Etude Lesson

by Daniel Robinson

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  • Hello Friends and Students at GMC.

    I am happy to be bringing you another lesson. This lesson is an Etude lesson. In the forums someone asked what an Etude is, it just means "A study".

    This lesson is packed with a lot of things for you all to work on and I hope iI have done it in an enjoyable way.

    First off there is quite a bit of alternate picking, and legato. There is even a sweep lick at the very end for those of you who are daring and want to push yourselves.

    The song/lesson utilizes notes from the Aeolian mode...which is a natural minor mode. It has a flat 3rd flat 6th and flat 7th.

    And a bit of exploration into the Harmonic minor scale. The only difference between the Aeolian mode and the Harmonic minor scale is the flat 7th...Harmonic minor has a flat 3rd, flat 6th, and a natural 7th

    We are using G as our tonal center for this lesson, and the flat 7th and natural 7th are F and F# respectively, so be on the look out for them.

    Because of how this lesson is constructed it can be easy to get lost, one of the main reasons for this lesson was to get your hands moving laterally across the fretboard and out of the "Box" idea. Because of this I use a lot of open string ideas that move across the fretboard. Take your time and learn the licks. They are not hard, but it is going to challenge you to think ahead to the next position shift.

    The last video in this lesson is a repeat of the main video with no backing track. I am just playing to a metronome click. One of the members had said in a post somewhere that they would like to hear just what the instructors fingers are doing without the backing track getting in the way so that is just what I have done. (Thanks fkalich) for giving me the idea to do this. I hope it is useful to some

    The tempo is 95 BPM and with the exception of the sweep at the end the fastest thing is 16th notes.

    I have included 4 backing tracking speeds


    Also a jamloop at the main tempo, i have also included a backing track at the slowest tempo with me playing along so you have a reference model while you are learning the lesson, it too was an idea i got from someone in the forums, sorry i don't remember exactly whom.


    Daniel Robinson


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