Week 6 Lesson – Harmonizing Riffs

How to harmonize a riff using 3rds (ie going up a minor or major 3rd from each note in the riff). I used the Dminor harmonic minor scale which has the following notes: D, E, F, G, A, Bb, C#, D.

Here’s the video. I’ve uploaded my videos to multiple sites at once now. Metacafe will reward me for viewership (unlike YouTube who got bought for $1.6B for user-submitted content). ;o)

Here’s the guitar tab: Week 6 Lesson – Harmonizing Riffs. Note the Drop D tuning and time signature changes in 4th bar.

Week 6 Song – Kerry’s Jig

This week’s free mp3 download has got a celtic flavor for my number one fan and Newfoundlander buddy Kerry Brown.

Kerry’s Jig

Track of The Day at GarageBand

Blues for John is going to be track of the day tomorrow! (Friday, August 10).

It also won “Best Guitars in Blues Rock, week of 6Aug2007″ at Garageband.

Week Five Lesson – Triads and Inversions

Here’s the tab: Lesson Five – Triads and Inversions

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Week Five Song – Santa Maria.mp3

Here’s my latest song.

It’s a latin style song with typical chord progression influenced by Carlos Santana.

Week Four Song – Metal Mayhem.mp3

A metal tune for ya – consisting of rhythm and lead guitars, drums and bass guitar.

Metal Mayhem.mp3

Week Three Lesson – Arpeggiating Chords

This one is tough! It combines a fast arpeggio like riff, with hybrid AND economy picking. Since I’ve explained hybrid picking I’ll talk about economy picking. Normally for fast riffs, you use alternate picking (up and down strokes alternating). However, in some cases for extreme speed (like sweep picking) it’s fast and cleaner to use 2 or more of the same stroke in a row, eg. 2 downstrokes or 2 upstrokes. So you can think of economy picking like a subset of sweep picking although it’s usually used in terms of scales (like 3 note per string licks or scales).

You’ll notice mostly chord tones which are the root, major 3rd, 5th, and minor 7th. I also added some chromatics between the minor 7th and root, and also some bluesy influences with a minor and major 3rd added, as well as the 9th. You’ll also notice that I don’t start any arpeggio on the root, usually the minor 7th or major 3rd.

Here’s the tab: Week Three Lesson – Arpeggiating Chord

Watch the downstrokes, upstrokes, hammer-ons, pull-offs and hybrid (ring finger) as well as economy picking (multiple downstrokes/upstrokes). A lot to absorb!

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Week Three Song – Blues for John.mp3

A new blues tune dedicated to my bro. Enjoy.

Blues For John.mp3

PS. Even a day early. ;o)

Week Two Song – War Game.mp3

Ok here’s a song that involves electronic sounding drums and bass with heavy guitars. I can see this one in a video game or something. I did this a little while again – but sorry I ran into a problem with timing this week as I travelled back to Calgary and didn’t have my gear this weekend. I’m working on a blues rock tune for next week so come back for that.

War Game