ARE YOU A REAL PILOT? from Joe Burton An old Marine Pilot sat down at the Starbucks, still wearing his old USMC flight suit and leather jacket and ordered a cup of coffee. As he sat sipping his coffee, a young woman sat down next to him. She turned to the pilot and asked, 'Are you a real pilot?' He replied, 'Well, I've spent my whole life flying planes, first Stearmans, then the early Grummans... flew a Wildcat and Corsair in WWII, and later in the Korean conflict, Banshees and Cougars. I've taught more than 260 people to fly and given rides to hundreds, so I guess I am a pilot, and you, what are you? She said, 'I'm a lesbian. The two sat sipping in silence. A little while later, a young man sat down on the other side of the old pilot and asked: "are you a real pilot?" He replied, 'I always thought I was, but I just found out I'm a lesbian.'
Play The 7 Modes in 7 Days (Tabs Incl.) 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. I soon realized it’s all about the journey and not the destination, so enjoy the process! There are 7 modes which can be derived from the major scale: 1 – Ionian 2 – Dorian 3 – Phrygian 4 – Lydian 5 – Mixolydian 6 – Aeolian 7 – Locrian Each mode starts and stops on a different note within the major scale. In this post we take the C major scale to explain the modes, but you can derive the 7 modes from any major scale in any key. I challenge you to understand the basics and work your way through each mode in 7 days.
learn to play guitar faster. Tips, tools and lessons to help you learn faster www.theguitarlesson Guitar modes can be viewed as scales on their own, since the notes in each mode are separated by a given interval pattern. However, they would not exist on their own, since they are part of a bigger scale. So its fair to say that all modes are scales, but NOT all scales are modes Now that I have you confused, lets look at the most used and known modal system on the guitar, the 7 modes of the major scale. It’s fairly simple, each mode starts off of a different note of the major scale, thus each of the 7 guitar modes is a derivative of the major scale. Ionian Mode The Ionian mode is the first mode, it’s another name for the major scale itself. Remember that this is a movable scale, so you can move this shape all over the fretboard. As you can see, Ionian mode consists of major notes, therefore it can be used to play major chords, which are comprised of the 1st, 3rd, 5th degree. The 2nd and 6th degree notes are extensions of major chords. Dorian Mode 1 W 2 H b3 W 4 W 5 W 6 H b7 W 8(1)
www.guitarhabits Photo by Jsome1 Playing 3 notes per string exercises is something I do on a regular basis. I use them to warm up, to become a faster guitar player and to spice up my improvisation. 3 notes per string licks and scales are generally used for speed picking. Whenever you hear a guitar player playing these really fast terrifying licks, it’s probably a 3 notes per string lick. Paul Gilbert of Mr.Big is one of many great experts in this field. If you practice these exercises properly and often enough you will increase your speed. The 3 notes per string exercises are played using the alternate picking technique. Once you get the hang of it, it can become quite addictive, but be careful though. The one and only reason why these monster guitar players become so incredibly fast is that they practice long hours for days, weeks, months and years.
Supermarket Psychic A woman at the grocery store went to the register with these items in her cart: * a carton of eggs * a quart of orange juice * a head of romaine lettuce * a 2 lb. can of coffee * a 1 lb. package of bacon. As she was unloading her items on the conveyor belt to check out, a drunk standing behind her watched as she placed the items in front of the cashier. While the cashier was ringing up her purchases, the drunk calmly stated, "You must be single." The woman was a bit startled by this proclamation, but she was intrigued by the derelict's intuition, since she was indeed single. She looked at her six items on the belt and saw nothing particularly unusual about her selections that could have tipped off the drunk to her marital status. Curiosity getting the better of her, she said "Well, you know what, you're absolutely correct. The drunk replied, "Cause you're uglier than shit".
10 Essentials On Guitar Improvisation Photo by Simone13 AKA John Pastorello 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. Other times I practice melodic patterns, triads, arpeggios, licks, everything that will spice up my improvisation skills. Improvising is one of the most fun and fulfilling aspects of guitar playing, but also something that requires a lot of hard work and dedication. Here are 10 basic essentials that will help you become a better improviser. 1 – Pentatonics / blues Learn to play the pentatonic/blues scale all over the neck in all five shapes. 2 – Major Scale Next to the pentatonic scale, the major scale is the most important scale to learn. Once you can play the scale in all positions, connect the different positions with each other. The most exciting and challenging part is learning how to improvise with the scales. 3- Melodic patterns Example: Major scale = 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Learn The Guitar Fingerboard Thoroughly in 16 Days Photo by John W. Tuggle If I have to name two things that took my guitar playing to the next level I would say music theory and memorizing the fingerboard. It made me understand the big picture. Combining music theory (understanding scales, modes, chord structure, improvising over chord progressions, etc, etc.) and knowing all the notes on the fingerboard will open up a whole new world. Guitar playing becomes more fun when you know what, when en where to play it on the fingerboard. When you want to know where to play any type of chord shape instantly it’s pretty helpful if know the notes. To know the name of the chord you need to know all the notes on the low E-string. A Bb major chord shape (x13331) can also be played on any fret. To know the name of this Esus2 chord shape: (xx2452) on any fret you need to know the notes on the D-string. The same applies to scale shapes, triads, arpeggios, licks, etc. Here’s how you do it: First things first. Example 1: A A# B C C# D D# E F F# G G# A
www.guitarworld Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix's stature as rock's greatest guitarist is by now an absolute and indisputable fact. In this month's edition of "In Deep," I'll examine his genius within the realm of rhythm guitar. Let’s begin with a breakdown of the intro to the live version of “Little Wing,” transcribed in this issue [see page 136]. Live or in the studio, he always strove for spontaneously inspired performances of every song. This version of “Little Wing,” recorded at what is acknowledged as the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s greatest live performance—on February 24, 1969, at London’s Albert Hall—differs in many subtle but fascinating ways from the studio track heard on Axis: Bold as Love. In the pickup and through bar 1 [see the transcription for this and other “Little Wing” examples], Jimi first strikes muted strings by lightly laying his fret hand across the fretboard. Bar 7 features Hendrix’s signature “sliding sus2” voicings, as Gsus2 slides up to Asus2 and then down to Fsus2.
Free VST Plugins! Are you looking for high quality VST plugins which you can download and use for free? You’re certainly in the right place! On this page, you’ll find the core part of BPB – a constantly updated directory of essential freeware VST instruments and effects for Windows and Mac (formerly known as BPB Freeware Studio). Welcome and enjoy your stay! Alternatively, you can browse through all the freeware tools (including freeware plugins, host applications, free audio editors, etc.) which have been featured in our News section so far, by visiting the Free Software Archive on BPB. Two years ago, we started a series of articles covering the best freeware plugin releases from each year. Scroll below to see our directory of the finest free music making software. Free VST Plugin Directory Part 1: Best Free VST Host Applications A selection of free audio editors and applications which can host VST plugins. Part 2: Best Freeware VST Effects A selection of freeware effects in VST/AU plugin formats:
The Vulgar Parrot The Vulgar Parrot A young man named John received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every word out of the bird's mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity. John tried and tried to change the bird's attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music and anything else he could think of to "clean up" the bird's vocabulary. Finally, John was fed up and he yelled at the parrot. John, in desperation, threw up his hands, grabbed the bird and put him in the freezer. Fearing that he'd hurt the parrot, John quickly opened the door to the freezer. John was stunned at the change in the bird's attitude.