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9 Jul 2014

Not using my normal video gear, but I think it still turned out okay.
29 May 2014
Wrote this for another site a while back, but after seeing Spock's post, I thought i'd post it here too; hopefully it'll be helpful for other players to "break out of the box" and move around the fretboard effortlessly.


Relating everything to A Minor, here is the reference sheet i'll be using throughout the post. - http://i.imgur.com/XirXCoP.jpg

These 7 three note per two string patterns are the building blocks for this logical and systematic approach.

Also it's a lot easier to learn this system if you already know how to find octaves. - http://www.justinguitar.com/en/IM-116-NotesOnNeck.php


http://i.imgur.com/TpiHzHF.jpg - The system is simple.

By splitting up the A Minor scale into these 7 patterns (there's only really 6, pattern 3 and 7 are the same), you'll see that this system repeats itself; over and over again all over the guitar neck. Just learn those 7 basic patterns; and you're set.

The Vertical
As you go from thickest to thinnest string, you will be descending in pattern number; Pattern 1 -> 7 -> 6 etc. and vice versa for thinnest to thickest.
Regardless of which pattern you start from, it will follow this system.

e.g. in the first example, the E and A strings use pattern 1; meaning when you move to the next set of two strings, the D and G, you use pattern 7. Then it goes onto pattern 6 etc.

The Horizontal
As you go up the frets from lowest to highest, you will be ascending in pattern number; Pattern 7 -> 1 -> 2 etc. and vice versa.

Hopefully that makes sense, it's hard to draw out the horizontal since they all overlap. laugh.gif




In this example, it's patterns 1 and 2 together but over different octaves. This exercise is more to do with getting the concept of moving between and visualising patterns than technical ability. Improvise, make big leaps, start from strings other than the low E; just don't play straight up and down.

You can expand on this as you improve; move onto patterns 2 and 3, 3 and 4 etc.


Just to help with visualising, this is a set of 'vertical' examples since they're the easiest to see. Refer back to the reference sheet. - http://i.imgur.com/xouUf2d.jpg

This is the mindset I have whenever I play; meaning you stop thinking in terms of boxes and are free to move in any direction you want from any note and still be in the key or scale you want to be in. Hard to explain this stuff through text, but if you have any questions lemme know.

Link to every picture used.
27 May 2014

Not really a fan of guitar contests, but at least you get a free studio quality backing track out of them. laugh.gif

Grand Prize (one winner)
- A signed Marty Friedman postcard
- a copy of Inferno on both CD and LP
- a Marty Friedman logo t-shirt
- a mystery prize from Roland/Boss (stay tuned to this space for details)
- a MetalSucks t-shirt
- a video call-out by Marty himself

2 May 2014
I am happy to announce a new set of library projects dubbed the High Gain Essentials. What is "essential" about them? They provision everything you need and nothing you don't for killer high gain tone in the studio, on stage, and at home - and, well, they sound so good you simply shouldn't be without them.




Found some demos that are using the IRs; can't wait to try them out. Never heard of the first band before but they sound killer, love the electronic stuff.
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