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Sun, 17 Apr 2016 04:44:49 +0000
Psychedelic guitar solos with exotic scales
George_Harrison_SitarIn his video on pentatonic scales” Dean Brown outlines some exotic sounds using modes including: playing a B Major pentatonic over an E Major 7 chord. playing an F# Major […]George_Harrison_Sitar

George_Harrison_SitarIn his video on pentatonic scales” Dean Brown outlines some exotic sounds using modes including:

  • playing a B Major pentatonic over an E Major 7 chord.
  • playing an F# Major pentatonic (E Lydian Major 7) over an E Major 7 chord.

You can create some interesting lines with these ideas, however, the sound I really find interesting is using a minor pentatonic with a raised 3rd.

It’s a very simple idea yet very effective. The following diagram is a comparison of the A minor pentatonic scale, A pentatonic scale with raised 3rd, A7 arpeggio and the Mixolydian mode.

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comparison of minor pentatonic, #3 pentatonic, arpeggio & scale

The pentatonic with raised 3 is quite similar to dominant 7 arpeggio; the only difference is that the pentatonic with raised 3 also includes the 4th. This allows quite an unusual sound. To me it sounds quite Indian and instantly reminded me of The Beatles song “Within You, Without You” by George Harrison. (Someone on YouTube commented that Dean Brown looks like George Harrison; I’m inclined to agree). It makes me think that George Harrison must have been aware of this scale when he wrote this song. It has a strong Indian but this is created by the dominant 7 sound.

I’ve tabbed out my version of “Within You, Without You”. I play this with a Travis picking approach but I’ve just tabbed chords and melody. I’ve used A as the key as this works well with open strings. A capo on the 3rd fret will transpose this to the original key of C.

Download pdf transcription

Another exotic sounding scale that can be used to add interest to improvisation is the Phrygian Dominant scale. (5th mode of the harmonic minor scale formula: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8) . Sometimes referred to as ‘The Heavy Metal Scale’, it has a dark, classical flavour.
The formula for the Phrygian Dominant is 1 – ♭2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – ♭6 – ♭7 – 1

Play the A harmonic minor scale over an E major chord and you’ll be playing the Phrygian Dominant mode. This tutorial provides some excellent examples:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVDr8MFMU-A

Other exotic scales worth exploring are:

Arabian 1     2    b3    4   #4   #5     6      7   minor
Gypsy 1     2    b3  #4             5    b6     7   minor
Romanian 1     2    b3  #4             5     6     b7   minor
Indian 1   b2             4              5    b6   neutral (no 3rd)
Indian 1   b2   b3     4             5     b6   b7   minor
Persian 1   b2     3      4           b5    b6    7   major
Byzantine 1   b2     3      4            5     b6    7   major
Oriental 1  b2      3      4           b5     6    b7   dominant
Jewish (Phrygian Dominant) 1  b2      3      4            5    b6    b7   dominant
Japanese 1   2                4             5   b6  neutral (no 3rd)

– See more at: http://www.jazzguitar.be/exotic_guitar_scales.html#sthash.7HN2q0Vt.dpuf

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Fri, 15 Apr 2016 03:09:09 +0000
Charlie Parker Lines for Jazz Guitar
Charlie Parker quoteMiles Davis once said, “You can tell the history of jazz in four words: Louis Armstrong. Charlie Parker.” These artists redefined jazz and changed the course of modern music. http://ow.ly/4mIaUP […]Charlie Parker quote

Charlie Parker quoteMiles Davis once said, “You can tell the history of jazz in four words: Louis Armstrong. Charlie Parker.” These artists redefined jazz and changed the course of modern music. http://ow.ly/4mIaUP Learning their lines and transcribing their solos while understanding the related harmonic theory is essential to the development of authentic jazz vocabulary and technique. Learning from horn players is particularly helpful for guitarists. Horn players tend to approach harmony differently as they are not constrained by the fret board grid. Here are some useful online resources for learning Charlie Parker lines for guitar. I’ve found these resources particularly helpful.

Billie’s Bounce‘: How to play Billie’s Bounce by Charlie Parker on ‪#‎Guitar‬

This is a great tutorial which shows how to play Bird’s ‘Billie’s Bounce’ solo in a series of easy to learn licks. Includes nice hand written tabs. A great Bebop blues tune, essential to the repertoire of any aspiring jazz guitarist.

It’s very helpful to compare the guitar lines to the original solo: https://youtu.be/S4mRaEzwTYo?t=41 Charlie Parker‘s phrasing transforms a series of notes into something very special.

The more I learn and practice lines like this, the more I realise just how special Charlie Parker‘s music is. Every phrase is gold!

Wes Montgomery’s solo on Billie’s Bounce by Tony Greaves


PDF transcription with tabs available here: https://allegedartist.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/lesson3.pdf

More information and resources available at Tony Greaves’ website: https://allegedartist.wordpress.com/2008/12/31/lesson-3-wes-montgomerys-solo-on-billies-bounce-from-fingerpickin/

Blues for Alice‘:

Blues for Alice Charlie Parker melody tabs tablature chords
My chart for Blues for Alice head with tabs

this tune is an example of ‘Bird changes’. The Blues for Alice changes, Bird changes, ‘Bird Blues’, or ‘New York Blues changes‘, is a chord progression, often named after Charlie Parker (“Bird”), which is a variation of the twelve-bar blues. The progression uses a series of sequential II-V or secondary II-V progressions, and has been used in pieces such as Parker’s “Blues for Alice”. Toots Thielemans’s “Bluesette” and Parker’s “Confirmation” also have similar progressions. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bird_changes

MrBebopguitar plays Joe Pass ‘Modern Blues’; same chord progression as ‘Blues for Alice’ tabs in the video.

Dimitris Tsiabaos ‘Blues For Alice’ by Charlie Parker, and solo Joe Pass, guitar style. No tabs with this but Dimitris plays the head and plays through the lines nice and slow.

A Night in Tunisia

Tutorial by Jerry Baiden on Charlie Parker‘s famous alto break from ‘A Night in Tunisia’. This solo requires extreme athleticism; an excellent workout. The tutorial is really about jazz phrasing and the importance of dynamics within the jazz line. You can download the transcription of the break and the sound files associated with this tutorial from linked website

Transcriptions and sound files can be downloaded from Jerry’s website: http://jerrybaiden.com/Downloads.php

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Mon, 11 Apr 2016 21:29:50 +0000
Wes Montgomery D Natural Blues Digital Sheetmusic & Tabs
wes_posterized_smlRecently I tried to find music for Wes Montgomery‘s ‘D Natural Blues‘; a really fun tune to play with solo lines very representative of Wes’ distinctive style. Unable to find […]wes_posterized_sml

wes_posterized_smlRecently I tried to find music for Wes Montgomery‘s ‘D Natural Blues‘; a really fun tune to play with solo lines very representative of Wes’ distinctive style. Unable to find a suitable sheet free, I tried https://www.sheetmusicdirect.com
 
Here you can find digital sheet music for many tunes by Wes Montgomery such as Days Of Wine And Roses, Full House, Four On Six, Airegin, Westcoast Blues and many more. There is a huge selection of tabs and notation and if you download the Scorch plugin you can play the notation and slow the tempo.

 
It costs around £0.99 per tune and this allows you one print. You can’t print to pdf or to file etc. You can of course print to a printer then scan the pages to create a pdf. Considering the quality and accuracy of the notation and tabs and the convenience of the online player, I’m thinking £0.99 per tune is pretty good value.

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Sat, 23 Jan 2016 02:14:25 +0000
Guitar Gear Isn’t Everything
wes_guitar_gearHow many times have you watched a really impressive tutorial on YouTube etc. then read in the comments and endless list of questions like “What gear are you using?”,”What kind […]wes_guitar_gear

How many times have you watched a really impressive tutorial on YouTube etc. then read in the comments and endless list of questions like “What gear are you using?”,”What kind of guitar, amp, effects unit etc. is that?” The artist featured in the video, which of course was time consuming to produce, then has to waste additional effort listing all the equipment used. Questions about the actual technique in question often seem to be relatively rare. While good choices with musical equipment are important they aren’t everything. The reason the player in the video sounds impressive is because they have highly developed technical skills.

I used to spend a great deal of time collecting guitar effects and accessories. When you’re new to an instrument, buying it a few presents can be fun and can help you to define a distinctive sound.  One day while browsing for new effects in a music store I heard the salesman ask someone “Why not just buy yourself a multi-effects pedal instead of buying more pedals?” The guy replied “I already have three of those.” Before long, I realised that no matter how much money I spent on effects there was no magic combination that will magically transform your playing. The time you are spending playing around with effects etc. would probably be much better spent practicing technique.

When I became more serious about jazz guitar playing, I found that adding any effect, even on a very subtle level actually detracted from the sound I wanted. The unadorned sound of a semi acoustic jazz box and a decent amplifier is all you need. I found this quite liberating after all the time I had spend setting up before rock gigs. With my jazz box, all you need to do is plug in, tune up and play.

Peavey Vypyr 75 75W 1×12 Guitar Combo Amp: Featuring 24 amp channel models–both the clean and distorted channels of 12 popular amps for the first time anywhere-plus 11 editable preamp “stomp box” effects and 11 editable post-amp “rack” effects with dual-parameter control.

My advice is that you buy the best guitar, amplifier and accessories that you can afford. Buy a limited range of effects that suit the style of music you play. Experiment with your sound until you find something that complements your playing style. Distortion/fuzz, delay and reverb, pitch effects like phaser, flanger, chorus, pitch shift etc. can enhance your guitar sound and are essential for most modern styles. Be subtle; less is more. Too much effect will detract from your playing more than it will enhance it. Consider buying a modelling amplifier which can model the sound of vintage valve amps and include a range of inbuilt effects. Digital effects for recording software have become a great deal cheaper (Audacity is a basic, free recording application and includes a huge range of effects.) Effects can be added and modified in post production.

But don’t just take my word for it. Wes Montgomery (considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time) was not interested at all in guitar equipment, he saw his guitar as a tool to do the job. Much of We Montgomery highly disnctive and beautiful tone was due to the way he played. Wes of course played with the fleshy part of his thumb rather than a pick which creates a mellow sound; particularly well suited for octave playing. During his entire career Wes Montgomery played almost exclusively on a Gibson L-5 (cutaway electric spanish) from 1963. He wasn’t really interested in equipment. In his own words: “I got a standard box. I don’t never want nothing special. Then if I drop my box, I can borrow somebody else’s.” – Read more about the gear Wes Montgomery used at: http://www.jazzguitar.be/wes_montgomery_guitar.html#sthash.WBKzStun.dpuf (Irony completely intentional 😉

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Thu, 21 Jan 2016 10:26:53 +0000
Iconic Electric Guitars – historical timeline
featured02This graphic was generated from the images in the guitar history gallery. The intention was to feature key developments in the evolution of the electric guitar and a few other […]featured02

This graphic was generated from the images in the guitar history gallery. The intention was to feature key developments in the evolution of the electric guitar and a few other interesting examples.

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Wed, 20 Jan 2016 00:58:07 +0000
Guitar Lesson Comedy
featured03Remember life before the internet? Remember going into music stores and trying to memorise pages from tuition books because you couldn’t afford to buy them? More recently I have spent […]featured03

jason_leeRemember life before the internet? Remember going into music stores and trying to memorise pages from tuition books because you couldn’t afford to buy them? More recently I have spent a great deal of time trawling YouTube and the web trying to answer this question; is it possible to learn advanced guitar online for free? Apart from having to repeatedly endure ads for products like ‘Yousician’ I’ve found this quest to be largely very rewarding and have managed to improve my playing no end.

Of course the quality of the material tends to vary but there is undoubtedly a wealth of brilliant resources online which, if well chosen can help anyone progress. The Guitar Cosmos Facebook Page features videos and web resources which I have personally tried out and recommend in a range of styles and levels. Hopefully aspiring guitarists will find this record useful.

As well as finding a great many useful resources I’ve also found a few that I’ve found a bit amusing. Here’s a small selection:

  1. Old Country Guitar Solo | 48 Simply Fantastic Country Guitar LicksDoug Seven presents some great country guitar tutorials but he seems to have been in something of an enhanced state of mind for this one:
  2. Guitar Lesson Learn how to play fun Spaghetti Western alternative surf electric guitar riffs‘ by rockongoodpeople. This guy makes the list for his hair alone…
  3. Joe Diorio F Blues‘ Joe is undoubtedly a brilliant player and teacher but I found his body language in this clip a bit odd!
  4. Mastering the iim7b5-V7b9 by Les Wise‘ Les Wise is also a great guitarist and teacher but again, I couldn’t help but find his expressions in this clip just a bit amusing. I’m told I tend to pull faces like this when playing…

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Tue, 12 Jan 2016 00:11:58 +0000
David Bowie’s Chameleon Guitar Styles
featured01RIP David Bowie. Bowie was associated with many brilliant guitarists during his career, covering a range of styles, from Mick Ronson‘s glam rock guitar during the Ziggy Stardust period to […]featured01

david_bowie_ziggy_stardustRIP David Bowie. Bowie was associated with many brilliant guitarists during his career, covering a range of styles, from Mick Ronson‘s glam rock guitar during the Ziggy Stardust period to Carlos Alomar‘s funk grooves on Young Americans and Station to Station, Adrian Belew and Robert Fripp’s outside, avant guarde sounds during the ‘Berlin‘ phase and Stevie Ray Vaughan‘s stylings on ‘Let’s Dance’.

David Bowie was (I’m really finding it difficult and weird to have to talk about him in past tense!) also an excellent guitarist in his own right, and his simple, highly melodic approach added highlights to many of his hits. I’ve always loved Bowie’s guitar solo on ‘Space Oddity’; the way he hangs on that E7 chord. (Click here for video tutorial). Bowie played all the guitar on ‘Diamond Dogs’, producing what NME critics Roy Carr and Charles Shaar Murray described as a “scratchy, raucous, semi-amateurish sound that gave the album much of its characteristic flavour” (source: Wikipedia). ‘Eight Line Poem‘ from ‘Hunky Dory’ is a poignant piece of country rock playing. (Click here for video cover).

Here’s a nice tutorial on how to play the funky guitar from Bowie’s first American hit, ‘Fame’ from ‘Young Americans’. All three guitar parts are included; great fun to play: (Click here for video tutorial)

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Copyright is a form of intellectual property protection for a variety of literary and artistic endeavours. Everyone who has used the internet has at one time or another copied material illegally. This is due to the popular misconception, that once material is posted to the internet it can be freely copied: this not the case. Unless the author of the material has stated that is available for public use, then permission has to be obtained from the author for the material to be used.
File sharing sites, is another issue that concerning copyright laws. These sites/programs allow people to share material over the internet, this allows for copyrighted material to be shared and copied form one person to another. Some people believe this is okay as there is no transaction of money for the material: this is not true. File sharing is one of the biggest problems concerning copyright laws on the internet as there is no way to monitor all the information being shared between people and block and copyrighted material from being sent.
Now days because it is so easy to share copyrighted material over the internet and it is so frequently done many people do not see it as a crime that affects the authors finically. Although many people would not steal a cd from a store, download free music from the internet is socially acceptable on the internet.
The reason why people copy and break copyright laws is because they don’t want to pay for it. What most people don’t think about while there waiting happily as their download finishes, is that they are part of a mass group that is stealing from the author. This author has probably spent many hours of work developing a program hoping that in the end he can share with all of us and maybe get paid, to earn a living so he can continue provide us with software we want and need. But all those people who pirate software and wish for everything on the internet to be free or cheaper, are really just saying , we value what you have created but could you just do it for free? Would you do your job for free? Or cheaper? Highly unlikely, but that being said people that claim authors aren’t protecting their material enough, well all that can be said about that is, if people really want something enough, they’ll do anything, even if it might cost them jail time or a $50,000 fine.

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