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Thoughts on Music

Major Notes In Minor Pentatonic

I’ve been working on updating this series of GT tutorials on spicing up blues licks.  The central idea is to use the minor pentatonic boxes we know and love as guitarists, but to target chord tones.  This means that you can use those familiar pentatonic boxes as a visual reference, but to add spice by targeting major chord tones from the dominant seventh chords in the standard 12 bar blues changes.

This works well because it’s one of the reasons “blues” sounds like it does: the use of minor notes in a primarily major harmonic context.  So, in order to make our blues sound better, we should incorporate major notes into the minor scales when we play melodic lines!

Notice that if you play the major third of the A major chord along with the A minor pentatonic scale, then you immediately get an distinctly “bluesy” sound.

GT recently made some of the lessons in this first tutorial free to view!

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=217

 

Here’s a demo of the play along!  Enjoy!

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Fast Blues Lick Lesson

Here’s a short lesson on sequencing pentatonic minor in 3s to use as a fast blues lick.

I have in depth GT tutorials on playing this pattern across the fretboard in all 5 pentatonic boxes.

Major pentatonic
https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=722

Minor pentatonic
https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=185

Enjoy!  Play more guitar!

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Triads & Inversions

I’m reshooting my series of tutorials that cover learning triads & inversions.  The idea is to show how to cover the entire guitar fretboard with major & minor chord triads: root positions, 1st inversions & 2nd inversions!

This really helps to open up the fretboard beyond the open chords & barre chords that guitarists often start out learning.  Applying a little chord theory really helps make your guitar playing more melodic & therefore more musical.

The first 2 of the series are published!  There will be a total of 8 tutorials (120 plus individual lesson vids!).  I hope complete this project by the end of 2016.

Practicing Major Triads & Inversions Series 1

Practicing Minor Triads & Inversions Series 1

Here’s a teaser vid!  Enjoy!

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New Jazz Guitar Tutorial & Free Blues Lesson

My newest GT tutorial covers four different ways to approach a fundamental jazz guitar technique, a turnaround with a walking bass line.

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=2148

I also published a brief lesson on my YouTube channel covering a fundamental blues lick.

I cover that lick and it’s many applications in more depth on GT.

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=1614

Enjoy!

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Harmony Guitar Series Completed

I recently published the fourth tutorial in a series on harmony lead guitar parts. I show how to harmonize major scales & melodies, as well as minor scales & melodies. I cover the basic types of contrapuntal motion: similar, oblique and contrary. As usual there are lots of backing tracks in order to get hands on experience playing along with the various parts and doing it yourself!

This video is an example of what I’m teaching in these tutorials. I did this as a demo when I was planning the tutorial.

You can find all four tutorials in the series at Guitar Tricks! Enjoy!

Harmony Guitar Series 1 Part 1
Harmony Guitar Series 1 Part 2
Harmony Guitar Series 2 Part 1
Harmony Guitar Series 2 Part 2

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