Archive Monthly Archives: July 2009

Learn the Major Scale Across the Fretboard With 5 Simple Shapes

Learn the Major Scale Across the Guitar Fretboard With 5 Simple Shapes. Great system for learning your guitar scales, as it greatly reduces the amount of things you need to learn on the guitar.

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Single String Lick #1

It can be fun to go up one string with an idea instead of the usual multi-string approach. I used this technique on a song I collaborated on with an Israeli names Avi Rosenfeld that you can play below. It was a fun project!

Here’s the tab.

The song is here.

Simplify Your Soloing Using Superposition

Superpose an arpeggio over chords and minimize the things you have to think about when soloing. Reuse one arpeggio over different chords, increase their use!

Here’s the tab.

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Share Your Licks with TinyLick.com

Here’s a cool site, that allow you to create and share guitar licks quickly and easily. You can see one of my guitar licks here for an example:
neoclassical guitar lick

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New Solo on Israeli Deep Purple-style Tune

I added a guitar solo (as requested by creator of tune) at the end of this free mp3 tune. I might add more guitar parts at some point.

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Blues Guitar Jam

Me doing some blues guitar soloing. Here’s the blues guitar jam mp3.

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Soloing Over Difficult Chord Changes

To solo over chord progressions that change key (in fusion and jazz for example) is difficult because the proper notes to use keep changing (as opposed to a song that stays in one key). This example uses Greg Howe’s Bird’s Eye View chord progression Cm7, Am7, Abmaj7 G7 as an example.

Webcam Max Review

I’m always looking for ways to use technology to help me improve how I teach guitar students to play guitar, especially on the Internet. So I was really excited to come across a webcam software product called Webcam Max, thanks to a fellow guitar teacher Storm. Storm is using it in his video guitar lessons, but he also did a live streaming video group guitar lesson where he added diagrams and videos on the fly right into the video stream.

This is great because I can now put diagrams, software or other videos up on the screen as I teach via my webcam or do YouTube videos. In fact I just did a lesson where I had myself on webcam video along with a fretboard diagram of the fretboard that was changing on the fly as the chord changed. This was by using a screen view of my desktop combined with the webcam video stream.

This is better than having the student looking at separate diagrams, or having to download and print out a diagram. Not only that you can have the diagram relate to what it being taught at the time so it’s right there on the screen. I’ve seen Storm scrolling tab along with someone playing guitar so you can see both on the screen at the same time. Now that is awesome! Using the picture in picture feature of Webcam Max, I can have my desktop or software program with fretboard diagrams showing at the same time as the students see me on webcam video, for a picture in picture effect.

You can feed videos, pictures or your desktop into the video feed. So you could replay previous videos, or have a live show on ustream.tv that is actually a pre-recorded! You can also write text on the screen. I’m also thinking about using two webcams in the future, where one is zoomed out showing me and another that would zoom in on the guitar. That would be pretty cool as well.

If you want to have a bit of fun you can add a moustache, hat, glasses and many other effects to your face. Webcam Max will actually track your movements so that it stays in place. You can also set the background behind you to a nice scene instead of your bedroom!

Go here to get Webcam Max. I downloaded a free 30 day trial. You can see my first new YouTube video guitar lesson below for an example of what it can do.

I’m super pumped about the possibilities. Thanks Webcam Max!

Play Metal Mayhem on JamLegend Video Game

Here’s a video of someone playing my song metal mayhem on JamLegend (guitar hero game).

Why not learn how to play Metal Mayhem on guitar?

Basic Chords

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Check out my basic chord video guitar lesson which will have you playing chords in less than 10 minutes (8:06 to be exact!). I think they’re a great way to explain how to play guitar better than just text and mp3 samples. Here I show some basic open major guitar chords. This also shows the frets that you are supposed to play (with a number of 1, 2, or 3) and which strings are open (not fretted) with a number of 0.

basic chord diagram

Here’s some photos of the left hand playing these chords. Hopefully they will help you get the position right.

A
major

A major

C major

C major

D
major

D major

E
major

E major

F
major

F major

G
major

G major

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