Lesson 006 - Melodic Contrast Through Dissonance



August 18, 2017:
Lesson 006 - Melodic Contrast Through Dissonance

Normally we strive to hit the correct notes found in the established key center. However, performing scale tones that exist outside of the key (outside notes), can also work in certain styles of music... 

How outside notes are applied will depend primarily upon the way they are phrased. This lesson explains how to start including the interesting sound of outside scale tones in both major and minor keys...

PART ONE:  In example one, a key of "A Major" melody (ex. 1a), is used to demonstrate how a basic diatonic, (in key), melody can be transformed into a melody line that includes non-diatonic phrasing, (ex. 2b). By using a simple technique called, "Approach Tones," an 'approach from below' method shows how non-diatonic tones can be included as embellishments upon the original line from example (1a).

Example two introduces chromatic principles as another non-diatonic technique. Chromatic phrasing includes runs that are generally made up of a linear row of non-selective tones traveling in half-steps. The example (2a) melody starts with a diatonic melody line in the key of "G Minor." Then, in example (2b), the melody is re-worked to include a series of chromatic tones. The new phrase takes on another dimension of sound, yet maintains the same rhythmic duration as the original example.




PART TWO: The example three melody line is based around the sound of an "A Dominant 7th" chord. This offers us the primary scale type of "Mixolydian." However, when altered scale is brought into the mix the unique blend of Altered scales dissonance brings in a lot of sour colors that create an interesting dissonant effect.

Example four includes two final strategies for melodic contrast through dissonance. The first of these are the application of "digital" (sometimes called modular) scale patterns. And, the other is a similar principle that is known as "symmetrical scales."

The use of digital /modular scale patterns is achieved through first creating a pattern of notes and then transferring that pattern across other string sets, (see example 4a). Guitarist "Dimebag Darrell" used these patterns in many of his solos. And, guitarists Paul Gilbert, along with Scott Henderson also apply these shapes.

The last example (ex. 4b), contains a short melodic line using what is probably the most popular symmetrical scale used by jazz guitar players, the "Diminished Scale." The notes of the Diminished scale include both #5 and b5 altered tones surrounded by a minor 3rd and major 7th. It also contains a major 2nd and major 6th with a perfect 4th. The color is very unique and its symmetrical shape and altered character can provide an excellent opportunity for melodic contrast through dissonance.


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Are You Smart Enough to Ace this Guitar Test?


When I meet new players, one of the things that I always like to do is become familiar with where they're at as guitar players. So, over the years I've organized an "11 Question" guitar test that not only helps me but it also helps the student better understand where they are as guitar players... 

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So, let's run through those 11 Q. now, and I think this will be helpful for you too.


Question 1). How long do you practice guitar each week? How many days? And, in that period what are you studying?

Good Answer: 5 days per week, between 1.5 to 2.0 hrs., Scales, Intervals, Chords, Arpeggios, Reading, Improvisation, Transcription, (learning songs)

Question 2). How well do you know the notes on the neck? Can you play a single tone across the entire fret-board, (for example "G")?

Good Answer: Can play groups of the "G" tone across several strings between open and the 7th fret.

Question 3). Can you perform at least three different shapes of the Major or Natural Minor scale (not pentatonic) across the fingerboard in different keys? For example; play a "G Major" scale in 2 places, then an "A Minor."

Good Answer: The student can perform them smoothly in time.




Question 4). How well can you perform Major and Minor chords both at the open position, (chords that include open strings), as well as, playing chords along the fingerboard? For example; play "G Minor," "C Minor," "Eb Major," and "Bb Major," in four different fret-board positions across the neck.

Good Answer: The student can perform them (some hesitation is fine).

Question 5). Can you perform three different chord voicing patterns of any in position, (no open chord versions), for chord types of, "Major 7," "Minor 7," and the "Dominant 7."

Good Answer: The player has at least one chord type of each chord quality that they know on the fingerboard.

Question 6). Play this progression with me... |G / / / | C / / / | D / / / | G / / / |

Now make up your own rhythm and then, replace the "G and C" chords Minor.

Finally, change keys so that the progression is in the key of "D."

Good Answer: The player can play the progression and replace the minor chord types. If transposing is difficult to do, that's alright.




Question 7). Perform three different arpeggio patterns of any type anywhere on the fingerboard, (do not use open strings).

Good Answer: The player knows at least one arpeggio pattern.

Questions 8). Build at least three different Major Scales along one string using the major scale formula.

Good Answer: They can build at least one and they know the formula.

Question 9). Can you name 4 different "Major" key signatures and state the sharps or flats found in each key.

Good Answer: They can name at least two keys.

Question 10). Can you name three different time signatures and explain how to count the beat in each of them?

Good Answer: They can name one or two and explain the basics of how to count in the time signature.




Question 11). Can you explain the number of beats and demonstrate note durations of; Whole, Half, Quarter, Eighth and Sixteenth.

Good Answer: They can understand these durations, know the beats and demonstrate what each value is in time.

I hope that you found this brief guitar skills test interesting and I hope that it perhaps gave you some insight as to how I conduct an intake of a new student here at Creative Guitar Studio.

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Incredible East Indian Scale - GUITAR - RAGA [Charukeshi]



East Indian scales and melodies, (called "Raga") sound amazing. The pattern I will be showing you is based upon Mixolydian mode. This scale is mostly major, but it contains a b6 and a b7 tone.  It is often referred to as the Hindu Scale and is built from the 5th mode of Melodic Minor, (Mixolydian b6).

Off of a "C Root" you have "C, D, E, F, G, Ab, and Bb." I'm going to be using it off of a root of "D" so that I can maintain an open 4th guitar string, (a "D"), in the bass for a drone pitch...

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The first thing I want to run through with you is how you can set-up this Indian scale on the neck. Let's begin by looking at this scale in position from a 12th fret / 4th guitar string "D" tonic note...

"D" Charukeshi (4th string root - in position)

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Now, let's change the perspective a little by taking the scale more along the neck. To do this (in a way that will also allow us some room for our bending), we'll be laying out this scale along the 2nd string.

"D" Charukeshi (along the 2nd string root off of the 3rd fret)

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Alright, now that we've covered the notes and how they look in TAB, the last thing we'll do is plot this out so that it's a geometrical pattern along our second string. So, here's that along the neck scale again, but this time, shown as a geometrical pattern on our fret board along the 2nd string...

"D" Charukeshi (2nd string root - along the neck pattern)

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The study that I'm going to suggest you pursue are two main ideas; 1fast slides along the neck, as well as, 2bends at the half-steps of the scale. So, those bends would be at the 7th to 8th frets, and at the 10th to 11th frets.


My overall suggestion for practice of this scale would be to record a jam track of something simple like a droning "D" open string and study applying the fast along the neck slides (we discussed), and (most importantly) those half-step areas for the bends that make the scale really sound cool and give it that real East Indian effect.

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ACOUSTIC GUITAR 005: Rhythm Comping Technique


Acoustic Guitar 005:
Rhythm Comping Technique...

Comping is a chord performance term that is more related to the piano than it is to the guitar. On the guitar a "chord comp" is an all together pluck that substitutes the more common strumming that guitarists tend to make across the strings.

Where the strum is generally applied with a pick (using a downward and /or upward rake motion) in a staggered sweep across the strings, comping is different. The chord comp is performed with the thumb and fingers plucking all at one time. The comp is more like an "all at once" pluck attack. Comping simulates the sound of how a chord is performed on the piano.

PART ONE:
In example one, an introduction to comping is outlined using two demonstrations. In example 1a, the emphasis is placed upon tracking the fingers of the comping hand to follow along specific string sets. The thumb remains consistent upon the 4th string open "D." The index, middle and ring remain at the upper three strings of 3rd, 2nd and 1st. In example 2b, the bass note plucked by the thumb alternates from the 6th to 5th guitar strings. The interior chord plucks remain consistent across the 4th to 2nd guitar strings using the index, middle and ring fingers.

Example two focuses on further improving the accuracy of the right hand. The study in example 2a, has the plucking hand thumb mapping notes performed on the 4th guitar string while the index and middle are plucking on the 3rd and 2nd strings. Example 2b is an isolation exercise in where the same strings, (5th, 4th, 3rd and 2nd), are all plucked together in a slightly syncopated rhythm.


PART TWOThe second part of the lesson introduces comping used in its most popular style, acoustic jazz. Many electric jazz players will also use comping, with some guitarists applying the comping idea using hybrid picked technique. Any of these picking techniques (finger plucked or hybrid) will work fine for electric or acoustic comping. This lesson plan will however focus entirely upon the acoustic finger plucking style.

In example three, the basic approach of using comping to perform jazz chord voicings is covered with a jazzy progression in the key of "D Major." The interior notes of each chord are isolated to the 4th, 3rd and 2nd strings. However, the bass tones are shifting between the 5th to 6th strings.

In example four, jazz comping across a collection of chords and intervals in the key of "D Minor" showcases the ability for chord comping to perform well across a variety of strings and a variety of different chord designs. Chord punches and double-stops are combined in the first two measures. And, at the end of the progression a rapid set of 7th-chord movements round out the remaining measures. This final group of chord changes highlights the strength of how fluid the application of guitar chord comping can be at punching through chords both quickly and effectively, (high note accuracy).




ACOUSTIC GUITAR 005: Rhythm Comping Technique



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Developing Rock Solid Musical Conviction



I'm sure that you've had times in where musical phrases you played came across with incredible confidence. So, what's up with that?

I remember when that first happened to me. I was a teenager, playing on stage and I was playing a solo in the key of "G Minor," and things were just perfect. Every note, every idea I heard in my mind came out absolutely perfect. It felt amazing and it was a taste of what I could connect to in a natural way musically. So, this week we're going to discuss, "Developing Rock Solid Musical Conviction." on the Guitar Blog Insider...

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The super dedicated crowd of guitar players, are not just musicians they strive to make everything they do art. They're artists. They have very serious ideas for their music, very committed ideas for their careers and they plan out ways for how they are going to get everything they do out to the public. They know that if they can get their music projects out to enough people, and if they can prove to everyone who comes in contact with their work. If they can prove that they're serious and that they have conviction, they'll be able to gain fans. And, in this era of YouTube, Instagram, Snap-Chat and FaceBook, if you have a loyal fan-base of just 25 - 30,000 people. You'll do very well. It doesn't take a lot.



One of the main principles of a strong conviction to something is developing a commitment to your project. And, this is an area that far too many musicians fail in. What I mean here is that lets say that you've got a music project and some of the people involved (haven't said anything), but they personally think that the project is crap. Maybe they're working in it because it pays them some money, but overall, they think the songs and the gigs and the whole thing is - well for lack of a better word, they think it's all shit. Now, if you've been around the block a few times, you already know that this isn't rare, it's almost a fairly normal thing with a lot of music projects. Someone in the project isn't into it. And, unfortunately a lot of money is wasted because of a lack of conviction from members of a project.

So, as a musician with a dedicated project, (whatever that project is), you need to always ask yourself a very important question. "Do you believe in what you're doing?" This has to do with the bands you're in, the music you're playing, the music you're writing, the music companies you're building, do you completely believe in what you're doing?

Because the level that you do, the level of your conviction to every project will translate over to how you impact people. No conviction, translates to poor impact. Poor impact means weak fan-base and weak results. And, this is true with everything. With bands, with gigs, with your social media, with your students, what you make for selling, everything. If you don't have conviction for it, if instead you think it's crap, you won't sell that idea to an audience.



Keep in mind something I said earlier... in this era of YouTube, Instagram, Snap-Chat and FaceBook, if you have a loyal fan-base of just 25 - 30,000 people. You'll do very well. Because if you can convert a majority of those fans to pulling in just 50 cents a person a day, that's around $12 - 15,000 a month. If you get 50,000 fans that's going to be around $25,000 a month. But, you can't do that without a fantastic product and you can't create an amazing product without conviction to what you're doing.

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Most Popular Jazz Chords...



When I'm teaching a student how to get used to learning those basic Jazzy chord voicings on the neck, (seventh chords), I've found that there's one chord progression that beats them all when it comes to playing through a cycle of practical chord changes that will really help the student get their skills together at learning the chords used in jazz...

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The chord progression is generally referred to by musicians as a, "III, VI, II, V" harmony. This just means that we're using the; third, sixth, second and fifth chords found within the key signature of a particular major or minor key and we're placing the correct chords of the keys harmonized scale onto those degrees.



In contemporary harmonic analysis, we will most commonly find these progressions notated using all upper case roman numerals. So, for all of you players out there who are trained in classical analysis, this "jazz harmonic analysis system" may look a little different since it doesn't differentiate the minor qualities of the minor chords.

This is because in Jazz, our chords can function differently at times. So, let's run through a series of scenarios for practicing this technique - so you can understand this whole study process a lot better.

III, VI, II, V ...using chords diatonic to the major key signature. (key of A)


Now, let's practice this again, but this time we'll be using chords diatonic to the minor key...

III, VI, II, V ...using chords diatonic to minor tonality. (A Minor)



Alright, now we'll take this one step further and apply these same chord changes as a series of chords related to more of a Jazz-Blues sound, (by converting) all of the chords to Dominant 7th quality.

III, VI, II, V ...using chords that are non-diatonic (all Dom.7th)


When you understand the way that keys work and how chord changes relate to harmony, you'll be able to play this all across the neck and nail your ability for performing the most popular jazz chord voicings.



Well, I hope you enjoyed this exercise. Thanks for watching, If you want to learn more about what I do as an online guitar teacher, then head over to my website at creativeguitarstudio.com and sign up your FREE lifetime membership...

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QwikRiffs #006 - Pedal Point Scale Riffs in "C Minor"


NEW: QwikRiffs Series - Video (006)

The latest QwikRiffs video, Pedal Point Scale Riffs "C Minor" is available in the members area. Includes PDF handout!

QwikRiffs are available to members at Creative Guitar Studio.com. Lessons in the QwikRiffs Series run through collections of rhythm guitar riffs covering all types of playing styles. I cover different 'famous artist' playing approaches and I will demonstrate ideas based on rhythm guitar techniques...

Episode #006 covers three "C Minor" Riffs.

Riff one covers a steady 8th-note pedal point example that operates off of the 5th string "C" tonic at the third fret. A sequence pushes this riff along creating a very driving fluid effect.

Riff two uses a slightly syncopated 16th-note idea in the example. The pedal point pushes along the melody and emphasizes the 8th fret of the sixth string "C." The part produces a very punchy statement that highlights a unique broken feel.

Riff three introduces a Phrygian Mode sound from "C Minor Phrygian" scale. The unique lowered 2nd degree engages the listener with the dark and moody effect of Phrygian minor. The steady push of 16th-notes adds to the driving groove of the part.

The examples are performed with a clean channel sound (during the explanations), as well as, an over-driven distorted sound given at the end of the lesson plan.

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Chord Soloing Fix - Guitarists Baffled



Over all of my years teaching one of the things that always seems to baffle students is being able to play some lead guitar with simple chords that only use a couple of notes... In this video, I'm going to show you just how easy it is to play all across the neck using simple harmonized 3rd's patterns...

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The first thing I want to introduce, will be the root position shape, to keep things simple, I'll be locking this shape down into the key of "G Major." Here's how this starting shape looks on the neck...

G (major 3rd)

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Now, starting from this shape, we'll build the rest of the related small 2-note chords found in "G major"

Series of 2-note chords in G major (harmonized in 3rd's)...

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Alright, now that you've learned how these shapes operate as a harmony in the key of "G Major" I'm going to set-up a straight forward key of "G major" jam and suggest that you apply them. That way, you'll also get the chance to hear how cool this sounds and at the same time, realize just how easy this is to do.

G Major jam:

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Don't Overthink Music



Musicians can be terrible when it comes to over-thinking their music and their creativity. I've seen way too many musicians who will compose a great song, rehearse it, start recording it, and then give up a few days into everything because the song doesn't feel right... 

And, it doesn't stop at songs, it can happen to many different kinds of creative projects.

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In this video, I'm going to discuss my thoughts on why I work very hard to not over-think things when it comes to my own creativity. My music, the lessons that I create, my YouTube videos, and my other music related projects need to flow along. There's no room to start second-guessing anything. And, most importantly, there's no time for it.

KEEP GROWING - KEEP LEARNING:
Musicians need to keep growing, to continue learning, to expand knowledge through study and to always, always, ALWAYS create. 

As artists, we need to realize that a lot of what we will create may not be perfect. We'll come up with concepts for songs, for teaching, for live performances - things that sometimes won't connect well. But, that's okay, because in doing the project, we either learn what to do, or what not to do, and then we can move on. That's growth.

This reflection upon results allows us to move forward to be able to create something better and better all the time. The whole process allows us to be able to create projects that will work for us at a higher levels. And, the successes as well as, the failures help us improve ourselves. This benefits us, our students and our audience.



THE UNKNOWN:
Nobody knows what will happen long term with any project. But, even if we are unsure, we still have to try. Over time all of those attempts combine (they compound together) and they can end up forming something that's really cool. Something that a ton of people are eventually going to think is absolutely fantastic.

One of the areas that scares a lot of young musicians is the unknown. I'm mainly talking about the musicians who are just starting to get really serious about their career. These are the musicians who may have just quit their day jobs, or who borrowed a lot of money to get their album recorded, or who are going into debt to start a tour. Or, it could be musicians who are fresh out of music college. Fear of the unknown is nasty, and must be controlled.

One of the things that really bothers the artist to no end is the unknown. But, as a creative person, you've got to realize that you can't control the unknown. All you can do is be confident in your abilities to figure out the future challenges. Those are the challenges that you'll have to experience along the way.



I'm not talking about confidence in your music skills, (you better have already worked on those skills and you better already be confident there). No, I'm talking about confidence in being a truly creative person. Someone who is so creative that they can invent what they need to do - in order to become a success in the areas that they are working in.

BE AN OPTIMIST:
Quit being scared, quit over-thinking every creative situation and get to work on yourself so that you know you can handle anything that comes your way. Be an optimist, learn to be grateful for what you've got. Your skills and your creativity. You need to realize what's practical and what's not.

Creativity is an insular game, and every time you let somebody's voice get into your head, (either what it is they are doing, or especially their opinion), you'll become insecure. When it is just about you, and all of your focus is on yourself, that's when you'll win. That's when creativity, and music, and art - all help you to WIN.



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