Holding the Pick Always point the pick directly down towards the guitar Do not allow it to spin while picking Make sure your grip is comfortable Guitar Lesson World: Lesson 8 - Flatpicking Technique
Guitar Lesson World: Lesson 8 - Flatpicking Technique
Photo by Marta Monleón Modes are used in all kinds of musical styles like Jazz, Rock, Metal, Flamenco, etc. They create a certain mood or feel to your playing. If you feel like you are stuck playing solos using just Major/Minor or Pentatonic/Blues scales all the time, you’re ready to call on the modes and dive a little deeper. When I first got introduced to modes I was a little bit overwhelmed, but also excited to explore this whole new world of boundless possibilities.
Besides writing and playing songs I just love improvising. When I practice improvising I always first pour myself a cup of green tea, I put on some folk music (e.g. Ray La Montagne, Damien Rice, Stephen Fretwell, Glen Hansard, Sheryl Crow, etc.) on Last.fm or Spotify.com and then I start to improvise over these songs. I get totally caught up in the moment and let my fingers carry me away. Other times I practice melodic patterns, triads, arpeggios, licks, everything that will spice up my improvisation skills.
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Following up and expanding on a post about learning music theory with Auto-tune. See also a post about the major scale modes and an intro to minor keys. So maybe you want to write a song or an instrumental in a particular mood or style, and you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the scales. Here’s a handy guide to the commonly used scales in western pop, rock, jazz, blues and so on. They’re shown in the way you’d program them into Auto-tune.
You don’t need a “1000 Chords Dictionary” to be able to read and play chords. You can learn how to form chords on your own, because chords are built using simple formulas. A chord is three or more notes played at the same time. It’s as simple as that. Of course, the trick is to know which three notes…
Kelvin, You actually caught a mistake on the roman numerals! Thanks, I’ll have to fix that.
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