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12 Bar Theory
C Major Scale – C D E F G A B C
Now let’s add numeric degrees to the scale:
C Major Scale – C D E F G A B C
I II III IV V VI VII VIII
If you look at Example 2 above you will notice that the C is I, F is the IV, and G is the V. Commonly in blues we would take these three degrees and form Dominant 7th chords from them which would give us a C7 chord, a F7 chord, and a G7 Chord.
Example 3 is a chart of open and bar forms for the dominant 7th chords. Here you will also see the moveable bar forms. I have named them by the corresponding open dominant 7th chord they are related too.
In Example 4a and 4b I will show you to moveable patterns that you can use to find the I, IV, and V root note locations anywhere on the fretboard. These two diagrams will allow you to play a I – IV – V progression in any key on the fretboard.
Example #4a Example 43b
Slow Changes Structure
Jimmy Rutkowski is a Rock House Method Artist/Instructor. You can find more great free lessons from Professor Jim at http://www.rockhousemethod.com/interact/professorjim.aspx Jimmy also has a cd project in the mix with his band Audio Vamp that you can check out at http://www.myspace.com/zaubihomepage
What is your blues name?
“The Only Chord Book You Will Ever Need” from The Rock House Method is not your typical chord book. No sir not at all. Aside from the typical chord style boxes they have also put player prospective pictures of an actual hand and fingers making the chord plus put the sound that the chords make on 2 CDs.
How many of you have bought a book like this or downloaded one. Then, looked at it and said “wow, that’s cool look at all these chords I can play.” Then after you play a few chords you put it away to really only reference it on occasion.
Here’s the secret to this chord book. Having thought out how one would or should really use a book like this Rock House added at the back of the book 17 of the most used chord progressions of all time for you to play. You can download the backing tracks to these progressions free at the Rock House web site and burn them to a CD for use with the complete chord progressions in the book.
I tried a couple progressions out last night and personally I really like this feature. If you’re into rhythm guitar this is definitely a must buy and use book.
17 of the most use chord progressions
Priceless - But only 20 bucks at most retailers.
I wrapped up my lesson yesterday playing this with my instructor. I was feeling pretty good, when I was done, Mike says to me “so Sarge, are you going to play this song or are you going to just play it”? I knew what he was saying. I’ve been playing the song fine but he was trying to get me to see that there was more to it than just play it. He wanted me to realize that I need to practice it to the point where it was more than just playing. To the point where when I played it, I played that bad boy like I owned it.
So what will it take to “own” a song? It’s going to take hours of dedication a day concentrating on the song when practicing. The hours of work to separate you from everyone else that is jamming. Hours of practice so that when you are done you can look at the people there and you see that look in their eyes that says “dang, that boy nailed it”.
So what’s it going to be? Are you going to play the song or are you going to PLAY the song?
To hear examples of this technique, reference these songs below:
• Santana: Black Magic Woman
• Janes Addiction: Strays
• AC/DC Hell's Bells
• Motley Crue: Shout at the Devil
• Jimi Hendrix: Highway Chile
Mark Daniel is an Artist/Instructor for The Rock House Method and guitarist for The Limit
-Thursday, October 30 : The Kent Stage / Kent, OH
-Friday, October 31 : V Club / Huntington, WV
-Saturday, November 1 : Rumba Cafe / Columbus, OH
-Friday, November 14 : Bushwood / Chattanooga, TN
-Saturday, November 15 : Barley's Tap Room / Knoxville, TN
-Friday, November 21 : Beachland Ballroom / Cleveland, OH
-Saturday, November 22 : Founder's Brewing Company / Grand Rapids, MI
-Friday, November 28 : 20th Century Theatre / Cincinnati, OH (click HERE for TICKETS )
-Saturday, December 6 : Docksider / Erie, PA
The details of these are as follows:-
Zavvi , 14-16 Oxford Street, London W1D 1AR
Zavvi, Arndale Centre, Unit MSU1, New Cannon Street, Manchester M4 3AJ
Cameron Edney of Inside Out Webzine has posted an interview with Rock House Artist/Instructor David Ellefson and Jimmy De'grasso on their my space site. It's a good interview with these 2 thrashers talking about their music and their newest album/cd "The Reckoning"
The Reckoning Part 1
The Reckoning Part 2
November 2 at Metropolis in McAllen, Texas
November 3 at Granada Theatre in Dallas, TX (ages 17+)
November 4 at White Rabbit in San Antonio, TX
November 5 at Meridian in Houston, TX
November 6 at Mezzanine in Hammond, Louisiana
November 7 at Masquerade in Atlanta
November 8 at Bourbon Street Nightclub in New Port Richey, Florida
November 9 at Culture Room in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
November 10 at Freebird Live in Jacksonville, Florida
November 11 at Jester's in Fayetteville, NC
November 12 at Hooligan's in Jacksonville, NC
November 13 at Jaxx in Springfield, VA
November 14 at Blender Theatre in New York, NY
November 15 at Webster Theatre in Hartford, CT
November 16 at Crocodile Rock in Allentown, PA
November 17 at Rex Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA
November 18 at Al Rosa Villa in Columbus, OH
November 19 at The Machine Shop in Flint, MI (ages 18+)
November 20 at Pop's Nightclub in Sauget, IL
November 21 at The Pearl Room in Mokena, IL
November 22 at The Rock in Columbia Heights, MN
November 23 at Beaumont Club in Kansas City, MO
November 24 at People's Court in Des Moines, Iowa
November 25 at The Black Sheep in Colorado Springs, CO
November 26 at Sunshine Theatre in Albuquerque, NM
November 28 at Key Club in Hollywood, California
November 29 at Marquee Theatre in Tempe, AZ (also featuring Sacred Reich)
How to Shop
And try to figure out how much money you can spend.
The Fender Precision has a single set of pickups located mid-way between the bottom of the neck and the bridge. It has two simple controls for volume and tone. The neck is fairly thick. The body is solid, medium weight, and has symmetric "hips". With flat-wound strings, this guitar produces the classic "thump" sound that was so common in early rock and Motown music. With the advent of brighter round-wound strings, it remains popular for many types of music.
Most bass guitar manufacturers have a variation of the P-bass and/or the J-bass. Lets review the various parts of the bass and how they can affect the sound and playability.
Necks are usually bolt-on, which means that they are connected to the body by 3 or 4 screws. A "through-neck" uses a single piece of wood (or a set of laminated pieces) that continues all the way through the body. Thus the bridge mounts to the bottom of the neck, instead of to the body. This method is usually more expensive and harder to maintain, but it can be argued that it should sound better without the bolt-on joint between the two ends of the string.
The standard bass guitar neck is 34" long, from bridge to nut. Longer scale necks are available, as well as smaller size basses for students. Note that the ¾-size double-bass cello is about 34".
How Many Strings
As with anything, higher string counts can be taken to the extreme, and you can find semi-custom basses with 7, 8, or even 9 strings (and probably more out there somewhere).
Unless you know that you are going to be playing "grunge" or other punk music that goes very low, I don't recommend getting more than 4 strings for your primary bass.
Frets vs Fretless
Most solid-body guitars are made of wood, usually a strong hardwood such as maple, ash, or alder. Other exotic woods are sometimes used for their beauty and strength. Cheap guitars can be made from plywood.
Since the invention of epoxy, there have been attempts to make guitar bodies out of various rigid polymers, with generally poor results. Recently, the material "luthite" was developed specifically for electric guitars. Traditionalists tend to frown on these materials, but I assure you that no one can tell if it sounds different in front of 100 (or 100,000) screaming/drunk fans.
One of the advantages of the solid body guitar is that the shape of the body contributes (almost) nothing to the sound. This allows people to get very (overly?) creative with body shapes. . And back in the late 70s, the Steinberger designers decided that the body was superfluous, and reduced it to almost nothing.
As you are shopping, you should check the weight and balance of the body. Do the "waist" and "hips" fit naturally against your body? Does the neck tend to pitch downward when you let go of it? Do you like the way it looks, the color and finish? Pick-ups?
Remember an electric guitar works by converting the movement of a steel string over a magnetic rod into an electrical signal - this is done by the pick-up. A pick-up is essentially a coil of wire wrapped around several magnetic rods. As you might imagine, the shape of the magnetic rods and the style of the winding can affect the efficiency and tone of the coupling with the wire.
The bridge on the other hand, is very important. It sets the height of the string, and improper design will affect the tone and reduce the sustain. Many Fender owners will replace the bridge immediately after purchase. Other manufacturers will create sophisticated pieces of machinery, with lots of screws and other moving parts. There are a few brands of after-market bridges, and sometimes it's a good thing to do. You can ask your guitar shop if they recommend replacing the bridge on your particular bass.
In part 2 tomorrow we will discuss where to shop and how to shop for a bass guitar.
Link: How To Buy a Bass Guitar Part 2
The direct link to the concert is http://www.fabchannel.com/living_colour_concert/2008-11-01/
Trust me you won't want to miss this event.
Early fuzzboxes used germanium transistors. By the end of the 1960s these were replaced by silicon transistors. Today, some fuzzbox builders offer pedals with germanium transistors again.
The fuzzbox is associated with rock music, particularly artists such as Jimi Hendrix. Famous examples of fuzzboxes include the infamous Fuzz Face (originally made by the Arbiter Group), and the Big Muff Pi (made by Electro-Harmonix) series of pedals.
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction from The Rolling Stones was the first hit to feature a fuzzbox, the Gibson FZ-1A.
"Reinventing the Sun" is also currently on special at iTunes
Each metal DVD focuses on a different aspect of Metal Guitar Playing, for Example:
Here's what that extra study could do for your guitar playing. You can study in your spare time, sitting in the bus or train on your way to work, waiting for someone, or in your lunch break.
Improve reading skills.
Identify what you need to work on.
Know just what to practice when you pick up your guitar.
Increase your motivation.
Let's see how this extra lesson study can do all of this for you.
click here for the rest http://www.notplayingguitar.com/2008/10/6-ways-to-get-more-from-your-guitar.html
You can get it at http://www.homegrownmusic.net/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=HGMN&Product_Code=tFreek&Product_Count=&Category_Code=
Members can save save as much as $14.00 when buying the Level 1, 2 Combo Pack and receive free ground shipping to anywhere in the continental U.S. The sale is only for products purchased on www.rockhousemethod.com and includes select titles listed below.
In Level 1: Learn how they use natural minor scales and lead techniques like hammer-ons and pull-offs, tremolo picking; and how they shred riffs with alternate picking. They reveal the secrets to their dark sound with diminished triads, heavy riffs, and brutal breakdowns. See how two guitars create intense sequences and diminished harmonies. You will play the examples along with actual JFAC studio recordings. By the end of this program you will posses an arsenal on how to play jaw-dropping metal guitar.
In Level 2 This program builds on the techniques learned in Level One. Ravi and Bobby reveal how to play the darkest heavy metal. Together they teach complex syncopated diminished triads, the reverse gallop, heavy chugging and octave shapes. You will be challenged by the technique-building hand-stretching exercises, hammer pull-offs and advanced shred riffs. Learn Ravi’s secret weapons like harmonic minor scales, syncopated riffs, whammy tricks and pivoting rhythms. You will rock complete leads with backing tracks right from JFAC studio recordings that pull you into the band!
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A concert at Key Club will wrap up the weekend.
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Example two is a simple pivoting exercise. Pivoting is a left hand technique in which one finger stays on a certain fret while your other fingers follow a sequence of notes around that specific note. In this exercise I have included two similar patterns that use pivoting in each measure. In this example you will repeat each measure twice.
Examples 3 and 4 are simple chord switching exercises.
Here is a few extra tips and pointers I have found personally to be useful.
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