#1
I'm a noob and I want to know.....

Where do I start to learn how to play in key with the guitar?

Like, per se, that my band is playing in G, how would I go on to play in G? and any other key they may play in.

What reading should I start on? What should I study? Eventually how do I play in different keys?
Last edited by keno190 at Oct 24, 2007,
#2
Use the G scales?


Learn scales.
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#3
Pick up some books on music theory rudiments. It's best to start learning this stuff on the keyboard, so if you have a piano, you should use that to learn since everything just comes easier.

I guess you could just learn some scale patterns from lessons on this site and then move the patterns around for different keys but you're really limited by that as it becomes a habit to just stick to a pentatonic box for your whole performance.

You just need to know what key you are in, and then resolve your playing to that key. You don't have to be restricted to just 7 notes though, going out of key is important to sounding good (my opinion).
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#4
Thanks, but i forgot to mention that it's for playing guitar.

Like, for example, I want to play in the key of G... how would I even start to do that?
#5
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Thanks, but i forgot to mention that it's for playing guitar.

Like, for example, I want to play in the key of G... how would I even start to do that?


I know, but you should learn theory on a keyboard. It will come easier.

You want to play in G. First, learn the major scale and its modes. Then learn where the scale can be found on the guitar neck. The rest is creativity.
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#6
Learn G Major in every position. That may take a while, so just learn ONE shape at a time. Then work on connecting them, trying to flow in between them. It takes time.

Also use your ears, if something sounds terrible its probably not right. Most of the time, off key stuff sounds really cool if used correctly. So sometimes you have to go out of the box. To play in G start off with any G note (try 3rd fret 6th string), and just kind of go off from there. "feel it out". You'll soon find what notes are good and which are bad.

But still the best way to learn is to learn the scales and later on, the modes.

And Murphin, any scale can be played anywhere on the neck.
#7
Thanks! Any sites were you could push me a bit where they can explain it to me? Some articles or something?
#9
First thing to do - learn the notes on the guitar.
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#10
thanks for the linky. and yeah, i've been TRYING to learn the notes on the guitar. still a work in progress.
#11
Just hang fire until you've got them - you don't need to be able to call any note on sight, if you get to the point where you can figure one out in a couple of seconds you're good to go. Just concentrate on learning the pattern of intervals between notes, as it remains constant it makes it easier to locate notes if you know it. You only really need to learn the first 12 frets as the same pattern just keeps repeating.
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