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post Sep 4 2015, 09:53 PM
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Ok! It's been a while since I've seen you playing electric guitar soloing, so I'd like to suggest one of these two lessons:

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/BB-King-Blues/
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post Sep 5 2015, 01:13 PM
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I find good bending difficult sometimes, so I'll go with the bendy blues one smile.gif
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QUOTE (Lester @ Sep 5 2015, 09:13 AM) *
I find good bending difficult sometimes, so I'll go with the bendy blues one smile.gif



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That full 2-tone bend is hard! tongue.gif
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QUOTE (Lester @ Sep 9 2015, 07:52 AM) *
That full 2-tone bend is hard! tongue.gif



Not hard, it's just unfamiliar right now. wink.gif


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Right, very unfamiliar biggrin.gif

I have a question though about the scale used in the lesson.
It says A blues mode, but there is also a Blues major and minor scale.
I have no idea what exactly a mode is, so I don't know if it's a useful question at this point since I haven't learned the major and minor blues scale yet.
But is there a general difference between a scale and a mode?
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Hi Lester,

No, there is no difference, you can say A major mode or A major scale and it would mean the same. However, you'll find that the word scale is more used when referring to major and minor and the word mode is used when referring to the mode names like Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Locrian. However, if anybody says, let's use Mixolydian scale and it's right, it's the same than saying Mixolydian mode. Does it make sense?

When playing blues, there are many possible scale choices: blues minor scale, blues major scale, blues mode, Mixolydian, Dorian, Dominant arpeggios. And all these scales can be combined on the same solo! If you do it cleverly. Blues mode is like a blues minor scale but with the 6th instead of the 7th. It gives a more jazzy sound to the phrases.



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Right, thanks for the explanation! I think I got it!
Because there is a 6th instead of a 7th in blues mode, I got a bit confused, since I thought modes and scales where the same thin smile.gif

But that's just for the blues scales and modes then
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QUOTE (Lester @ Sep 16 2015, 04:14 PM) *
Right, thanks for the explanation! I think I got it!
Because there is a 6th instead of a 7th in blues mode, I got a bit confused, since I thought modes and scales where the same thin smile.gif

But that's just for the blues scales and modes then



it's just this particular case... and I honestly don't call it blues mode, I call it Minor 6th Pentatonic.


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Sounds good to me! smile.gif I'll get back to practicing, the bends are becoming more accurate! smile.gif
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Excellent! smile.gif


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Hi Gabe,

Thought I would give you an update on how it's going smile.gif
I have mastered the first 4 vids of the bendy blues lesson quite well I think, just a matter of practicing to make it less and less sloppy.
That 5th video is killing tho biggrin.gif I find the fast licks after those bends very challenging, I'll just keep trying tongue.gif

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Hi Lester! Thanks for the update! I'm glad to know that you are focused working hard. Feel free to share a video to let me check your progress. wink.gif


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Sure, here it is:

https://youtu.be/uFX4E1AnccQ

The first part is just working to get better timing and less sloppy, but it's easy to see where it goes wrong smile.gif
I really don't like that type of hand movement for some reason, the more I should work on it ofcourse biggrin.gif
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Hi Lester, thanks for the video!

Please remember when bending that you can use the other fingers of your right hand to help the one that is bending. I notice that your bending is weak, and I suspect that this is the reason. Check out some guitar videos and see how guitarists use the other fingers to help the one that is bending.

Besides this, yes, timing, and a more consistent vibrato are the next steps. Keep on the hard work. wink.gif


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Hi Gabe,

Thanks for the feedback!
I am not exactly sure how my other fingers could support my bending finger, so I suppose you are right biggrin.gif
I will go and check how others do it smile.gif
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Please check this video, and include the exercise in your diary practice:




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Yeeeahhh!

I was just playing and I thought to myself: why don't I use the other fingers as well?
It seems so obvious, but I never thought of it! tongue.gif
Then I went on the forum to tell you how stupid I feel, and there is the video of Ben telling me the exact same thing laugh.gif

Anyway, that helps! Thanks! wink.gif
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Great!! Keep on practicing! smile.gif


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Hi Gabe,

What's going on?
Although it has been quite for a while, I do have been practicing a lot smile.gif
I thought I would post a few takes, including the bendy blues one, but also two others I was working with.
These are the Muse style lesson and the beginner solo lesson by marcus Lavendell.

I have uploaded them before, but I think I have improved quite a bit so I thought I might do it again.
Do you think they are ready for MTP?

Muse style:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4EWxtwNzGk

Beginner solo, level beginner:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TB2SrZGcJCs

The bendy blues one is definitely not yet ready for MTP, but I thought I'd post the progress.
I know now the entire scale by heart, but I got to go and learn the major pentatonic as well, since he rotates between them.
I have been practicing bending with more fingers, which really helps me in all of my playing actually.
The blues lesson is still a bit sloppy, especially the last few licks are hard with timing, but I do have more power in bending I think.
It's at 90 percent of orginal speed right now, but I'll keep on practicing smile.gif

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