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I've been playing in an Alternative/Emo band for the past year and we're starting to write some new material.
I've mostly written the rhythm aspect of our songs, but having our lead guitarist leave, I've been having to write most of the leads as well.
What are some good techniques and advice to writing leads? I wanna create something unique and catchy, but I've been encountering a lot of bumps in the road when it comes to writing in different keys and what not. I'm really trying to expand my diversity when it comes to this.
Thanks in advance!
Here's an example of the leads in one of our songs.
Alleyways - December
Bingo. We're trying to expand everyone's palette, there are so many unexplored creative facets to guitar improv. Even players as "out there" as Tosin Abasi have a relatively limited harmonic palette compared to the average jazzer. Guthrie being a rare exception.
Of course, you'll actually find it's a similar concept, seeing as the pentatonic for the I chord is the same as the pentatonic up a fifth for the IV chord.
The real thing to take away is to think about it on a chord by chord basis, instead of key by key. This gives you more possibilities to jump off of.
Or not, its just a different technique/approach. I do it both ways all the time, and so do many players.
My wording was a little off on that one. I don't meant that a pentatonic scale reduces or simplifies the progression. It works more like this:
All the chords in that progression revolve around/point to a tonic triad. The pentatonic scale embellishes the tonic triad, so you can use it to generalize the harmony, playing to the key center instead of the specific chords, because both the scale and the chords revolve around the same thing: the key center. JTJ #2 has a more in depth explanation.
But First, A Review:
1. A pentatonic scale has 5 notes (duh). The two we deal with are:
Major: 1 2 3 5 6 = C D E G A
Minor: 1 b3 4 5 b7 = C Eb F G Bb
2. The reason a pentatonic scale "works" in improvisation is because it reduces the entire chord progression to the tonic triad, generalizing the key center. When you improvise over something like this:
Cmaj7 - G7 - F#m7b5 -Fmaj7 -Fm7 - Bbmaj7 - C
with a C major pentatonic scale, you are just playing over this progression instead:
Which leads us to point #3.
3. As we all may know, we tend to use only the pentatonic scale of the key we are in. We don't change pentatonic scales over every chord; this is unnecessary and confusing. Playing a blues with a different pentatonic for every chord wouldn't sound very much like Hendrix, would it?
Dominant chords take a major pent, NOT a blues scale. A blues scale is used to generalize the the key center, not the chord.
At least half of them in my experience.
Its amazing what lack of tone of voice and anonymity do to discussion.
Totally agree. Words are just not with me today, I've been up for too long
I should have said chord construction and application, not memorization.
And yes, anything unnecessarily praising Hendrix drives me mental too.
I suppose that's true. I just don't think you can do the inverse and say someone who knows all their chords knows nothing of theory.
Even subconsciously, they are displaying an understanding (intuitive, analytical or otherwise) of the way certain sounds behave.
It's all relative. The person who knows the note and chord names knows more theory than someone who doesn't.....
Well, knowing the chord and note names is theory knowledge at the most basic level.
Theory is all about giving names to sounds. I do agree that knowing some chord names isn't really understanding theory. But it's still part of theory knowledge.
Here's the thing:
You've probably already started learning theory. When I say "play a minor chord" I'm talking about theory - and you know what I mean, right? When I say, "play in the major scale" I'm talking about theory, and you know what I mean, don't you?
Unless we're talking modal vamps (we aren't), then scale choice is a personal choice on a chord-by-chord, key-by-key basis.
As far as what's common practice, certain scales work better than others, and that's where CST comes in.
The progression Maggara just posted works equally well with both G and G#.
It's also not rare to use the dorian scale over the i (minor) chord when the chords don't change that fast. For example in songs like Summertime playing dorian over the first 4 bars would work. Same in Take 5 over the i-v vamp.
^ I don't even know what a "natural minor" progression is
B minor and D major have the same notes in the scale now If we take the B dorian mode can it be played over the B natural minor or D major progression?
Listening to music with only diatonic, "predictable" notes and chords would be like watching a movie with only "good guys" in it.
The dissonance and tension is the source of interest.
Yes, I play the chords along with the songs and with the same strumming patterns.
No I can't read music, but I am planning to get Justin's Music Theory book, which covers pretty much everything from basics to advanced. So that should take care of that.
The songs I learn are taught by Justin, they all have nothing but chord progressions.
"But X NEVER learned theory, and he's incredible!" That's BS, most great guitarists at least pick the theory up early in their playing careers.
I have been playing for 5-6 years. mostly by myself. I have learned a good amount of theory and taken a few college classes. I have read hundreds of pages of free lessons online and watched hundreds of videos online, even "complete" courses. I have had three different guitar teachers and if you were to add all the private lessons i have done they would be around 20-30.
For some reason i just dont understand what the hell i am doing. 95% of the time I am just plucking strings and I never create things that i like. Even though I know more theory than most people, I never play with anyone else because I always feel inadequate. like i cant bring anything real to the table. like i lack creativity. It seems like everything that i have learned is pointless and i dont know how to use it correctly. All i ever seem to do is get stuck and just start playing minor scales or pentatonics in the same key over and over. Anytime i would go to a private lesson, it would be as if the teacher would just give me a very small fraction of what i really need to know(1/100000213142342135th). Like i need to see that teacher for 45 years and then I will say, "oh i get it now". there is one more teacher in my area that i am going to try who has a phd in music and plays electric guitar. I am so damn frustrated i feel like throwing my guitar into a brick wall.
It seems like either i havent grasped the concepts that i have learned, or my education is incomplete, or my brain is partially turned off. I am really hoping that i just havent learned enough. I just wish there was some place that would take someone from total noob to rediculous mastery level of the electric guitar without leaving a SINGLE THING OUT.
so does this concept of moving shapes also apply to scales? I really havent bothered learning scales just mostly chords. If i were to learn a pattern say for the c major scale, could i use that same pattern to play a different major scale?
What's the hardest blues song on guitar?
Seeing some of the learning tools out there, like Fretlight, Rocksmith, GuitarPro, etc. I'm looking for suggestions...
I've been playing guitar for over 10 years now, but have very little formal training. Prior to picking up guitar, I had many years of formal violin training... however my guitar learning has been through playing with tabs or a few short lived periods with an instructor.
I can pick up most songs fairly quickly by ear at this point, but am more interested in creating more of my own music. I have basic chords and scales under my belt...along with good technique and a good ear.... having more knowledge would definitely benefit my creation process.
Also might be worth noting that I'm mostly into rock... Alice in Chains / Tool / Perfect Circle type stuff... I'd equate the things I come up with most have a Perfect Circle type vibe to them.
Anyone have suggestions for a learning aid geared toward an intermediate guitarist?
I know it's better to be well rounded... but considering the stuff I'm into, am I over-complicating things? Would mastering a few of the right scales / progressions do the trick?
If an learning aid is the way to go... From the list above, it seems like GuitarPro might be the best option out of those, but I may just be scratching the surface of the options out there. Definitely open to suggestions and any feedback.
I believe all your problems would be solved if you'd just sit and talk with your students. Discover what they want to achieve and explain them all the process behind getting them there.
Your students probably are "unwilling to go through the process of learning the necessary fundamentals" because they didn't know there were fundamentals and no one told them there were.
They thought you'd just say do this and do that and they'd be doing it with ease very quickly. Most people know absolutely nothing about guitar before they start studying it, I still remember that in my first lesson I held my guitar like a left-handed, even though I am right-handed (gladly my teacher fixed that before I played my first note).
And that raises the question of teacher leading student, or teacher responding to student (and add in parents to that, maybe). Of course, it's a challenging balancing act here.
Further thoughts? What is this right balance in your views (either as teacher, or as student)? Again, what would those top 5 points be?
This is mainly a question for people new(ish) or revisiting the guitar.
What do hope to gain from a guitar learning method (be that via a teacher, a book, software, video ...)? What would your top 5 things be on your wish list where you would feel, once I can do these, "Yeah, I'm really start to get somewhere now!!". Is it playing some of a favourite solo? Jamming? Getting to grips with navigating the neck? Chords? What ever??
I remember when I first attended guitar lessons with a teacher,armed with a classical guitar (not that I wanted to play classical, but my parents wouldn't fork out for an electric (I was 10 years old then)).
But even then, I had a real fire to be able to play a few tunes and jam a bit with some of my musical friends without making a complete twat of myself (they were a bit older than me, but kind enough to put up with my attempts) ...
So, I'm full of enthusiasm and expectation, and what happens on my first lesson?
Here we go, Every Good Buy Deserves Fun (the dreaded score), and hey, after a few weeks, we got to do "How much is that doggy in the window". What a complete let down, turn off, you name it. I wanted to move on, get good(ish), have some vague clue, pull the chicks (I looked older than my age :-) ).
So, for the fun of it, what is your top 5 things youi'd like to achieve in a short time (say over a couple of months)? Be fascinating to see how common (or not) these are.
The name of the game: keep it short. Try and keep it to 5 points.
And then us guys that teach for a living will fix the world :-)
I think every single player you listed tends to play in a rather horizontal fashion, rather than playing in a box shape. Yes, they play in "X position" for a few bars, but they hardly ever spend the whole song/solo/whatever in the same position. So, yeah...really bad examples...
Some of them do, some of them don't. It all depends on context too.
Patterns are good. Pattern Playing is bad.
I'm gonna do a both a favor and not rehash the same damn conversation we've had 100 times before.
Yes, but why are box shapes?
Because someone arbitrarily decided they are and everyone else went along with it? Because someone looked at the fretboard and went, "It's rectangular! Why not divide it up and play scales in positions"? Seriously, why?.
To me, shapes are like training wheels. And you're supposed to take the training wheels off after a short time. Too many people never bother to take the training wheels off.
You could do this.
You could learn the notes of the fretboard and then learn the intervals of the pentatonic scale (which you should know anyway) and not bother to memorize pattern after pattern after pattern, as you add more and more scales. Ugh.
whats good.. Quick intro: im tyler (21) 6 years on guitar, 2 on vocals and im looking to pick up bass now (a third instrument should keep my mind off cannabis) .. just trying to get some information from any experienced bassists on the basics of bass guitar to figure out how simple picking it up would be.. I have done no research into it so far, but I would assume this is going to be a much easier process than for someone who doesn't know any stringed instrument. I love playing heavy rock riffs, its an amazing feeling.. I play a shitload of red hot chili peppers songs and get to feel the riffs on guitar.. but I also need to start going hard like flea for the full experience .. so if u have bass experience and possibly a little guitar experience as well, please post any opinions below:
We occasionally still hear guitar solos on new (as in, the last 5 years) rock songs, so I wouldn't say it's dead. It's just that a lot of radio hits cut out the "less important parts", which includes the guitar solo.
ty video games computers and short attentions spans
Now, if anyone could give me a sincere answer without the all the attitude, music elitism, and judgment that comes with posting on this forum, that would mucho appreciated.
I am speaking purely in terms of popular music here/what the masses like to listen to. Whenever I listen to the radio and hear so called "modern rock" it doesnt really sound like rock at all. There are no guitar solos, not many guitar fills and usually besides a few chords it is mostly synth type stuff and bass.
Do you think people nowadays do't really understand/care for classic rock including soloing and riffwork?
What do you think it takes for a "modern rock" band to get picked up nowadays? What type of style?
I prefer guitar synth to regular guitar, but you need immaculate technique and killer lateral vibrato to avoid misfiring the thing.
I love it. It's hardcore mode, no room for dumb error.
I get a lot of flak at school for being the one guitar player who prefers new/digital to vintage/analog. It's 2014, embrace the future.
I just bought GuitarMIDI (http://jamorigin.com/products/midi-guitar/) and I like it a lot. Just plug the guitar into your A/D interface, and it generates MIDI which can be used with its own provided synth, or routed on to whatever. No hex pickup required, and it handles chords, hammers, pull-offs etc.
I've also tried YouRock guitar, a dedicated MIDI controller, built like a guitar, but no strings. This I find much harder to play.
Just wondering if any of you have experimented with guitar and synth, and how happy you were with the playability, tracking, false triggering ...
Additionally, no one has ever exactly explained basics or anything to me. Like, they've always said, "Oh, don't worry about scales or chords, just play what you want to play." As a result, for the past 9 months, I've been looking up tabs and trying to play them, usually poorly. So when someone talks guitar or guitar vocabulary, I'm completely clueless. I mean, ****, I didn't even know that the different types of strings (E,A,D,G,E) were actually notes.
I've taken lessons, and they really don't help. Every time I walk into the lesson and I ask my guitar teacher to teach me some basic stuff I don't already know, he always says, "I don't know, show me a song you want to play and I'll show you how to play it."
I mean, I guess what I'm trying to ask is, are all of these things normal? Am I being impatient and impulsive? .
I really just want to know what I'm doing and play well already,
because I'm afraid if I spend an hour or so a day for 10 years and it turns out I either still suck or have been doing something wrong all of these years that I've been wasting my time.
so im really keen on getting into music i have loads of ideas but im stuck as where to go next?
every time ive asked i get a multitude of different answers and my brain works in such a way that theres so much to learn i cant start anywhere!
im a competent player i know all major minor dominant 7th and minor 7th chords as a starting point chord wise, i only know the a minor pentatonic scale.
i really wanna find a band and make music, bluesy rock prog really, and i know i have so mucjh to learn in order to be confident with myself, right now i couldnt dare be in a band cause id get found out for such a lack of theory knowledge!
can anyone advise as im entirely self taught for 8 years now, where do i go next, what should i be learning, songs? from start to finish, i tried that but again i try to learn with my ear and i just get found out.
should i learn the notes on the fretboard, or chord progressions? or just try write whats in my head or just go with a particular chord or note and such?
if you consider yourself a good gutiarist please let me know how you did it!
Hello, I am wondering how many of you know every note on the fret board? I mean, if someone was to be like 'show me the b note on the 4th string' you'd be able to choose it without any reference.
I have been playing for a year now (self taught) and I am trying to learn every note on the fretboard, but I don't know how thorough I need to be. Like when you skilled players improvise, do you refer on scale shapes to play, or do you know every single note you fret when you play.
If you do know every note on the fret board and don't rely on scale boxes,
what would your best way of learning the matter be? I have been trying to learn the strings each string a day and I think that's why I struggle to switch strings.
Thanks for your help.
I can say with confidence I know every note on the fretboard. However knowing every note is an effect of doing other things, not necessarily the goal. From reading music in every position, and learning shapes, soloing over chords in every key, and playing guitar solos and solos from other instruments and analyzing them, you eventually know every note quite handily.
Most of all of this came when studying guitar in college, and it doesn't happen in a year or 2 but its a very real possibility for all guitar players if they want to. Just don't try learning the notes by learning the notes, that would be the least practical way of learning.
Hi, I am trying to improve my soloing and trying to sound different, versus playing the same riffs over and over again so I want to learn the movable shapes of the aeolian mode, I am looking for something similar to this: http://www.coniferguitar.com/Blues_scales_for_guitar/Em_sixnote_blues_scale/Em_sixnote_blues_scale.html is this the best way to learn scales? I know I should know where all the notes are to construct each scale, anyway I want but I cant remember ALL the notes and where they are so for now I -think- I should just learn the patterns as I am more of a visual learner, is this the right thing to do? Please help, thanks.
How do young inexperienced guitarists find lessons from world class guitarists? Like Kirk Hammett being taught by Joe Satriani. I'm a young guitarist with a lot of commitment just like many other young guitarists out there and I want a really good teacher to teach me the secrets of guitar. How does one go about getting an exceptional guitar teacher?
I'm trying to think of a way to make this thread have a purpose but it's impossible.
You don't like the way a subset of guitarists approach music and hope that they start approaching it the way you do.
I think your sig pretty much sums up what you were looking for in this thread.