Oh lord my hand almost died just by watching this! Very cool lesson - welcome Nick, it's awesome you have joined GMC!
I find this lesson inspirational to dive into Holdsworth type chords - which I totally love but have never really got into!
Also - I would like to recommend Danilo's finger exercises to prepare yourself for this lesson!
Wow! That's some large chord stretches! Great first lesson Nick!
Cool Lessons Amazing
I remember these chords, my teacher showed me them when I asked him what he was practicing
Great first lesson, welcome Nick
Wow great first lesson Nick! Some insane stretches here Welcome
Thanks guys, glad you are enjoying it - Kris you are right, its good to warm up for this. Especially if such stretches are a new thing to you.
Great first lesson!
Some interesting chords there, makes me want to dvelve into and learn some more fusion.
Extremely cool Nick - some painful looking stretches there, but a beautifully mellow sound to this!
OUCH, I'm never gonna try this !! hahahaha just jocking, really interesting lesson, but I have a small hand I will try it with a mini-guitar XD
Man those are some monster stretches!!
And your tone is great, i love it!
Great first lesson! Welcome to gmc
What kind of guitar is that? I love it!
Nick, this is a wonderful lesson. Great voicings, thanks!
Sounds like Holdsworth! Great tone and lesson Nick! Welcome
Great first lesson Nick,welcome to GMC!
thanks everyone! My gear is as follows:
Yamaha AES-FG (Frank Gambale model)
Boss FV-500H (volume pedal)
Sansamp GT2 pedal preamp (not really an ideal substitute for a full preamp rack but I dont have the money for anything more at the moment)
Mesa Boogie Stereo two:50 Poweramp - Great!
Marshall 1936 vintage stereo cab - not perfect for me but ok for now (not keen on the sound of the speakers)
TC Electronic Gmajor - ok for delay and reverb- not keen on the other effects though.
Yamaha UD stomp Delay - this has 8 heads all of which you can set at different speeds and pitches so you end up with a kind of chorus effect - i use that in this video - great unit but I take it out of my signal chain when its bypassed because I feel it effects the tone too much.
I mic this up with a behringer mic - not the best mic in the world but its cool, its really an SM58 copy
Now that is nice sounding chords! streches are one of my weaknesses.
nice lesson nick
Interesting first lesson man. Keep them coming!
that first stretch is huge!
O_O Great lesson Nick, but are you sure that mortals without bionic implants can stretch their fingers that much? ;-)
Nice one, Marcus!
Lovely lesson, Nick, a bit too much for me, though.
Can I ask you a little more information
about that altered scale?
Why/when it's used,etc.?
Looking forward to your next lessons.
hehe ... well even if you only take one or two chords from the whole excercise then it should be good to add to your chord vocab... that first chord is huge but with the correct hand, arm and wrist positioning and lots of practice.. it should be obtainable... eventually
The funny thing is, I met Allan Holdsworth a few times and people always think and say he has huge hands because they see him making these huge stretches, but the fact is he is average height and I didnt think his hands were that big - he just practiced like a demon for years!
All the best and good luck!
RE altered scale. The altered scale (AKA Super Locrian) has the following interval formula - R b2 b3 b4 b5 b6 b7
notice it has a b4 which is the same as a major 3rd but called b4 so the interval formula numbers go up in order. Therefore it contains a major and minor 3rd... it also has a b7 making it have a dominant sound. Examples of chords the scale would go with are as follows:
7b9, 7#9, 7#5, 7b5, 7#5b9, 7#5#9, 7b5#9, 7b5b9 etc..
these are known as altered dominant chords. These kind of chords can be hard on the ear and sound quite dissonant, but with constant exposure to such sounds, your ear will grow to love the sound.
It is generally seen as a non static sound. ie - leading into another chord. As kind of a tension before the resolution. The altered dominant chord would be seen as a V chord leading to a I chord. For example in the key of C we could go:
G7#5 into Cmajor7.
So in this case we would play a G altered scale on the G7#5 and then C major scale or C Lydian (personal choice) on the C major 7.
In the case of this lesson you will see I used D altered to lead into G dorian. Thats because the D altered chord is the V compared to the Gminor chord that follows it. So it has a nice leading sound.
Also I used A altered at the end which is the V to the Dminor we go back to on the repeat of the entire chord progression.
Hope this helps!
Great first lesson Nick!
Great first lesson, very interesting!!welcome Nick!!!
Thank you very much indeed!
I love the name: Super Locrian, funny what a flattened 4th can do!!!
"Chords for scales" is a topic I'd love
to see in your future lessons.
Oh, and welcome once more!
All the best,
thats a good idea Eddie, maybe a sort of improvisation workshop - playing over chord changes. Mental note taken!
all the best,
nice stretching lesson Nick .and welcome first lesson
Wow!! Nice first lesson!!! Great, Nick!
Great first lesson! for me these stretches are not really a challenge to me... its just i have large hands lol and im only 15...the one that was hardest for me was the first chord... but i got it...
great melody btw
Thanks chaps! - Victafor, congrats on getting that first chord - its not easy!
Ouch ! Nice Lesson Nick !
great first lesson...welcome to GMC...
one question...the bass on this backing is it some software or live.
Hi Namanja. The bass is programmed - its a software instrument. I use the latest version of logic. Some of the sounds are actual samples but programmable samples. Software instruments are like a cross between audio and midi.
The D Minor with the added 9 nick is really giving me trouble- I just simply cant the index all the way down to the first fret-ITs INHUMAN AHHHHHHH
yeah it is tricky! Why not try this instead... rather than play it as a chord with the notes ringing into each other, for now you can jump your hand to reach the note... Saves you from having to have your hand static... That is until you can eventually reach it the chord way.
Also here is another option - you can re position the notes to this:
its almost the same except you now play the F note on the 6th fret B string as opposed to the 1st fret E string... you don't get the E ringing into the F like you would if you play the chord but its just a small compromise for being able to play the right notes.
Good work and cool chords!!
Great lesson Nick! I'll try it and then I'll tell you if it hurts...
thanks guys! Gabriel - I hope it doesn't hurt
I would be interested to hear anyones interpretation of this if you would like to post on the forum.
all the best,
yeah thanks Nick that will help This is a really nice lesson, im going to work on this
Love the tune, but my hands refuse to play them
Just played the whole thing, Impresive harmony, I may be easier and seems to sound with the mood of the piece playing the e open
Gerardo - yes.. I should have remembered that one as an alternative. Thanks! Glad you liked it.
Dude!!! My fingers just exploded just for watching this Thanks for the lesson, this is going to be very helpful
thanks dude! glad I can help.
where is your thumb on the neck for this first chord (fret position and vertical position) ? I can almost reach the first fret with my index finger but am not close to actually making the note ring out.
Hi John - my thumb is right near the edge of the neck around 4th fret and parallel to the neck... you can take your thumb off the neck all together - it might facilitate the stretch better. I am 6' 5" tall with rather large hands so I can manage to do it with my hand still on the neck ... doesn't mean you have to though. Use what works best for your hands.
All the best,
Beautiful voicings, Nick. Holdsworth all over the place!
thanks frank - indeed Allan has been a big influence... and made me go for chords out of the comfort zone technically speaking.
You are right Nick at first Jazz chords give me the dissonant feeling but after having exposure to them many times simple chors sounds naked to me
I love playing stuff that is abnormal and considered a challenge, thanks Nick.
Jeez man props to you for this lesson, a 7th fret to 1st fret chord, I don't think it's physically possible on my strat to do that for my hand anyway. I will try too by tieing each one of my fingers to a different horse and have them run. Great work.
great work out! definitely useful
Wow! Now that's stretching!!!