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post May 27 2007, 02:24 AM
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Howdy all my fellow soon-to-be Guitar Gods cool.gif blink.gif

The name is Ross, just registered to Guitar Master Class 2 days ago. So far, I'm loving it.

One of the main reasons I joined was because I found myself in a rut. The only thing I could do decently in a guitar solo was the Pentatonic boxes. I was also having troubles expanding horizontally from that pentatonic box; too often I found myself in the wrong key. I even played guitar in my jazz band Junior year (Schools out for summer! Hello part time job and guitar practicing blink.gif ) and had a hard time finding the style, because when my solo came around I was too afraid to move out of my safe pentatonic scale. I signed up for AP music theory my senior year of high school, and I'm really looking forward to the class.

So far, I've been getting much help from GMC videos regarding alternate picking and pick sweeping. I'm still looking for those videos that help especially in the terms of moving up and down the fretboard while staying in the right key. If this struggle sounds familiar to anyone, I would gladly appreciate help, or some kind of point in the right direction.

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Joe Satriani
Paul Gilbert
John Petrucci
Malmsteen (forget trying to get his firstname right mellow.gif )
Buckethead! (Love this dude, just discovered him about 1 month ago and hes working too the top of my list)
Sum41 (Probably the only punk, powerchord type of band I will tolerate)
and all the oldies, including Blue Oyster Cult (Buck Dharma!) Boston, Doobie Bros....

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post May 27 2007, 03:52 AM
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Hey Ross,

Welcome to GMC!
You will learn so much here and have fun in the process.

I know exactly what you're talking about as I was stuck in that same rut and I'm sure nearly every other learner of guitar has experienced it as well. If you have a look at the pentatonic video lessons you will learn about the different positions, or 'boxes', of the pentatonic scale.

Once you have learnt them then the whole fretboard is opened up and you have heaps of freedom do do whatever you want.


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