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Sinisa Cekic
post Dec 28 2011, 12:41 PM
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December 26. Chat lesson notes

Lesson about natural minor scales, within pentatonic boxes.
The purpose of these five positions is to expand pentatonic scale for another two tones in order to get the opportunity to cover the whole neck with a natural minor scale.

Here's a example of a Minor natural scale in a 5 pentatonic boxes:






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post Dec 28 2011, 08:36 PM
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Cool Sin thanks for the illustration, Do you plan on doing more lessons in this manner to show where notes from other modes fall within the penta boxes? I believe we also touched on Dorian in this lesson.

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post Dec 28 2011, 10:53 PM
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Sure man ,very good point !!!

Now,we touched on modes ...

Here is a small quiz for you:

Suppose that the chart is in A minor, all 5 pentatonic positions !

Look at 2,3,4, and the fifth position on the chart....... do you see some modes there?

Think about that 'til next chat wink.gif


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January 2. chat lesson notes

We talked again about the extended pentatonic, and specifically touched on the third position of pentatonic box and complete natural minor scale in that pattern, which at the same time can be D Dorian mode, provided that our progression moving from D minor progression (usually D minor/G major as a the second chord).

Try to work out with the following backing track:



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Very cool man, this looks like a great concept, I like the backing track


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January 16. chat lesson notes

For the tomorrows chat I have prepared some exercises for the coordination of left and right hand. The simple idea is that on the example of funky groove, which is mostly played in the sixteenth, isolate each bit that we want to emphasize, and others to mutate in order to produce requested grooves.

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As you can see in the graphics:
Downstrokes: the first and third sixteenth of each beat. The first sixteenth is called the DOWNBEAT (it's also your tempo).
The third sixteenth is called UPBEAT.

Upstrokes: the second and fourth sixteenth of each beat.

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The concept of isolating each of the sixteenth is the most important element in developing your rhythm technique.

See you tomorrow night to talk on this subject a little longer wink.gif

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Hey folks,

Tomorrows V-chat will be great exercise and an opportunity to check your ear. Are you able to cover the instrumental song without looking at the tabs, just by hearing ? How to find the harmonic key, the initial chord that will reveal a certain scale, how to feel modulation (harmonic changes), and so on ..
For this occasion I have chosen a song from Mr. Satriani - "Always with me always with you" ! Song that contains a lot of harmonic variations, and yet not difficult to play at all (most part).
And another interesting thing: even I hadn't done a complete piece, so it will be very interesting to see how all this will turn out biggrin.gif !!!



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Ok, here's a backing track for you, guys smile.gif



And two scales that we gonna use:

B major scale






B natural minor scale





See you tonight at 20:00 London time !


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Modes of the Diminished scales


This is a topic for tomorrow's chat. We will discuss about the basic and other positions of this interesting scale and how to apply them..



I'm gonna show you some ideas that are not only good for building technique but are also interesting enough to use when performing.
Here are other variants of C7 Diminished scale..



The diminished scale is almost always used as an altered scale over functioning Dominant 7th chords.
Another important concern to which we devote attention to is a - position of the fingers. We gonna practice several variants of - descending and ascending runs ..

The best way to learn any scales or patterns is to relate them to a chord immediately.It's important to hear from the beginning how a scale works musically..

Here are a two exercises that we will work out tonight !

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Tomorrows Video Chat Lesson ( Monday 06.Feb)

Back to the roots ! We will deal with the basic pentatonic scales, major and minor,and their symbiosis !






This is just a graph of where you should play. You could start on different strings, and try to phrase things to sound melodic. As soon as you can, abandon the up and down scale pattern.

Now let's look at Am pentatonic, probably the most used guitar scale. All we have to do is move the same pattern up the neck, though because there aren't any open strings it will not look exactly the same. In many ways this is the beauty of the guitar,because you can learn one pattern and easily transfer it to all the different keys.



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Monday's Video Chat Lesson ( Monday 13.Feb)

Hey guys ,
On Monday evening we will learn a beautiful song "Electric gipsy " by Andy Timmons !



Ok, you may notice that the song is in the key of D flat, in fact, the guitar is tuned a half degree lower, but visually he plays in the key of D, for a couple of open riffs !
It is not necessary to tuning your guitar a half tone lower !! You can find several of his live performances where he plays in the key of D, and also in D flat tonality. My backing track is from D !

I do not know how long we will have time for the whole song,but the safest is to divide it into several parts, on which we will work :

0:00 - 0:48 - Intro (main melody riffs)
0:48 - 1:30 - Solo part with harmonics
1:30 - 1:52 - the second riffing

So, we will try with the D major pentatonic, or relative B minor pentatonic.




We will also use D natural major scale ..




You will see that is not as difficult as it seems,this is also a good opportunity for a ear training wink.gif

See you ,

Sinisa

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Tomorrows Video Chat Lesson ( Monday 20.Feb)

How to get your tone? Pedals or processors? Which pedals to use? How to put them in a chain ? Famous setups, etc..
These are some of the topics that we going to discuss tomorrow (Monday 20.Feb) night. Join me, it will be interesting.

See you there,

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Tomorrows Video Chat Lesson ( Monday 26.Feb)

Yiiihaaaa, COUNTRY TIME !! biggrin.gif

Tomorrow we'll talk about Country music playing.
Prepare your guitars because it would be a dangerous solos. We'll talk about scales that are commonly used- major pentatonic in the first place!



Finger-picking style,Hybrid picking,double stops,and some more of the techniques associated with this way of playing..

Tomorrow night at 20:00 London Time, see you there guys !



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Here is a often used Country lick !

S S S S S S S S S T S S S S S S S E S.
E||-------|-5-3----------------------------------------------||
B||-------|------5-4-3---------------------------------------||
G||-------|-------------4-5-6-4-2-4-0------------------2--||
D||-------|-------------------------------4-2-0----------2--||
A||-------|--------------------------------------3--4--0----||
E||-------|---------------------------------------------------||


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