Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Diminished Exercise in 6/8

Diminished patterns are interesting sounding, and fun to play. They only have four notes, so they're not considered a scale. The formula is 1 b3 b5 6 and the patterns repeat every minor third (four frets).










Practice to a metronome set between 110-130 bpm repeating repetitiously. The next starting position for this example would be fret 11, then 2 (or 14), then fret 5. Enjoy!

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Sequencing Using Different Scale Types

Practicing scale sequences with different scale types is very helpful, both from an exercise perspective, and a phrasing perspective. Try this example utilizing four different scale types in the same position.




Sunday, February 9, 2014

Don't forget the humidity.

I hope you're not someone who forgets that during the winter the heat makes the air dry, causing your guitars some serious issues. Many guitarists still use guitar stands, and have one close to a heat vent. Do you have guitars buzzing or playing strangely? Have you checked the neck, action, and top of the guitar to see if its starting to cave in? The next step after a concave top is the bridge coming unglued, then the damage is done, might as well sell it cheap or use it for the campfire guitar.

A small to medium room humidifier works great, plus a battery-powered temperature and humidity sensor. The desirable range is between 35-40% humidity.
There are many great articles and books on performing maintenance on your guitars, including neck adjustment and regular care. Since your acoustic guitar by Taylor, Martin, Larrivee, or other accounts for a size-able amount of money, you'd be wise to get in the 'time to fill the humidifier' habit.





Sunday, January 26, 2014

Sequences - the path to accurate picking.

Scale sequences are fundamental to accurate picking and I highly recommend practicing them on a regular basis.These examples are in the key of G and utilize alternate picking.