Posts Tagged ‘bluesy’
Hi there again!
Been getting alota mails from players and questions are all over the place this week!
I’ll try get a few outa the way.
To the problem with Justin playing over what he is saying…watch his left hand as closely as possible and try to follow the TAB but just remember, all of these lessons and songs are a matter for each persons interpretation.
I am not saying he is wrong….
What I mean by this is each person who watches or listens to all of these songs, solos etc will have their own version of what the original guitarist played and in some cases even the original guitarist doesn’t know or remember what they played. Go back and LISTEN closely and watch the video of the original, maybe you can pick out some notes left out by the teacher, we are human and not all ways right! Angus and Malcom young actually started in the 1970’s around the corner from where I actually live in Sydney , Australia – now that’s allot a guitar playing to remember in anyone’s language! I have seen Angus try to explain what/why he plays the way he does it and is all spur of the moment with much of his momentum and technique coming from the fact that he is of a smaller stature ( another reason why he smaller Gibson SG model guitars suit him ) and the volume . When you see him bending a string he puts his whole body into it, when you see him play a chord, the he gets the whole shoulder/ body into it! A full work out in every performance definitely!
Second, for the Lary Larry Coryell lessons I would recommend only to the more advanced students and if you are going to try them make sure you have your theory all together because it is very complicated and I have had allot of students try to go them without the very solid ground work needed in theory ( and of course practice!)
The CAGED system is a “visual” way to teach chords / scales quickly and again I would recommend going through some theory behind it all on the way or some bad habits develop…
Again as with the CAGED system I would recommend keeping a very close eye on what you are playing when attempting the Rock Guitar Lesson Soloing Excercise . Keep the speed very slow at the start and the picking hand as accurate as possible. By this I mean even up/ down strokes and make sure you hear every note cleanly/ clearly – no excessive noise, dragging the pick across strings, nervous picking ( what I call when someone tries to “just go for it” and looks like they are having a fit!) before you try to pick up the speed.
One more bit of advice… don’t just play scales over chords without realizing how they RELATE to each other. No offense intended to the nextlevelguitar teacher whose name I couldn’t even hear on You Tube, but he seems to be playing scales just for the hell of it while the chords just ramble on, not really putting them together at the start of the video. Please don’t get into the habit of “shredding” just for the hell of it….Malmsteen already has the market on that….lol But…..o.k if you must [play 365 no9tes instead of 6 or 7 in key that we could make some sense of… And yes I’ve had my shot at shredding long time ago and am well over it… speed doesn’t equal quality in music!
Learn your scales, learn to burn , then learn when to use it and when you notice people laughing at your playing you’ve gone too far…. speaking from experience there people!
Till next time, have fun and keep on playin!
Hi there again!
This week I’ll be looking at picking technique.
Allot of the viewers have been asking in emails etc about how the various teachers get their sound. The main hand that people have been watching is the fretting hand, that is the hand doing what appears to be all the work.
The fact of the matter is the main hand is the one actually producing the sound by plucking the strings.This is a very important factor as allot of the questions arise from people not realizing the different way the teachers/ people in the videos have been actually playing.
To begin with you should be practicing picking technique with a pick if that’s your style, pick down in rhythm making sure every note you play is distinct and is heard clearly. First slowly, then play the scale or riff etc faster but DO NOT continue playing until you can get a clear and precise sound – then do it with alternate picking , up and down, again you must really watch what and how you are playing. This is the only way your technique will improve and you will move forward as a guitar player not a string smasher..lol
The picking described above is for general blues, rock, metal styles, special attention must be payed to the scales/ alternate picking/ sweep picking – in metal styles where the speed picking in solos in the styles of Malsmsteen, Batio and the other neo-classical type shredders ( I know I missed allot of em , but theres just too many now..lol)
Another of the more popular but very miss-read picking is the “chicken pickin” style. In the George Thorogood video he keeps on about using a “thumb pick ” and his other fingers in a “claw” style. This gives you the opportunity to play the bass notes behind melody as in blues style of the older masters he talks about. Go back and watch some of these and really watch their “PICKING HAND”, not their fretting hand because that’s where most of the work ( picking) is being produced. Some players use the same style but don’t use a thumb pick, the thumb pick just helps to make the bass line in the playing more predominant…meaning you can hear it better with a thumb pick.
Note how Thorogood rests his pinky and sometimes ring finger of his right hand on the bottom of the bridge pickup. This gives him a solid anchor for his hand to play a heavier sound.
If you are going into a classical guitar style – this is not the way to play!
Classical guitarists stay up and off the face of the guitar and use the nails. Their technique is allot more precise and requires you to keep you hand free over the strings not with a heavy upon the strings attack motion.
And of course thanx for watchin and coming over to our site! Have fun and good luck, till next time c yas!
Firstly, thanx so much for all the great comments on the Steve Vai Lesson. Following on from this lesson I have had allot of viewers asking me about the Steve Howe lesson. Maybe its a “Steve ” thing but they sure can play!
Ok… for starters you may need a little background on the style and sound of this gentleman. If you havent heard Chet Atkins play, go right there NOW! As an exponent of the “chicken pickin” style, you cant go past him.
Steve Howe is using a style that comes from using the pick and the other fingers at the same time. Watch closely and you will notice his pinky rests on the face of the guitar to give a solid anchor while using the pick to play the bass run. He uses his ring and middle finger to play the higher notes of the chord as a melody. The only time he comes off the face of the guitar is when he plays an actual rhythm style of strumming the chord.
Note well he “knows” the chords very well and doesn’t need to think about what he is playing. When you go to write or copy this style you need to have done your home work here and while the tab is up somewhere for this you should watch the video over and over again as it is excellent ear training. Try to emulate the sound and very precise picking technique but remember to begin with easy phrases with simpler chord shapes slowly ( try an open E major and some simple major blues pentatonic scale with bass run) until you work up to the more complex shapes further up the fingerboard. You will need to know your major scale all the way along the fretboard and all the chord shapes and variations of them. Don’t just learn one shape and one open variation and think your done!
Hint- he uses the open G major chord from ( at 3.36 ) the tenth fret is actually a D major, playing the major scale run in between on the open strings and using a descending bass run, the root 5th (at 4.40 ), keep the open G going … now go figure the rest out … hope I’ve wet your whistle and inspired you to play!
Then he has some gold … as in music business advice that you should listen to, its not just about learning to play here, he tells you how he got ripped off and you should learn from his mistake, then maybe one day all the money from your music will land in the right pocket…yours!
And good luck!
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