Τετάρτη, 23 Οκτωβρίου 2013

Important exercises

Hereare some of the best exercises to increase your finger's streagh.
First we warm up your finger. I reccoment you for these exercises, start slow.

When you fell warm, let's start! Put metronome in 50 for start, down to the tab you can see what finger must use. If you don't use this fingering you will not get the benefit, that we want.
Maybe is very difficult for you some fingering, that is good! It means that you find some weekness, abjuct the exercises in your weekness. You must do this in all frets and all strings.

Here is an exercise to improve your vibrato and your felling.The point here, is to play as possible, better the last note. You must sound like your favorite guitarist, don't increase the metronome, just put it in tempo to feel comfortable. Do a break for a while, and start again. It must sound prefect.
and here is the same, with two notes




Τρίτη, 22 Οκτωβρίου 2013

Basic scale

What is a scale?
Scale is a sequence of notes that makes you feel a certain feeling. e.g. Major have a happier feeling and minor a sadden. All balands have been made in minor scale. Slash, Gary Moore, Metallica, Iron maiden is examples that use almost minor scale.

Lets learn the A minor (e.g gary moore uses A minor at "still got the blues"). The notes of A minor is all natural, without flat and without sharps. We start always in root and end in root:
A-B-C-D-E-F-G-A
Here is in fretboard (the first A is in fret five first string):
The first A start in fret five in fatter string.
There is not science and there is not rule what exactly to play and how.
Play licks. Starting and ending in the root note (the A) plus vibrato and hammer-on 
with this backing track:

Lets learn how you can be exercised in A minor
Put the metronome and a backing track, and play 2 or 4 notes in each beat
play the sequence
A-B-C-D-E-F-G-A and reapiting in the next octave and back again.
Here it is in all the fretboard
use Alternative picking and start and end always in root note(A)




Δευτέρα, 21 Οκτωβρίου 2013

How to make lick paterns

Here, we will see some simple tricks to work on and use at your solo. 
You will learn to build a patern and use it in all fretboard, and you will make runs ascending and descending.
  1. First we choose a note, we will prefer the root note.
     I wll choose an A (5 fret first string)
  2. Now we make a pattern. We can follow a scale or make it in luck,something that fit to chord that has been played in background. I will play the first "five" note of A minor for this example
  3. Now you can found the root note in all fretboard:
  4. Now fit the pattern in the All A. REMEMBER! Always start and end with the root key. Here is what we make:
Nice now will extend the pattern :
We had this pattern
 I will add notes from A minor
Now we fit the new pattern, in all octave of A minor
That was cool! Start experiment!

So far so good but now let's make a prettier lick! We will use the A minor arpeggio that uses 3 notes from the A minor scale. The first note A, the flat third note C, and the fifth note E. These same 3 notes create the A minor chord or triad when played in unison and amazing licks!
What is the pattern in this one?

Ascending and Descending Licks

I suggest practicing each exercise very slowly and use economy and sweep picking when it is possible. When you learn a lick, try to put it in your solos and play it in a backing track with a good sustaining tone. You will need  the sustain for the lots of hammer-ons and pull-offs. Many guitarists use this lick, from Randy Rhoads, Van halen and Gary Moore to Gus G and Malmsteen.

The first one is in E minor. They need to have develop your Legato technique.
This is in A minor. You can use this one over any chord in the key of A minor. Use alternative picking in this one.
One more in E minor. This one is from Gus G at "I am the anger". 

This one is Gary Moore in the song "out in the fields", and played in tempo 180.

Σάββατο, 19 Οκτωβρίου 2013

Rock Rythm 1( rock)


This lesson is for beginners. If you are not a beginner you can go to Rock Rythm 2!

First you have to learn how to read a tab. It's easy! See the tab at the right, the number three is in first line, that means to play the first string (as you look the guitar-the more fat) and the fret three, the number five means to play the five fret in the second string as you look the guitar. The two notes are in the same horizon line, this means to play them at the same time!
How to be synchronized with metronome?
You must learn what the beats are (metronome) and how much time each note sounds. Play the metronome to hear the sound. See down the tab, the two first notes is connected with a black line, up to the picture. This means that must play the first two notes before second beat of metronome sound.
 This is the basic, you will learn more in time

What settings to put in my amplifier?
You can put that sounds you nicer. Here is an example (drive=gain)


If you want, you can count as you play, maybe you thing that is needless but you will be needed that for more difficult exercises. Here an easy rythm, which every chord is in the beat of metronome, count as you play: one-two-three-four.
metronome: 60 to 100
Here one more, with a stop in beats two and four. You can stop the strings with your left hand, just rest your finger in the strings, you can try to do the same with the left hand. Don't forget to count!
one-stop-three-stop
here a little more different
one-stop-three-four-stop-two-three-stop
 Here an example with four notes with every beat.You must play four notes before the second beat sounds.Here you can count a little diffferent, you can say plus in the middle of each beat like :
1-plus - 2-plus -3-plus - 4-plus

Rock Rythm 2(hard rock)

What settings to put in my amplifier?
Can you put that your sounds nicer. Here are a couple of examples.
The first one is a more classic (drive=gain)
This one is more heavy, metallica style
If you play with an band will need to reduce the bass and gain or increase the middle.
You can Experiment!
What is palm mute? 
Palm mute is when use your palm to produce a more bass sound,
just like the picture. Its symbolis with a P.M.
Try this exercise with only downstroke and next with alternative picking, try it with palm mute and without.
metronome with down picking: 140 with alternative : 160
metronome with  down picking: 80(++ if you can) with alternative : 160(++ if you can)
try it with palm mute and without. Be careful here is four note per beat!

Play this example with alternative picking, try to be sound clear. When you press the second note you must mute the first string(we dont want noise), you can do this with the edge of your finger or with your right hand puting your palm in the first string, only the first! be careful you must play the two first notes before the second beat hit!
metronome: 60 to 120
Here is some more difficult to play. You will need some days to adjuct.
 Here you must learn to play not only in the beat but and between two beats. Lets Start!
Here a simple one, you play the first two notes in the beat but the second hold the sound until the between of third and four beat when you stop the string immedialy. You have a stop between the middle of thrid beat and the start of four. When four beats sound and the same time you hit the four chord. You will need time to do this, put your metronome to 50 if need to. No metronome limits, you must just make your brain use to

Ok! Here is some more, try this exercises with alternative and downstroke. 
DONT PUSH YOUR SELF IN METRONOME, you will get speed easy in time, now you want to get the feel!
In first one remember that the chord must sound exacly time as the note, and must stop before the next beat sound
The x here represend when you play no fret but you pute your finger smooth in string and heard the mutes strings
 Here the sound  stop when start the third beat and start again in th middle of third beat.
Some little differnet exercises
Now learn some song!


Παρασκευή, 18 Οκτωβρίου 2013

Tapping

What is tapping? Tapping is to use your right hand to the fret. It is symbolised with a "T" up to number.

If you put the gain in to maximum is impossible not hear a noise, use your palm to mute the
string you don't use. If this is first time you tapping, try all your fingers to see what makes you more comfortable. I recommend you to tapping with your second finger, but lately, its your choise! 

Here a van halen style example, your right hand mostly around the 12th fret. Be fast in the last tapping, and pick if you want the last note, must to learn to do fast moves!

Here is some classic tapping.Click in the picture to see it bigger.
The most amazing is to seek the right sound, the sustain is the key