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Guitar Soloing 11


October 27, 2017:

Acoustic Lead for Skill and Confidence
This lesson helps create more confidence with electric guitar soloing by preparing solos on acoustic.

Video - PART 1: In example one, I have composed two guitar licks from the "A Minor" scale. One phrase ascends, the other descends. Begin by learning each phrase on the acoustic guitar. Once they feel comfortable (up to a tempo of approximately 120 b.p.m.), transfer each idea over to the electric guitar.

Example two expands on the single-note line phrases from example one, and takes them a step further using two-note chords. The two-note chord ideas are harmonized around single-note line phrases in the key of "A Major." Learn the 4-bar lead line and then transfer the solo over to the electric guitar. Carefully select all of your fingerings that are used across the two-note chords to establish the best transitions between them and the single note line melodies.


membersVideo - PART 2: In the second half of the lesson, (available with the lesson handout in the members area), example three, the next level of harmony is introduced by way of triad harmony. Triad phrasing from the key of "C Major" is used to establish a lead concept over the keys chord progression. Several major and minor triads are applied within the lead. Study the triads, learn their fingerings and build the tempo to the goal speed of 105 b.p.m. Then, transfer the part over to the electric guitar.


Example four, focuses on performing faster phrases. This lead example is in the key of "G Minor" and includes both 16th and 32nd note ideas. The faster lead parts are found up front in the main statement with turnaround concepts occuring in the guitar solos 1st and 2nd endings. Learn the guitar solo up to speed (with emphasis on selecting proper fingerings). Then, transfer the solo onto the electric guitar.


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Acoustic Guitar


Acoustic Guitar 10


October 22, 2017:
Classical Guitar Proficiency


PART ONE: In example one, the 6th, 5th and 4th lower register strings are used to establish a series of arpeggio drills. This work is essential to the development of smooth playing across the string sets.

Example two introduces the concept of using a series of "2-Note" chords, (also often referred to as, "Double-Stops"). The melodic exercise in example two applies these chords across many different string groupings. They will occur in the exercise as close together as two adjacent strings and as far apart as 5 strings in distance.


Example three organizes the sound of upper and lower melody in a study that introduces another important area of playing for classical guitar. The melody employs a "Waltz" feel (3/4 time), and includes everything from broken chords to 16th-note repeating phrases. Be mindful of any low tones that are required to sustain. In those situations, the best choice of fingering will become the most critical part of mastering the proper execution of the part.  


membersPART 2: In part two, (available in the members area) we begin in example four by expanding our use of chord structures with the technique of "3-Note" chord types. The study applies several different types of 3-Note chord structures. The study does not limit the use of the 3-Note chords to diatonic "Major" and "Minor" qualities. Several different harmonies will be applied throughout the example.

Example five places the focus on the introduction of faster speed bursts within a piece. This idea is very common in the Classical style, and also sounds great when used in many other musical situations. Flowing 8th-Note rhythms are interrupted by faster speed bursts that use 16th-Notes. The example should be learned at a slow pace, then the tempo should be increased slowly until the part clips along at a decently fast rate and pace.


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