Total Chord Workout (Do This Everyday)

Have you ever wondered if there was a single perfect total chord workout? A daily routine that could create a real challenge for you. Especially when you consider all of the harmonies and chords that you will need to hit in that workout. Well, you're in luck, I’m going to deliver exactly that in this lesson...




If you want to try just a single total chord workout routine, and if you are new to this type of training, then you will want to do the "Triad" workout I'm going to cover in this lesson.

If instead, you want to adopt a more rigorous total chord split workout routine, then you will want to pair this up with doing a Seventh-Chord workout and perform both triads and sevenths in alternating fashion on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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In this session we’re going to talk about chords. But, we’re not going to go on and on about elementary shapes and simple songs that you should learn in order to get better at your chords.

Instead, we’re going to dig right into how guitar players can become really talented at; making chords, at playing them efficiently in songs, and also (most importantly), how you can use chords for both composing and enhancing your music.

Once we’re done this lesson, you’ll understand chord types that are important for you to practice. Plus, you’ll learn about a daily routine that you can get started on right away for working on chords in musical situations.

To study all this, I’m going to introduce you to a great web-site called “Auto-Chords.com,” and on that site, I’ll discuss how you can use it's web-apps as a practice and technical training tool for not only practicing the chords, but also for using chords within a key signature.

Practicing these skills will help you to be able to make up songs along with enhancing songs that you already know. This way, your music will start sounding a lot better - a lot faster.





STEP 1). 
CHORD HARMONY LEVELS:
Let’s get started with a break-down of chord types that are important for you to practice.

In music, we have different levels of chord harmony, they are;

- Dyads: These are not truly a chord since a chord in music requires 3-notes, but instead these are two note harmony (intervals). Guitar players often refer to these as "Double-Stop Chords." They are used in a wide variety of guitar riffs.

- Triads: The triad is the first true harmony in music and has 3 notes. Triads primarily consist of Major, Minor chord types and are used in a majority of Western music.

They can be found in all types of music. Guitarists learn them early on as "Open" and "1st-Position," patterns. Additional triads include the "Augmented," and the, "Diminished," but they are rarely applied in most songs due to their dissonance.

- Seventh Chord Harmony: 7th's are chords that have 4-notes. They can come across as sounding pretty Jazzy. They include; "Major 7," "Minor 7," "Dominant 7," and two options for "Diminished."

The 7th quality chords are more challenging and require more dexterity to play with ease of use. These chords are commonly found in Jazz, although Pop Music can sometimes offer up situations for them as well.

- Extended and Altered: Beyond the 7th chord, harmony can get much more sophisticated, with extended types called; “9th, 11th and 13th.”

Plus, speaking of Jazz sounds, we can also create chord alterations, like the “b9, b5, #9, and #5. Those chords are very Jazz oriented and mostly found within Jazz compositions.




STEP 2). 
GENERAL PERFORMANCE:
In a general playing sense, most of the music that we hear on the radio (popular songs), will be linked to the major and minor Triad chord types, along with a few seventh chord types performed once in awhile.

With Dyads (Double-Stop's), we’re generally going to be rather limited to finding them used for 2-note chord riffs in songs - played within certain intro’s and in specific song sections.

Discovering riffs that apply double-stops, would be more applicable to learning a specific song part, like the song riff in Jimmy Buffets, “Margaritaville,” or in Van Morrison’s song, “Brown Eyed Girl.”

This brings us to what is most important, and as you might have guessed from our discussion so far, that would be learning Triad chords to the highest level of skill possible.

Development of the Triads along with becoming highly aware of how to play Triad shapes all over the guitar is critical.

In shooting for a goal of becoming a talented chord strummer, you’ll need some technical dexterity and some physical skill along with the basic music theory awareness for using the triad chord types.

Generally, this work starts with the open and 1st position chord patterns. You can get my free hand-out covering all of these patterns by going to my web-site and checking out the lessons page titled, “The Basic Chords on Guitar.”

After that, you’ll need to begin the study of moveable triad chord patterns, which are often just referred to as “Barre” chords. If you need some help developing those, check out my Rhythm Guitar Lesson titled, “Winning the Battle Over Barre Chords.”

That "Barre Chords," lesson also comes with an excellent free and highly detailed handout to help you get started on a daily workout routine with playing Barre chords on the guitar neck.





STEP 3).
THE DAILY WORKOUT

As you’re getting started with building all the higher levels of skill with learning all of your open, and 1st position triads (as well as) the Barre chords, this brings us to the really fun segment of this lesson where we’re going to get you familiarized with both the use and application of all of these chord types.

As a way to practice the Triad chords at a more sophisticated level, you’ll want to start getting more organized with your knowledge of key signatures and how chords relate to the keys that are used to create popular music.

At this point I'd like to suggest that we head over to a fantastic chord development web-site that you can start using right away in order to help you develop this practice idea at a higher level. It’s called, “AutoChords.com

My suggestion is that you hit the Auto-Chords website once a day and when you’re there, start by selecting a key signature and then focus on taking a run through all of the chords that are associated to the key.


This will help with developing your memory for the chords of a key and how the chord qualities will operate inside of each of the keys.

Then, you’ll want to start doing some practice on playing the chords of the “Main Progression” offered at the top of the Auto-Chords web-page.



Finally, make a study through the “Alternative” chord progression’s that are shown underneath the main progression. 

Remember those "Alternative," options will offer you ideas for running through the primary key’s relative minor harmony along with two other jam ideas based off of the keys built from the 4th and 5th chord steps of your primary key.



All in all, this workout will be an excellent approach for developing a lot of chord concepts in a nice compact exercise that’s all in one place. 





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Can't Play Scales Along the Neck? Just Do This!!

Are you after instant gains over your guitar neck and scales but you have tried every scale exercise without seeing the results that you have been aiming for? Then you need to watch this video... 




In this lesson, I’m going to show you the best ideas for improving lateral movement along the neck. In fact, when you see and feel how to perform these ideas, you’re going to start getting much longer and flowing guitar lines.

This will be extremely helpful, if you've ever felt ineffective when playing further along your neck. After this lesson those days will soon be over.


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In this lesson I want to show you guys how to get instant scale gains by moving further unique phrases along your guitar neck.

I’ve met so many players over the years who have learned scales in a position, but they still say that they can’t make music with them very easily.

While being locked into a position can be good for neck awareness, it isn’t always the best thing for creating music.

When it comes to heading further along the neck and making the range of the scale even wider across the span of the fret-board, there are more ways that you can practice. 

The process is great because it increases the lateral efficiency of what you’re doing, (while still working with simple enough shapes that they’ll allow you to have an ease of creating melody).




EX. 1 - SCALE GAINS (MINOR):
In this lesson, we’re going to begin with a pattern from the Minor scale and I’ll teach you how to start linking the shapes, for helping to move a lot more distance along the neck and establish greater gains along the fret-board for a bigger more melodic sound…

The first pattern that we’re going to run through is based off of the 5th string at the 5th fret. It’s a pattern of a “D Nat. Minor” scale. The shape covers a range of 7 frets between the 5th string to the 3rd string, and it looks like this…

Minor Scale Gains Shape:



This pattern offers a very lateral stretched out shape along the neck that uses minimal strings. The fret-span promotes unique fingerings as well as, the use of, slides plus other options for phrasing devices.

I wrote a melodic example that you can learn at home from this neck pattern. It demonstrates the phrasing options that can come from applying this type of an approach.

Minor Melodic Example:


APPLICATION:
Putting this Minor shape to use over a Jamtrack and working toward making up some melodic ideas is going to be the next order of business.

So, break out your looper pedal, or visit the web-site “ChordChord.com," and lay down a backing track for practicing this scale pattern in the key of "D Minor."

The faster you get to work on creating melody from these shapes - the better. In the video, at  [03:55]  I demonstrate the use of this pattern over a basic key of “D Minor” Jamtrack.




EX. 2 - SCALE GAINS (MAJOR):
With such a large span to these lateral scale ideas they end up offering us a lot of really great ways to play licks and lines that can cover a lot more ground than the basic in position scales.

Our next shape will be a Major pattern that covers a very large range across the neck. This pattern spans from the 4th-fret to the 10th and it uses all six guitar strings, built from the notes of the, “D Major” key signature.

Major Scale Gains Shape: 



As you could tell form this shape (above), and the previous Minor key melody idea (that I played prior), this approach that we’re using here is absolutely great for setting us up with unique sound options from these stretched out patterns and these unorthodox note groupings.

In fact, these patterns can almost immediately generate interesting melodic ideas from the very first time they get played.

The other option we have with these shapes is that we can phrase using any note as our focal tone.




Getting Modal:
If you enjoy the sound of modal ideas in your guitar playing, modal options (from these scale patterns), is an excellent approach to take under your finger tips.

This is especially true if you’re still getting used to using Modes, or even if you’re trying Modes for the first time!

So, here’s a guitar lick that uses the key of “D Major” layout we just studied. But, we’re going to resolve into the note of “A” and generate the sound of “A Mixolydian.”

Mixolydian Melodic Example:



Well, now it’s that time once again to break out your looper pedal, or visit the web-site “ChordChord.com," and lay down a backing track for practicing this key of “D” scale pattern.

In the video, at  [07:14]  I have some fun off of that Modal root of “A Mixolydian” and I demonstrate the use of this pattern over an  “A" Mixolydian Jam-track.


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Perfect Scale for Lead Guitar

Looking for that perfect scale pattern for guitar solos? A pattern that's going to deliver exactly what you'll need for your next major or minor guitar solo? Well, you're in luck! This lesson has a couple of shapes to help you play some great lead and become as effective as you can be...




NOTE:
If you want to adopt a more rigorous total guitar solo workout routine, then you will want to pair this up with the Advanced Guitar Program on my website www.CreativeGuitarStudio.com

We’re continuing on our guitar neck series today with a lesson covering a few, “Perfect Patterns for Lead Guitar.”

It’s hard to declare total perfection from guitar scale patterns because it’s almost impossible to just use a few scales to hit every type of musical situation out there.

But, in this lesson I’m going to focus on the most popular sounds and show you some great shapes to start using for making music with.


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MAJOR SOUNDS:
We’re going to begin with major sounding ideas first and I’ve got a really nice Major shape that I’ve been showing my students here in the studio for years now and I know you’re going to get tons of mileage out of it too.

First, let me run through and demonstrate this fret-board scale pattern for you, so that you can start learning it at home.

Major Shape:

 Blue note is for bends

This sound can work over top of almost any major idea in music and it can even work well over Blues with a slight modification of adding a passing tone at the 10th fret of the 4th string.

Blues Modification:



So next, let's run through a short melodic statement that I’ve written for you to try at home.

Melodic Example 1). 



Next, have some fun using this shape over a jam-track in the key of, “A Major.” Just fool around and work on making up a few melodic ideas.




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Practice Tip:
Use an 'online chord jams web-app' like, "ChordChord.com" to create fast backing tracks for testing new scales at home...

You can learn how to use "ChordChord" in my video lesson on how to,  "Master Scales and Melody." There's a great tutorial for you at the [12:05] mark.

Experiment with the sound, practice making up phrases that come across as interesting to your ear. And, remember to use phrasing devices like; slides, bends, hammer-on’s, pull-off’s and vibrato to make the music that you play sound more interesting.

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MINOR SOUNDS:
Now that we’ve worked on Major key sounds, let’s shift over to Minor key ideas and learn how to deal with them.

I have another great shape for when you have a Minor key sound that you want to create a few minor guitar melodies over.

Minor Shape:

 Blue note is for bends.


This scale layout works great over any Minor idea in music and it can also work over Blues with another modification of adding a passing tone (this time at the 8th fret of the 3rd string).

Blues Modification:



So next, let's run through a short melodic statement that I’ve written for you to try at home.

Melodic Example 2).


Next, have some fun using this shape over a jam-track in the key of, “A Minor.” Just fool around and work on making up a few melodic ideas.

Practice making up a few melodic ideas. All you need to do is experiment with the new Minor sound, and try to make up phrases that come across as interesting to your ear.

Also, keep in mind about what I’d mentioned before with the use of phrasing devices like; slides, bends, hammer-on’s, pull-off’s and vibrato – Those techniques really go a long way in making the music sound a lot more interesting!




CONCLUSION:
Once you get comfortable with these scale patterns, and you can move them to different keys all along and across the neck - you can start to further expand on them by taking them over to different string sets as well.

After awhile, you’ll find that they’ll become; better memorized, you’ll be able to phrase with them a lot easier, and it’ll feel more natural to solo with them.

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