The Beginner / Slightly-Better-Than-A-Beginner Transition. Lesson 4

author: RockstarAdam date: 03/09/2012 category: for beginners
rating: 8.9 / votes: 8 
############################# PITCH BENDING ELABORATED ON ############################# I was asked to improve my analysis of the pitch bend covered in Lesson 3. Basically a string's pitch depends on how tightly it is wound. So if you wanted a low pitch, you would add slack to the string. And if you wanted to raise the pitch you would tighten it. The pitch bend is used to temporarily raise the pitch of a string. To perform a pitch bend, place a finger on a string on a fret of your choice. (For first time players I recommend trying this without playing anything first). Slowly move your finger to the right/left at 90 degrees to the way the strings are running. So it the strings run upwards, then move the string sideways while keeping it pressed on the fret. You will literally be bending the strings. This tightens the strings temporarily and increases the pitch. When you release the pitch bend the string retains its original pitch. ########### ARPEGGIOS ########### I had chosen to cover arpeggios later in my lessons as they are more difficult for beginners to learn. A simple definition of an arpeggio is that is the opposite of a chord. You pluck individual strings whereas with chords you strum all strings simultaneously. Arpeggios add a more melodic feel to music. There are many songs that are based on arpeggios, including Stairway To Heaven, Thunderstruck, and Limp Bizkit's cover of The Who's "Behind Blue Eyes" (for all you New Rock kids). A song that is relatively easy to play (the first song I taught myself) is Green Day's Good Riddance (Time of Your Life). It has a combination of arpeggios and chords. (Look at my tab of it in my Contributions :)) The main visible difference between an arpeggio and chords is how they look on a tab. This is how chords might look on a tab:
 |   E   |
e|0-0-0-0|
B|0-0-0-0| {The frets are stacked vertically, showing that they are
G|1-1-1-1|                  played simultaneously}
D|2-2-2-2|
A|2-2-2-2|
E|0-0-0-0|
Meanwhile, here is how arpeggios look on a tab:
e|---------------------------------------------|
B|------3---------------------3----------------| {This shows that they are
G|----------0---------------------0------------|  played in order from left
D|------------------0--------------------0-----|         to right}          
A|--------------2--------------------2---------|      
E|--3--------------------3---------------------|
####################### TODAY'S RANDOM CHORDS #######################
B6add9 = x21122
C13#11 = x34355
C#7b5  = 3x342x
D-5    = x5677x
Eb     = xx1343
I will post more soon :)
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