October 2016

How to play Calypso by John Denver – Guitar Lesson Tutorial

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In this best beginner guitar lesson tutorial, learn how to play Calypso by John Denver. Intro, chords, and lyrics are shown to help with learning how to play the easy way. I invite you to subscribe to my YouTube channel by clicking the link below and feel free to share. Hope you enjoy. Till next time, Sam Lyons. aka The Master of Teaching Guitar.

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Blues Guitar Lesson: Style and Craft: Pull-Off and Bends

Blues Guitar Lesson: Style and Craft: Pull-Off and Bends
By Mike P Hayes

pull-off techniquePull-off’s, like hammer-ons (since they are essentially the same thing in reverse), expand possibilities of speed, phrasing and articulation, sound and touch.

The pull-off technique involves pressing down the primary note of the melodic line with the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd finger (the primary note may also be an open string) while pressing down a preparation note (higher in pitch on the same string) with the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th finger.

Next, pluck the preparatory note, and while the string is still vibrating, pull the finger playing the higher pitch away from the string (toward the side of the fingerboard) in a plucking action.

In other words, pick the string a second time with the fingering hand. The pull-off should be strong enough to produce a solid tone approximating the loudness of the original picked note. Great care should be taken to maintain rhythmic control of the pull-off; don’t rush or drag the tempo.

Some examples of the pull-off technique…

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-3-p-0——-

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E minor pentatonic scale

-0—————–

—-3-p-0———-

———-2-p-0—-

—————-2–

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Style and craft: bend

There are two main types of bends, the common ascending bend and descending bend (also known as a pre-bend).

In practicing the following bends, be sure to listen to the fretted note (played without a bend) as the reference. The bend should arrive precisely at this pitch. The name of the game is to bend in tune.

Ascending bend:

Reference pitch example without bend.

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-11-12——-

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Same phrase only this time bend to the second note.

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-11-b-12—–

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How to play Take Me Home Country Roads by John Denver – Guitar Lesson Tutorial


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Here is a guitar lesson tutorial showing how to play Take Me Home Country Roads by John Denver. To help you with learning to play along, the intro, chords, and lyrics are provided. I would like to invite you to subscribe to my YouTube channel by clicking the link below. Feel free to share this tutorial with your guitar playing friends. Hope you enjoy. Sam Lyons. aka The Master of Teaching Guitar.

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Blues Guitar Lesson: How To Master The Pentatonic Scale

Blues Guitar Lesson: How To Master The Pentatonic Scale
By Mike P Hayes

blues guitar lessonThere are over 3,500 different types of scales … the good news is that most of the best blues guitar players only use a handful of scales.

Blues players draw their melodies primarily from three scale types:

1. minor pentatonic scale

2. blues scale

3. Mixo-Lydian mode

Well over 95% of the licks and riffs blues players create are developed from these three scales.

Where to start:

The best place to start is with the most universal scale the pentatonic scale. This scale is a five note scale (penta = five), technically speaking any group of five notes would qualify to be a pentatonic scale, however the most common pentatonic scales are the minor pentatonic and major pentatonic scales. As blues guitarists our primary interest is in the minor version, the major version is featured in country, folk and easy listening top 40 radio songs.

Let’s begin with the key of E

The scale consists of the following notes:

E – G – A – B – D – (E)

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——-0-3—-

—0-2——–

-2————

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As we said the pentatonic scale is a five note scale, so the first thing to keep in mind when you are playing the scale is that although you end up playing six notes the first and last notes have the same letter name.

… I say this scale is universal because without any formal music education people all over the planet are familiar with the sound of the pentatonic scale; here is an example of a famous worldwide teasing chant (derived from the this scale).

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-0—2-0—-

—2—–2–

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People usually say “I know what I like”, when really it’s a case of “we like what we know”.

To illustrate this point I’m going to re-arrange the note sequence of the “teasing chant” and hey presto… we have Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” riff.

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—0—0-2–

-2—2——

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No wonder it was popular… we all knew and liked the notes… they were familiar, everyone feels comfortable with these notes and the more familiar you are with their sound and location on the guitar fingerboard the easier it will be to play the riffs you are hearing on the radio and in your head.

Next we will learn the scale on the low strings, these are exactly the same notes only one octave lower.

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———0-2–

—–0-2——

-0-3———-

When you are comfortable with the low version of the scale link the two patterns together.

Review: Everywhere throughout the world… the sound of this scale is familiar to everyone and therefore it should come as no surprise to learn that many of our most famous guitar riffs have their origins in the minor pentatonic scale.

If you have ever heard…

Layla – Eric Clapton

I Shot The Sheriff – Eric Clapton

Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin

Paranoid – Black Sabbath

Dark Night – Deep Purple

Purple Haze – Jimi Hendrix

Voodoo Child – Jimi Hendrix

Good Golly Miss Molly – Creedence

You have heard this scale sound…

In fact it would be much easier to name bands that don’t use this scale… it shows up everywhere in rock music. Top Classic songs from bands like Pink Floyd,Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Van Halen and guns N’ Roses feature this sound again and again.

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How to play Farewell Andromeda by John Denver – Guitar Lesson Tutorial


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In this best beginner guitar lesson tutorial, you will learn how to play Farewell Andromeda by John Denver. To help you learn to play along, the intro, chords, and lyrics are provided. I would like to invite you to subscribe to my YouTube channel by clicking the link below. Please share with your guitar playing friends. Till next time, Sam Lyons. aka The Master of Teaching Guitar.

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What Guitar Scales Should You Study?

What Guitar Scales Should You Study?
By Mike P Hayes

learn guitar scalesWhat are scales? What guitar scales should you study? If you are

new to the guitar, and new to music, you are probably not even

quite sure exactly what a scale actually is, which certainly adds

to the aura of mystery that begins to surround the subject.

Learning and practicing scales can become an obsession for many

guitarists. Scales can “free your fingers and freeze your

brain”, if you’re not careful. Always keep in mind that scales are

part of the preparation work we do so we will be free to express

ourselves musically.

Scales are to the musician what skipping a rope is to a boxer,

it’s part of the preparation work. Scales are simply a means to

an end. What guitar scales should you study depends on the type

of music you want to play. It’s far better to master a small

number of scales and be able to apply these scales to many

musical settings.

The first thing to understand is that there are hundreds of

scales, to give you an idea of what you’re up against, here’s a

short sample of some of the names of scales starting with the

letter “L”.

Leading Whole Tone

Locrian

Locrian #2

Locrian b4

Locrian Flat 4

Locrian Minor

Locrian natural 2

Locrian Natural 2nd

Locrian Sharp 2nd

Lydian

Lydian 7b

Lydian Augmented

Lydian b7

Lydian contracted

Lydian diminished

Lydian Diminished 1

Lydian Diminished 2

Lydian Dominant

Lydian dominant scale4

Lydian Minor

Lydian Sharp 2nd

Keep in mind, this is only a sample from a very long list of

scales. Each one of these scales can be played in 12 different

keys as guitarists we have the added issue of multiple fingering

options on the guitar fretboard. What guitar scales should we

study is a very important question, to be honest five minutes

thought deciding what to practice is much better that five hours

of haphazard practice.

Scales are the building blocks from which all music is created.

we use scales to create melodies (horizontal structures), chords

(vertical structures), arpeggios (oblique structures).

Scales in themselves are not music they are simply our musical

alphabet. In the hands of a skilled musician they can create

music.

Three things to consider when learning scales:

(a) there’s the intellectual aspect, data memory information

i.e., the names of the notes and their scale step numbers.

(b) applying this knowledge to the guitar, in order to do this

successfully we need to be able to identify all the notes on the

fingerboard by name, not simply by a fingering pattern.

(c) motor skill training i.e., speed is a byproduct of accuracy,

with the right amount of accurate repetitions, scales will be

stored in the brain as a reflex function, training very slowly to

avoid mistakes.

Where to start:

The first scale guitar players should study would be the minor

pentatonic scale. the minor pentatonic scale is a five note

scale, (penta = five) found throughout the world.

Example of the minor pentatonic scale in the key of A would be:

A – C – D – E – G

The second scale guitar players should study would be the blues

scale. the blues scale is one of the most frequently used scales.

It is also important because it is the first real scale of

American origin.

The blues scale is a six note scale, one way of thinking of this

scale would be to treat the blues scale as a minor pentatonic

scale with a flattened 5th.

Example of the Blues scale in the key of A would be:

A – C – D – Eb – E – G

The third scale guitar players should study would be the major

pentatonic scale. The major pentatonic scale is another five note

scale.

Example of the major pentatonic scale in the key of A would be:

A – B – C# – E – F#

It is thought that the pentatonic scales represent early stages

of musical development, because it is found, in different forms,

in most of the world’s music. These two pentatonic scales

together with the blues scale are used to create riffs, licks and

solos on many popular recordings.

What guitar scales should you study is an important question, you

can save a lot of time by learning these three scales first. Good

luck finding which scales that are right for your music.

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How to play Rhymes And Reasons by John Denver – Guitar Lesson Tutorial


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In this guitar lesson tutorial, you will learn how to play Rhymes And Reasons by John Denver. The intro, chords, and lyrics are included for fun and easy playing. I would like to invite you to subscribe to my YouTube channel by clicking the link below. Be sure to share this guitar video tutorial with your guitar playing friends. I would appreciate it very much. Hope you enjoy. Sam Lyons. aka The Master Of Teaching Guitar.

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Learn Guitar Chords Online: Really Cool Way To Learn New Chords

Learn Guitar Chords Online: Really Cool Way To Learn New Chords
By Mike P Hayes

guitar chords onlineHere’s a very simple idea that will enable you to quickly find new chords on your guitar. Actually, it’s a game that’s fun to play while you explore the magic land of harmony on the guitar fretboard.

Here is how it works…

1. Simply choose one note, it can be any note at all; the idea is to see how many chords you can play with this one note in it.

2. Make this note the highest note (in pitch) of the chord.

3. See if you can name that chord.

I’m going to use the note “E” and try to find chords with the note “E” in them.

I’m identifying the “E” note with brackets

Here goes…

If you are just starting out on guitar you might come up with something like this…

C

-[0] —

–1 —

——-

–2—-

–3—-

–x—-

E7

-[0] —

–o —

–1—-

–0—-

–2—-

–0—-

A7

-[0] —

–2 —

–0—-

–2—-

–0—-

–x—-

D9

-[0] —

–1 —

–2—-

–0—-

–x—-

–x—-

G6

-[0] —

–0 —

–0—-

–0—-

–2—-

–3—-

You could even make up a chord progression with your new chords.

C /// | E7 /// | A7 /// | A7 /// |

D9 /// | G6 /// | C /// | C /// ||

Of course this is just one of hundreds of possible chords and progressions possible when you play this game.

The idea is to get you thinking about chords in a creative way e.g., I came up with the D9 chord by starting with a D7 chord shape then modified the chord shape to include an open “E” note on the first string, the next step was to figure out how to name the chord.

I did the same thing with the G chord, I began with a G chord shape then modified the shape to include an open “E” on the first string. A more advanced player might take a chord shape and move it all around the fingerboard naming the chords as they find sounds they like.

Here’s some examples…

E

-[0] —

–o —

–1—-

–2—-

–x—-

–x—-

F#7 (add 11)

-[0] —

–o —

–3—-

–4—-

–x—-

–x—-

G6

-[0] —

–o —

–4—-

–5—-

–x—-

–x—-

A (add 2)

-[0] —

–o —

–6—-

–7—-

–x—-

–x—-

The advanced player might use the starting note as a musical pivot point and create all sorts of chromatic chord progressions, in this next example I’m going to move our famous “E” note to the second string, fifth fret; it’s the exact same note I’m just moving it to give you an idea of how the chromatic progression might look.

Bm11

–x—

-[5]–

–7—

–7—

–x—

–7—

Bbm7b5

–x—

-[5]–

–6—

–6—

–x—

–6—

Am7

–x—

-[5]–

–5—

–5—

–x—

–5—

Abm7#5

–x—

-[5]–

–4—

–4—

–x—

–4—

G13

–x—

-[5]–

–4—

–3—

–x—

–3—

Gb7

–x—

-[5]–

–3—

–2—

–4—

–2—

FMaj7

–x—

-[5]–

–5—

–7—

–8—

–x—

E

–x—

-[5]–

–4—

–6—

–7—

–x—

Again, just one of the possibilities, it’s a great way to find fresh sounds on your guitar and test your knowledge of the guitar fretboard and musical theory all at the same time.

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How to play I’m Sorry by John Denver – Guitar Lesson Tutorial

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In this easy guitar lesson tutorial, you will learn how to play I’m Sorry by John Denver. For easy playing, the intro, chords, and lyrics are visible in the video. I invite you to subscribe to my YouTube channel by clicking the link below. Also, feel free to share with your guitar playing friends and family. Sam Lyons. aka The Master of Teaching Guitar.

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Learn Guitar Chords Online – How to Cheat at Guitar Chords and Get Away With It

Learn Guitar Chords Online – How to Cheat at Guitar Chords and Get Away With It
By Mike P Hayes

Learn guitar chords onlineEven wondered how experienced guitarists seem to navigate their way through even the most difficult chord changes?

What they are playing does not seem to be physically difficult; in many cases the shapes look strangely familiar.

So what’s the deal?

How do they know how to play all these complex chords?

– and how do they do it with ease?

The BIG secret is “plurality”.

Now, I bet you weren’t expecting that!

What the heck is plurality – it sounds like something you’d go to the doctor for treatment.

A “plurality” means a multiple functions.

Here’s an example using the note “C”, if we consider the many double functions that note could have in the various major scales.

In C major scale it’s the 1st and 8th note.

In the F major scale it’s the 5th.

In G major it’s the 4th

Ab major it’s the 3rd and so on.

This double way of thinking can also apply to chords.

Let’s begin with a C major chord (triad)

C = C-E-G

Next, the CMaj7th chord

CMaj7 = C-E-G-B

If we look closely at the CMaj7 chord you will notice that this chord contains the exact same notes as an E minor triad.

Em = E-G-B

CMaj7 = C-E-G-B

Can you see the plurality?

I’ll mark the E minor triad with brackets.

CMaj7 = C-[E-G-B]

Idea #1: This means that while the band played CMaj7 you could play an E minor triad or solo using an E minor arpeggio over their CMaj7 background.

The trick when using chords is to create musical space between yourself and the band by playing higher up the fretboard.

Idea #2: If the band played C major triad you could play an E minor chord or E minor triad to convey the sound of CMaj7th to your audience.

Idea #3: Playing as a duo with a bass player; the bass player played the note C you could play the E minor chord or arpeggio to create the Cmaj7 harmony.

Example of E minor chord higher on the fingerboard:

Em

–7–

–8–

–9–

–x–

–x–

–x–

One example of an E minor arpeggio

—–3–7——–

—5——5——

-4———–4—

—————–

—————–

—————–

Of course this is only just the tick of the musical iceberg.

If we extended our C chord one more step to create CMaj9 we would have many more possibilities.

CMaj9 = C-E-G-B-D

Can you see them?

CMaj9 = C-[E-G-B]-D

E minor = E-G-B

and G major G-B-D

CMaj9 = C-E-[G-B-D]

Again the same concept could apply as before the you could play G major chord over a C major background to create a C Maj9th harmony

You could also move between an E minor or G major chord /arpeggio to create a feeling of movement on a static C major vamp.

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