Your First Phrases

by Kristofer Dahl

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  • Today we'll look at an alternative to metronome practicing: We'll jam with various example phrases over a backing track.

    I have found this to be the only way to improve my jamming abilities. I do not believe that the technique you acquire with a metronome, will ever be usable in a jamming situation. You have to practice jamming in order to learn how to jam.

    The idea with this lesson is to provide you with a starting point, but as soon as you get some inspiration - you should move away from these example phrases. This can be done by making the phrases your own, by changing a note here and there, change the rhythm slightly, use a different technique, different scale etc.

    This is what developing your own jamming style is about: take something you already know, change it a little bit - and voilĂ  you have a new lick at your disposal!

    Amp: I used the Kemper profiler, with the profile 'Morgan AC20'.
    Guitar: Ibanez RG 652AHM. Two different delays and reverbs added in post production (Logic Pro).

    Tuning: Standard 440

    Tempo: 60-120 BPM

    Rhythm guitar:
    Learn the rhythm guitar for this backing in Diego's Pop Funk Rhythms lesson.

    Scales / Key:
    Examples phrases are in Em pentatonic. As explained in the video some outside sounding passing notes are added.

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