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Dorian Mode For Guitar     Hey everyone, been a while but I have some time this week so I have made up a little lesson on modes and mainly dorian mode. If you remember from my past lessons, a major scale is made up of specific intervals. These intervals are as follows: WWHWWWH The[…]

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Scalebusters 2 – 4ths     Back with another scalebuster for you. This week we tackle 4ths. Below is the scale diagram from which I am drawing the intervals: Click to enlarge the diagram Memorize this scale with all downstrokes first then try alternate picking. After you are adept at the scale, then you are[…]

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Scalebusters #1   This week I have some scalebusters for you to break out of the major scale rut you have been in. We are going to do what are called 3rds. A 3rd is an interval. An interval is the distance, measured in half steps and whole steps from one note to another. Playing[…]

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Tremolo Tricks!     This week we are going to do some not so musical type things. Tremolo bar, wang bar, whammy bar, call it what you will but the use of this effect in the rock guitarist’s pantheon is downright magical in the right hands. I pulled the old 80s guitar with the whammy[…]

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Thought I would finally add a bass lesson on here since I do teach bass as well as guitar and vocals. For this lesson I have dug up “Five Fine Odd Time Basslines” that propel some of the more popular tunes ever recorded. Odd time or compound time as it is also called basically means[…]

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Slide Guitar     Okay, sorry about not getting a lesson in last week, it was a busy week, what can I say. So this time I want to talk about some basic slide guitar in standard tuning. When doing this technique it is best to have your action a little higher than it would[…]

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Jump Guitar Solo Lesson     Sometimes I get on a kick and I go searching for old tunes I liked to play when I was a kid. While in the process of surfing around I found someone teaching the Jump guitar solo by Van Halen. I thought to myself, “That doesn’t sound right!” So[…]

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My 5 Favorite Hendrix Licks     Hey everyone, just thought I would do a fun lesson this week featuring my personal 5 favorite Hendrix lead guitar solo licks. I didn’t include main theme riffs like the main riff to Purple Haze or Voodoo Chile, this is just the 5 coolest licks in my opinion[…]

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Solid Rhythm Guitar     This week I want to tackle a bit of rhythm guitar in a reggae style. We will be using 3 string triads (3 note chords) on the DGB and GBE string groups. These chords should be memorized in several keys up and down the neck, take note where the roots[…]

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