Lydian Mode Backing Track

Here’s the backing track to last week’s Lydian mode lesson. Again, this track has been extended from the ‘minus one’ track in the original post, with four repetitions of the clean riff, and then another four of the dirty riff. To solo over this, you’ll need the A lydian mode. This has the same notes (read more…)

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Crazy Scales: The Lydian Mode

Another one of my favourite modes, the Lydian mode. It’s essentially the same as the major scale, but with a sharpened 4th degree. Some people would even argue that the Lydian mode sounds brighter, happier and more “major” than the major scale! The 4th note sounds “lifted”, because it’s a semitone higher- this can give (read more…)

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Theory for Idiots: What is a Chord Progression?

If you saw the video in this series about chords, you’ll know that they are not just random sets of notes. If not, I suggest going and reading that post! Now, chords don’t tend to be too much use all by themselves. Normally, you’ll want to use more than one chord in a song. This (read more…)

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Guitar Fitness: The Spider

This post is the first of a new series looking at guitar fitness. The idea is that each episode deals with a different aspect of guitar fitness- an exercise, a technique etc. These are the things that you should be practicing to improve your technique. So, what series about guitar exercises would be complete without (read more…)

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Learn a Lick 4: Swep-tap-ular!

This week’s lick is an example of how you can use swept arpeggios- along with tapping- to outline the sound of a certain scale, or key. Essentially, we’re taking two chords that fit the A phrygian mode, and playing them over an A root note. If you do this, you’ll get the sound of the (read more…)

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How to Know if Your Rhythm Sucks

Rhythm is something that is very important for every musician. I mean, you don’t have to be a drummer or ‘rhythm’ guitarist to feel the effects of bad rhythm. Don’t believe me? Well, I’ve seen so many students over the years nail a piece of music or lick totally note for note. Then, they play (read more…)

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Shred 101: Using a Metronome

I’ve always said that using a metronome is important if you want to develop your guitar playing speed. However, there is a huge counter-argument that claims that metronomes are unmusical at best. I think that what’s really happening, is that most people don’t understand metronomes. Yes, it is an unmusical, unfeeling, machine…but at the same (read more…)

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Locrian Mode Backing Track

Here’s the extended backing track to my lesson on the Locrian mode. It’s quite a good mode to use if you’re after a very dark, satanic sound. The Locrian mode is the 7th mode of the major scale. This means that, although the track uses D Locrian, it’s the same notes as E flat major. (read more…)

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Theory for Idiots: What is a Scale?

Last time on ‘Theory for Idiots’ we asked: ‘What is a Chord?‘, and in that video, I explained that chords are made from scales. So, that just begs the question: what is a scale? It may seem like a fairly obvious answer. A scale is just a sequence of notes, ordered from low to high, (read more…)

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Learn a Lick 3: Learner Messiah

This week’s lick is inspired by the solo on Metallica’s ‘Leper Messiah‘, from the ‘Master of Puppets’ Album. You can either play it with alternate picking, which is a challenge in itself, or you can sweep it, as we’re doing today. Played this way, this lick makes a great example of how to use arpeggios (read more…)

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