Instrumental Progressive Rock

by Chowy Fernandez

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  • Hi there GMC lovers! I´m glad to present this example, a composition I made long time ago that is based on E minor scale and minor/major arpeggios/shapes.

    This exercise consists of two parts, A and B, which are joined by a sweep picking bridge. The riffs in both parts contain string skippings in the way of classical music. In part A, pay attention to playing every last note of each chord always upstroke!

    I based this composition on the work of progressive bands both from nowadays and the '70s--very sick people, really. I hope this lesson helps you play more fluently and that you can compose your own things including chord changes with string skipping. If you can't make it at the beginning, don't worry, it's just a matter of time and pratice. Hope you dig it! Enjoy!

    I could have played this without distortion to make it sound more like classical music, but
    I chose to use distortion cause rocking it out is my thing! Practice it as you please.

    Tuning :

    guitar tune down one step


    Eb 5 - E5 - C9 - G5 - D5


    string skipping
    sweep picking


    E minor scale
    E minor pentatonic

    E Minor Scale:

    E Pentatonic Minor:

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