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Zamboni
08-21-2003, 12:50 PM
Contents:
Lesson 1- Harmonics- Page 1, Lesson 1
Lesson 2- String Bending- Page 1, Lesson 2
Lesson 3- Barre Chords- Page 1, Lesson 3
Lesson 4- Modes- Page 1, Lesson 4

Lesson 1

Harmonics:

The term harmonic refers to the bell-like tones you get by damping specific frets on the guitars fingerboard.

It is worth learning harmonics since they can provide you with some very usefull playing effects.

How Do Harmonics Work?

Each time you strike a guitar string, the sound you hear is the result of a number of different components which, when taken together, form what is known as the HARMONIC SERIES.

The dominant sound you hear is known as the FUNDAMENTAL. This is the string vibrating along the full length of the fingerboard between the bridge and the nut, and consequently the element which defines the pitch of the note. However, their are further tones which can also be heard:

These result from shorter frequencies vibrating along different parts of the string, are strict multiples of the fundamental, and are known as HARMONICS, or OVERTONES. The balance between various hamonics and the fundamental is what creates the tonal characteristics of an acoustic note produced by any instrument.

The Harmonic Series:

You can hear a harmonic in isolation by playing a note muted by the left hand at specified points on the guitar fingerboard. The easiest to produce is an OCTAVE HARMONIC.

Place the tip of your finger EXACTLY above the twelfth fret on any string. (Be sure not to ACTUALLY press down on the fret). Now pick that note. All you should hear is a bell-like tone. This is the harmonic, the fundamental having been muted by your finger.

The pitch of the harmonic you hear depends on the mathematical divisions of the string that is resonating. By muting the fundamental at the twelfth fret, you divide the string in half. The twelfth fret being exactly in between the nut and bridge. This is known as the FIRST HARMONIC.

Other types of harmonics are possible too: The SECOND HARMONIC divides the string into three equal sections, the THIRD HARMONIC divides it into quarters, and the FOURTH HARMONIC divides the string into five equal segments.

The frets for these types of harmonics are these: 12th Fret=First Harmonic, 7th/19th Frets=Second Harmonic, 5th Fret=Third Harmonic, In between the 4th and 5th Frets, and the 16th Fret= Fourth Harmonic, and the 3rd Fret=Fifth Harmonic.

Heres a diagram: (They are applicable to any string)
Numbers in brackets= Harmonic Number

E]--12(1st)---7/19(2nd)--5(3rd)--4/16(4th)--3(5th)-
B]--------------------------------------------------------------
B]---------------------------------------------------------------
D]--------------------------------------------------------------
A]--------------------------------------------------------------
E]--------------------------------------------------------------

Pinch/Fretted Harmonics

It is actually possible to play harmonics (Pinch, Fretted, or even Fake harmonics if you prefer) for any note on the fingerboard.

What a person does is: they fret a certain note of any string (Lets take 2nd fret of the first string as an example) and the left hand frets the notes in the conventional way, while the right hand simultaniously mutes and plucks said harmonic.

For our example, fret with your left hand the 2nd fret of any string. Now, since every twelfth fret is an octave, rest your index finger lightly on the 14th fret of the string while still holding the 2nd fret.

Now, with your thumb/fourth finger, pluck the note while your index finger is still lightly pressing on the 14th fret. You should hear an OCTAVE HARMONIC.

This can work with any fretted note providing you have sufficient fret range, and you follow the harmonic series with open strings.

I hope this helps with some of your harmonical questions.

-Zamboni:cheers:

Zamboni
08-25-2003, 01:23 PM
Lesson 2

Hello again everyone, i've been itching to post a new lesson so here it goes:

String Bending History and Gauges:

String bending was originally developed by blues and country players to mimic the sound of bottleneck guitars, or much later, pedal steel string guitars.

Bending has now become one of the most widely used effect in most guitar styles, as it can provide greater texture to your sound, as well as added emotional dimention.

The principal factor which governs the degree in which you can bend a string is its thickness, or GAUGE. String widths (gauges) are generally expressed as decimal fractions of an inch and can be found on any package of strings you buy.

Weighing up the pros and cons of each type of thickickness or style of string is really a matter of personal taste.

You must take into account that while thin, light gauge strings are more pliable and easier on your fretting fingers, they are more likely to break with continued use, create a shoter sustain, have a lower volume, and the degree in which they can stretch makes them more troublesome to keep in tune than that of higher gauge strings.

Some players maintain that higher thickness strings simply sound better than thin ones.

If your guitar uses light gauge strings- where the first string is no more than .10 inches thick- you should be able to alter the pitch of a note by at least a tone. Allthough this can also be achieved with steel string acoustic guitars under the most favorable circumstances, it is almost impossible to reach a semi tone on classical or flamenco gutiars, or with evem with thicker electric strings.

With their degree of pliability, the treble strings are most often used for bending, which causes them to break most frequently. So it's wise to keep a supply a spares in your case.

Bending The Strings:

This is one of the most basic and widely used techniques of the modern guitarist today. It is usually achieved by playing a string, then bending the string up or down to create a pitch change.

It can also be produced mechanically with a tremolo arm.

String Bending Exercise:

-Play the 8th fret of the second string. Now, remember that sound, because it will come in handy when attempting to bend up a tone.

- Place your 2nd finger on the 6th fret of the 2nd string.

e.g.

E[------------------------------------
B[------6----------------------------(F)
G[-----------------------------------
D[-----------------------------------
A[-----------------------------------
E[-----------------------------------

- Pick this note. You are playing an F.

-While the note is sustaining, push the string upwards (towards the roof) untill the pitch increases by what you assume is relatively close to a tone (remembering the 8th fret we played earlier)

-You should now be hearing the note G.

At first it may be difficult to stop or get to the correct pitch, but this will come with practice. In fact, some styles of playing dont even need pitch-perfect bending. A slightly flat note in blues playing can be a very nice effect.

Take care, however, not to bend the string to much (called "Over Bending") unless it is called for, because this will make the note sound sharp and not as good.

As an alternative, it is also possible to pull the strings downward, rather than push them upwards. This is generally used when bending the bass strings, because, if the low E string is bent up wards and/or the high E string is bent downwards, it is likely that the string will slip off the fingerboard of your guitar, producing a very unpleasant sound, and killing the note.

This should'nt be too much of a problem considering that most players find it easier to push the treble strings upwards and pull the bass strings downwards anyway.

Well, i hope this can help with some string-bending questions.

Untill the next lesson...

-Zamboni:cheers:

Zamboni
08-28-2003, 07:31 PM
Lesson 3

Barre Chords:

Barre chords are essentially open-string chord shapes that can be formed at different points on the fingerboard.

To form a barre chord,

1. The first finger is stretched across the width of the fingerboard.

e.g.

E[--2-----
B[--2-----
G[--2-----
D[--2-----
A[--2-----
E[--2-----

Kind of like putting a capo on a certain fret.

2. The remaining three fingers are used to form the chord shape.

e.g. An E Barre Chord thats the shape of an E chord, but is actually F#.:

E[--2-----
B[--2-----
G[--3-----
D[--4-----
A[--4-----
E[--2-----

So now, you are forming an E chord shape, but since it has moved up the fingerboard, you are actually playing F#.

Essentially, the first finger acts as the nut, or zero fret. The great thing about barre chords are that they allow open-string chord shapes to be played in any key.

The most commonly used barre chords are E Shaped (like the exercise above) and A Shape. Less common are those formed around the open C and G chords. They are possible, but much trickier to pull off. Barre chords are also sometimes known as "slash" chords.

Why do barre chords work?

Barre chords work because the first finger acts as a repositioned nut from which open string chord shapes can be built. In practice, this is more complex since you no longer have a first finger to fret individual notes.

Some guitarist like the way the open string chord shapes sound. Others appretiate the ease with which chord changes can be made. Therefore, some players choose to, instead of forming barre chords, they place a CAPO on a fret instead.

The capo works by fitting over the strings of the fingerboard and pressing down, using a clamp on the back, acting just as the first finger of a barre chord would word, but now, you have the first finger back, being able to fret individual notes.

If a capo were fitted on the fifth fret, and a standard E Major chord shape were formed, the resulting chord would be A Major.

The E Shaped Barre:

As we worked on above, the E Shaped barre chord works by having the first finger pressed against all the strings of a certain fret.

After this is done, the remaining three fingers are free to form an E Major chord shape.

The E Major Chord Shape:

E[--0-----
B[--0-----
G[--1-----
D[--2-----
A[--2-----
E[--0-----

If a barre is formed on the fourth fret, and an E Major chord is formed, the resulting chord is G#.

The correct chord name for an E Shaped barre chord can always be found by finding the barred note you are fretting on the sixth string.

The A Shaped Barre:

The A Shaped barre works in the same way as an E Shaped barre, but you only need to barre the first five strings. The sixth string is optional, because the ROOT will always be on the fifth string.

A regular A Major chord looks like this:

E[--0-----
B[--2-----
G[--2-----
D[--2-----
A[--0-----
E[-(0)----

Again, the sixth string is optional, and even though its musically correct, in some cases it just makes the chord sound wrong.

And most players like the lessened strength it takes to hold down one less string in an A Shaped barre chord anyway, so this should'nt be a problem.

So, forming an A Shaped barre on the second fret of the fifth string, will result in a B Major Chord.

E[--2-----
B[--4-----
G[--4-----
D[--4-----
A[--2-----
E[-(2)----

I find the chord sounds better when the sixth string is not played.

I would go into C Shaped and G Shaped barres, but, since they are so uncommon, and this IS the beginner forum, I'll leave them out.

Allthough, if you wish to know about the C and G Shaped barres, then, please, by all means PM me, and I'll edit this lesson to include those chords.

Well, I hope this can help with your barre chord needs.

Thanks,

-Zamboni:cheers:

Zamboni
09-15-2003, 06:58 PM
Lesson 4

History of Modal Playing:

A type of scale useful to know other than the major and minor variants is called the MODE. There are seven types of modes in western playing, and you may be surprised to learn that modes pre-date the diatonic scales (major and minor), which didnt evolve until the 17th century.

The modal system can be traced back to Ancient Greek times. During the middle ages, it was taken up by the christian church, where it dominated western music for several hundred years.

What Are Modes?

Like diatonic scales, each of the seven modes comprises eight notes from root to octave. The notes used by ALL of the modes equate directly to the white notes of a piano keyboard- hence the notes of a C major scale.

You may be wondering what practical use modes have for you. That's a resonable question. It's been asked countless times on here. Originally, the modes were veiwed as a fixed series of pitches and notes, not a set of relative intervals.

Modern usage, however, has reinterpreted a mode merely as a scale with it's own set of intervals. Therefore, it is possible to transpose any of these modes into ANY key, creating seven new types of scales, each with it's own unique set of characteristics.

Familiar Sounds:

After you play all of the modes I will tab, you should be able to recognise that the Ionian mode is in fact, the Major scale by another name. Also, the Aeolian mode uses the same set of intervals as the Natural Minor scale.

If you've gotten familiar with other types of scale positions in your guitar playing carreer, but have never tried modes, you should have very little trouble getting to grips with the seven types of modes.

The Modes Themselves:

Below this, you will see seven TABS. Each one shows the correct fret and string of the mode outlined above the staff. The intervals are typed under the specific mode.

I've tabbed these all in the key of A.

The Ionian Mode in A:

E[-------------------------------------------------------------------
B[-------------------------------------------------------------------
G[-------------------------------------------------------------------
D[--------------------4--6--7--------------------------------------
A[---------4--5--7-------------------------------------------------
E[--5--7------------------------------------------------------------
Tone, Tone Semitone, Tone, Tone, Tone, Semitone

The Dorian Mode in A:

E[-----------------------------------------------------------------------
B[-----------------------------------------------------------------------
G[----------------------------2-----------------------------------------
D[----------------2--4--5----------------------------------------------
A[-----2--3--5---------------------------------------------------------
E[--5-------------------------------------------------------------------
Tone, Semitone, Tone, Tone, Tone, Semitone, Tone

The Phrygian Mode in A:

E[------------------------------------------------------------------------
B[------------------------------------------------------------------------
G[------------------------------------------------------------------------
D[------------------------5--7-------------------------------------------
A[-------------5--7--8---------------------------------------------------
E[--5--6--8--------------------------------------------------------------
Semitone, Tone, Tone, Tone, Semitone, Tone, Tone

The Lydian Mode in A:

E[-------------------------------------------------------------------------
B[-------------------------------------------------------------------------
G[-------------------------------------------------------------------------
D[---------------------4--6--7--------------------------------------------
A[----------4--6--7-------------------------------------------------------
E[--5--7-------------------------------------------------------------------
Tone, Tone, Tone, Semtitone, Tone, Tone, Semitone

The Mixolydian Mode in A:

E[-------------------------------------------------------------------------
B[-------------------------------------------------------------------------
G[----------------------------2--------------------------------------------
D[----------------2--4--5-------------------------------------------------
A[-----2--4--5------------------------------------------------------------
E[--5----------------------------------------------------------------------
Tone, Tone, Semitone, Tone, Tone, Semitone, Tone

The Aeolian Mode in A:

E[--------------------------------------------------------------------------
B[--------------------------------------------------------------------------
G[----------------------------2--------------------------------------------
D[-----------------2--3--5------------------------------------------------
A[------2--3--5-----------------------------------------------------------
E[--5----------------------------------------------------------------------
Tone, Semitone, Tone, Tone, Semitone, Tone, Tone

The Lochrian Mode in A:

E[----------------------------------------------------------------------------
B[----------------------------------------------------------------------------
G[----------------------------------------------------------------------------
D[-------------------------5--7----------------------------------------------
A[--------------5--6--8------------------------------------------------------
E[--5--6--8------------------------------------------------------------------
Semitone, Tone, Tone, Semitone, Tone, Tone, Tone



There, I hope that helps.

-zambi :devil:

*Truly Ninja*
10-03-2003, 03:53 PM
i believe you are called zambi for short, and not zam, mike.

*Truly Ninja*
10-03-2003, 03:55 PM
oh crap i forgot to put you on my cool list :D

I'll put yo on in a sec, but i have one more thing to say:

When zambi is spoken, the mouth is opened at the end of the word, allowing the next word to flow more easily. Zam iends with a closed mouth sound which does not flow as well and makes it harder to distinguish between zam and whatever word comes next. And that is why you will always be zambi. :D

Thanks for the lessons, yo.

Zamboni
10-08-2003, 07:36 PM
haha. thanks.

you guys can post in this now since im really busy with school and hockey and such, my lessons wont be as regular. so, post whatever comments or anything else pertaining to beginners, my lessons, or if you have any lesson requests that i can work on.

peace :cheers:

timetraveller02
10-21-2003, 12:08 PM
Some good lessons too.

:cheers:

BluePaintCult
11-04-2003, 12:11 PM
wow, that's a damn lot. nice job

§ound_of_§hade
01-03-2004, 04:15 AM
Wow, going into locrian and aeolian modes on the first lesson


hold up there buddy, start out with something, like reading tabs, or what the strings are tuned to ususally.

bexinthematrix
01-04-2004, 06:06 AM
Are there any ways of practicing modes without having to just play them over and over?

Laura
01-17-2004, 10:16 AM
Nice work guys :D

StreamLine
03-07-2004, 01:36 PM
Originally posted by bexinthematrix
Are there any ways of practicing modes without having to just play them over and over?
the key to understanding modes and using them correctly is HEARING them. thats right hearing them.

out of context (ie no backing track, etc) if you play all 7 modes starting with C ionian, CDEFGAB, then D dorian DEFGABC, etc etc they will all sound the same; this is very bad, because then you you miss the point of them.

what must be done is extra emphasis put on the root notes.... if you just played a random lick like C-D-G-E-F there'd be no way you can say which mode it is.... could be all 7; so you really have to work your head roudn hearing them.

what my teacher showed me, put guitar onto clean channel; transpose any chosen mode to key of E (any mode at all). then play the low E string, and while it RINGS, improvise in the mode on the higher strings....... then try another mode, but still in E. you will hear the difference in the sounds... and thats the key to understanding the modes.

thats an alternate, more fun, and dare i say more useful way of practicing modes (though of course playing them at 4 per click at 200bpm does have its uses too ;) )

:cheers:

joro
03-27-2004, 04:17 PM
Thank you very much for this zambi tkstkstks i just began guitar... just wanna know if you will, a day, put them in french?(your lessons)

tk tks

KrazyGlue
04-24-2004, 08:20 PM
Good Lessons.

iePol
05-25-2004, 07:01 AM
I never could grasp those modes...but i was never into theory..just pick it up and play...:headbang:

Feelthevayne
06-27-2004, 02:58 PM
Just out of curiosity what are the more prominant modes in metal. Wehn i do i metal solo i usually use a harmonic minor,dorian,or pentatonic

Zamboni
07-02-2004, 08:57 PM
Originally posted by Feelthevayne
Just out of curiosity what are the more prominant modes in metal. Wehn i do i metal solo i usually use a harmonic minor,dorian,or pentatonic

i belive harmonic minor is very common. melodic minor too if im not mistaken.

RHCP king
07-05-2004, 07:01 AM
nice 1 m8 a learnt a lot

Naktul
07-11-2004, 05:46 AM
Thnx for the modes

villevalo16
07-17-2004, 03:23 PM
that lesson was pretty good. i dident know how pinch harmonics worked before.

thanks zambi.

ApathyFalls
07-28-2004, 06:25 AM
good help dude.honestly

mtboarder12
08-04-2004, 03:49 PM
Originally posted by iePol
I never could grasp those modes...but i was never into theory..just pick it up and play...:headbang:


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NOIOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
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You cant just do that if you ever want to compose or improvise solos or anything you need to know theroy


:no: :no:

Guitar_&_bass_1
08-27-2004, 09:35 AM
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I ( \/ ) Theory
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:cheers: :bonk: :peace: Gd stuff dude

J.R. Libby
09-03-2004, 02:08 AM
Mode WHAT.....??? Did I just step into a college level program here? I'm still trying to figure out what shredding is all about - anyone for cabbage?

clife_132
09-04-2004, 03:20 PM
thanks man u helped alot :D :D :D

jeenyus_09
09-06-2004, 05:27 PM
good lessons zamboni, fairly simple

thugzlord
09-24-2004, 11:55 PM
cooL Lessons, it taught me more than i spent!!! hehe...

splitfingers
10-06-2004, 06:46 PM
this might be a stupid question but how would you play something like this
E----------------------|
B-----3----------------|
G-----4--------------|
D----------------------|
A-----0--------------|
E----------------------|


its a part of rock and roll aint noise pollution by acdc and i cant figure it out, do i pick A and then B and G together or do i just strum them all together and just try to skip D....

Clara
10-15-2004, 01:02 PM
good lessons thx!

SilentDeftone
10-15-2004, 08:47 PM
Originally posted by Zamboni
i belive harmonic minor is very common. melodic minor too if im not mistaken.

More harmonic minor than melodic minor, melodic minor is usually used for jazz, blues, and funk rather than metal.

Metal also uses synthetic scales like the Whole Note scale and diminished scale.

Also the minor modes of the major scale: Dorian, Phrygian, and Aeolian.

SilentDeftone
10-15-2004, 08:50 PM
Originally posted by splitfingers
this might be a stupid question but how would you play something like this
E----------------------|
B-----3----------------|
G-----4--------------|
D----------------------|
A-----0--------------|
E----------------------|


its a part of rock and roll aint noise pollution by acdc and i cant figure it out, do i pick A and then B and G together or do i just strum them all together and just try to skip D....

Strum all 4 strings. Fret the B and G string, and use one of your other fretting fingers to prevent the D string from ringing.

MexSachine
11-02-2004, 04:48 AM
i guess you could also finger pick it.

KHMaloney
11-03-2004, 11:13 PM
Thanks for the mode lesson, I am not a beginner by any means but never really grasped the full concept. Also, thank you to StreamLine for a further explanation and exercise.

ronnie_sjr
11-11-2004, 12:58 AM
Im wondering, is there any difference between pinch harmonics and artificial harmonics?

I was a classical player and have been doing artificial harmonics, such as the 2nd fret by left hand and 14th fret by right.

Is pinch harmonics the same thing? And how do you do that with a pick anyway? Unless u hold the pick the same way Eddie Van Halen does... But I don't, I grab it with my thumb and index

SilentDeftone
11-11-2004, 03:54 PM
http://www.gitaartabs.nl/lessens/p_harmonic.jpg

Picture says a thousand words. There is a difference, although it is the exact same concept. You just use a different picking technique when you do pinch harmonics.

rhcpcure2826
11-27-2004, 05:00 PM
is this a thread devoted to posting lessons??? my lessons and the strat man's lessons generally dont seem to be wanted in MT.

EDIT: Well these lessons are more Guitar and Bass techniques, whereas The Strat Man's lesson and mine were theory... but you DO have a modes lesson here.

raph8r
12-08-2004, 07:01 PM
i have a question about palm muting. b4 everyone gets mad at me for asking a question that has been asked 100 times, i havent found the answer to it anywhere. i was wondering when u upstrum when ur palm muting is it supposed to sound different like ur not p/m at all?

SilentDeftone
12-08-2004, 10:02 PM
No, a palm mute should sound roughly the same up and downstroke. It takes a bit of practice.

arsonite
12-09-2004, 10:55 AM
that's a good lesson.

GuitarN00b
12-22-2004, 01:35 AM
a note on the pinch harmonics - they're hard to coax out of a guitar that only has single coils (like a strat) or a a low wattage amp - you're probably gonna have to turn everything up to get a good screech harmonic

on the other hand, if you've got humbuckers and a higher wattage amp, it's going to be considerably easier for you

also, i have the best luck doing screech harmonics right above the pickups

SilentDeftone
12-22-2004, 11:47 AM
^ I can do them on acoustic guitars. Sure they aren't all too loud, but they are possible.

Iwantaguitar
01-02-2005, 11:13 AM
People I have a question about the modes and scales...
If i wanted to play d dorian scale how could I do it??????

SilentDeftone
01-02-2005, 04:39 PM
Play the notes D E F G A B C D. D is your root note.

Iwantaguitar
01-02-2005, 05:57 PM
so I have to start on the root of which ever mode I want and finish with the same note??

SilentDeftone
01-02-2005, 06:17 PM
If you're playing the mode as a scale, yes. If you're playing a solo or something, no, you don't HAVE to.

Iwantaguitar
01-02-2005, 06:55 PM
ok thank you

Super_Sexy_Owen
03-05-2005, 12:04 AM
I'm not 100% sure on what this note means. It's smaller, and got like, line through it, and then it's hammer-on to another note. I think that you play the little note and hammer-on really fast? is that right?

SilentDeftone
03-05-2005, 12:22 PM
Yes, I think what you're describing is a grace note.

Rfenderc
03-07-2005, 01:42 AM
Originally posted by splitfingers
this might be a stupid question but how would you play something like this
E----------------------|
B-----3----------------|
G-----4--------------|
D----------------------|
A-----0--------------|
E----------------------|


its a part of rock and roll aint noise pollution by acdc and i cant figure it out, do i pick A and then B and G together or do i just strum them all together and just try to skip D....


You can also play this by using your thumb to pick the A string, and your pointer and middle finger to close down on the B and G strings with slight pressure. To play all notes at once all you need to do release this awquard grip that you have on the strings to sound all of the notes. This might sound difficult, but it is very affective in making those notes sound nice and clean. The other way, (to mute the string w/ the fretting hand) is ok but I prefer the yay that I had explaned. You will see that some tequniques will work better than others depending on the song. You can be the judge on that one.
Later

scroungemonkeys
03-22-2005, 09:24 AM
another idea for a lesson

maybe try something that truely is a begginer lesson
Rythm
the difference between a quarter note and an eighth note
Grace notes

slides too


and the absolute basic in calssical
bringing out the melody
the difference between melody and harmony

TeddyBeArs
03-23-2005, 12:00 PM
how do any1 find their time so invaluable to post this kinda s***?
not that i not apreciate someone that does but..seriously!!!

TeddyBeArs
03-23-2005, 12:01 PM
or wut bout the real thing hu?
like the strumming for example...found it ****tie to play on a sour guitar..I almost gave up the first time..

Master Of Shred
03-25-2005, 01:34 PM
This Is More A Theory lesson, but a good one.

kryptnt2u
04-13-2005, 12:16 AM
this is instruments guy's, keep your politics at home.

mtlhdwylde
04-21-2005, 12:12 AM
u should teach beginners power chords and all the penatonic and diatonic scales. that **** is useful

Silva String
04-21-2005, 06:08 AM
wether its just me and im a really lousy guitarist or because i really hate music theory and i never bothered to learn what a key is in guitar, im going to ask. now dont get me wrong; ive been playing for 3 years at rythm but never paid any attention in music classes. i play anything you throw at me after a nite almost perfectly and so im that good, but please, please, tell me that if a play the Dmaj chord (just to be simple) its in the key of... well D because thats the first string played in the chord. and Gmaj for example, would that be in the key of E (low E) or am i entirly wrong? i need help i am changing from rythm guitar to lead and i need help with this. apart from that i rule and so does my band. (name: 20cents short) and dont you steal my idea ive made an album through school. im 14.

Ladybass
04-21-2005, 06:33 AM
The chords are all named after the rootnote of their key :
Dmajor is key of D
Gmajor is key of G
Cmajor is key of C
and so on

I suggest you find some online theory lessons, it is not as difficult to grab as you think - it will only make you a better player and get you respect without having to shout about it.

Ladybass

SilentDeftone
04-21-2005, 02:54 PM
^ True, but D major can also be in the keys of A and G?

Chords In Key (http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/lessons/chords/what_chords_are_in_what_key_and_why.html) might help you.

A key is a set of notes that can form a scale; the most common are the 12 major keys (one for each chromatic note). A key extends to all possible octaves.

-SD :dance:

Silva String
04-22-2005, 06:50 PM
what so, like in the Cmaj scale where the root note is C and the scale goes tone semitone tone tonesemitone for a one octave, that would be in the key of C or what

SilentDeftone
04-22-2005, 07:14 PM
Well, depending on your scale intervals (tone/semitone pattern) it could be quite a few different keys. If you meant the major scale pattern (TTSTTTS), then it would be C major, yes.

-SD :dance:

ilovemygibson
04-23-2005, 10:49 PM
Thanks for tham man i am a guitar newbie and this helps alot i told my teacher about this site now he uses it this is a great help thanks :D

Scuba-Steve
04-29-2005, 09:41 PM
ok i need some picking help...im just not good at it, i can strum and do other crap...but picking i just suck at. It seems I always will pick the wrong string or I cant move my fingers fast enough. I tried to avoid it but i couldnt, so now i need help.

Any suggestions?

SilentDeftone
04-30-2005, 10:40 AM
Start very slow. Alternate pick (or economy pick). Don't go fast at all, just make sure you're hitting the right string. Slowly build speed. I highly recommend using a metronome to keep your timing consistent. Try chromatic exercises or scales with a metronome and slowly up the tempo. If you don't own a metronome, there are online ones. Google 'metronome'.

-SD :dance:

cramtehgupo
04-30-2005, 02:03 PM
how do u pluck properly anyway? using all your fingers i mean. cos i end up "scractching" the strings, which gives this "zing!" sound.

(i know it's noobish. but this forum's for beginners right?!)

Scuba-Steve
04-30-2005, 10:24 PM
Originally posted by SilentDeftone
Start very slow. Alternate pick (or economy pick). Don't go fast at all, just make sure you're hitting the right string. Slowly build speed. I highly recommend using a metronome to keep your timing consistent. Try chromatic exercises or scales with a metronome and slowly up the tempo. If you don't own a metronome, there are online ones. Google 'metronome'.

-SD :dance:

Thanks for that. Hopefully i can get better at that soon. oh and just curious, but where in michigan are you from?

chester marks
05-09-2005, 08:22 PM
could someone teach me how to play chords maybe like convert them over from tab

SilentDeftone
05-09-2005, 08:32 PM
Why can't you just learn to read tablature? It's not very hard, except for the whole rhythm issue. There are plenty of lessons here on this site!

-SD :dance:

chester marks
05-09-2005, 08:32 PM
i kno this is newbish but ive been playin for over a year and im pretty good but i just need to learn chords maybe have them converted into tab and i need to kno the secret behind hittin multiple frets on differnt strings:bonk:

chester marks
05-09-2005, 08:35 PM
i kno how to play tab but its not doin me justice on my playin

SilentDeftone
05-09-2005, 08:51 PM
Here are the basic open chords in tab format: C A G E D Em Am Dm
e|--0----0----3----0----2----0----0----1--|
B|--1----2----3----0----3----0----1----3--|
G|--0----2----0----1----2----0----2----2--|
D|--2----2----0----2----0----2----2----0--|
A|--3----0----2----2---------2----0-------|
E|------------3----0---------0------------|

-SD :dance:

reckless_life
05-21-2005, 03:11 PM
ive been playing for about 8 months now and ive kind of reached a "roadblock".

my changing between some chords isnt as smooth as it should be, and i only know about 20 open chords, but its really boring practising this and it will surely improve over time.

the pieces i know are nothing else matters and stairway (without solos) and im trying to learn classical gas, but im not really sure where i should go from here. should i learn new songs or learn arpeggios or solos or what

Silva String
05-21-2005, 08:51 PM
well... quite a few people know me, and yea, i have had a 1000 plus gig at school. there were other bands as well, but thats good for my age, 14, right? and i know...(let me count) all open position major chords, all open position minor chords, most 7th chords (dominant) and a few major and minor dominant 7th chords. then i know just about all masic barre chords and how to form them and how to name them and stuff, and i know power chords, but i really concider myself a noob and ive been playing for about 2 years. i need a job at the moment so i can get a new guitar, and thats my roadblock. but yea, keep practising. make up our own progressions and learn how to form position power chords and you can have heaps of fun. dont worry about trying to solo unless you have a little bit of theory behind it to make it sound good, and i dont, thats why i post in other threads for help. but just chill and do your own stuff and you will greatly improve. unlike me.

Life Lease
06-03-2005, 09:01 PM
I have a question about a few parts in this song...

1*-(1/)3-4---<11**>-

Now, do I play the first fret, then play the 1st fret again, the bend up to the 3rd fret, then play the 4th fret?


And


7-5-h7p5-\4

First you play the 7th fret, then you go to the 5th, but then, do you hammer on the 7, after the 5, immediately, then pull off back to five, then slide down to 4, in one motion? :confused:


4h5tr-2h4tr-0

That I am totally confused at, I know its trilling, but I'm not quite sure howmany times you are suppoed to 'trill' between the 4 and 5 and 2 and 4...

1/3\1/3/4/6/8^^^^6h8p6h8p6-4h6p4

Totally confused on that, are you suppoed to do all those bends in one motion, then do all those pulloffs/hamerons with one pick stoke...?

This is al in the Jimi Hendrix song/version of the Star Spangled banner... http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/tabs/j/jimi_hendrix/star_spangled_banner_tab.htm

guitar4life555
06-06-2005, 06:09 PM
thanks this has helped me with alot of stuff

blinkjared2
06-12-2005, 11:15 AM
modes are hard....

blinkjared2
06-12-2005, 11:15 AM
hardcor3 that is! jk they take a lot of practice

Newbie Rocker
06-17-2005, 04:58 PM
I wouldn't have typed a reply but it is forcing me to

iseker
06-21-2005, 04:48 AM
http://www.MyGuitarWorkshop.com

Logz
06-21-2005, 10:37 AM
^ You shouldnt be advertising other websites unless its exactly what someones asking for.

Zamboni
06-27-2005, 12:49 PM
Originally posted by guitar4life555
thanks this has helped me with alot of stuff

np, glad i could help

Originally posted by blinkjared2
modes are hard....

well, at the beginning, yes, but if you start to look for patterns and relating things to other positions on the guitar, you'll start to get a grip on this stuff.

funkyrabbit7
09-12-2005, 02:58 PM
some good lessons in there but u should talk a bit more about scales before introducing the modes

Jackcharge
09-12-2005, 11:50 PM
i liked the way you made your lessons easy to read. nice job.

Hammett88
09-18-2005, 05:20 PM
hey, you guys, I'm new to the guitar and this website and I have a problem, I'm the least typical guy in terms of problems, I'm ok with my left hand but the right sucks, in other word I can't strum for sh*t, I was wondering if you have tips on how I can improve my strumming and rythm if possib;e, thanks.

U.F.O
10-04-2005, 02:52 PM
I am no expert but you can take every chord , place your fingers right and hard on each fret hold down and just strum..
its also good to be able to change from on chord to another fast.. how?

well strumm a chord so evrey note is clearly hearable and that they alla ring smooth.

after you can handle this chord alone do the same with the another and then try to strum once on one chord and slowly move to another to also strum once and slow

do this again and again

Hammett88
10-11-2005, 12:36 PM
thanks dude it helped alot, sometimes the best thing to do is painfully obvious...

Zamboni
10-12-2005, 07:02 PM
Any more questions?

U.F.O
10-15-2005, 06:45 PM
hehe no problem dude .. glad I could help..

heyz
10-20-2005, 11:45 AM
I am newbie.
i just can't get barre chords. my index finger is fleshy so some strings play muted. any way to improve?

jj1565
10-20-2005, 12:29 PM
i have to roll ur fretting finger a little on its side.
that and practice.

Fleabass5
10-21-2005, 03:01 PM
I am newbie.
i just can't get barre chords. my index finger is fleshy so some strings play muted. any way to improve?

You have to build some finger muscles by practicing. I don't know if this will help for you but it sure helped me a lot. I found that by doing finger excersises and practicing scales i was able to play barre chords a lot better. Try it and after awhile if you see an improvement let me know. :)

loser_kidd101
10-23-2005, 07:00 AM
HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ey all, can anybody help me with guitar soloing? whenever i play, it sounds stiff and 1-dimensional? like, is it a distortion trick or what? Like if i cant afford the gear, i cant afford the sound?

Zamboni
11-09-2005, 06:06 PM
^The gear is just an accessory to your sound. With practice and time, you will find your unique style and play much better.

everyday
12-16-2005, 07:45 AM
hello,
i just started to learn caifornication
but i can't figer out how to play this

-0-
-1-
-2-
-3-
-3-
-1-

first thought is to play it like a barre but with that zero it can't be a barre
:confused:

help plz :p:

Fleabass5
12-16-2005, 12:55 PM
^^Yea i know that song too. I use my thumb on the low e string and play the rest with my other fingers.

ChickenBone
01-28-2006, 09:29 PM
oohh. thanks alot. learnt alot on pinch harmonics.

TwistedMind
02-08-2006, 09:28 PM
Thanks dude, I knew close to nothing before I read this. :)

Broken-pick
02-13-2006, 01:28 AM
is there an easier way for me to be able to catch the strumming times of a song?

jj1565
02-13-2006, 06:56 AM
practice with a metronome. they have free online tickers.

Angus76
02-22-2006, 05:51 PM
I need help with soloing, well i kinda suck at soloing and i always lose the tempo and beat, and i never can get it so I give up. What should I do?

Shadow Clad
02-24-2006, 09:41 PM
Great lesson man, I'm a bit of a newb, and I had lernt a little of that stuff, but I didn't get it until now. YOU ROCK! :D

mxh
04-07-2006, 08:24 PM
:headbang:

username_taken
04-24-2006, 09:33 AM
yay.. many thanks to Zamboni.. helped me alot m8.. ty..

Master KaKaN
04-26-2006, 04:54 PM
hello,
i just started to learn caifornication
but i can't figer out how to play this

-0-
-1-
-2-
-3-
-3-
-1-

first thought is to play it like a barre but with that zero it can't be a barre
:confused:

help plz :p:


thats just a chord.. you hold your finger on the showed fret..
ex:

fret 1 2 3
D-string|------|------|---*---|
in this case (according to the tab you showed us) on the D-String you put one of your fingers on the 3 fret.. like this:

1 2 3
|--------|--------|--(here)--|

and.. when the tab number are shown ABOVE each other (like your example)
then you play those frets at the same time - chords!
it may take a while to learn some chords but if you practice it will go better!

xdan666x
05-22-2006, 12:25 PM
same as aboth i know the a minor scale but i would like to know more
any help ?

(al rak) JAM
06-06-2006, 08:37 PM
thanks, i learned a lot....

CowboyUp
06-17-2006, 01:46 AM
A general tip for improvising with Pentatonic scales:

Don't worry about being trapped in the box. Use a few of the notes around the box too if you want. The Minor Pentatonic could be one of many different scales with a note or two taken out on each string. So hitting one note that isn't quite right in the box, might be part of the Minor scale, and will sound good. Or perhaps in Major Pentatonic, you might hit a couple notes from the Natural Minor scale while your whipping through it.

Overall, be free and don't get trapped. Think outside of the pentatonic box (heh) and loosen up.

Ellron
06-23-2006, 01:20 AM
Suprisingly no one through out the 5 pages has even mentioned one of the best things to do when your beggining.

That is hand exercises. Not scales or anything to do with sound but just exercises to build muscles in your fingers.

I did hand exercises for about 15 minutes a day when i began and noticed great improvements. There easy to do. Ill show you one.

-----------------------------------------------1-2-3-4-2-3-4-5
--------------------------------------1-2-3-4--------------------2-3-4-5
----------------------------1-2-3-4----------------------------------------2-3-4-5
-------------------1-2-3-4---------------------------
----------1-2-3-4-----------------------------
-1-2-3-4--------------------------------------

Then you go all the way back down then all the way back up until your pinky hits the twelth fret then go back up the fretboard.

Make your own as well...Maybe skip a fret..Like....1-3-2-4 Or skip a string then go back up to it...Ex::6th string 4th string 5th string..Put some hammers and pulloffs in there...ANything you like as long as you just practice the basics in a fast and productive manner.

Lastly i got a lot of my information off....Amazingguitarsecrets.com.....Sigh..i hate that i sound like a commercial but that was a really good buy...got it like $50 dollars and it set me up real good.....Little dry but it will teach you a lot.

Ellron
06-23-2006, 01:22 AM
A general tip for improvising with Pentatonic scales:

Don't worry about being trapped in the box. Use a few of the notes around the box too if you want. The Minor Pentatonic could be one of many different scales with a note or two taken out on each string. So hitting one note that isn't quite right in the box, might be part of the Minor scale, and will sound good. Or perhaps in Major Pentatonic, you might hit a couple notes from the Natural Minor scale while your whipping through it.

Overall, be free and don't get trapped. Think outside of the pentatonic box (heh) and loosen up.

I think the pentatonic scale is used way to much..SURE it sounds good but we have tons more scales which sound just as good..

Feel the same way about power chords.

Glen'sHeroicAct
06-24-2006, 10:45 PM
The Ionian Mode in A:

E[-------------------------------------------------------------------
B[-------------------------------------------------------------------
G[-------------------------------------------------------------------
D[--------------------4--6--7--------------------------------------
A[---------4--5--7-------------------------------------------------
E[--5--7------------------------------------------------------------
Tone, Tone Semitone, Tone, Tone, Tone, Semitone

The Dorian Mode in A:

E[-----------------------------------------------------------------------
B[-----------------------------------------------------------------------
G[----------------------------2-----------------------------------------
D[----------------2--4--5----------------------------------------------
A[-----2--3--5---------------------------------------------------------
E[--5-------------------------------------------------------------------
Tone, Semitone, Tone, Tone, Tone, Semitone, Tone

The Phrygian Mode in A:

E[------------------------------------------------------------------------
B[------------------------------------------------------------------------
G[------------------------------------------------------------------------
D[------------------------5--7-------------------------------------------
A[-------------5--7--8---------------------------------------------------
E[--5--6--8--------------------------------------------------------------
Semitone, Tone, Tone, Tone, Semitone, Tone, Tone

The Lydian Mode in A:

E[-------------------------------------------------------------------------
B[-------------------------------------------------------------------------
G[-------------------------------------------------------------------------
D[---------------------4--6--7--------------------------------------------
A[----------4--6--7-------------------------------------------------------
E[--5--7-------------------------------------------------------------------
Tone, Tone, Tone, Semtitone, Tone, Tone, Semitone

im kinda confused on all these patterns. i thought each mode for a key, in this case A, was going up the same way, except its starting on the next note in the scale. all these start on A. should each one be starting on like b, c#, d, etc.?

Kurai
07-02-2006, 12:35 PM
thats just a chord.. you hold your finger on the showed fret..
ex:

fret 1 2 3
D-string|------|------|---*---|
in this case (according to the tab you showed us) on the D-String you put one of your fingers on the 3 fret.. like this:

1 2 3
|--------|--------|--(here)--|

and.. when the tab number are shown ABOVE each other (like your example)
then you play those frets at the same time - chords!
it may take a while to learn some chords but if you practice it will go better!


i think he means how to do the barre on the first fret without pressing the first string, coz its a zero:
-0- hmmm... how?
-1- barre
-2-
-3-
-3-
-1- barre

Johnljones7443
07-24-2006, 07:41 PM
im kinda confused on all these patterns. i thought each mode for a key, in this case A, was going up the same way, except its starting on the next note in the scale. all these start on A. should each one be starting on like b, c#, d, etc.?

Those are the different modes all exclusive to the key of A.

I.E - A Ionian, A Dorian & A Phrygian and so forth. Not in relation to the A major scale, where the first mode would be A Ionian, second mode would be B Dorian & C# Phrygian.

It's excellent material for beginners... but usually I find string bending causes a few problems, so I usually encompass it around a lick with a chord progression, and a mandatory slide and then the same passage, but with the slide substituted with a bend from and to the same pitch as the slide. It usually drums the pitch into the head, and then they can 'feel' the changes in pitch better with the bend.

Vague, I know... I can elaborate and give you something to work with if you want Zamboni, not that your example isn't good enough, but just a suggestion. :)

ride.the.cliche
08-05-2006, 07:52 PM
a note on the pinch harmonics - they're hard to coax out of a guitar that only has single coils (like a strat) or a a low wattage amp - you're probably gonna have to turn everything up to get a good screech harmonic

on the other hand, if you've got humbuckers and a higher wattage amp, it's going to be considerably easier for you

also, i have the best luck doing screech harmonics right above the pickups


I actually thing string guage has a lot to do with harmonic volume even on strats with single coils. I went from 9's to 10's and harmonics became a lot easier to do, even though they don't scream quite as well as they do from my Ibanez EX.

Long Hair Slash
09-04-2006, 09:36 AM
Hey,
I am the father of 3 and work a lot of hours to provide for my family. I have only been playing for 2 years and I am not very good. I know my problem is time. I don't have much that I can spare for practice. Does anyone have any tips so I can make the most out of the time I do have to practice? Like building speed and chord changes? Any tips you can share I would be grateful for. You can post them here or email me at tmindham@cox.net

Thx,
Richard

twisted_freak
09-12-2006, 06:03 AM
Cheers for the lesson man! :D didn't even know about harmonics till the other day haha - i r n00b.

18th_Angel
09-20-2006, 12:59 AM
i think he means how to do the barre on the first fret without pressing the first string, coz its a zero:
-0- hmmm... how?
-1- barre
-2-
-3-
-3-
-1- barre
Easy! Use your index finger for the B string, middle for G, pinky for D and fourth for A and use your thumb on the E. Might to some practice to change to and from but its a style John Frusciate uses often.

Kickmor
10-17-2006, 07:36 PM
Why is that when looking up chords, I'll see something like this:

Ab:
e------
G------
B--6--
D--6--
A--4--
E------

And I'll think that's Ab, but then when I hover over the chord, I'll see this:

e ---|---|---|-x-|---|
B -x-|---|---|---|---|
G -x-|---|---|---|---|
D -x-|---|---|---|---|
A ---|---|---|---|---|
E ---|---|---|---|---|

Yeah. Is the Ab shown directly above correct? Or is the other one just a different variation?

simmons100
11-01-2006, 05:44 PM
there all good but where can i get bass lessons.

C-Dextrous
11-13-2006, 08:23 PM
hello,
i just started to learn caifornication
but i can't figer out how to play this

-0-
-1-
-2-
-3-
-3-
-1-

first thought is to play it like a barre but with that zero it can't be a barre
:confused:

help plz :p:


If in doubt, substitute for X X 3 2 1 0 - No-one'll notice if you have a bassist behind you.

198x
11-20-2006, 09:06 AM
Just got to say brief reading this is beneficial. I'm having slight trouble when trying to understand the majority of it though. A video talk through version of this would be really great.

Also one other thing : The frets for these types of harmonics are these: 12th Fret=First Harmonic, 7th/19th Frets=Second Harmonic, 5th Fret=Third Harmonic, In between the 4th and 5th Frets, and the 16th Fret= Fourth Harmonic, and the 3rd Fret=Fifth Harmonic.

How exactly does this work out for the 2nd & 4th harmonic? In between the 4th and 5th and 16th fret? So does that mean "in between the 4th, 5th AND the 16th fret" (which seems rediculous) is the 4th harmonic or "in between the 4th and 5th fret and ALSO the 16th fret" is the 4th harmonic?

Maybe I'm trying to read it too hard with the wording.

C_Turton
11-22-2006, 09:10 AM
Just got to say brief reading this is beneficial. I'm having slight trouble when trying to understand the majority of it though. A video talk through version of this would be really great.

Also one other thing :

How exactly does this work out for the 2nd & 4th harmonic? In between the 4th and 5th and 16th fret? So does that mean "in between the 4th, 5th AND the 16th fret" (which seems ridiculous) is the 4th harmonic or "in between the 4th and 5th fret and ALSO the 16th fret" is the 4th harmonic?

Maybe I'm trying to read it too hard with the wording.

What it means is that the second harmonic can be found at the 7th fret. It can also be found at the 19th fet. The fourth harmonic can be found a specific distance between the 4th and 5th fret... it can ALSO be found at the 16th fret. Whoever posted that first time around could have made it a bit clearer.
Hope this helps, dude!

198x
11-23-2006, 07:18 AM
What it means is that the second harmonic can be found at the 7th fret. It can also be found at the 19th fet. The fourth harmonic can be found a specific distance between the 4th and 5th fret... it can ALSO be found at the 16th fret. Whoever posted that first time around could have made it a bit clearer.
Hope this helps, dude!

Cheers for the clear up :D It does help alot.. now I can continue reading :P

SquirrelJonGoff
12-10-2006, 06:52 AM
Hey guys, can anybody give me an explanation of how to play mute notes please?

Thanks, Jon

handyandy101
12-31-2006, 08:25 PM
Im not a guitar teacher by any means but in my short experience I have found the following techniques helpful (if anyone would like to do any corrections or has any constructive input please feel free to contribute).

Muted notes can be done with the left or right hand.

With the left hand you simply place your fingers accross the string(s) you want to mute with only enough pressure to stop them ringing out an open note (ie: they make a dead/muted sound). Try experimenting with how many fingers you need to mute the strings with in order to get the sound you want. For example if you wanted to mute the low E and A string you could mute with any combination of your 1st 2nd 3rd and 4th fingers (or even a wrap around with the thumb in some cases), often what fingers you use to mute the strings with your left hand may be dictated by what
passage you are playing at the time.

With the right hand, a muted note is called a palm mute. Generally speaking it describes a technique of laying the right side of your palm over the strings in order to apply just enough pressure to mute the notes and not allow them to ring out.
The closer your palm is during the mute to the bridge the more and more the note will be played out, try experimenting to figure out where you want to mute the notes to achieve the desired effect.

I hope this helps, I know its hard to visualise techiniques through words alone so I think you should go to www.youtube.com and try and search for palm mute lessons or something to that effect.

On another note, for great guitar lessons in general check out The Next Level Guitar lessons at
http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=TheNextLevelGuitar
If you find those lessons helpful (I know I certainly did) please spread the word to other guitarists so David and Tim can continue expanding their excellent library of lessons.

Best of luck, let us know how you get on with your palm muting. :)

nightwolf7
01-30-2007, 12:54 PM
hey.. im a total newbie.. was readin thru a tab and came across this..

D* is the progression: Dsus - D - Dsus4 - D - Dsus - D (arpeggiated)

what do u mean by dsus4?

Logz
01-30-2007, 12:56 PM
Dsus4:

e|--3--
B|--3--
G|--2--
D|--0--
A|-----
E|-----

steven seagull
01-30-2007, 01:15 PM
That's the jangly, pre-chorus bit in Stairway, isn't it?

The other chord is actually a D sus2

e|--0--
B|--3--
G|--2--
D|--0--
A|-----
E|-----

A basic major chord triad consists of the 1st (root) note of the major scale (in this case D), the 5th note (here, an A)and the 3rd note (F#). A sus4 chord replaces the 3rd (F#) with the 4th note of the major scale (G), a sus2 chord replaces the 3rd with the 2nd note in the scale (E). The sus stands for "suspended", and the chords have this name because they sound unresolved, they're neither major or minor but feel somewhere between the two. They can be used to build a sense of anticipation in music.

nightwolf7
01-31-2007, 03:18 AM
thanks... i found it in a tab for summer of 69

and how do u play Bm chord?

234430 is d tab rite?

xXPortSceneXx
02-03-2007, 10:21 AM
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fangsign
02-03-2007, 02:04 PM
All this theory hurts my head!

The best players are the best players because they play their guitar....a lot!

Theory is fine and it's good to know the basics. But you'll learn faster and become better if you just play. And if you can find someone who likes to play then you should play together. You'll get better! It's like frickin' magic!

FrenchyFungus
02-08-2007, 12:33 PM
Bm:

e-2
B-3
G-4
D-4
A-2
E--

Angry_Gorilla
02-13-2007, 06:23 PM
Hey, I was wondering, for Powerchords, I use my index finger and my pinky finger to make one that is say, 5,7,7, 6th, 5th and 4th string respectively. It's just, doing this makes the 3rd string ring as well usually, because my pinky finger is barred across. I do this because I find it a lot easier to play faster powerchords. I was wondering though, should I learn to play without barring, just using my index, ring and pinky? I find this much slower.

Com Sci
02-13-2007, 10:52 PM
Is there a video on how to do harmonics?

JM Brown
02-16-2007, 03:59 PM
Is there a video on how to do harmonics?

Here's a harmonics vid: http://www.fret-master.com/Harmonics.htm
hope it helps.

pub hero
03-16-2007, 09:57 PM
Can anyone tell me the best way to mute an open low E string in the middle of a riff? Say a riff alternates between power chords and open low E, the string just rings constantly and muddies the riff. What do you people do to prevent this?

duncan04
03-26-2007, 11:41 PM
it takes three fingers, put your fingers just above yhe desired strings and kindof make a downward motion while pulling out at the same time its the same idea as plucking two strings at once just with another finger added.

marko275
04-12-2007, 09:48 PM
ok so im dislexic and i just started learning how to play guitar and its not going very well. kind of like playing with one arm tied behind me. im wondering sence im teaching myself of anyone has any tips for me. i got a grasp on g c d progression and the panitonic scale. and thats obout it. chords are easy to remember i just keep messing it up. and beleave me ive put in some serious hours for practice. like 6 to seven months. so, with that said. please shoot me some ideas. ......oh ya and im not trying to play hendricks or anything hard like that, just country and classic rock. well easy clasic rock.

marko275
04-12-2007, 09:50 PM
oh and im playing a taylor.