Monster Licks http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/3432/all en Monster Licks Unleashed: Getting Demonic with the B Minor Pentatonic — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/monster-licks-unleashed-getting-demonic-b-minor-pentatonic-video/25245 <!--paging_filter--><p>In this Monster Lick, I'm using the B minor pentatonic scale. The notes are B, D, E, F#, A. </p> <p>A lot of players find the minor pentatonic scale a little limiting at times. I admit that I felt the same way. It took years of hard work to come up with techniques to help get the sound in my head out onto the fretboard. </p> <p>Some of the hurdles players face with this scale is the way it is traditionally taught, as in the two-note-per-string approach. My goal was to use this tonality but have the ferociousness of a player like Steve Vai. </p> <p>I started to experiment using three notes per string instead of the traditional two notes. Immediately this started to open up a whole new world of possibilities. I was able to inject legato patterns and arpeggios and move up and down the neck with freedom.</p> <p>This lick is a prime example of how I construct runs and licks for my soling or while improvising. Obviously, every song or jam is different, but if you can grasp these essential tools, you can then adapt them into any situation. </p> <p><strong>The Lick:</strong></p> <p>I start this lick with a combination of arpeggios. You'll notice all these arpeggios are grouped on three strings. I use these to transition between the pentatonic boxes. At the end of every arpeggio I finish with a three-note-per-string fingering to help transition between the shapes. </p> <p>The thing to note here is how I transition from pentatonic box to box; it is essential that you understand the shapes of the scale, otherwise it will simply just be a bunch of random notes to you. If you don't know the patterns of the pentatonic scale, I recommend you learn them before starting on this lick. It will help you understand what is happening here. </p> <p>As I move up the scale I start to set up the tapping section of the lick. The notes that are tapped are marked "T" on the transcript. The tapping section is a little tricky as I'm using my second and third fingers to do the tapping while still gripping the pick. The reason for this is to make the transition back to picked notes smoothly and seamlessly. </p> <p>I recommend you break this lick down and focus on sections at a time. Although this lick is short, there's a lot of information in here, so the best result would be if you work through it slowly and make sure you master it all! </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/FogNP5nQvc4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/proud_0.jpg" width="620" height="507" alt="proud_0.jpg" /></p> <p><strong>I hope you enjoy this Monster Lick Unleashed! Join me on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/atomicguitaraudio">YouTube right here!</a> Contact me through <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a> or <a href="https://www.facebook.com/glenn.proudfoot">my Facebook page</a>.</strong></p> <p><em>Australia's Glenn Proudfoot has played and toured with major signed bands and artists in Europe and Australia, including progressive rockers Prazsky Vyber. Glenn released his first instrumental solo album, </em>Lick Em<em>, in 2010. It's available on iTunes and at <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a>. His brand-new instrumental album — </em>Ineffable<em> — is out now and is available through <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a> and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/ineffable/id914342943">iTunes</a>.</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/monster-licks-unleashed-getting-demonic-b-minor-pentatonic-video/25245#comments Glenn Proudfoot Monster Licks Monster Licks Unleashed Videos Blogs Lessons Mon, 10 Aug 2015 20:19:21 +0000 Glenn Proudfoot 25245 at http://www.guitarworld.com Monster Licks Unleashed: Take the Blues Scale to Ferocious New Places — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/monster-licks-unleashed-take-blues-scale-ferocious-new-places-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In this Monster Lick, I'm using the E "blues scale." This also is known as the flat five pentatonic scale. The notes in this scale are E, G, A, Bb, B and D. </p> <p>This lick ventures way outside the traditional "blues" use of this scale. </p> <p>It always amazes me how the same six notes, when played with a new spin, can have such a drastic impact. Obviously, speed is a factor here, but for the most part it's all about accentuation or a focus on the flat five note, the Bb. </p> <p>You'll notice throughout the lick that I'm utilizing the dissonance of the flat five to create the intensity of the tonality. This enables me to use this traditional blues scale in a more ferocious environment—sonically and musically. </p> <p>Because my influences are the greats of blues-rock guitar—Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, etc.—I wanted to be able to stick to the same tonality but adapt it to the heavier, more aggressive style of music I tend to lean toward; certainly in the rock genre, anyway. Don’t get me wrong; there's nothing I love more than blasting away over a slow blues, but my natural style is on the heavier side of rock. </p> <p><strong>The Lick:</strong></p> <p>The lick features legato, wide intervals and tapping. Notice the use of the flat five note; you'll see how I use this note almost as a pivot point in the first half of the lick to create the intensity, at least tonally.</p> <p>From there I move into the tapping section. You'll notice I tap three consecutive notes with my second and third fingers on my right hand. I always keep grip of the pick with my thumb and index finger to help with the transitions in and out of the tapping. </p> <p>The next section is by far the trickiest. It requires hard hammering with the left hand to sound the notes correctly while transitioning up and down the neck. It looks cool and sounds even cooler, so it's well worth the effort!</p> <p>Please reference the video and transcript below and work through each section at your own pace. Most of all, have fun!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/XafMn1g9eP0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/proud.jpg" width="620" height="467" alt="proud.jpg" /></p> <p><strong>I hope you enjoy this Monster Lick Unleashed! Join me on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/atomicguitaraudio">YouTube right here!</a> Contact me through <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a> or <a href="https://www.facebook.com/glenn.proudfoot">my Facebook page</a>.</strong></p> <p><em>Australia's Glenn Proudfoot has played and toured with major signed bands and artists in Europe and Australia, including progressive rockers Prazsky Vyber. Glenn released his first instrumental solo album, </em>Lick Em<em>, in 2010. It's available on iTunes and at <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a>. His brand-new instrumental album — </em>Ineffable<em> — is out now and is available through <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a> and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/ineffable/id914342943">iTunes</a>.</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/monster-licks-unleashed-take-blues-scale-ferocious-new-places-video#comments Glenn Proudfoot Monster Licks Monster Licks Unleashed Videos Blogs Lessons Fri, 15 May 2015 18:06:59 +0000 Glenn Proudfoot 24489 at http://www.guitarworld.com Monster Licks Unleashed: Glenn Proudfoot's Tap Fest — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/monster-licks-unleashed-glenn-proudfoots-tap-fest-video <!--paging_filter--><p>I'm using the diminished 7th scale (arpeggio) for this lick. The notes in this arpeggio are E, G, Bb and C#. </p> <p>This lick is very challenging—not for its speed, but for the techniques used. </p> <p>There are no picked notes in this lick; it's all legato and tapping. The big challenge comes with the hammered notes the right-hand index finger hits. While in theory this sounds easy, it's something we generally don't do on the guitar, so it proves quite difficult. </p> <p>Normally we hammer with our second, third or fourth fingers while using our index finger as the pivot point to enable the strength for the hammer. This technique relies on your using your thumb as the sole grip point to create the strength. </p> <p>This is not one of those things that takes months of practice; it will take about an hour or so to really get it happening. The index finger is incredibly strong, so it's just a matter of getting your head around the idea. The key is to practice these hammer-ons and make sure you're sounding all the notes correctly. If not, the lick will lose its appeal. </p> <p>You will notice in the slow demonstration of the lick how hard I'm hitting the notes with my index finger. It's essential to really smack your finger on the note!</p> <p>The possibilities with this technique are endless. It's such a great way to get around the guitar, and it has a very unique sound. You'll also notice in the video that I have a string mute running over the strings. This is just to keep the string noise down. Because I'm not picking any notes the right hand, it's constantly on the move and it makes it harder to mute the strings. You can use anything as a string mute—just wrap some material around the neck of your guitar, and that'll work fine. </p> <p>Don't let any of the above commentary keep you from attempting this lick. These techniques are incredibly fun to play and add to your solos. Just focus on the end result!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5pXffxnUBpE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202015-03-30%20at%202.57.06%20PM.png" width="620" height="385" alt="Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 2.57.06 PM.png" /></p> <p><strong>I hope you enjoy this Monster Lick Unleashed! Join me on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/atomicguitaraudio">YouTube right here!</a> Contact me through <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a> or <a href="https://www.facebook.com/glenn.proudfoot">my Facebook page</a>.</strong></p> <p><em>Australia's Glenn Proudfoot has played and toured with major signed bands and artists in Europe and Australia, including progressive rockers Prazsky Vyber. Glenn released his first instrumental solo album, </em>Lick Em<em>, in 2010. It's available on iTunes and at <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a>. His brand-new instrumental album — </em>Ineffable<em> — is out now and is available through <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a> and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/ineffable/id914342943">iTunes</a>.</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/monster-licks-unleashed-glenn-proudfoots-tap-fest-video#comments Glenn Proudfoot Monster Licks Monster Licks Unleashed Videos News Lessons Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:59:59 +0000 Glenn Proudfoot 23829 at http://www.guitarworld.com Monster Licks Unleashed: Getting Ferocious with a Diminished-Seven Arpeggio — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/monster-licks-unleashed-ferocious-diminished-seven-arpeggio-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In this Monster Lick, I'm using the E-diminished-seven arpeggio and finishing with the pentatonic. </p> <p>This particular combination works incredibly well for heavy rock or a more progressive style of soloing. </p> <p>I tend to use this sort of lick to transition between the scales. Because I predominantly use the pentatonic, I find the diminished seven arpeggio is the perfect ingredient to add some ferociousness into the tonality. </p> <p><strong>The Lick:</strong></p> <p>The techniques used in this lick are legato, tapping and sweep arpeggios, combined with wide stretches to add to the intensity. </p> <p>The very start of the lick, I'm using a diminished-seven run that utilizes string skipping and moves up the neck in fourths. If the stretch is too much for you, start the idea from the ninth fret of the G string, for example. As the lick is in the diminished scale, it is always the same pattern or fingering, so it easily can be moved up or down the scale. </p> <p>There's a lot to take in here, so just work through the lick in parts if necessary. The important thing is to understand the ideas and techniques behind the lick. There's no need to play it exactly as I do or at the same speed; your goal should be to understand the techniques and adapt them to your own soloing ideas. </p> <p>Whenever I learn anything new, the only way I can retain the idea is if I adapt it in my own way to my own style. This enables me to draw from all styles of players in all kinds of genres. </p> <p>Ideas don’t necessarily have to come from guitar players. I constantly see musicians doing things I think would be cool to adapt to the guitar. A lot of my ideas come from drummers, bass players, etc. I'm open to being inspired by anything and everything. I suggest you do the same; open yourself up to the amazing musicianship that's out there. If you keep looking for inspiration from the same place, you'll inevitably run out of creativity.</p> <p>Stay open to all ideas!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/OfPZvFGDy3w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202015-03-16%20at%2010.27.11%20AM.png" width="620" height="397" alt="Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 10.27.11 AM.png" /></p> <p><strong>I hope you enjoy this Monster Lick Unleashed! Join me on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/atomicguitaraudio">YouTube right here!</a> Contact me through <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a> or <a href="https://www.facebook.com/glenn.proudfoot">my Facebook page</a>.</strong></p> <p><em>Australia's Glenn Proudfoot has played and toured with major signed bands and artists in Europe and Australia, including progressive rockers Prazsky Vyber. Glenn released his first instrumental solo album, </em>Lick Em<em>, in 2010. It's available on iTunes and at <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a>. His brand-new instrumental album — </em>Ineffable<em> — is out now and is available through <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a> and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/ineffable/id914342943">iTunes</a>.</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/monster-licks-unleashed-ferocious-diminished-seven-arpeggio-video#comments Glenn Proudfoot Monster Licks Monster Licks Unleashed Videos Blogs Lessons Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:48:56 +0000 Glenn Proudfoot 23732 at http://www.guitarworld.com New Monster Lick Showcases How to Create Legato Runs Using the Pentatonic Scale http://www.guitarworld.com/new-monster-lick-showcases-how-create-legato-runs-using-pentatonic-scale <!--paging_filter--><p>In this Monster Lick, I'm using the "B pentatonic major 3rd scale." This scale is very similar to the B Mixolydian scale, so keep this in mind if you're ever chasing that sound but want to give it a harder edge.</p> <p>Why do I adapt the scale like this? As you might know by now, I base all of my playing around the pentatonic scale. By taking this approach with this tonality, I can still finger the scale somewhat like a normal pentatonic but have the added bonus of being able to keep the tough rock sound. </p> <p>This lick is a real showcase of how you can create legato runs using the pentatonic. Predominantly, legato patterns within the pentatonic consist of two-note-per-string pulls and hammers. I like to adopt a combination of this with a wide intervalic approach to add an extra note to the patterns. </p> <p>The tricky thing with creating legato patterns using three notes per string with the pentatonic is the that you will find you are repeating notes a lot of the time. But this can be used to add some chaos to the lick! I embrace the repeated notes but also switch between two- and three-note patterns to add some real madness to the tonality. </p> <p>You'll notice that most of the three-note lines are based around the actual major 3rd note, which in this case is the Eb, the reason being that this extra note enables a more modal-style approach rather than the traditional pentatonic box form approach. </p> <p><strong>The Lick:</strong></p> <p>The stretches may prove a little too much for some. If this being the case, I suggest you start the lick in a higher position on the neck. As with all of these licks, just break it down into sections so it's easier to digest and see what's going on. The main thing is that you understand (from a theoretical standpoint) how I approach this. Once you understand the theory, you can go on and adapt it to your soloing and create your own version of this idea. </p> <p>Note how I use the added note, in this case the Eb. This is the key for setting up the tonality and the runs. Wherever possible, I try to emphasize the note I'm adding to the scale as much as possible. This is what will give your playing a fresh, new sound. </p> <p><strong>I hope you enjoy this Monster Lick! Please join me on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/atomicguitaraudio">YouTube right here!</a> Or contact me at <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a> or <a href="https://www.facebook.com/glenn.proudfoot">my Facebook page</a>.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/KYSwA2xKQos" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202014-03-04%20at%2012.44.40%20PM.png" width="620" height="564" alt="Screen Shot 2014-03-04 at 12.44.40 PM.png" /></p> <p><em>Australia's Glenn Proudfoot has played and toured with major signed bands and artists in Europe and Australia, including progressive rockers Prazsky Vyber. Glenn released his first instrumental solo album, </em>Lick Em<em>, in 2010. It is available on iTunes and at <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a>. His latest album — a still-untitled all-instrumental release — will be available in March 2014.</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/new-monster-lick-showcases-how-create-legato-runs-using-pentatonic-scale#comments Glenn Proudfoot Monster Licks Blogs Lessons Mon, 16 Mar 2015 12:25:07 +0000 Glenn Proudfoot 20639 at http://www.guitarworld.com Monster Licks Unleashed: Tapping Into the Blues Scale — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/monster-licks-unleashed-tapping-blues-scale-video <!--paging_filter--><p>I'm using the pentatonic flat five scale (blues scale) in the key of B for this lick. The notes in this scale are B, D, E, F, F#, A, with the F being the flat five or added note. </p> <p>Without a doubt, the blues scale is one of the most frequently used scales in rock soloing, and for good reason! </p> <p>When played slow and clean, it sounds very dark, dirty and bluesy. When played more aggressively with legato and tapping, it sounds incredibly modern. It’s adaptable to so many different genres of music; this is why it's the scale of choice for so many guitarists. </p> <p>My love of this scale really helped enhance my technique. It made me constantly push for new ideas and ways to play, rather than search for new tonalities. I focused on how to get more out of this one scale. </p> <p>I could never really connect to the modal approach to guitar playing. For me it always sounded too jazzy. This is why I spent so much time developing my pentatonic playing. </p> <p><strong>The Lick:</strong></p> <p>I start this lick in the first position of the pentatonic scale. By adding the flat five, it gives me the three notes on the G string, which enables me to launch into the legato pattern to kick off the lick. </p> <p>Once the legato is rolling, I take this idea through to the high E string. From there I start incorporating tapping into the lick. The tapping section begins with three consecutive tapped notes with my second and third fingers on my right hand (tapped notes are marked with a "T" on the transcript). The reason for tapping with these fingers is so I don't have to change my pick grip; this allows for me to swap in and out of these techniques with ease. </p> <p>It's important to identify the transitions between legato and the tapping sections and to focus on these parts, as they are the key to pulling off the lick. You want the transitions to be seamless, as if you're not changing techniques at all. This is done by slowing down the lick and practicing hard. I suggest you work through the lick slowly and identify any parts that are problematic. From there, focus your practice time on those problematic parts. This is the best way to maximize your practice and get the best results. </p> <p>As with all of these licks, the idea is for you to incorporate some of these techniques into your own playing. This lick is an example; you don't need to be able to play it exactly as I do. Just understand how I created it and play it. This is done by understanding where the tonality comes from and working hard on the technical aspects of the lick. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WePBYtTx93o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202015-03-03%20at%201.46.06%20PM.png" width="620" height="515" alt="Screen Shot 2015-03-03 at 1.46.06 PM.png" /></p> <p><strong>I hope you enjoy this Monster Lick Unleashed! Join me on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/atomicguitaraudio">YouTube right here!</a> Contact me through <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a> or <a href="https://www.facebook.com/glenn.proudfoot">my Facebook page</a>.</strong></p> <p><em>Australia's Glenn Proudfoot has played and toured with major signed bands and artists in Europe and Australia, including progressive rockers Prazsky Vyber. Glenn released his first instrumental solo album, </em>Lick Em<em>, in 2010. It's available on iTunes and at <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a>. His brand-new instrumental album — </em>Ineffable<em> — is out now and is available through <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a> and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/ineffable/id914342943">iTunes</a>.</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/monster-licks-unleashed-tapping-blues-scale-video#comments Glenn Proudfoot Monster Licks Monster Licks Unleashed Videos Blogs Lessons Tue, 03 Mar 2015 18:53:45 +0000 Glenn Proudfoot 23645 at http://www.guitarworld.com Monster Licks Unleashed: Stretching the Limits with Glenn Proudfoot http://www.guitarworld.com/monster-licks-unleashed-stretching-limits-glenn-proudfoot <!--paging_filter--><p>In this Monster Lick Unleashed, I'm using the diminished 7th scale in the key of E. The notes used in the scale are E, G, Bb and C#. </p> <p>I particularly love this scale for the intense sound it creates when played fast or slow. This scale is perfect to use in combination with the pentatonic. </p> <p>This lick combines some of my favorite techniques for creating runs and passages in solos. I'm always looking to keep a flow going with my soloing. My goal is always to be able to switch in and out of different techniques with ease and fluidity. </p> <p>Obviously, I practice every separate technique with intensity until I have it mastered, but when it comes time to add the ideas to my soling, I focus very heavily on the transitions between the different techniques. </p> <p>This lick is very fast and out there, but the thing to take from it is how you can combine these techniques. This is an extreme example, but you can apply the same ideas to any style of solo. </p> <p>When I'm writing music, I tend to break up these techniques more and focus on melody rather than pure shred. There are sections in some of my songs where things get really crazy, but for the most part when using these techniques I wouldn't shred them out like this. </p> <p>But this is how I practice them. I push myself to the maximum when practicing things like this, so when it comes time to write, I can whip out these ideas with no problem. This should be your focus, too. Push yourself to your limits. </p> <p>All of us have different ways of playing and various styles; it's not important to play this exactly the way I do. What's important is that you understand the ideas and techniques behind the lick and create your own version. </p> <p><strong>I hope you enjoy this Monster Lick Unleashed! Join me on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/atomicguitaraudio">YouTube right here!</a> Contact me through <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a> or <a href="https://www.facebook.com/glenn.proudfoot">my Facebook page</a>.</strong></p> <p><em>Australia's Glenn Proudfoot has played and toured with major signed bands and artists in Europe and Australia, including progressive rockers Prazsky Vyber. Glenn released his first instrumental solo album, </em>Lick Em<em>, in 2010. It's available on iTunes and at <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a>. His brand-new instrumental album — </em>Ineffable<em> — is out now and is available through <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a> and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/ineffable/id914342943">iTunes</a>.</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Za15JBqPj-4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View Monster Licks - Unleashed No 5a on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/250512223/Monster-Licks-Unleashed-No-5a" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Monster Licks - Unleashed No 5a</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/250512223/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_84838" width="100%" height="600" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/monster-licks-unleashed-stretching-limits-glenn-proudfoot#comments Glenn Proudfoot Monster Licks Monster Licks Unleashed Videos Blogs Lessons Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:36:24 +0000 Glenn Proudfoot 23146 at http://www.guitarworld.com Monster Licks Unleashed with Glenn Proudfoot: Blues Scale Chaos — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/monster-licks-unleashed-glenn-proudfoot-blues-scale-chaos-video <!--paging_filter--><p>I've found that incorporating the flat 5, major 3rd or 6th into the pentatonic scale can really open up your legato possibilities.</p> <p>Obviously, there's a drastic tonal difference between these notes, but as they are being added to the minor pentatonic, tonally you can get away with it, especially when playing at speed. </p> <p>It creates a very chaotic, manic-sounding effect, which is right up my alley. </p> <p>Players often will combine lots of different modes, etc., to their soloing. I do the same but with a different approach; I base everything around the pentatonic, so instead of playing modes, I simply add the notes to the pentatonic. This way, I always have that rock base behind the sound. </p> <p><strong>The Lick:</strong></p> <p>The stretches are the main challenge here. If they're too much for you, simply move the idea up the neck into a different key where the pattern is more comfortable. Then you can slowly start to move it back down. </p> <p>Once you start to work through the legato pattern, you'll notice the pattern repeats, so the motivation should be that you'll be able to adapt this technique to create your own runs in any position. </p> <p>This sound is captured purely from blues-based scales. It is created by combining two patterns of the pentatonic, rather than playing the scale in the traditional two-note-per-string form. </p> <p>The great thing is you can adapt this idea into many different genres. You can give it a different feel or use it with a cleaner sound, etc. It doesn’t have to be played at a million mph to sound great; it can be used in many different ways. This is just an example of how far you can take the idea. </p> <p><strong>I hope you enjoy this Monster Lick Unleashed! Join me on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/atomicguitaraudio">YouTube right here!</a> Contact me through <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a> or <a href="https://www.facebook.com/glenn.proudfoot">my Facebook page</a>.</strong></p> <p><em>Australia's Glenn Proudfoot has played and toured with major signed bands and artists in Europe and Australia, including progressive rockers Prazsky Vyber. Glenn released his first instrumental solo album, </em>Lick Em<em>, in 2010. It's available on iTunes and at <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a>. His brand-new instrumental album — </em>Ineffable<em> — is out now and is available through <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a> and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/ineffable/id914342943">iTunes</a>.</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/JiAgKhw9g74" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View Monster Licks - Unleashed No 4a on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/247980869/Monster-Licks-Unleashed-No-4a" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Monster Licks - Unleashed No 4a</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/247980869/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_55866" width="100%" height="600" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/monster-licks-unleashed-glenn-proudfoot-blues-scale-chaos-video#comments Glenn Proudfoot Monster Licks Monster Licks Unleashed Videos Blogs News Lessons Sun, 23 Nov 2014 23:13:45 +0000 Glenn Proudfoot 22944 at http://www.guitarworld.com Monster Licks Unleashed: Glenn Proudfoot Unleashes the Madness — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/monster-licks-unleashed-glenn-proudfoot-unleashes-madness-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In this Monster Lick Unleashed, I'm using the diminished 7th scale in the key of E. </p> <p>This is a real technical challenge because I'm switching my fretting hand over the top of the fretboard to play one of the arpeggio sections. This should only be looked at as a technical challenge and nothing more. </p> <p>Whenever you stretch your metal and physical boundaries, you are growing as a player and musician.</p> <p>Many of us fall into the trap of practicing the same old stuff over and over again. This is why so many players find they hit a point where they don't get better. This has nothing to do with age or physical limitations; it's because they are not practicing or challenging themselves. They are doing nothing but maintaining. </p> <p>In no way am I suggesting you must practice eight hours a day. The point is to challenge yourself for no reason other than to improve your skills. </p> <p><strong>The Lick:</strong></p> <p>The start of this lick utilizes three-note-per-string legato and string skipping. As I am moving down the the neck, the legato patterns are moving forward (starting with the index finger). When I'm moving back up the neck, the legato patterns are moving backwards (starting with the pinky/little finger). This will help you if you want to expand on this legato idea and create your own runs.</p> <p>The transition to the "over the top" section starts with a six-string arpeggio. This begins on the ninth fret of the high E and finishes on the 12th fret of the low E. This note is what creates the pivot point to swing your hand over the top. This is, by far, the trickiest part of the lick. It’s important to master this slowly first then take it up to speed. Make sure your thumb is supporting your fretting hand behind the neck, just as if you were fretting the guitar in the normal position. This will give you the strength you need to fret the notes correctly. </p> <p>The transition back is the same as the first transition. Focus on these sections; they are the key to mastering this technique. The lick finishes with a legato tapping line and then another six-string arpeggio. </p> <p>As I said above, the important thing is to enjoy the challenge. There are plenty of ideas and techniques here that you can adapt to your own soloing and playing. </p> <p><strong>I hope you enjoy this Monster Lick Unleashed! Join me on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/atomicguitaraudio">YouTube right here!</a> Contact me through <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a> or <a href="https://www.facebook.com/glenn.proudfoot">my Facebook page</a>.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/uTRJyiCO5TM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/tab_9.jpg" width="620" height="550" alt="tab_9.jpg" /></p> <p><em>Australia's Glenn Proudfoot has played and toured with major signed bands and artists in Europe and Australia, including progressive rockers Prazsky Vyber. Glenn released his first instrumental solo album, </em>Lick Em<em>, in 2010. It is available on iTunes and at <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a>. His latest album — <em>Ineffable</em> — will be out soon and is available for pre-order through <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a> and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/ineffable/id914342943">iTunes</a>.</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/monster-licks-unleashed-glenn-proudfoot-unleashes-madness-video#comments Glenn Proudfoot Monster Licks Monster Licks Unleashed Videos Blogs Lessons Tue, 11 Nov 2014 16:01:02 +0000 Glenn Proudfoot 22830 at http://www.guitarworld.com Monster Licks Unleashed: Slipping and Sliding with the Diminished 7th — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/monster-licks-unleashed-slipping-and-sliding-diminished-7th-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In this episode of Monster Lick Unleashed, I'm incorporating the diminished 7th scale in the key of E minor. </p> <p>Don’t be fooled by the way I'm playing this lick. I'm targeting a heavy sound and style, but you can just as easily use this combination for blues or jazz. You should be able to hear these qualities in the lick when you watch the slow demonstration in the video below. </p> <p>Although I'm using the diminished 7th scale, I'm constantly thinking of the pentatonic scale. This might sound a little strange, but for me, the key to developing a fluent style is to be aware of all the pentatonic boxes or notes other scales use and cross. </p> <p>I found early on that I could learn a lot of different scales with no problem, as I'm sure you can too. The issue was is that when I would try to incorporate them into my improvising or soloing, I'd get lost or trapped in that scale. It was through listening to players like Robben Ford and Scott Henderson that I started to hear how they'd morph licks out of the pentatonic scale.</p> <p>This is, in no way, a jazz or fusion lick; what I'm hoping to do with the above explanation is help you to understand how players incorporate different scales into their playing somewhat effortlessly. This is the approach I use, and I'm sure it will work for you. </p> <p>There's no use learning anything you can't use for soloing or to help with your songwriting, etc. These licks aren't just exercises; they are potentially the basis for a lot of ways to solo. All of these techniques obviously create different sounds and also will make you play differently. </p> <p>This is very important! After all, we have only 12 different tones we can use. So techniques and and tonal combinations are key to creating different sounding solos.</p> <p><strong>The Lick: </strong></p> <p>The opening of this lick will take a little practice to get used to. It involves string skipping along with tapping and wide stretches—a real recipe for a lot of practice! </p> <p>Make sure the transitions from string to string are even. This is particularly tricky as you are going to have to hammer the note with your index finger quite hard to sound the note. Hammering with the index finger isn't something we tend to do a lot of on the guitar without picking the note first. So be sure to focus on it and get it sounding right. </p> <p>Also, if the stretches are a little to wide for you or making your hand uncomfortable, simply move the idea further up the fretboard to a position you feel more comfortable with. Like all of these licks, the idea is is that you understand the techniques and adapt them to your own sound a style of playing. </p> <p><strong>I hope you enjoy this Monster Lick Unleashed! Join me on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/atomicguitaraudio">YouTube right here!</a> Contact me through <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a> or <a href="https://www.facebook.com/glenn.proudfoot">my Facebook page</a>.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/E-k8lHeiobw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202014-11-05%20at%2012.24.55%20PM.png" width="620" height="601" alt="Screen Shot 2014-11-05 at 12.24.55 PM.png" /></p> <p><em>Australia's Glenn Proudfoot has played and toured with major signed bands and artists in Europe and Australia, including progressive rockers Prazsky Vyber. Glenn released his first instrumental solo album, </em>Lick Em<em>, in 2010. It is available on iTunes and at <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a>. His latest album — <em>Ineffable</em> — will be out soon and is available for pre-order through <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a> and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/ineffable/id914342943">iTunes</a>.</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/monster-licks-unleashed-slipping-and-sliding-diminished-7th-video#comments Glenn Proudfoot Monster Licks Monster Licks Unleashed Videos Blogs Lessons Wed, 05 Nov 2014 17:28:33 +0000 Glenn Proudfoot 22789 at http://www.guitarworld.com Monster Licks Unleashed: An Unconventional Approach to Tapping — with Tab and Video http://www.guitarworld.com/monster-licks-unleashed-unusual-approach-tapping-tab-and-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In this episode of Monster Licks Unleashed (my brand-new series of lessons and videos), I'm using the Diminished 7th scale in the key of E minor. </p> <p>This scale is one of my favorites to use in conjunction with the minor pentatonic in the relative key. It creates tonal space while giving your solos and runs a very intense element, which is essential for heavier styles of music. </p> <p>The techniques used in this lick are legato and tapping. The tapping approach isn't the normal or traditional approach to tapping. Once I launch into the first tapped notes, I no longer pick notes with my right hand; everything is either hammered or tapped. </p> <p>This is a very easy concept to understand, but it requires a lot of practice and attention to the hammered and tapping parts. As a general rule, I try to tap the notes with my right hand quite hard to pronounce them correctly. The higher up the neck you tap, the harder the it becomes, so it requires more force. </p> <p>This can prove tricky when you're trying to bring the lick up to speed. But like anything, practice makes perfect!</p> <p>I suggest practicing this lick with a clean sound slowly. As you start to get comfortable, add some gain. </p> <p>You also will notice I have a string mute running across the fretboard. This is simply a shoelace. Any piece of material can do this. The idea is to have it tight enough to deaden the strings but not so tight that it bars the notes like a capo. This helps with the excess noise that can occur when applying this technique, especially with gain. The string mute is in no way a necessity. It just helps with the overall sound of the lick. </p> <p><strong>The Lick:</strong></p> <p>The main section to watch out for here is in the second bar of this lick, where I start to incorporate my right-hand tapping; from this point onwards, all notes — right- and left-hand — are hammered. Although hammering with your left hand would normally cause no real problems, in this case, as we are hammering all the notes with no picked notes, pronunciation becomes key. The goal should be to focus on sounding all of the notes as close to the same volume as possible. Focus on the slow demonstration of the lick to grasp exactly how the notes should be sounded. </p> <p><strong>I hope you enjoy this Monster Lick Unleashed! Join me on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/atomicguitaraudio">YouTube right here!</a> Contact me through <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a> or <a href="https://www.facebook.com/glenn.proudfoot">my Facebook page</a>.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/kneuJ78aA9U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202014-10-10%20at%202.57.48%20PM.png" width="620" height="641" alt="Screen Shot 2014-10-10 at 2.57.48 PM.png" /></p> <p><em>Australia's Glenn Proudfoot has played and toured with major signed bands and artists in Europe and Australia, including progressive rockers Prazsky Vyber. Glenn released his first instrumental solo album, </em>Lick Em<em>, in 2010. It is available on iTunes and at <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a>. His latest album — <em>Ineffable</em> — will be out soon and is available for pre-order through <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a> and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/ineffable/id914342943">iTunes</a>.</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/monster-licks-unleashed-unusual-approach-tapping-tab-and-video#comments Glenn Proudfoot Monster Licks Monster Licks Unleashed Videos Blogs Lessons Fri, 10 Oct 2014 19:13:27 +0000 Glenn Proudfoot 22561 at http://www.guitarworld.com Monster Licks: Your Basic "Over the Top" Shred Lick http://www.guitarworld.com/monster-licks-your-basic-over-top-shred-lick <!--paging_filter--><p>In this Monster Lick, I'm using what I call the "E pentatonic major 3rd" scale — E, G#, A, B, D, E.</p> <p>I'm substituting the minor 3rd (G) for the major 3rd (G#). Often, I'll keep the minor 3rd in the scale as well, because it gives it a harder edge. </p> <p>Tonally, when you add the major 3rd and substitute it for the minor 3rd, you get a real Mixolydian sound. It is very important to understand what happens when you add and subtract notes, too — or from a scale.</p> <p>I use this particular variation of the scale a lot, especially when Im creating melodies that need to have a bit of "cheek" about them. This sound reminds me of something Steve Vai would use. The character Steve injects into his playing is genius, and this is a way (tonally) I've found to help me capture a bit of that.</p> <p>That said, this is a total shred lick. There is no character or melody in this; it's purely an example of how far you can take the scale idea. </p> <p><strong>The Lick:</strong></p> <p>I start this lick on the 12th fret of the low E string. From there I play two three-string arpeggios moving down the neck until I hit the B string. Once I reach the B string, I play a four-string arpeggio leading back up to the A string then into two more three-string arpeggios. There's a small legato transition before a six-string arpeggio that leads into the over-the-top section. </p> <p>NOTE: Whenever you see an arpeggio (They are easy to identify because they run diagonally across the transcript), they are all picked using sweep picking, meaning one continuous stroke up or down the strings, like strumming a chord. Even though the picking is all in one direction, it must be a controlled motion. It's essential to make sure your right and left hands are syncopated, no matter what speed you're playing at.</p> <p>As explained in previous Monster Licks columns, the over-the-top sections are great for a challenge but not necessary. I certainly don’t concern myself with techniques like this when I'm writing music, and neither should you. But they are fun to rip out and show your friends! Just look at it as a challenge, nothing more. </p> <p>The important thing is to get a grasp tonally on what is happening here, and also to understand how the arpeggios are constructed. Like all of these licks, it's not important to be able to play them note for note or as fast as I do here. What's important is that you take something away from it and add it to your arsenal of licks!</p> <p><strong>I hope you enjoy this Monster Lick! Please join me on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/atomicguitaraudio">YouTube right here!</a> Or contact me at <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a> or <a href="https://www.facebook.com/glenn.proudfoot">my Facebook page</a>.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/sh0_2xB7kX4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202014-02-12%20at%204.20.42%20PM.png" width="620" height="477" alt="Screen Shot 2014-02-12 at 4.20.42 PM.png" /></p> <p><em>Australia's Glenn Proudfoot has played and toured with major signed bands and artists in Europe and Australia, including progressive rockers Prazsky Vyber. Glenn released his first instrumental solo album, </em>Lick Em<em>, in 2010. It is available on iTunes and at <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a>.</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/monster-licks-your-basic-over-top-shred-lick#comments Glenn Proudfoot Monster Licks Blogs Lessons Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:56:14 +0000 Glenn Proudfoot 20479 at http://www.guitarworld.com Monster Licks: G Wiz — Experimenting with Different Shades of G http://www.guitarworld.com/monster-licks-g-wiz-experimenting-different-shades-g <!--paging_filter--><p>In this Monster Lick, I'm using a variation of the G pentatonic scale. The scales used are the flat five (or blues scale), major 3rd and major 6th pentatonic. This is achieved simply by adding the above scale tones to the standard minor pentatonic. </p> <p>The notes in the G minor pentatonic are G, Bb (or A#), C, D, F. The flat five is a Db (or C#), the major 3rd is a B and the major 6th is an E. </p> <p>You simply add these notes to the minor pentatonic to get the sound. You don't substitute any note; you add one of the above notes to the straight minor pentatonic. </p> <p>It's very important to practice every variation individually, as every scale has a very specific sound and requires a lot of practice to master. Bunching up these scales, as I've done in this lick, has only been achievable by understanding each scale by itself first. This took an incredible amount of study and was something I've developed over years of practice. </p> <p>Today, this style of playing comes naturally to me. I'm able to add these notes randomly at any time as I know each individual scale inside and out — all over the fretboard. </p> <p>For players who are just starting out or have only been playing for a while, I suggest you use this lick as a guide to how far you can take the idea. Practice the actual scale in the first position (Box 1). Once comfortable, start adding the other notes. First practice the straight minor pentatonic, then add the flat 5, then the major 3rd and finally the major 6th. Once you feel confident and understand the individual scales, start to have some fun with your improvising.</p> <p>This tonality works great with blues, rock, jazz and even metal. The pentatonic scale is found through all styles of music.</p> <p><strong>The lick:</strong></p> <p>When played at speed, the added notes are less dissonant but certainly create a very intense-sounding run. What's interesting, though, is that when played slow, you can really start to hear the dissonance between the major and minor notes. This is a great thing to remember when improvising over a more mellow blues or jazz piece or even when wanting to create a fusion outside side with your rock playing. </p> <p>As with all of these licks the important thing is to understand the idea behind the lick, as the goal should be to take this idea and create your own style. </p> <p>The pentatonic scale is a key ingredient for all guitar players; it's the most-used scale for soloing. My advice is to practice and understand as much as possible when it comes to these scales. </p> <p><strong>I hope you enjoy this Monster Lick! Please join me on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/atomicguitaraudio">YouTube right here!</a> Or contact me at <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a> or <a href="https://www.facebook.com/glenn.proudfoot">my Facebook page</a>.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/8sfAIcoNnhg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202014-06-24%20at%2012.20.43%20PM.png" width="620" height="433" alt="Screen Shot 2014-06-24 at 12.20.43 PM.png" /></p> <p><em>Australia's Glenn Proudfoot has played and toured with major signed bands and artists in Europe and Australia, including progressive rockers Prazsky Vyber. Glenn released his first instrumental solo album, </em>Lick Em<em>, in 2010. It is available on iTunes and at <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a>. His latest album — a still-untitled all-instrumental release — will be available in March 2014.</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/monster-licks-g-wiz-experimenting-different-shades-g#comments Glenn Proudfoot Monster Licks Videos Blogs Lessons Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:18:06 +0000 Glenn Proudfoot 21660 at http://www.guitarworld.com Monster Licks: Chaotic Combinations — Pentatonic Variations in the Key of A http://www.guitarworld.com/monster-licks-chaotic-combinations-pentatonic-variations-key <!--paging_filter--><p>In this Monster Lick, I'm using a combination of pentatonic variations in the key of A.</p> <p>This is a very powerful and aggressive-sounding lick. </p> <p>The interesting thing here is that I'm using a combination of the major 3rd (C#) and the flat 5 (D#). When you analyze this, you see this creates a chromatic run starting from the C note moving through to the E. This is a valuable thing to note, especially if you're applying this kind if approach to fusion, blues or jazz. </p> <p>Although I don’t actually fret the notes in a chromatic form in this lick, you can still hear the slight dissonance the flat 5 and major 3rd create when played in the same lick. What's happening here is you're using notes from the major and minor scales together. </p> <p>This is nothing new. Blues guys do it all the time (that's where I got the idea from). All I do is apply it to my style of playing. I use this kind of combination for the heaviest of heavy solos. The intensity it creates never ceases to amaze me!</p> <p>The other important thing to note is how much one note can drastically change a scale. You might be thinking it's not worth the time or effort to learn all the different patterns of the pentatonic with the added notes, but I can't express how crucial it is to take the time to learn each variation of the scale. To truly master this approach, you need to know all these scales inside and out. </p> <p>The great thing about this, though, is that you can do this slowly. I'd recommend starting in the first position of the pentatonic and learning the scales there first. For example, the minor pentatonic, the flat 5 pentatonic, the major 3rd, then the major 6th. Once you're comfortable in this position, move to the next position (or box) of the pentatonic. This is the way I did it. There is an incredible amount of work in that, so don’t get deterred by it; simply take your time and have fun with the idea. </p> <p>This lick is an example of how far you can take the idea once mastered. There's no need to take this approach and play it this fast. What's important is that you understand how it is created. It is then up to you to express your own version of it! </p> <p><strong>The Lick:</strong></p> <p>This lick is created by a combination of three-, four- and five-string arpeggios. The important thing to look out for on the transcription below is how I transition between these different arpeggio groupings. They are easily identifiable; they all run diagonally across the transcript. Simply count the notes running in the diagonal, and you'll know the arpeggio grouping count. </p> <p><strong>I hope you enjoy this Monster Lick! Please join me on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/atomicguitaraudio">YouTube right here!</a> Or contact me at <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a> or <a href="https://www.facebook.com/glenn.proudfoot">my Facebook page</a>.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/LiTB6plUAy8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202014-05-22%20at%202.32.26%20PM.png" width="620" height="412" alt="Screen Shot 2014-05-22 at 2.32.26 PM.png" /> </p> <p><em>Australia's Glenn Proudfoot has played and toured with major signed bands and artists in Europe and Australia, including progressive rockers Prazsky Vyber. Glenn released his first instrumental solo album, </em>Lick Em<em>, in 2010. It is available on iTunes and at <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a>. His latest album — a still-untitled all-instrumental release — will be available in March 2014.</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/monster-licks-chaotic-combinations-pentatonic-variations-key#comments Glenn Proudfoot Monster Licks Videos Blogs Lessons Thu, 22 May 2014 18:35:23 +0000 Glenn Proudfoot 21344 at http://www.guitarworld.com Monster Licks: Going Over the Top — Adding Notes to Spice Up the Pentatonic Scale http://www.guitarworld.com/monster-licks-going-over-top-adding-notes-spice-pentatonic-scale <!--paging_filter--><p>In this Monster Lick, I'm using a combination of pentatonic scales in the key of E minor.</p> <p>All of these scales are based around the straight minor pentatonic, but to get the different effect I simply add a note to create the new variation. </p> <p>It's very important to understand what the notes are. They're not just randomly added. The notes in the straight E minor pentatonic are E G A B D. What I do from here is add either the major 3rd (G#), which is called the “major 3rd pentatonic,” or the major 6th (Db) “major 6th pentatonic,” or the flat 5 (Bb), which is called the “flat 5" or "blues scale.”</p> <p>There's nothing new to this approach. Blues players have been adding these notes to the basic pentatonic for eons. But the difference here is that I apply this system to a heavy/hard-rock style of playing. I do this with a combination of sweeps and legato, which creates a very hard-edge modern sound while still keeping the blues tonality. </p> <p>This approach is fantastic for a jazz/blues style with a clean sound. Once you start playing around with adding these notes, you'll discover some really cool chromatic lines that are great to give you a jazzy feel. </p> <p>The secret to being able to pull this off, though, is to understand that all of these notes are actually part of a scale and not just random. When I was first experimenting with this kind of sound, I found that I would get lost a lot of the time on the fretboard. It wasn’t until I mastered each individual variation of the pentatonic scale that I became comfortable combining them.</p> <p>If you go back through the previous Monster Licks, you will notice I have licks dedicated to each individual scale, so refer back to hear the difference in tonality between the scales. </p> <p><strong>The Lick:</strong></p> <p>I start this lick with an arpeggio using the major 6th pentatonic. From there I switch into the flat 5 scale then into a combination of the flat 5 and the major 6th. This has a diminished 7th sound to it. This intro should give you a great indication of how the combinations create a very intense-sounding run.</p> <p>From here I move into the “over the top” section where I swing my hand over the fretboard. Please spot the notes marked “T” in the transcription; they are the notes I fret with my thumb to create the pivot to swing my hand over the fretboard.</p> <p>I finish the lick with a series of five- and six-string arpeggios combining the major 6th, flat 5 and also the major 3rd scales. </p> <p>The important thing is to take note of how you can use all of these scales together. The lick is simply an example of how far you can take the idea. This way of combining scales can be used in a very soulful manner too. I'm just demonstrating the other end of the spectrum.</p> <p><strong>I hope you enjoy this Monster Lick! Please join me on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/atomicguitaraudio">YouTube right here!</a> Or contact me at <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a> or <a href="https://www.facebook.com/glenn.proudfoot">my Facebook page</a>.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/u1BjVsQ1COI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202014-05-07%20at%2012.49.17%20PM.png" width="620" height="533" alt="Screen Shot 2014-05-07 at 12.49.17 PM.png" /></p> <p><em>Australia's Glenn Proudfoot has played and toured with major signed bands and artists in Europe and Australia, including progressive rockers Prazsky Vyber. Glenn released his first instrumental solo album, </em>Lick Em<em>, in 2010. It is available on iTunes and at <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a>. His latest album — a still-untitled all-instrumental release — will be available in March 2014.</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/monster-licks-going-over-top-adding-notes-spice-pentatonic-scale#comments Glenn Proudfoot Monster Licks Blogs Lessons Wed, 07 May 2014 17:03:51 +0000 Glenn Proudfoot 21197 at http://www.guitarworld.com