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|Posted on January 15, 2013 at 11:16 AM||comments (2740)|
Many of my students want to know how to play lead guitar or at least integrate single note playing into their music. Who wouldn’t?
If you like American music then there are 4 scales to master.
The major scale (7 note) and major pentatonic scale (5 note).
The minor scale (7 note) and minor pentatonic scale (5 note).
Not necessarily in that order.
Then add the passing tone (blue note) to each pentatonic scale.
In the major pentatonic scale it’s the #2 and in the minor pentatonic it’s the #4.
You should be able to play each with or without the passing tone.
The major and minor pentatonic scales are what sets American music apart.
Practicing scales with scale patterns is very helpful because:
They mix up the patterns and get you to see them in different ways.
They help you to get a 360 degree view of a scale versus just playing it up and down diatonically.
They help you to hear the scale in different ways and develop your ear.
They are great for developing hand strength and dexterity.
They are musical sounding and great toward developing your creativity when soloing.
Learning and memorizing solos is a great way to expand your musical vocabulary.
Practice with a metronome and you will speed up the learning process.
Music is derived from scales just as speech is derived from the alphabet.
There are 12 keys in music. Learn all scales in 12 keys. There is nothing else!
|Posted on January 15, 2013 at 10:33 AM||comments (3342)|
JOE WALSH Daryl’s House 2012
Taken from a conversation Joe had with Daryl Hall. What do you think?
Record sales, record stores, it’s all gone
And it’s up to the young musicians to figure it out
There’s no money in it, there’s no record companies
It’s free, you can download it, nobody gets paid
So they can’t afford to make music
That’s what’s happening
They’re cranking out music that is just recipe
Nobody’s playing together at the same time
Everybody’s adding on virtual instruments that don’t exist
Onto a drum machine that somebody programmed
And you can tell in the music that’s out now
There’s no mojo, there’s nobody testifying
There’s not the magic of a human performance
Which is never perfect
And the magic of the human performance
is what we all know and love in the old records by the way they were made
and it’s all gone
So we’ll see what the digital age has in store
|Posted on November 17, 2012 at 5:27 PM||comments (2965)|
One guitarist acoustic players want to play like is James Taylor and who could blame them. I’ve learned and taught many of his songs but if you’re going to learn one song by him learn Carolina On My Mind. It’s a great workout and it’s filled with most of his guitar tricks. This link is from his site and has a bird’s eye view of both hands. He has some unorthodox fingerings for some of his chords and I use his fingerings in a couple of places because it plays better. My advice is to master one section at a time and learn to play them together as you go. Be patient, he didn't learn to play it overnight either. [email protected]
|Posted on November 17, 2012 at 5:02 PM||comments (9107)|
Vibrato is rarely discussed but is very important. It is to music what icing is to the cake. Vibrato is a steady change in pitch. It expresses emotion like nothing else. There are 2 ways it’s done on a stringed instrument.
|Posted on October 8, 2012 at 4:14 PM||comments (2330)|
Love the Black Keys. I read an interview with Dan Auerbach (Black Keys) and Billy Gibbons (the guy with the beard). When talking about the old blues players and what I would call roots music Dan said "I want to say it's simple, but it's deceptive because there is so much soul involved. It's not simple, but minimal". Well said.
|Posted on October 8, 2012 at 3:58 PM||comments (1607)|
Here's another view from the great bassist Marcus Miller. He said about one of the players in his current band, "he has the whole thing; tone, technique and passion, most musicians are missing something." I interpret the word "passion" as inspiration because passion doesn't always translate into something inspired but inspiration is always passionate.When something is inspired people connect to it. That's why something as easy as playing the blues can be very difficult. No matter how much you know, if blues is not inspired it falls flat and it can leave you standing naked!
|Posted on October 8, 2012 at 3:41 PM||comments (1679)|
I read an interview with the guitarist Wayne Krantz recently, and he said there are 4 essential elements of music; Melody, Harmony, Rhythm, and Sound (or Tone). Nothing new about that, but he went on to say that every musician has an ability or particular strength in one of these areas. It doesn't mean they don't have abilities in the other 3, but rather they create or get their inspiration through one. I thought of many of the musicians I've worked with and listened to and I tend to agree with his view. He said his strength was Rhythm and you can hear that in his playing. He is a very rhythmic player, interesting phrases, grooves etc. I find it interesting to think of these concepts to better understand myself as a player. Mine? Rhythm.