Today we’re going to pick things up where we left off by tackling the notes on the fourth string. And remember, we’re going to be focusing on the prime pitches — that is A, B, C, D, E, F, G — like we did with the fifth and sixth strings. I do this because I’ve learned that simplifying the notes across the fretboard can make things easier for students to master them.
In today’s lesson, we focus on a couple of exercises to help you develop and maintain technique. Once you are familiar with them, exercises like these also can serve as good warmup drills before recording or performing. And it’s worth noting that mastering exercises like these can go a long way to enhancing your general musicality and confidence.
I want to continue improving your knowledge of the fretboard by touching on the topic of chords. Now, most of you probably know all your chords, but what I want to do with this series is really build up your knowledge of the fretboard from the very ground up. So, as with the last lesson, we’ll be starting off with the basics and making sure that you know all your chords with absolute certainty.
What I want to do over the course of this year is introduce you to various concepts and techniques with the ultimate goal of enabling you to improvise across the entire fretboard comfortably and confidently, using pentatonic and diatonic scales. I’m going to break down this knowledge into three categories ...
For many guitarists learning to play solos, it can be easy to fall into a rut based on a certain hand position of a scale, and in doing so forget to play melodically. In this lesson, we will focus on learning to effectively incorporate melody into a solo. After all, iconic melodies are what set great guitar solos apart in many instances.
It's no secret that virtually every kid who picks up a guitar dreams of one thing — playing super fast. And I don’t blame them. Playing fast is fun. It is exhilarating. And it sounds awesome when done right. But here's the thing when it comes to guitar playing and speed: It is fairly easy to learn but hard to master.
One of the most common traps guitarists fall into when learning to solo is that they end up constraining themselves to the “box shape.” While the “boxes” are a great learning tool to start familiarizing yourself with your fret board, I have noticed a lot of my students starting to rely too much on this visual technique when soloing.
One key to becoming a more versatile blues soloist is learning to combine the minor pentatonic and major pentatonic scales to create guitar lines that go beyond the minor pentatonic scale. As a prerequisite to this lesson, you should have a basic understanding of the finger positionings for the minor pentatonic and major pentatonic scales, particularly the first and second positions of both scales.
Being a guitarist involves pushing your boundaries with the instrument. Many players find themselves struggling to develop the physical abilities needed to play like their heroes, and they never settle on a consistent set of exercises because they find themselves drowning in so many different suggestions. In this column, I discuss some essential practice techniques you can work into a simple, short daily routine.