We’ll use the A major scale at the fifth position as our example, but you'll want to make sure you can perform this routine in all seven positions of the major scale. This workout starts with the A major scale ascending and descending, with the added element of our right hand, tapping an additional note normally found in the next position of the scale (EXAMPLE 1).
If you take anything away from this pep talk, it's that music is like a language. It's a form of expression that is structured similar to how a book is comprised of chapters, paragraphs, sentences, phrases, questions, answers, words, syllables, etc. Your goal as a practicing musician is to expand your vocabulary, because saying the same thing over and over again isn't very interesting.
Galysh’s next album, an all-blues affair, will be a departure from his mainly instrumental efforts of the past. Featuring his signature guitar work—and now his voice—he will be visiting some blues classics and recording original blues-rock songs.
We tend to play what we practice. Those of us who practice regularly with a metronome are practicing our lines, scales, and arpeggios on the beat. Thus your phrases and lines end up starting and ending on the beat. While there's nothing wrong with this, I find that phrasing like this makes the music feel heavy-footed and less than exciting to listen to.
In this lesson I discuss a few options I use when playing over dominant 7 chords. I’ll take you through a methodical process of using scales that progressively use more and more dissonant notes. It will be this intermingling of consonant and dissonant sounds that will add a lot of interesting elements to your playing and give your solos the contrast that will keep your audience listening.
Great melodies, songs and solos tend to have a “call and response” element. Some like to describe it as a “question and answer” quality. Listen to classic artists like B.B. King, Chuck Berry and Albert King for great examples of this in their vocal melodies and guitar solos.
So you’ve spent time learning some arpeggio shapes. Now what? Arpeggios are a great musical tool that allow you to make melodic statements using harmonic (chordal) information. When playing over chord changes, using arpeggios is the quickest way to navigate your way around them.
These lessons are aimed at breaking through barriers that might be preventing you from improving on the guitar. Some of these lessons will simply give you some good food for thought, and some will be more hands-on. Written to help you get past that plateau, these lessons are here to help you mix things up and keep your relationship with the guitar an interesting one.
This lesson takes the same ideas discussed in my last lesson, "Increase Left-Hand Strength and Produce Great-Sounding Sequences,” and applies them to the diatonic major and minor three-note-per-string scales. It will help you get the seven positions of the major scale memorized, increase your left-hand strength, solidify your alternate picking and deliver some great-sounding sequences.
These lessons are aimed at breaking through barriers that may be preventing you from improving. Some of these lessons will simply give you some good food for thought, and some will be more hands-on. Written to help you get past that plateau, these lessons are here to help you mix things up and keep your relationship with the guitar an interesting one.