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This is a corner stone of any blues style guitar playing. He shows you how to use it to start and end a blues riff in order to give it more structure and sound more musical. His tip of the week is to help you play your F barre chord with an easier exercise. For the main lesson content Mike shows you the fifth pentatonic box shape.
This is the box shape below the first one, the main one that guitarists often learn first. In this channel episode Mike will show you how to add eighth note accents to an acoustic strumming pattern. The tip of the week is about using a capo to play in different keys, matching a vocalist's voice range and to get different timbres. This week's lesson is how to spice up your acoustic guitar strumming patterns. He adds an eighth note accent to a simple pattern to make it more interesting and musical. Basic Country Strumming Better Strumming. His tip of the week is to make sure your bends are in tune.
Make sure to know what your target note is. Hit that note and compare it to the bend you are making to see if you getting it right. For the main lesson content Mike shows you how to use chord tones to solo over a 12 bar blues progression. This is a great way to start soloing because it is literally using the notes of the underlying chord progression as the material for the solo licks. Neal shares his soloing tricks to mix major and minor notes within a blues lead. This tasty lick is in the key of E minor. You can get an extra bluesy flavor to your tone by setting your pickup selector to the neck position here.
This lick grabs the listener's attention and is a lot of fun to play and it works well with rock or blues.
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Tip of the week: how to get more dexterity in your fingers. Neal will show you a finger exercise to help! If you like this lesson, then GT has a lot more that cover ideas on how to play blues lead guitar! In the key of A minor, Neal shares a tasty blues like in the 8th position. This lick is a good example of the call and answer concept for blues lead. The first half of the lick is the "call" or "question" and the second half of the lick is the "answer" sometimes called "call and response". To get the idea, imagine two people standing across the street from each other.
One shouts out a short sentence, then the other person answers.
That's the idea behind call and answer, and it's a must-know concept for any serious blues player and is used by all the greats: Clapton, B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and the list goes on. Tip of the Week: how to test if your song is a good one. Try it in different genres or styles. If you like this lesson, then GT has a lot more that cover ideas on how to play great blues licks! Less Notes, More Blues! Basic Blues Licks. In this channel episode Neal show you a lesson that's great for songwriting or just coming up with really melodic ideas for solo guitar.
You've probably heard the sound in this lesson, Neal shows you how to duplicate it and use it creatively in different positions, in different keys, and on different strings. The tip of the week is a quick way to help memorize the fretboard. If you know the notes on the E or A string, then use the idea of an octave higher to quickly find the same note letter on a higher string.
If you like this lesson, then GT has a lot more that cover ideas on how to find the notes of the major scale. Rock Riffs 70s Arena Rock Riff. Answering a request for more blues lessons, Neal teaches a tasty blues turnaround in the key of F. This one works best with slow blues but can be used at any tempo. Based around the "blues box pattern" you can move this lick anywhere on the neck for an authentic blues turnaround at your next jam session.
Tip of the week: great blues tone secret. If you have an older style tube amp, then turn the master up and the gain down. Riffs may seem complicated but it's really the notes in between the chords that make a riff work, Neal shares his insight on how to create rocking riffs using this and other techniques. The tip of the week is about the best pick to use for fast picking techniques.
If you like this lesson, then GT has an artist study focusing on the legendary metal band Iron Maiden. Iron Maiden Artist Study. If you want to sound like your favorite metal player or you're interested in an 80s retro metal sound, Neal got just the chords for ya. You'll hear these chords all over songs by artists like Van Halen, Ratt, Night Ranger and many others.
These sus2 and sus4 chords have been the foundation of many, totally awesome, 80s hair metal monster hits. Bust out your bandana and crank up the gain! If you like this lesson, then GT has more on metal guitar playing techniques. Awesome blues turnaround this week from Neal, you'll have a lot of fun learning and playing this tasty turnaround in they key of E, Stevie Ray style.
Check out the previous lesson, " Texas Boogie Pattern", for tips on how to nail the Texas rhythm that compliments this turnaround. Tip of the Week: How to project your sound within a band situation, it's easy! Turn up the mid range! If you like this lesson, then GT has a lot more that cover ideas on how to play blues style guitar licks! Neal fills a request for a lesson on the boogie pattern. This week he share's his tips to getting the hard swing feel of Texas blues guitar, like Stevie Ray Vaughan.
It easy but involves dampening with both the left and right hand. These little tips can really make your Texas-style boogie feel "Pop". Tip of the Week: The benefit of cheap guitars. If you like this lesson, then GT has a lot more that cover ideas on how to play blues style guitar! Neal shares his favorite tips on creating melodic and memorable leads and riffs in the lesson and the best part is it's using chords you're already playing. This lesson will take your guitar playing far! The tip of the week is how to get more mileage out of the licks you already know by trying the same notes but using a different rhythmic phrasing.
If you like this lesson, then GT has a lot more on how to spice up your lead guitar playing by using chord tones! The weeks lesson is a request on how to connect chords when songwriting. Using the techniques taught in this lesson you'll also learn how to create great guitar riffs and what makes them work. There's a lot of great stuff in here for you songwriters and guitar players and it applies to all styles. Tip of the Week: Memorization tip from Anders. Check out Neal's insight on how to make open strings work for you. In this lesson he shares 4 examples of using open strings within the E minor and E pentatonic scale to create dynamic licks, riffs and lead ideas that will grab the listeners ear.
The tip of the week is about string muting. If you like this lesson, then GT has more on lead guitar playing techniques. In this channel episode Neal will show you a fun lick for the beginner to intermediate player. This lick uses some the well-known pentatonic scale with a little string skipping, sliding and bending thrown in to spice it up.
And it's moveable to any position. The tip of the week is the best way to change strings, your guitar will thank you. If you change the strings one at a time it keeps constant tension on your guitar neck. If you like this lesson, then GT has a lot more that cover ideas on how to play rock licks across the guitar! Neal shares one of his bluesy, funky rhythm riffs in this lesson.
Using 16th notes and a constant right-hand rhythm with left hand dampening, this riff will sound great at your next jam session. Using the A7 chord and some double stops, you'll be getting funky in no time. Chords used are A7, D7 and E7. Tip of the Week: Dynamics are key! In this lesson Dweezil's got you playing "outside of the box", literally. Using just a couple notes outside of a scale or chord pattern you can add a new dynamic to you're lead playing without learning new scales.
What a difference a half-step can make! This guitar was made to the specs of Frank's guitar, down to the last detail. Demo'd by Dweezil himself. In this channel episode Neal shows you a Southern rock style lick. If you're into blues rock or chicken fried rock, this is a must-have lick to add to your arsenal. It's very easy and comfortable, and you can move it anywhere on the neck. Dive on in! The tip of the week is on how to pick faster with an easy adjustment: angle your pick to smoothly slide across the strings instead of digging in to them.
If you like this lesson, then GT has a lot more that cover ideas on how to play in this style! If you're just getting the hang of smooth chord changes, Caren's lesson will put you on the fast track, with some bonus info too! The tip of the week is to place your third finger first when fretting notes. If you like this lesson, then GT has more that cover getting your fretting hand into better shape! Left Hand Training. Live from Dweezil's studio, he gives us a sneak peek into his latest musical venture and the details of the upcoming Dweezilla guitar boot camp.
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Tune in to hear more about it! Guest host Caren Armstrong shares her insights on consistent right hand use, whether strumming or fingerpicking. If you're struggling with good right hand technique, Caren will help you become a better player with this demonstration of good strumming and BAD strumming habits. The tip of the week is to take care of your most valuable guitar tools we all have 'em!
If you like this lesson, then GT has a lot more that cover ideas on how to improve you picking hand technique. Better Strumming Travis Picking Simplified. In this channel episode Neal shows you a tasty lick in the style of David Gilmour. You'll also learn the secret behind his great sounding solos. Using the neck position pickup is best for this tone, Neal is using a Les Paul with the neck position pickup with just a little bit of gain.
Fun fact: Gilmour played a 50s gold top Les Paul straight into the board no amp for his legendary solo in "The Wall. When you are learning something new, then it's important to keeping repeating it until it gets into your muscle memory. Once it becomes an automatic physical process, then you can focus on making it an emotional, musical riff or lick because you aren't still struggling to just play the notes! David Gilmour Style Artist Study. This week Neal one of his favorite metal specialty chords to spice up your metal rhythm.
This one adds power and melody and works as great accent chord for metal songwriting, works great for the style of Killswitch Engage. Tip of the week: how to get that difficult rhythm down. If you like this lesson, then GT has more on how to use chord progressions to improve your metal songwriting. This lesson offers a very tasty blues lick that can also be applied to rock in a Slash style with a few minor adjustments. Neal shares his favorite keys for playing lead on the low notes. The tip of the week will help you expand your lick knowledge with this simple suggestion.
Less Notes, Even More Blues! In this channel episode Neal shows you a lick in the key of G using a combination of the best notes in rock; the minor 3rd, major 3rd, flat 5th and 7th. It's really a challenge to make these notes work well together but this lick does a great job. You end up with a very tasty, melodic and bluesy sounding lead. The tip of the week is on how to expand your inspiration: try playing a different guitar than your favorite one to shake things up!
Joe Perry Artist Study. Neal shares his insight to getting more soulful sounding blues licks in this lesson. The simple tips in this lesson can help get you from "just playing notes" to playing more melodic and soulful blues lead. Tip of the Week: How to track your progress easily. Record yourself practicing and playing. It's the best way to get objective feedback on how well you are playing. King Style Building a Blues Lick. This is a great lesson for the beginner blues player. It's in the key of E major and includes some easy patterns using hammer-ons to get your feet off the ground with some smooth and tasty sounding leads.
Tip of the Week: From your Idol's Idol comes great knowledge. To take it a step further, learn licks from your idol's idol! If you like this lesson, then GT has more that cover ideas on how to play in this style! Dickey Betts Artist Study. Anders host this week's channel with an insightful lesson in his riff-creating techniques.
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This one is in drop D tuning, one part Steve Earle, one part aggressive and weird, with a little slinky and cool thrown on top for good measure. Tip of the Week: How to get that "nod of approval" from other players, it's easier than you think! This week guest host Anders shows you his key ingredients to creating a great guitar riff using classic blues licks in a groovin, bluesy, swampy guitar style. Half part Creedence, half part Richards, there are a bunch a really cool blues licks to learn in this awesome lesson from Anders Mouridsen.
Have fun! Tip of the Week: Backwards Whammy! This week special guest instructor Mike Olekshy shares his secrets for building speed, dexterity and fretboard knowledge. It's a timed exercise, feel free to use the Guitar Tricks Ultimate Metronome to challenge yourself. Hint: click the "Speed Drill" box. Tip of the Week: Boom! Secret pick stash spot! This week we answer a request to teach the ending lick by Anders from GT Channel episode This is a super tasty way to end a blues jam, or you can use it in a turnaround.
Here's a direct link to GT Ch Blues Turnaround Lesson The tip of the week is to drop the major 3rd from the dominant 7 aug 9 chord to make it sound better if you are using a lot of gain. For you beginner blues players, this lick will really spice up the basic blues pattern. This one is in the key of A and sounds great on acoustic or electric. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face and anyone in the room who's listening. Tip of the Week: Just relaaaxx! This rock lick boogies! And it's only four notes.
In this channel episode Neal shares a favorite lick of his that's easy to play and focuses on the right hand rhythm which is often overlooked when learning leads, scales and solos. This lick is also a good exercise in alternate picking and is in the key of F. The tip of the week is how to improve your ear training. Instead of looking on the internet for a tab to a lick you are trying to learn, try to learn it yourself by ear!
If you like this lesson, then GT has a lot more that cover ideas on how to play rock licks using the pentatonic scale across the guitar! Super-tasty is the name of this simple lick in A major. If you're beginning to solo, this lick will sound great at your next jam. Even for more advanced players, this lick will sound timeless and is moveable anywhere on the neck. Tip of the Week: How to expand you lick collection. Play a familiar lick in a different position or on different strings. If you like this lesson, then GT has a lot more that cover ideas on how to play blues licks!
For you a classic blues lick this week, and very tasty! This lick is in the style of Stevie Ray Vaughan or Jimi Hendrix and is a combo of two classic blues licks with a little melodic flavor added. Tune in as Neal shows how to play this dynamic lick, note-for-note. Tip of the Week: if you are new at learning blues, this is an easy way to play the blues boogie pattern. We've had some requests of how to use chords in soloing.
This week Neal shows you one of his favorite licks for applying chords to your leads. In the key of D major, it's actually a combination of 3 licks. And it's a moveable lick so once you learn it you can play it in any key.
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TIP: An easy trick to using chords in soloing. In this channel episode Neal uses the pentatonic scale in A to show you a classic-styled rock lick that will have you sounding super-shreddy in no time! This one is easy to move about the neck to any key. The tip of the week is an easy way to improve your practicing skills. If you have your guitar out of the case and plugged in ready to go it makes it easier to get motivated to practice.
This week's lesson is how to use the pentatonic box and a few technique tricks to play a great sounding rock lick. If you're looking to solo high up on the fret board, this is a must-learn lick from Neal's lick collection. Utilizing the melodic 3rd and 7th note as target notes, this one will have you sounding bluesy and rock at the same time.
Tip of the Week: how to improve your fret board knowledge. Play in a key you aren't used to playing in. It will force you to get out of your comfort zone. Neal teaches a fast lick in the key of B that is a great practice in finger independence, hammer-on's and alternate picking. Play it up to speed and you've got a very cool, fast and melodic lick on your hands.
Tip of the Week: Overlooked Soloing Tip! Here is a Hendrix-inspired lick that works over major chords. Once you learn the pattern for this lick you can play it anywhere on the neck, easily. And it works for country music as well, goes to show just how universal Jimi's music really is. Tip of the Week: The key to good lead playing.
In this channel episode Neal shows you how to make your soloing sound over-the-top! You may have heard and not known how to do it, but this week Neal shows you some tips on how to get this wild and energized sound out of your leads. Warm up your fingertips cuz this one might hurt. The tip of the week is how to upgrade your tone without spending any money! Just adjust your pickups! If you like this lesson, then GT has a lot more that cover ideas on how to use bends and vibrato to make your playing more musical and expressive! A classic blues lick to add to your arsenal, Neal shares his insight on 2 key notes that make the blues sound bluesy.
Also, a key note to use when you switch to the IV chord that will make your blues leads sound more dynamic and exciting. The turnaround lick you'll want to use all the time, it's great! Tip of the Week: How to make difficult barre chords easier. Angle your index finger in order to get more leverage. It's that time again, the award-winning Halloween Episode is here.
Wondering what Tony Bones has been up too? You'll have to ask this wicked vixen what happened to him. Guest host Sharon Aguilar spooks up this year's scary Halloween theme song lesson. Watch at your own risk! By popular request, Neal shows you how to play the new GT Channel theme song. Also included in this lesson is how to make basic chord progressions and turn them into awesome rock riffs.
Little tricks like using pentatonic bass notes, double stops instead of power chords, and sliding into chords really make your progressions "pizzazy! Vibrato is key to the blues sound, Neal shows you his secret to getting that killer blues vibrato. You can use it over the I, IV or V chord of a bar blues and it sounds great on every chord. Tip of the Week: How to save your 9 volt batteries. When you are not using your pedals, then unplug the cable from the input jack.
Unison bends are one of the most recognized techniques in rock guitar. In this channel episode Neal teaches you the ins and outs of making good sounding unison bends sound great. If you're new at soloing, they are fairly easy and sound huge. The tip of the week is how to build a fan base at your gigs. Make sure to get an email from each fan at a gig in order to stay in communicate with them and get feedback from them. If you like this lesson, then GT has a lot more that cover ideas on rock lead playing techniques! A limited run of high-quality acoustic guitars, made in Scotland, to commemorate the Titanic anniversary.
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Here is a classic lick that every blues player should know. You may have heard Stevie Ray Vaughan use this one but it's been around for years and used by many great blues players. Neal shows you the lick in open E position and in a moveable position so you can play it anywhere on the neck.
Tip of the week: Drop that pick! If you play with just your fingers you might approach your lead playing differently. Neal combines these elements to make a riff that you can play through a whole blues progression: Hammer-on, double stops, finger roll, slide, chord tones. This is a great way to better understand mixing techniques to create a riff in the blues format. Key of A. The tip of the week is how to reduce string noise.
When changing chords, release pressure from the strings. You can also use the natural oil from your hair or skin.
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And there are several products aimed at helping this problem. Using a first inversion D chord, Neal shows you an easy chord that you can play anywhere on the neck for a "new" twist on an old chord. The same chord can also be used to add some chords to your lead playing, click for an example from Neal. Tip of the Week: How to make your blues lead sound more melodic. This week Neal shares one of his Hendrix-style chord based licks in A major. This is a very handy, movable lick that sounds very melodic over major chords and is instantly reminiscent of Hendrix style leads. If you new at leads and have your hammer-ons down, this is the perfect lesson for you.
Tip of the Week: is a surprise! Hint: some magic is involved. For the beginning to intermediate guitarist, Neal shares his insight solo over the whole fretboard, and how to use trills and slides to flavor your lead lines. If you only know the 1 main pentatonic scale, this lesson will help you expand your knowledge and cover more of the fretboard. If you're new at soloing, or just stuck with note selection, this lesson is for you.
Neal shares his personal insight on what makes a dynamic lick. With the focus on the right hand rhythm, this lesson is bound to offer some helpful tips on your path to being a great guitarist. Tip of the week: don't get electrocuted! Here's how:. This tasteful, major-flavored lick combines string-skipping, using major and minor in a solo, chord tones, and the 2 note chords from GT It's a lot easier than it may sound, so tune on in for your tasty blues lick of the week from Neal. The tip of the week is how to get better sustain.
First try to keep pressure on the string to keep it ringing. Good intonation will also help. Adjusting your pickups to the optimal height will also help. In this channel episode using tap-bend and bend-tap, Neal shares some very cool Eddie-inspired licks up and down the neck. These concepts are fairly simple and will get you playing fast hammer-on licks ala Eddie, lickity split!
The tip of the week is how to shift your pick from fingers to tapping position. If you like this lesson, then GT has a lot more that show Van Halen style and how to use the tapping technique! This week we follow up Ben Lindholm's series on sweep picking. This is an advanced lesson but if you'd like to work your way up, Ben provides 2, 3 and 4 string lessons on the Guitar Tricks Channel. The arpeggio examples you'll learn here will have you sounding like a metal master and full-sweep madness will be yours! The tip of the week is about the theory of the arpeggios used in the lesson.
If you build a minor triad from the major 3rd of a chord, you'll get a neat major or minor 7th extended harmony chord sound. If you liked this lesson on sweep picking, then GT has a lot of other lessons that cover the topic in more depth and detail. Using simple chord progressions Neal shares his favorite secret to good metal riffage. This lesson is a follow-up to the rock songwriting lesson so be sure to view that one as well to see how these basic concept work across all genres.
You'll be writing dynamic riffs in no time with these insightful lessons. Tip of the Week: using accidental harmonics to your advantage. If you like this lesson, then GT has more on how to use chord progressions to improve your songwriting. In this episode Neal share's his most important songwriting tips, the 3 elements needed to create a great rock riff. It's easy, and once you know these 3 elements you'll be able to create your own, original, great rock riffs, the foundation of just about every great rock song.
Have you ever wanted your band logo on your whole guitar case, or just a bunch of flames!? Or just the toughest case out there to protect your precious vintage axe? Neal shares some of the coolest guitar cases found at the NAMM show, including odd sized cases for flying-V guitars, ukelele and banjos.
In this lesson we answer a request for the intro to episode Easy because it's in one position but a little challenging because of the right hand rhythm. It's a tasty double-stop lick that combines rhythm and lead, and it will get you respect on stage in any Texas bar.
Tip of the Week: How to get more out of you guitar licks! Reuse a bass line as a guitar lead lick. Tip of the Minute: Listen to this lesson with headphones for the full Texas effect! In this channel episode Neal combines major and minor for a southern fried rock lick in A. This lick sounds great in a country style with clean guitar or also with a dirty tone for rock and blues.
The tip of the Week is how to use licks you already know to create a riff. Try a lick an octave lower to turn it from a lead lick to a rhythm riff. This week's lesson is how to use some simple note choices and techniques to get a Southern rock sound. There are a lot of beginner amps and guitars out there, and deciding which to get can be a daunting task, so we thought we'd give you our two cents.
Take a romp through the NAMM show with Neal as demos his personal favorite beginner guitar amp, complete with jam tracks! Good and easy, this week's Slash style lick will have you playing a cool lead in no time. The great thing about this lick is that it can be played over just about any chord. It's an easy way to target "chord tones" and sound great, quickly. Tip of the week: Don't limit your bends to one direction. Why do major and minor work together in some solos? Many people have asked, and Neal sheds some light on the subject with the reasons why and a sweet lick in the key of A to get you started.
Tip of the Week: Be nice to your soundguy! We were fortunate enough to interview this man at Dunlop, Del Casher, the first man to record a wah wah pedal with guitar. Previously it had been designed for use with a trumpet. As the story goes, Del told Frank Zappa about this new gizmo, and Frank told a guy named Jimi Hendrix, who then went down to Manny's Music in NY in and picked one up, the rest is history. But it starts here with Del, we'll let him tell you the details of wah wah's humble beginnings. Who knew The Addams Family had something to do with it?! In this channel Neal shows you how to impart emotion into your playing.
Conveying emotion can be a challenging task for guitar players. Using bends you probably already know, Neal shows you how to take simple half-step bends and use them in a way that is mood-evoking. The tip of the week is how to do a pinch harmonic chord scrape. Neal teaches you one of his favorite Stevie Ray Vaughan style licks in this lesson. It's super cool and involves easy hybrid picking. So if you haven't tried hybrid picking yet, this lesson is a great place to start! Tip of the Week: How make your whammy bar easier to use.
You can adjust the springs in the back cavity. Neal shares his tricks to expanding your knowledge of the fretboard so you can solo "outside" of the pentatonic box. These simple tips can easily take you from knowing one pentatonic scale position, to covering half of the fretboard. Tip of the Week: how to get better recording mixes.
In this channel episode Neal shows you a great beginner blues rock lick. If you're just getting your feet wet with soloing, this lick is a great place to start: it's easy and it sounds good. It's used by beginners and total pros so you can't go wrong. The best part is that it introduces you to the concept of "chord tones", which is the key to great note choice. The tip of the week will keep you wound up! It's about keeping your string winder in good shape by cleaning and oiling the moving parts If you like this lesson, then GT has a lot more that cover ideas on how to play these kind of basic blues rock licks using double stops!
Whether you're just starting on guitar or you're an experienced player who doesn't want to bring your priceless vintage guitar to the local jam night, this guitar from the Sterling Sub Series is just right. Not bad looking either! There's more to one bend than meets the eye. This week Neal shows you how take a bend you may already know, and one of the most common, and turn it into 10 licks. These lead lines are great with blues mostly, but also rock and a little country. Tip of the week: This one tip can improve and color your rhythm playing.
Play partial chords instead of the whole barre chord shape. In the channel episode Neal shows you a key element to getting the Rockabilly sound, in only 3 minutes! A couple bonus licks and tips are thrown in get the most out of your rhythm playing. The tip of the week will help you better understand your playing.
If you give a lesson to a beginner guitar player you will get a better understanding of what you are trying to teach. If you like this lesson, then GT has a lot more on playing in the rockabilly style! This awesome little gadget doubles as a playing stool and guitar stand, a great tool for you singer songwriters out there. Also handy if you have a small practice room in your home and are looking to save space.
Neal interviews the inventor Nick to get all the details. Break out of the pentatonic box with these soloing secrets used by the best guitarists. This simple concept will elevate your soloing to a new level using chords you probably already know. Tip of the Week: Take no toll on your tubes with this tip! Carry your amp, or keep it in a road case. In this channel episode Neal explores an important aspect of David Gilmour's style is his use of 3-note chords or "triads. If you have a tube amp, then make sure to use the standby switch.
It's there to help the wear and tear on the tubes. Neal will show you these important chords to the Pink Floyd style in an easy to understand way. In this channel episode Neal shares one of his favorite Alex Lifeson techniques. Using one-string hammer-ons and pull-offs, and a little practice, you can emulate this dynamic Lifeson technique and sound really cool! The tip of the week is on Neal's favorite gear bag and what to include in it. If you like this lesson, then GT has a lot more that cover ideas on how to use hammer-ons and pull-offs in a legato style.
What is pedal point? Even if you don't what it is, you've probably heard it before. Neal shares his two favorite positions for using the pedal point technique in a solo or as a musical theme. First open string example uses dorian mode, the second uses harmonic minor. The tip of the week is to listen to the other musicians in the band to get a more cohesive sound happening. If you like this lesson, then GT has a lot more that cover ideas on how to use pedal point!
Get creative with "Blues Rock Pedal Point. Tip of the week: Listen to the bass player for key soloing tones to improve your musicianship. In this channel episode Christopher will show you how to take those old standard blues-rock licks to the next level by making them musical. Don't play licks, play music! The tip of the week is to bend with a purpose. When you bend a note, have a target in mind that you are aiming for. Bend to a note, don't just bend a note! If you like this lesson, then GT has a lot more that cover ideas on how to make your lead guitar playing more musical!
Watch metal guitar master Ben Lindholm rip it up in this very cool metal version of the Christmas classic "Deck The Halls". You'll learn how changing from a major key to a minor key can really morph a classic song into something new.
This lesson shreds! Have fun and a great holiday from Guitar Tricks! Let Anders' experience in the world of guitar help you get to your next playing goal faster. Filmed live in L. Tip of the week: Throwing out the rules to capture that guitar magic. This week Neal has some really tasty, easy blues chords you can use as a rhythm guitar player.
These key notes will sounds great on either acoustic or electric, as a solo guitarist or with a group. Put 'em in your box o' tools and you can use them at your next jam session! Tip of the week: for beginners, how to get that string right in pitch. Use the harmonics at the 5th and 7th frets to tune. If you like this lesson, then GT has a lot more that cover ideas on how to play blues rhythm guitar! It doesn't get much easier than this. You can use this two-note chord pattern within 3 frets and cover a whole bar blues progression.
It's easy and it sounds great! The tip of the week is to keep a flashlight in your gig bag. It will come in handy when you are changing batteries, looking for cables, looking at amp settings on a dark stage. In this channel episode Christopher is about first inversion chords. The tip of the week is to warm up slowly. If you like this lesson, then GT has a lot more that cover ideas on how to play chord inversions across the guitar! Tired of sounding like every other sweep-picking guitarist?
This week Lee Wanner teaches his secrets to creative sweep-picking and many other playing secrets. Recorded live from Steve Vai's Mothership Studio! This week's lesson teaches you what chromatics are and how to use them in rock and blues. They're easy and fun, and they sound cool too! Neal also gives you a tip on how to break out of a creative rut. The tip of the week is to use a chorus setting or pedal for a fuller sound when using a clean tone.
Delay and reverb can also help make the sound a little fuller. If you like this lesson, then GT has a lot more that cover ideas on how to expand the pentatonic scale across the guitar! Well it's that time of the year again! Tony Bones has made his long journey from the depths of the underworld, dusted himself off and is ready to teach you some of his favorite creepy guitar riffs for this year's Guitar Tricks Channel Halloween Special. In this channel episode Christopher Schlegel is taking over.
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Christopher's lesson is of the week is about adding diatonic notes to the pentatonic box. The tip of the week is to play a low bass note in between licks. This makes your playing sound more musical by providing a harmonic foundation for licks. In this channel episode Neal shows you how to play the rock intro lick featured on a previous Guitar Tricks Channel episode. Click below to check it out!
GT Channel Episode 94 The tip of the week is how to drill through that ever so frustrating songwriters block: reuse chord progressions for other songs as a place to start a new song. If you like this lesson, then the GT rock courses have more that cover ideas on how to play rock riffs! Legato is the word for this week's channel episode and that's what Neal's teaching, a legato lick in A. Great for metal and rock, if you're still working on alternate picking, this lick will get you playing fast using a series of hammer-ons and pull-offs.
It sounds smooth and fast! The tip of the week is about how to get un-stuck in your lead playing. If you like this lesson, then GT has more on how to use legato in your playing. In this channel episode Neal show you a lick in the style of Slash! This lick from Slash cleverly combines pentatonic shapes, blues phrasing with some chromatics thrown in for fun and color. Hat and hair not included! The tip of the week is on songwriting; strip it down to the basics! Try writing on acoustic if you are used to electric! If you like this lesson, then GT has a lot more that cover ideas on how to use the pentatonic scale to create solo licks.
Tie on your blue bandana! Neal interviews Suicidal Tendencies' Mike Clark about dream jams and blowing up amps. Check it out! Warm those fingers up, because this week's channel episode covers shredding in the key of E! Think you can handle the new lick that Neal has for you? Also, he'll show you the contrast between singing notes and shredding notes to create emotional phrasing. By adding a slow bend you get a great contrast to the faster section of the lick. The tip of the Week is on the importance of collaboration! You'll learn your own strong and weak points and sometimes you can get more done faster with another person's help!
In this channel episode Neal will show you some insight into the guitar style of Santana The tip of the week is to play just below your skill level when you perform. It's a good way to be comfortable and confident when you perform. You know that you'll do well! Stay away from licks and skill you are still working on and woodshed them until you've got them completely under your command. Then use them in a live setting! If you like this lesson, then GT has tutorials on Santana's songs so you can dig deeper into his style!
In this channel episode Neal shows a blues rock shred lick in A that you can use to shred quickly. For beginner to intermediate players, this is a power-packed lick to add to your collection, enjoy! The tip of the week is to write bad songs! Sometimes it's best to let your creativity flow and see what happens. It takes the pressure off of trying to write a great song every time. And all songwriters have to write a ton of bad or mediocre songs to find that one great one.
In this channel episode Neal fills a request for leads in the style of Carlos Santana. You can use the opening and closing chord progression as a backing track to test drive 'em. The tip of the week is to jam with other musicianship by jamming with other musicians. You'll get better at communicating musically.
Learn a new lick! Neal's got one for you this week. If you like Slash-style soloing you'll appreciate this blues lick in the key of A, it's catchy! Tip of the week will help you improve your guitar tone for your next recording session or live gig. It's so simple, you might not have thought of it! Change your strings before playing live or recording for the best possible sound. If you liked this lesson, then GT has many others on playing blues solo licks.
This is a great lick for beginners because it follows the pentatonic scale pattern, and allows you to barre your first finger and play the pattern nice and fast. Use this lick for your lead playing, and just move the pattern around on the neck to change keys. Tip of the week: Get the right string gauge for the best bending potential. If you liked this lesson, then GT has many others on playing blues solo licks in sequences.
This week on the channel, Neal takes a request from our Facebook friends for more blues licks. Neal has got a fresh new flat 5 pentatonic lick, plus a great tip of the week! The tip of the week is use a small amp when recording for a different sound. If you liked this lesson, then GT has many others on playing blues box soloing. This week on the Guitar Tricks Channel, Neal takes a request from fans on Facebook for some new blues guitar licks.
Check out his Blues Box pattern lick, which is perfect for your next 12 bar blues jam. Everyone makes mistakes, even the pros. If you stop after you mess something up, everyone will know and it will throw the band off. If you keep going, most people will forget it even happened. Andy and JD have a cool dual lead harmonic lick to teach. The tip of the week is on how they warm up before playing gigs. Bonus: Don't miss the bloopers at the end of the video!
If you liked this lesson on a country lick, then GT has two complete Country Style Courses that dig much deeper into the style in more depth and detail. The tip of the week Andy teaches is the old-school secret to getting beautiful clean guitar tone that anyone can use!
Turn your guitar volume knob down Andy also takes a request from the Guitar Tricks forum and teaches the famous intro lick heard in Country Level 1. Tune in to watch while Neal asks the probing questions. Guitar Tricks Tasty blues lead is the theme of this weeks lesson. Neal shows you one of his favorite licks using the voicing of the 6th 7th and 3rd notes over a B Major chord. The tip of the week is from Ben and it will have you thinking of your music in a whole new way! The tip of the week is to transcribe one of your own improvised solos.
If you liked this lesson, then GT has many others on playing blues riffs, licks and shuffles. In this channel episode Neal shows you how to do volume swells. Create a mesmerizing effect with only your guitar and volume knob. This technique works great with rhythm chords or with leads and it's an excellent way to convey emotion in your playing. He'll show you the technique as used in Van Halen's "Cathedral". The tip of the week is to clean your volume knob the pot or potentiometer in order to make it easier to use smoothly.
If you like this lesson, then GT has more on how to use your volume knob to make your playing more musical! In this interview, Steve Vai discusses his first guitar rig, the most important thing for guitar players, and who has been inspiring him. Howard was the guitarist in rock band Heart for 22 years from to , and was behind countless guitar classics.
He is an amazing guitar player and definitely an inspiring musician. This week Neal has got some pull-off rock licks to share that will make playing fast incredibly easy. By using the pull-off technique with a simple pattern, you will be surprised at how fast you can play these rock licks in the key of E, A, D and G Tip of the week: Record a new riff every day for a year.
In this channel episode Neal shows you how to spice up your lead playing with the oldest trick in the book, using the major 3rd. This is a classic blues rock sound and this week Neal shares three of his favorite licks using these tasty notes. You'll immediately recognize the sound. Take one for a test drive! The tip of the week is to use your neck pickup for a thicker, bluesier sound. If you like this lesson, then GT has a lot more on how to combine minor pentatonic licks with major 3rd note.
In this channel episode Neal shares one of his favorite blues rock licks. You would expect players like Slash, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton to use this style of lead playing often, now you can make it your own! Neal's got some great tips on being "conversational" in your lead playing style, even with just one note. Intervallically uniform, the 12 notes of the chromatic scale are evenly divisible by the numbers: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and Since divisions of 1 and 12 do not divide the row into a more useable set, they can be ignored. This leaves:. Taking the first note of each division gives us:.
A tone pattern can be created by putting notes in between the notes of the whole tone scale. Note that the intervals between all the 2-note divisions are symmetrical. One advantage to symmetrical patterns is that they work off of divisions you probably already know. If you can visualize a whole-tone scale, for example, filling in the other notes of the pattern becomes relatively easy. Using the divisions to create a tone pattern.
Using a diminished 7th chord as a starting point, the rest of the twelve tones could be filled in by playing three additional notes off each chord tone. By adding 3 notes not already in use to each starting pitch you can create a tone row. Where this gets cool part Since the E and G strings are a minor 3rd apart this means that the fingering pattern will be the same on both sets of strings.
So this means that the same fingering can be used to generate the same intervals on the G and D strings. From here, you can see where the approach for the first lick came from. You can change the last four notes to create new lines. Here are these two ideas in notation and tab. Here are the last two patterns starting with F-Bb. The next step is to change the middle notes of the pattern. And finally, patterns starting with F-G. I like physical books and the softbound version looks really good on my music stand — but I understand that some people like pdfs.
I wanted to post a lesson up that uses one of my approaches to harmonizing scales from my Harmonic Combinatorics book. Before I get into the harmonization approach I want to expand on this idea of the microscope analogy and apply it to harmony. Using the microscope analogy, this is really looking at the chord on a 2x setting.
Once you are aware of the types of sounds that are created from various chord types, you can start thinking about chords and chord voicings on the macro i. In other words, it examines unique combinations of notes on all of the possible string combinations for the purposes of develop harmonic and melodic possibilities.
One way to do this is through a method that I use to generate unique ideas through a process that some people refer to as spread voicings. The object is to gain new sounds — so change the patterns here in whatever ways necessary. To clarify: The numbers on the left hand side of the diagram are the fret numbers. For example, if I was looking at the G, B and high E strings, some sample initial voicings would be. If you want to save some time and increase the number of unique chords try the following parameters:. Again, while this book follows this process through the key of C Major, this process can be applied to any tonal center.
If the numbering is weird for you, just use what works for you. Check out these chord sounds over A. In addition to possible comping ideas, these can be arpeggiated for melodic ideas as well. A few notes on working with voicings. Here are some additional points to consider when using this process:. Since the voicings presented are in the key of C Major with no sharps or flats, the information and approach here is easily adaptable to other scales, modes etc…. As I mentioned earlier, these voicings can be played as melodies simply by playing the notes one at a time.
But since this approach is about combining things, it makes sense to at least look at some melodic possibilities with regards to note choice. It sounds a little deceptive if you play it as is. This is because the first voicing is actually a G major chord in 1st inversion i. Here it is with the root of each chord added to the low E string Try working them out and playing them!! There are come challenging chords there. If you play it without harmonic backing, try changing any F natural to F and it should sound more pleasing to you.
There are six unique melodic variations of any three-note chord or pattern. These numbers represent note order. Assigning 1 as the lowest note and 3 as the highest — here are the unique variations on the first three notes. Applying this idea, one possibility for looks like this:. Two things to consider:. Combining the first 2 chords into a 6-note pattern allows even more flexibility. One part of this phrase has caught my ear:. When I add a low E root, I get a cool little Phrygian phrase with a couple of notes snuck in on the high E string.
Having said that, those of you who want to do the work, could just write down a collection of numbers and apply them to different ideas and see what happens. The first important thing, however, is to experiment with different rhythms including rests! The second important thing to consider is that with any approach like this you should:. Back in November when Guitar-Muse posted the second part of my interview with Rob Balducci , Rob brought up a process he called chord morphing. Anyway Rob had this cool idea of taking a chromatic shape and playing it one note per fret on the bottom 4 strings which produces an Augmented chord like this:.
So, I thought that was a cool way to:. You can check out my recycling chords post , for a pretty in-depth exploration of this idea with triads! And then I got to thinking about Sonic Shapes. Back in the day, Howard Roberts used to write a column for Guitar Player magazine and he had a whole series of columns that centered around an idea of sonic shapes , which is moving a fingering to different string sets to create different sounds. You can also use them to visualize all of your 3-note major and minor inversions. If you sharp any note of an augmented chord you create a minor chord with the sharped note acting as the root.
Following through on this process, we can find voicings for every minor chord inversion. With the augmented inversions outlined, try converting each voicing to a minor chord:. The next step is to move the entire pattern up 5 frets and repeat the process of converting the chords to minor. Once you get used to manipulating the augmented patterns to create all three minor chords, try taking one minor voicing like A minor for example and using the augmented visualization, try visualizing every inversion of A minor both across the fingerboard as well as on each string set.
You can guess that the next step would be to apply this to all of the above inversions like you did with the minor. But first, I need to talk about…. When I explain using modes to students — I typically use the analogy of a microscope to discuss viewing modes conceptually on multiple levels. On the 2x setting, I see that a number of minor modes will work over D min7.
Going to the 4x setting on the microscope, I see that Dorian is made up of a series of interlocking 2-string patterns. If I go to the 8x setting, I can break the 2-string patterns down into 1 string shapes and going to a higher resolution 16x I can see those shapes as individual notes. Putting this to use:. The same practice points as before Tone, Tension and Timing apply — but this exercise is all about how to find variations in small things. The nice things about 2-string patterns like this is that the fingering repeats at each octave.
So you only need to remember one fingering for a multi octave run. Going to a higher resolution. I know that G parent major also contains A Dorian — which works well over A minor chords. Which has a cool sound associated with it. Sequencing the ideas :. However cool any scale or arpeggio is, playing it in a linear up and down manner will only get you so far.
By playing groups of notes in short sequences, the arpeggio gains a little melodic drive. One way to immediately make this more interesting is to break the 3 note grouping out of the triplet rhythm. Playing the same pattern in 16ths — displaces the first note of each pattern across different beats. Here it is as septuplets 5 notes to the beat.
Changing the note order.