This particular progression is based for the most part on what is known as the cycle of fourths, in that the root note of each of the first five chords is the interval of a fourth above the previous root note.
Kia must be working on building up their rock cred, because just a few months after featuring Motley Crue in their Super Bowl ad, the car company featured none other than Michael Angelo Batio in a new Canadian ad for the Korean-based car company.
I recently interviewed Michael Angelo Batio, who discussed touring, meeting his guitar heroes and recording his upcoming album, which will be out in 2012. Here's part one of our three-part conversation.
For this week's column, I wanted to give some attention to a buddy of mine who is a very promising young guitarist. His name is Florent Atem from Tahiti. He has a very cool technique that he created called slide picking that he will explain in this interview.