What's the Favorite Soloing Trick of the Best Guitarists?

Using unified Octaves is an excellent way to give your riffs more dimension. They help riffs sound bigger and they can even help a riff come across as if there’s more than one guitar being played. Octave riffs do however require some technical skill to perform, and that's exactly the point of this guitar lesson...




Playing octaves within a musical statement makes that statement sound different. It's an interval based idea, yet it has nothing to do with harmony, (since it's the same note up 8-tones higher).

Guitar players like Wes Montgomery and George Benson applied octaves within a lot of their lines. In fact, octaves were a staple part of their style. The result is that those Montgomery and Benson style riffs sound absolutely fantastic!

There's no doubt that you've heard this sound in styles other than jazz as well. Tons of great rock, and blues players use octaves as well, including Santana and the late-great Jimi Hendrix.

This guitar lesson teaches the basic set-up behind playing Octave shapes on the guitar neck. Then, we continue on with 3 ways that can be used in order to organize guitar riffs using the unified octaves approach.

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EXAMPLE RIFFS:

Example #1).
As a substitute for chords (upon the 6th and 5th strings)



Example #2).
Riff played next to a guitar lick (4th and 3rd guitar strings)




Example #3).
Played as a “Melodic Theme” style riff (5th to 2nd string)






CONCLUSION:
Now that you’ve had a chance to understand how riffs can become further enhanced using octaves, take what we’ve done here and expand on it.

The idea of playing octave riffs as a substitute for chords, or as a statement /fills around licks, or even perhaps as a principle melodic theme, can all be an amazing way to apply octaves.

When octaves are added into a song they instantly boost the dynamic of the musical part and they push the effect of the phrase with a larger scope to the sound.

Just have a listen to Jimi Hendrix’s song “Purple Haze.” when Jimi adds the octave riff against that “E Minor Pentatonic” lick, they sound perfectly balanced.

I’m sure you’ll enjoy applying these octave ideas in your music! Take some time and work on inventing ways to apply them. You'll get better at the technique and you'll come to really enjoy the impact they create musically as well.



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GUITAR TECHNIQUE 019: Note & Chord Vibrato

December 09, 2018:
GUITAR TECHNIQUE 019:
GUITAR TECHNIQUE 019: Note and Chord Vibrato

 
 NEW  This unique Creative Guitar Studio course  explores exercises for increasing dexterity and coordination between the hands. The goal of the course is to increase awareness, mobility and control.


Lesson 019 of Guitar Technique studies the technique and practical application of, "Note and Chord" vibrato technique.

Vibrato technique can be performed in several ways. Guitarist Eric Clapton uses a vibrato established from the elbow. Many of the Classical players such as Liona Boyd and Christopher Parkening, use a side to side vibrato. And, rock legend Angus Young (as well as the late great Jimi Hendrix), use the whole-hand vibrato.

This lesson plan focuses upon the whole-hand vibrato technique using several examples that will cover everything from vibrato control to adding vibrato within a melodic line. There are also examples of performing vibrato with multiple tones, (known as "chord vibrato").

The video lessons (along with the PDF handout), will help to clarify how note and chord vibrato techniques can be developed and then applied onto the guitar in several unique ways.

Parts one and two of the lesson will focus on learning to control hand vibrato as well as, learning how to apply vibrato to a melody line.

Parts three and four of the lesson will switch over to the use of vibrato performed over 2 and 3 note chords, as well as, the larger seventh quality chords.
 

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PART ONE: (Free on YouTube)
Exercise one studies the similarity between the half-step waver and the standard vibrato.


PART TWO:  Exercise two focuses on the use of vibrato within a melody line.




PART THREE:
Exercise three adds tones. Deals with creating 2 and 3 note chord vibrato.


PART FOUR:  Exercise four extends the use of vibrato out to larger seventh quality chord types.

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The One Barre Chord Trick Everyone Should Know About

This lesson explains how to expand your knowledge of one of the most important chord layouts used on the guitar... the “Barre” chord. Barre chord shapes are vital to us as guitar players because they open up the neck for many other chord types that are found in other keys. They allow us to play unique chords that are unavailable from within our first position chord set... 




BARRE CHORD BENEFITS:
If you require a chord type that contains an accidental like an, “F# Minor” or perhaps, “Bb Major” you’ll need to know how to use Barre Chords. The Barre Chords allow us access to chord names that use accidentals off of the root. This is not available from out open position set.

Once you get the basics of Barre Chords down, you’ll need to understand something called “Barre Chord Relationships.” This covers the concept of how the Barre Chords are laid out and applied musically on the neck of the guitar. Once you can comprehend "Barre Chord" Relationships you will be able to effectively use Barre Chords anyplace on the guitar.

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If you’re unfamiliar with what Barre Chords are and how to make them you’re going to want to stop this video, and jump over to my popular YouTube lesson on how to make Barre Chords… It’s called, “Winning the Battle over Barre Chords.”


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Winning the Battle over Barre Chords



If you're not familiar with Barre Chords, the above video is an excellent lesson to start on, because it covers the primary Barre Chord shapes and how to use them. When (or if you need to watch that video), (do so), then come back here and carry on with the next level of learning for these chord patterns on the guitar neck.


RELATIONSHIP - APPLICATION:
Now, let’s check out some guitar theory relating to how to use this important principle called; “Barre Chord Relationships”



Barre Chord Relationships work closely with the principle called the, "Three Chord Theory."

If you're unfamiliar with that concept, then watch my video, "The "HIDDEN SECRET" Within Thousands of Songs!"


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Barre Chord Relationship #1). Lower neck region, 5th string Root, with the 4th and 5th chords of the key based on the 6th guitar string…



Barre Chord Relationship #2). Middle of the neck region, 6th string Root, with the 4th and 5th chords of the key based upon the 5th guitar string…




This principle of, Barre Chord Relationships, gets used by guitar players all the time to play songs related to literally thousands of pieces across every style of music imaginable.

Once you know how to play Barre Chords, and you comprehend the “Three-Chord” Theory principle of music, you’ll be able to learn songs incredibly fast and you’ll know how to place those songs on the neck for any key signature using the versatility that only barre chords can offer you.

The best part is that you’ll be able to do it all in no time flat!





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The "HIDDEN SECRET" Within Thousands of Songs!

Are you aware of the "Primary Chords?" They are often referred to as the "Three Chord Theory." This process of chord harmony is the cornerstone of musical ideas and it makes up one of the most important principles when it comes to musical arrangement. If you've never heard of this theory before then this lesson will be absolutely fantastic!




The 3-chord theory of "Primary Chords,"  is often referred to as chord types that are functioning out of the “Primary Chords” category from within a key center.

This means that the 3-chord theory is based upon the; Tonic, Sub-Dominant and the Dominant chords of a key, (the “I – IV – V”).

When using these three chords in music, we find that they have the same relationship to each other in any key, and when they get used in songs of any style they make up the “3-Chord Theory.”

Study this idea, and watch for it happening in the songs that you learn and listen to and try composing your own original riffs using this idea as well. It’s an incredibly popular concept in music, and one that every serious musician must become well aware of.


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MUSIC THEORY:
The process for this principle occurs from the 1st, 4th and 5th chords of a key centers harmony.

Study the harmonized key of "C Major" example shown below. The chord steps highlighted make up the chords of the "Three Chord Theory."







THREE CHORD THEORY IN ACTION:
The chord progressions below each outline different aspects of the way that the "Three Chord Theory" can be used in a rhythm jam. Study the examples and then work at making up a few of your own as well.


Example #1).
“I – IV – V” (Key of “C” Major)
Common application (chord sequence in order)




Example #2).
“I – V – IV” (Key of “C” Major)
Varied chord sequence (out of harmonic order)



Example #3).
“I – IV – V” (Key of “A Major”)
Transposed to a new key signature (fast pop style)




Example #4). “I – IV – V” (Key of “F” Major)
Transposed (with quick-change off of the Root chord)



Example #5).
“Im – Vm – IVm” (Key of “G” Minor)
Tonality Shift (the theory chord theory in Minor Tonality)







CONCLUSION:
Now you know how to understand and use the famous “Three Chord Theory.” 

It's an easy process and to take it further, all you need to do is practice the basic structure behind this principle, invent new orders and sequences, and listen for its use in music.

The good thing is - this lesson does all of the leg-work across this idea for you. Including the breakdown in theory and some practical examples - they’re all done here.

So, study these examples reviewing them so you fully understand them and spend time listening for them in music. 

In no time at all you’ll be able to go forward and notice how the 3-chord theory is occurring in the thousands of songs it gets used in all the time.

The 3-chord theory is incredibly popular and once you have the background behind the principles of the “3-Chord Theory” you'll notice how the concept is used all over the place!

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Rhythm Device Takes Chord Progressions by Storm

Rhythm Guitar makes up at least 80% of what we do as guitar players, so we need as much competency in this area as possible. That’s why this lesson is going to deal with one of the most popular ideas related to playing rhythm guitar... It’s the area of performing filler licks in and around chord changes... 




This lesson is going to focus on four popular music styles; “Folk, Country, Blues and Jazz.” I’ve created examples of filler lines that you can study within each of these styles. Lines that you can learn and then copy into your own songs and the music that you like to play.

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Filler Line #1). Folk




Filler Line #2). Country







Filler Line #3). Blues




Filler Line #4). Jazz



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