Traveler Guitar Pro Series Review

Being a music lover and an ardent guitarist I have always been in the lookout for good quality guitars in different shapes and designs. In my quest to find some quality guitars I have been through a lot of options and I found this uniquely designed Traveler Guitar Pro Series Acoustic Electric Guitar that looked outstanding and had features that I could only dream of.

This is the perfect Traveler Pro that can make you traveling experiences easier as it is very easy to carry. There’s a 24-3/4-inch perfect full scale fret board along with this guitar that makes it convenient for users. it also comprises of internal resonant pickup features together with its patent Stethophone headset allowing private listening to users without any use of external spruce of power.

Guitar Pro Series

That’s amazing, isn’t it? If you need to plug in, you have the choice of missing your custom acoustic music pickup with one traditional coil. 

Traveler Guitar Pro Guitar has been made lightweight, only 3 ½ lbs so that it is easier to carry. It is just 28 inches on length, thus making it perfectly portable.

The body of Traveler Guitar Pro Series Acoustic Electric Guitar is made from American maple or harder variety.

There are so many good things or advantages about using Traveler Guitar  that I can actually write a long piece about it. For instance, the strings that come with guitar-usually branded companies expect you to use their own strings, but it is not the case with Pro Series Acoustic Electric Guitar.

You can choose any type of guitar string and that would work for you. It comes with an additional D’Addario EJ15 Phosphor Bronze Round Wound Extra Light Acoustic Strings. Each package of Pro Series Electric Guitar comes with extra thumbscrews that act like a strap pin.

It also has an adjustable truss rod that gives you easy access through end cap. I must say I was happy with everything about my Traveler Guitar Pro Series Guitar, which is simply a superb guitar that has everything perfectly in place.

However, if there’s one complain that I have to make, it would be its detectable arm in which the switches and dials are located. Well, that poor thing failed to endure all the stress.

After a few months the wooden part split and I had to get it reattached. But this would not be a reason for not purchasing the Traveler Guitar Pro Series Guitar because it is so handy and the sound quality is so good.

The headset of Traveler Guitar Pro Series Acoustic Electric Guitar works fine, and you can also use it unplugged. So, that should be quite a decent arrangement for everyone; it was for me actually and so I am proud of this little thing that gives me the scope of making it really big whenever I wish to. 

Traveler Guitar Pro Series

If I have to jot down some excellent features of my Traveler Guitar Pro Series Acoustic Electric Guitar, it would be the sound quality, portability, price, and overall performance.

Luna Trinity 12-String Acoustic Electric Guitar Review

Variety of guitars, different brands, a blend of acoustic and electric guitars sound quality and perfect tuning – so many things can actually make you really confused. I can tell you that I have never been as confused as this before as I was totally in a mess.

I chose Luna Trinity over all other brands that were displayed and I bet that I have made the best choice. I couldn’t have bought something better than this. I am happy with my Luna Trinity 12-String Acoustic Electric Guitar because it is worth the price and the value and quality I am getting. I have been through a lot of reviews that says how good this guitar is and also that it is really easy to use this guitar.

It maintains tunes and stays perfectly tuned once done. As the electronics of different guitars are of great importance, I must assure you buyers that the electronic of Luna Trinity 12-String Acoustic Electric Guitar is just perfect. Its tone is much thinner as compared to any of the jumbo styled guitars seen these days.

The tone quality of Luna Trinity 12-String Acoustic Electric Guitar is the best thing that I can talk about. I am using it for a long time now and I am happy with it.

Besides, when you are planning to buy an electric acoustic guitar, you must consider the tuning. In many cases you might find a guitar that sounds good but does not really offer other essential features.

So you must take good care of the features and understand whether or not the quality matches your demand. I did my research really well and I have really been happy with this purchase.

The volume of Luna Trinity 12-String Acoustic Electric Guitar is perfect too. It does not become quite unnecessarily. It also gives you the perfect sound of music as you play because with most guitars the tuning can be a real problem. Hence, guitarists take that into account.

typical mahogany

Luna Trinity 12-String Acoustic Electric Guitar offers a grand concert like body with a solid spruce. The brakes or slides are made from Rosewood of the best variety that is available, while the neck is a typical mahogany.

The fretbaord is Rosewood with the tuner being Orion. The Luna Trinity 12-String Acoustic Electric Guitar has glossy finish and it is quite lightweight too. So, that makes it perfect for me.

I am sure none of us would want to carry guitars that weight a few pounds and are heavy too. Some guitars can be really difficult to carry, but this is the perfect one. I am using it and I know that is shape and size is perfect.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UzxGcoqN_8

Luna Trinity 12-String Acoustic Electric Guitar is a versatile musical instrument that can give you the pleasure of playing music like never before.

You need not worry about the tuning or the other features as it has perfectly designed tuners and pointers to give you the best sound of music. With all these features added to Luna Trinity 12-String Acoustic Electric Guitar, it can be termed as the perfect guitar for everyone.

Ovation Celebrity CC28 Acoustic Electric Guitar Review

If you need an acoustic electric guitar, you will have thousands to choose from. It is sometimes really intimidating to make a choice and come out with the best possible result. Well, it happened to me and it happens to everyone I life I suppose when buying something is concerned.

I was ready to buy a new guitar a year back and I was in a state of shock to learn about so many brands, varieties and options. Too many options actually lead to confusion, and that struck me too.

I was looking for Ovation range of guitars and finally I found Ovation Celebrity CC28 Acoustic Electric Guitarthat gave me everything that I was actually looking for. So it seemed really wonderful as the sound quality and the overall design of the Ovation Celebrity CC28 Acoustic Electric Guitar was just great.

I must admit that it is one of the best designed guitars that I have seen – it comes with a round back design that creates a perfect balance between the comfort of playing and tuning, its overall quality, the sound and everything else is just perfect about this guitar.

I can briefly describe my Ovation Celebrity CC28 Acoustic Electric Guitar because of I am completely in awe of this piece. Its top part is made from laminated spruce. The bracing is Modified X, its scale length is 25.235 inches and fretboard is made from white bound Rosewood that has Abalone dot inlays.

The Fret inlay is completely Abalone dots, the bridge is of walnut variety and the machine has a golden texture.

Overall, the design is classy and stylish. The Ovation Celebrity CC28 Acoustic Electric Guitar  looks trendy and is class apart from ordinary acoustic electric guitars.

Ovation Celebrity

I am really pleased with this guitar’s tone and also its projection quality. It is much better than many expensive guitars too. I prefer to use it unplugged through using it with amp produces really great sound.

People who love guitars are just fanatic about the sound quality, and I wasn’t any different. I enjoyed the sound quality, loved it to the core and made sure that even my friends love it. Amazing I must say, because the price I paid for the Ovation Celebrity CC28 Acoustic Electric Guitar is something you just cannot expect from any other guitar. It is simply wonderful.

Also, it gives you a lot of options and the body is excellent. My Ovation Celebrity CC28 Acoustic Electric Guitarhas been my pride since the time I bought it and that’s one of the reasons why I just cannot stop praising it.

If you need an acoustic electric guitar, you will have thousands to choose from. It is sometimes really intimidating to make a choice and come out with the best possible result.

Well, it happened to me and it happens to everyone I life I suppose when buying something is concerned. I was ready to buy a new guitar a year back and I was in a state of shock to learn about so many brands, varieties and options. Too many options actually lead to confusion, and that struck me too.

I was looking for Ovation range of guitars and finally I found Ovation Celebrity CC28 Acoustic Electric Guitarthat gave me everything that I was actually looking for. So it seemed really wonderful as the sound quality and the overall design of the Ovation Celebrity CC28 Acoustic Electric Guitar was just great.

I must admit that it is one of the best designed guitars that I have seen – it comes with a round back design that creates a perfect balance between the comfort of playing and tuning, its overall quality, the sound and everything else is just perfect about this guitar.

I can briefly describe my Ovation Celebrity CC28 Acoustic Electric Guitar because of I am completely in awe of this piece. Its top part is made from laminated spruce. The bracing is Modified X, its scale length is 25.235 inches and fretboard is made from white bound Rosewood that has Abalone dot inlays.

bound Rosewood

The Fret inlay is completely Abalone dots, the bridge is of walnut variety and the machine has a golden texture. Overall, the design is classy and stylish.

The Ovation Celebrity CC28 Acoustic Electric Guitar  looks trendy and is class apart from ordinary acoustic electric guitars. I am really pleased with this guitar’s tone and also its projection quality. It is much better than many expensive guitars too. I prefer to use it unplugged through using it with amp produces really great sound.

People who love guitars are just fanatic about the sound quality, and I wasn’t any different. I enjoyed the sound quality, loved it to the core and made sure that even my friends love it.

because the price I paid for the Ovation Celebrity CC28 Acoustic Electric Guitar is something you just cannot expect from any other guitar. It is simply wonderful. Also, it gives you a lot of options and the body is excellent.

My Ovation Celebrity CC28 Acoustic Electric Guitarhas been my pride since the time I bought it and that’s one of the reasons why I just cannot stop praising it.

Today, more than 90% of the Ovation guitars have pickups, and my this small thing has it too. It is truly fantastic and it took me by a sweep as I was simply in love with its design and the overall standard of the Ovation Celebrity CC28 Acoustic Electric Guitar.

I just can’t help but say that it is the best purchase I have made so far and I do not have any complains with it till date. A replacement is not on my mind right now.

Today, more than 90% of the Ovation guitars have pickups, and my this small thing has it too. It is truly fantastic and it took me by a sweep as I was simply in love with its design and the overall standard of the Ovation Celebrity CC28 Acoustic Electric Guitar.

I can’t help but say that it is the best purchase I have made so far and I do not have any complains with it till date. A replacement is not on my mind right now.

What are Musical Scales

This article tackles an introduction to musical scales, it does not tell you how to play scales.

The 12 Step Musical Ladder

A scale is just a series of steps like a ladder. You climb up and down the scale and produce different notes in the process. In western music (the 12 tone system) there are 12 notes that can be used to make a scales from. Scales generally include seven notes that repeat them self but that does not mean that scales of five or six notes do not exist.

Probably the simplest way to think about scales is to take all the notes 1-12 and divide them up into steps (see 12 scale musical ladder image at end). Every note is connected to a number from 1 – 12. Notice when taking the next step to number 13 you get to the first step again in the sense that the note names start to repeat but the actual notes are octave higher than the notes in the last 12 note ladder.

To make a scale you have to divide the 12 notes in a ordered fashion. The simplest kind of scale that can be made from the 12 notes is a 12 tone scale or chromatic scale. With the chromatic scale every note is a candidate note. Another form is to to play every other note, that would produce a whole tone scale.  

chromatic scale

The Major Scale

To make a C major scale (the white notes on the piano) you need the following notes C, D, E, F, G, A, B or 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10 and 12 steps (see C major scale musical ladder image at end). To repeat the scale up the fingerboard the next note would be number 13 or 1 and that is a C.

Now it is reviled that the scale consist of 5 double steps and 2 single steps. A double step is called a whole step and single step is called a half step. With that knowledge the scale could just as well be written in the following format (w=whole step, h=half step): w, w, h, w, w, w, h = major scale.

It can sometimes be useful to write scales in abstract form without resorting to individual notes of the scale. That way the scale can be mapped to start with any note, hence for the major scale there are 12 differently named scales.

Major Scale

Now that we have derived at a 7 note scale scale from the 12 notes, we mark it again with numbers but without a reference to the 12 numbers. Instead we count the scale from 1 to 8, with 8 being the octave or the starting of next repetition. (See C major scale numbered image) The numbers we give the scale do hold a firm meaning both in relation to intervals and chords voicing.

The Major Scale Pattern – The Most Important Scale Pattern you Will Ever Learn

The major scale pattern is the most useful scale pattern you can learn. With it under your belt you can play 84 different scales including all the modes.

Learn them well and make sure you know where the root notes are i.e. the black dots. You will have to use these patterns when you start studying the modes.

Scales Formation and the Major Scale

In this electric guitar lesson we will be looking at scales and how they are formed. Scales are formed by taking precise steps over a given number of notes, mostly spanning a octave.

Scales are often described as a number of whole steps (W) and half steps (H) but the scale is determined by it’s intervals. By this method a general scale formation can be accomplished.

To build a major scale the template is W, W, H, W, W, W, H.Transforming this into a scale is quite easy, let’s build a scale starting with the note of C, the scale looks like this: C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C.

You can see the half steps of the scale are correct compared to the template i.e. they are between E and F (3rd step) and B and C (7th step). With this template you can make major scale in all keys by just starting at different notes.

Conclusion

In order to make a scale you have to split up the 12 notes available to you into repeatable sections. The intervals within the scale determine what type of scale it is i.e. major, minor, chromatic, whole tone, etc.

Each scale note has it’s own number that is used to measure intervals between notes and name chords sequences. The major scale can be written in the following form w, w, h, w, w, w, h to denote it’s intervals, this form can then be mapped to physical notes.

One Chord Songs – The Modal Chord

In this article I will make some music from this chord form and I will also try to break it down for you. You will have access to all the composition materials i.e. score, midi file, individual tracks and the mix of the result, all these materials are at the end of this article.

If you have not read the modal chord article you should do so before reading this one, since this article is build on it. I would also like to point out that the song is not so much a song I would do for a album but rather a demonstration of possibilities in music and sound.

The Staring Point is a Single Chord form Playing a F# Locrian Scale Pattern

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In order to understand the breakdown of the song, here are the tracks that make up the song:

1. Rhythm – Chord track.
2. 3rds – Playing two notes at a time.
3. 5ths – a single note play accompanying the chords.
4. Melody – a single note play over chords adding movement to the chord progression.
5. B pivod point – Main purpose of this track is the add tension and release it.

Bars 1-9

For the first seven measures I use the scale pattern as a basis for the song. This pattern is not that interesting musically but used here for the purposes of demonstration.

scale pattern

Rhythm

I break up the chords by plukking each note of the chord rather than just strumming the whole chord. The plukking is interesting in it self, it follows a pattern that collides with the open B string that is always present, the pattern is root, octave, third, open B, octave, open B, third and octave.

By plukking the same pattern while moving the chord around, still always playing the open B note, there is a sence of modal movement of the chords.

3rds
Accompanying the chords for the first seven measures is a single guitar that just plays the thirds of every chord and the root. This is done to get a fuller sound and strengthen the chord movement.

5ths
Silent.

Melody
Silent.

B pivod point
Silent.

Bars 9-16

Enter three new voices that add considerably to the song. Althrough there is the same chord progression underlying, the three new voices add to the fullness of the progression and give a sence of added chord movement within the same chord progression i.e. inner movement. Let´s look at them in more detail

Rhythm
The chord track is still the same and by doing so streangthens the chord progression. The second track is also playing the same thing i.e. the thirds and root.

3rds
The third track introduces the fifths. Since there have not been played any fiths in the song, except for the E chord, this adds a more fullness and purpose/strength to the progression.

5ths
Playing the 5ths adding to the fullness of the chord.

Melody
The forth track brings the melody. It´s not much of a melody at all but still it keeps on adding to the movement of the harmony. Starting with a 4th on the 9th bar adds space and purpose to the chord. It sets the tone for the movement that follows in the sence that it assimilates a mood behind the song. Also the 4th beeing the pivod point (B note) employes a stand against the whole progression i.e. adding tension.

In the melody part the 4th gradually moves to the root to follow the chord progression and leaves the tension to the 5th track (B pivod point track).

B pivod point
The fitht track (B pivod point) dances around the B note (4th) for added tension. The track hold it’s tension for three bars, then joins the root of the B chord in the 12th bar and then follows the root to the end of the progression ending on a 5th. Initially this brings tension to the song but resolves it self to assimilate it self to the song.

Bars 16 – 24

This part introduces a new concept i.e. the added tension from the F9 chord (B pivod point) against the F#4 chord (rhythm). At first this sounds as a bridge to something or rather some situation, this is then slowly resolved with a strange chord progression against the pivod point.

Rhythm
Here the chord progression changes. It enters a two chord wamp (F#4, C7M) that gives the song a sens of beeing in a limbo or stationary. then in bars 20 – 24 it resolves it self in a strange way with the chords of G, A add9, and A#add9- against the F9 pivod point chord. This is kind of a backward resolution in the sense that it resoves the issue at hand but still the issue is not resolved completly.

3rds
Plays the 3rds througout this section.

5ths
Plays the 5ths througout this section.

Melody
Silent.

B pivod point
Introduces a new chord against the chord progression of the rhythm. This F9 chord is not at ease in this section. It sounds like a ambulance (in some countries) and gives a sense of high anxiety or added pressure to a point. In the 16th bar it adds m9, 5- and a m3rd to the underlying chord of F#4.

The answer in the 17th bar is a R, 4 and aug 5th. With the Root and the 4th giving a sense of resolution to the situation at hand but the aug 5th still hinting that there is still some pressing issue that needs to be dealt with.

Bars 24 – end

The final resolution to the song is presented here, offering a genuine resolution that is in turn ruined by the last chord.

Rhythm
C#7 and the D6 chords keep on offering the same limbo as in bars 16-24, the resolution is not so genuine since the pressure is all around the chords.

3rds
Plays the 3rds througout this section.

5ths
Plays the 5ths througout this section.

Melody
Playing mostly root and 5ths with a wisit to 3rds in bars 26 and 27. The melody part goves a sence of negotiating the resolution with the chords and looks quite good until the last chord where there is only a partly relolution to the movement of the chords.

B pivod point
Silent.

Excersice

Make a melody and record it or write it down. Add 2-3 improvised melodies on top of the first. Try to make the chord movement in the melody to your liking while improvising.

Guitar Modes – 6 Modes Explained

The Dorian Mode

The Dorian mode is the second of the modes. That means you have to start at the second note in the Major scale to play it. If you are not sure about the five Major scale forms, you should put it into your fingers.

The five major scale forms. Black dots are roots.

              

The Dorian mode sounds brighter that it’s Major and minor counterpart. Comparing a D Dorian to it’s major and minor we see the difference.

D Dorian

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D Major

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D Minor

D_minor_Scale.jpg

Compared to the D Major we see that the Dorian has a b3 and b7. Compared to the minor the only difference is the Major 6th in the Dorian. Comparing the sound of the three scales we hear that the Dorian sound brighter than it’s minor and Major counterparts.

How to Practice the Dorian

1. A good way to start is to use a pedal note or a chord. Record a D minor 7 chord vamp and play the D Dorian scale over it. This will familiarize you with it’s sounds.

2. Record some chord changes like D min7, G7 or G9, D min7, G7 or G9. Play over them and take special notice of the chord notes root, 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9ths.You should know when playing them and they also make a good starting/ending point for a solo/melody.

3. Transpose everything to a new key and play again.

Remember: The modes only sound modal when you are playing them over the correct mode. A modal scale does little or nothing on it’s own.

The Aeolian Mode

The Aeolian mode is the sixth mode of the major scale. To play the Aeolian you start on the sixth of the major scale.

Before you go on you should make sure you have the major scale form under your belt, here it is again.

              

For the purpose of review, here are the modes of the major scale.

1. Ionian mode (the major scale)
2. Dorian mode
3. Phrygian mode
4. Lydian mode
5. Mixolydian mode
6. Aeolian mode (the natural minor scale)
7. Locrian mode

Here is the conversion table to find out what major scale to play to what modes and their chords.

Keyioniandorianphrygianlydianmixolydianaeolianlocrian
CCDEFGAB
GGABCDEF#
DDEF#GABC#
AA BC#DEF#G#
EEF#G#ABC#D#
BBC#D#EF#G#A#
F#F#G#A#BC#D#E#
C#C#D#E#F#G#A#B#
CbCbDbEbFbGbAbBb
GbGbAbBbCbDbEbF
DbDbEbFGbAbBbC
AbAbBbCDbEbFG
EbEbFGAbBbCD
BbBbCDEbFGA
FFGABbCDE
 maj7min7min7maj77min7min7b5

The Lydian Mode

The Lydian is the second major scale mode after Ionian, its tonic chord is a major triad.. It starts on the forth note of the major scale or a perfect 4th from the root of the major scale. Modern usage of the Lydian mode is often implied by certain chord spellings. For example, the chords D/C or Cmaj7#11 imply a C Lydian harmony. (D/C7 or C7#11 would both imply the Lydian dominant scale, which is the same as Lydian but with a b7th note).

Before you go on you should make sure you have the major scale form under your belt, here it is again.

              

For the purpose of review, here are the modes of the major scale.

1. Ionian mode (the major scale)
2. Dorian mode
3. Phrygian mode
4. Lydian mode
5. Mixolydian mode
6. Aeolian mode (the natural minor scale)
7. Locrian mode

Here is the conversion table to find out what major scale to play to what modes and their chords.

Keyioniandorianphrygianlydianmixolydianaeolianlocrian
CCDEFGAB
GGABCDEF#
DDEF#GABC#
AA BC#DEF#G#
EEF#G#ABC#D#
BBC#D#EF#G#A#
F#F#G#A#BC#D#E#
C#C#D#E#F#G#A#B#
CbCbDbEbFbGbAbBb
GbGbAbBbCbDbEbF
DbDbEbFGbAbBbC
AbAbBbCDbEbFG
EbEbFGAbBbCD
BbBbCDEbFGA
FFGABbCDE
 maj7min7min7maj77min7min7b5

The Lydian Mode

If we compare the F major and F Lydian scale we see the difference. It looks like a major scale with the exception of the raised 4th. The raised 4th gives the ear the sensation of momentum. Check out the F major 7 chord vamp at the end of this article, it should help you get your hands around the Lydian.

F Lydian

F_lydian_scale.jpg

F Major

F_Major_Scale.jpg

Lydian Chords: Here are the basic chords from the F Lydian, try to add the 7th, 9th and 11th your self.

F_lydian_chords.jpg
F_lydian_chords_boxes.jpg

The Mixolydian Mode

The mixolydian mode is the fifth mode of the major scale and is the only dominant mode of the major scale. To play the mixolydian you start on the fifth of the major scale.

Before you go on you should make sure you have the major scale form under your belt, here it is again.

              

For the purpose of review, here are the modes of the major scale.

1. Ionian mode (the major scale)
2. Dorian mode
3. Phrygian mode
4. Lydian mode
5. Mixolydian mode
6. Aeolian mode (the natural minor scale)
7. Locrian mode

Here is the conversion table to find out what major scale to play to what modes and their chords.

Keyioniandorianphrygianlydianmixolydianaeolianlocrian
CCDEFGAB
GGABCDEF#
DDEF#GABC#
AA BC#DEF#G#
EEF#G#ABC#D#
BBC#D#EF#G#A#
F#F#G#A#BC#D#E#
C#C#D#E#F#G#A#B#
CbCbDbEbFbGbAbBb
GbGbAbBbCbDbEbF
DbDbEbFGbAbBbC
AbAbBbCDbEbFG
EbEbFGAbBbCD
BbBbCDEbFGA
FFGABbCDE
 maj7min7min7maj77min7min7b5

Mixolydian

When comparing the G mixolydian to the G major scale, we see there is just one difference i.e. the minor seventh.

G Mixolydian

G_mixolydian.jpg

G Major

G_Major_Scale.jpg

Chords of the Mixolydian

G_mixolydian_chord_boxes.jpg
G_mixolydian_chords.jpg

The Phrygian Mode

The phrygian mode is dark and exotic sounding. The phrygian is the third mode and therefor starts on the third note of a major scale. If you use a C major scale as a basis for the mode you would start the scale on a E note. It can be tricky for some but the best way to get the sound of it in to your head is to play it over a E note or the E minor chord and get a feel for it’s structure.

Before you go on make sure you know the major scale form that I presented before, here it is again:

              

E Phrygian Mode

E_phrygian_scale.jpg

E Phrygian Chords

PhrygianChords_diagram.jpg
PhrygianChords.jpg

With the table below you can figure out what major scale to play for each mode and what chords the mode works over. In the case of E phrygia, you see that you have to play the C major scale form staring on the third note of E (E, F, G, A, B, C, D, E). You can also see what modes to play over particular chords. In the case of minor 7 chord, you can play phrygian, dorian and aeolian modes over it.

Rock Guitar Lessons Building Left Hands Power

One of the most important aspects of guitar playing is to have sufficient power in your left hand to be able to play chords, arpeggios, scales, licks, etc. at a steady beat without getting tired. The three most important aspects of the left hand, in this context, are power, flexibility and agility.

As a guitarist you have to work relentlessly to accomplish the three, with power being the most important of the three. Still flexibility should not be ignored in this context since it plays a vital role in building power with agility.

Agility is a kind of byproduct of building power and flexibility but should not be only treated as such, endless rhythmic exercises will in the end build the agility needed to become a fluent player. This article mainly covers the power aspect.

Rules of Engagement – Constructing a Lesson Plan

There are certain things you have to have in mind before starting to build power. Building power is a long term plan, it is not something you can accomplish in a week or a month. It is vital that you do not try to hurry the process, trying to cut corners while building power to the left hand can result in serious injury to you hand, gradual building of power is something that should be a part of the whole plan.

By making a exercise plan you are simplifying the whole process and improving the odds of a successful outcome of the plan. The plan I present in this article is the exact plan I used my self 20 years ago. For me it transformed my playing from a low level player to a power player with much agility and stamina. I used this plan every day for two years with great results.

Rules of Engagement

The lesson plan is quite simple and that is it’s strong point. The daily plan is as follows:

  1. Warm up exercises for about 2-5 minutes.
  2. Power building exercises for 30 – 120 minutes a day, depending on where you are in the plan.
  3. Stretching the fingers.

Warm up

A good warm up is essential to a successful exercise. A nice warm up that I used to do is play 1-4 frets starting on the deep 6th string, then moving to the 5th string playing the same frets, then to the 4th string and until you have reached the first string, then play back again until you get to the 1st fret on the 6th string. Then you move the exercise up one fret and do the whole thing again. Keep raising the the fret by one every time until you get to the 12th fret then start moving back to the first fret.

The warm up should be effortless and without strain. The aim is to get the blood flow circulating and muscles moving in order to prepare for the coming strain on the hand. Warm up can also be in the form of stretches.

Power Exercises

The main focus of this plan are exercises them self’s. When doing them you should have a stopwatch by your side, preferably one that has an alarm on it that can be set as low a 30 seconds. A egg timer well suited for the job. You can also use the midi files provided at the end of this article, set it up in your computer and let it repeat each exercise.

To start with you should do each exercise at a low tempo 70-90 BPM for about 30-60 seconds depending on your strength and stamina. As you get better at this you should increase the tempo and lengthen the exercise. You should note that as you get better at this it gets harder, since more power and accuracy produces faster exercises.

Power Exercises

Measure your progress. Make a journal where you note down the tempo and length of all the exercises you do. Every time you up the tempo and/or lengthen the exercises, note it in your journal. This way you can follow your progress to a detail.

NOTE!!

! If you feel you are overdoing it in some way or feel any pain in your hand you should stop! These exercises can seriously damage your hand if you are not careful. If not careful, you can develop repetitive strain injury that can last for a lifetime.

All of the exercises are hammer and pull of exercises. They are all designed to be played lopped. Sometimes the first note is hammered on or pulled of to and that is indicated by bow at the end of the bar. At the end of this document is a pdf files for printout, print it out and use it.

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Exercise 11: Hammer on to 10 fret to loop.

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Exercise 12: Notes 5th fret on 3rd and 4th strings are plucked at the beginning. Finger both the notes at 5th fret with a flat first finger (bar the 5th fret with 1st finger).

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Stretching

After your daily exercises it is vital that you to do some stretches. Here are some exercises that you should put in to your plan every day.

From Blues to Rock Guitar in One Lesson

The blues has for a long time now been a inspiration for many rock guitarist/composer. Many accomplished bands have made their rock signature through the blues and done it well.

For those about to rock, the blues is not only a brilliant starting point but it’s also the most logical one. The blues is the most essential starting point for anyone wanting to get on with his/her rock guitar lessons.

Why is the Blues Such a Good Starting Point?

The blues provides all the basic that a guitarist has to have in order to become a good rock guitarist. It is simple enough to suite a beginner but still it gives the advanced player plenty of room for deep though in to it.

In other words, it’s approachable for players at all levels. Without the blues, rock would have been very different. In it’s most basic form the blues is only three chords and one easy scale.

Where to Begin?

A good starting point is with the chords, learn the three blues chords so that you can switch between then effortlessly. While getting down the chord into your fingers you should also take note of the blues scale.

Record your blues chords while playing to them with the blues scale. Take care to listen to how each of the note in the blues scale fits with the chords i.e. measure the scale against the chords and let your ear be the judge of what you can and can’t do.

blues chords

It is quite important that your ears be the judge rather than someone else, this will guaranty your uniqueness as a guitarist, if you decide to follow others (guitarists) than you will never be more than a copy of them.

Where to Get the Material?

Go online! There are millions of pages dedicated to the blues guitar (try google search for “blues guitar lessons online”). You don’t have to buy any method or secrets that promise a faster result, the blues has no secrets and there is no cutting corners.

All you need is time and practice. Pick up from other blues guitarist and learn what they are doing, don’t go straight online to download the TAB, do the hard work of picking up the music your self. The reason is that most TAB’s online are written by people with limited ear training and are in most cases wrong.

Another reason is that if you do the work your self you will gain one of the most valuable lessons in music i.e. listen. Picking up other people music is the best ear training you can get!

Rock on…

How To Make an Electric Guitar Sound Like Rock

In this article I will go over some tricks you might want use to make a electric rock guitar song intro of your liking. The difference in making an song intro opposed to a verse, chorus or bridge is not all that much. An intro is by definition a introduction to a song and that is what I will be aiming for.

There are probably endless ways to make an intro to a song, the possibilities are so many that it’s probably a good idea to limit them a lot. In rock music an intro can consist of throwing your guitar to the floor or from you balcony and recording it, that is a bit extreme but so is rock n’ roll.

The Context of a Electric Rock Guitar Intro

The best starting point is to notice the context of the song. Is the song an aggressive one, hard, fast, slow, mellow, floating or whatever. Another option is that the song has not been made or though of at all in your mind. In that case feeling and state of mind will lead the way.

The rock guitar intros I will present here are all written without prior though about the song context that they might end up supporting. I just use my gut feeling and some very simple chords to lay the intros down, in other words, it’s all improvised.

How to Compose a Electric Rock Guitar Intro

I have always though that a intro should be simple and catchy, but that’s just me. When most people listening to music for the first time, they turn it off or change the tune at the intro, so it’s quite important if you want people to listen to your songs to make good intros.

The intro is no different from a introduction to a movie. A movie intro will show some relevant images and play the movie theme music. From the musical intro in a film you can tell much about the contents of the story and the feeling of the film, most of the time there’s no difference for a rock song intro.

Electric Rock Guitar

A good idea when starting any rock composition is to limit the notes used in the chords i.e. to use double stops (just play two notes at a time). Double stops simplify song construction significantly and allow you to get a better feeling for the flow of the song or construction. As for the intervals of the two notes you play, it is a choice you make for your own interest and sound.

NOTE on the sheet. The sheet for the intro has just the chords for the intros but not the rhythms that are presented in the mp3 files.

Harmonic Content of the Song Intro

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Sometimes I find it the easiest way to use just major and minor double stops. In the case of the first into, it is just major and minor intervals. By using just major and minor intervals you soon find out that they tend to want to travel to certain places i.e. the chord progression structure tends to want to write it self, but you do not have to restrict you’re self to that though process. Try to find better sounding alternatives.

A prime example of this are the first two chords. The second chord E minor interval is a very logical step from the A major interval before it. It sounds harmonically correct. This may or may not be what you want, but the point is valid. What mostly happens when intros are “harmonically correct” is that they fit in to a single scale.

The first chord, A major, and the second chord, E minor, fit into the scale of D major with the A major as the 6th chord or VI and the E minor the 2nd or II chord.

This is repeated three times until we arrive at a D# major chord with a D major chord following. The D# major chord is outside of the D major scale and can be considered a guiding/connecting chord to the root chord of the scale that follows and nails down the chord circle.

Getting Started With a Song Intro, The Method of Attack

1. Find a starting point of the song intro i.e. find the starting chord.
2. Vamp/hold the current chord (progression) until you hear a change coming up in your head.
3. Stop playing and listen in your head what you would like to come next.
4. Try to find the notes that you hear in your head. An easy way to find it is by using a single note.
5. Start again from the top and repeat from 2. until you have your intro.

Another Method

1. Find a starting point of the song intro i.e. find the starting chord.
2. Move to another random chord at a random place on the neck.
3. Check if the two chords fit for your taste and keep the new chord in the progression.
3.1. The new chord does not fit, remove it and start again at 2.
4. The new chord fits. Play from the top and repeat from step 2. until you have a intro.

A Note on Rhythm and Harmony

Rhythm can change very much how a chord sequence want’s to travel i.e. the same chord change may work with one rhythm but will not work with another.

Rhythm and Harmony

Experiment with different rhythms while working on the chord change. Also play the chord and let it ring, this will give another perspective. Use different time signatures, try 4/4, 3/4 or even 7/8. Think of your instrument as something new i.e. like you are played it for the first time.

Now I showed you how to use double stops as an effective tool to construct electric rock guitar intro. In this article I will introduce another electric rock guitar intro using double stops but adding an open string to spice up the chord progression.

By adding a open string to double stops, using a total of three notes, a modal chord progression is created. Have a look at the intro.

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By using simple double stops forms like major and minor, and adding a open string, you can make a modal sounding chord progression. Try to find simple two note chords and try them with a open string. Move the chord form up and down the neck to test it’s harmony against the open string.

Some will not sound good at all but there are many that will do. Learning the guitar is an trial and error. You should be able to find some nice chord forms with this method.

Exercise

Use the chords from the intro and come up with a different rhythm for the chord and/or try to rearrange the chords.

Electric Guitar Lesson – Step by Step Guide

The First Electric Guitar Lesson

What to do in your first electric guitar lesson is something most students don’t have a clue what to do about. In this article I will go over the starting points and show you a good starting point in your studies. At this point I’m assuming that the student has no prior knowledge with playing the guitar.

As you start to handle the guitar and try to play something on it, you soon realize that the fingers aren’t doing what you want them to do, that is your first problem. With that in mind, I will push you into the right direction and present a lesson that takes aim of the problem.

A good starting point for learning the guitar is playing simple chords. The simplest chords are the ones in open position i.e. notes played with open strings. Many songs can be played with the chords I present in this lesson.

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The Chord Diagram

The diagram is a cutout representation of the guitar neck. In this case the first five frets of the board. Each vertical line represents a string on the guitar and each horizontal line represent a fret.

1. The numbers in the black dots show you where to put your fingers on the fretboard.
2. The numbers for fingering are represent by 1 = index, 2 middle, 3 ring and 4 little.
3. A x under a chord means not to play that string. A zero means not to finger and play the string open.
4. The letter above the chord represent the name of the chord, C, E, A, D and G.
5. The small m after the name of the last chord represent a minor chord.
6. If a chord only has one letter above it, it is considered to me a Major chord, like C, E, A, D and G.

How to Practice

When staring to play the guitar your finger will not do what you want. You may in some cases have to use your right hand to place a finger or two of your left hand on the board, this is normal. Start by trying to finger each chord, see if you can do the fingerings with out using your right hand. After fingering a chord, strum the whole chord, pick single strings from top to bottom and back.

When you feel fairly confident about fingering a chord, try to change from that chord to another one. Your goal is to be able to change between any chord without any problems from your fingers. This may take some time so if you don’t have it in the first week of two, that is normal. You will also notice after some practice that your fingers will get sore, this is also normal while you are building up finger callus.

The Second Electric Guitar Lesson

For the second guitar lesson we will follow up on the chords you learned in the first guitar lesson. The best way to proceed is to look at what notes you can play with those chords given in the first lesson. For the six chords in the lesson, A major, D major, E major, G major, C major and E minor, there are many scales you can play to them.

For this lesson let’s use the major scale to play with those chords. Take a look at this article about the major scale pattern and you should read introduction to musical scales if you are not familiar with them.

Chords in Scales

Let’s look a little closer at what scales you can use. Here is a list of major scales for a given chord.

Chord
A major D major E major G major C majorE minor
Scales A major (I)
D major (I) E major (I) G major (I) C major (I) D major (II)
E major (IV) A major (IV) B major (IV) D major (IV) G major (IV) C major (III)
D major (V) G major (V) A major (V) C major (V) F major (V) G major (VI)
F major (VII)

NOTE! The roman numeral after each scale name tells you in what position a cord can be found in the scale. The poisons are seven as the scale notes, they are I, II, III, IV, V, VI and VII. That’s just fancy writing for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.

As you can see there are a lot of scales you can play for the six chords. These are not all the scales that can be played with each chord, these are just the basic form of major scale that fit.

Chords in Scales

With this new information you can derive at a new conclusion i.e. you see that chords can be grouped into a single scale or in other words, a scale has many chords. Now we see what chords can be played together while playing the same scale over them. Another table can be made from this information, we can call this table “scale chords.”

Scale
A major
E major
D majorG major
B major
C major
F major
Chords
A major (I) A major (IV) A major (V) D major (V) E major (IV) G major (IV) C major (V)
D major (IV) E major (I) D major (I) G major (I) E minor (III)
E major (V) G major (IV) C major (IV)
E minor (II) E minor (VI)

NOTE! There are many more chords for each scale than shown in the scale chords table. Those used here are there for demonstration purposes only. If you want to read more about what chords scales do include, you should read the article chord formation from scales.

The Lesson

Record a individual chords progression for each scale of G major, D major and A major. Play them back one by one and play notes from the appropriate scale to the recorded chord progression. Play with the other scales for fun.

The purpose of this lesson is threefold:

1. Learn the scales and play them in to your fingers.
2. Learn what scale to play to what chords.
3. Discover the musical harmony of the scales and chords playing togather.