Blues Modes and the Pentatonic Scale
The blues modes are usually the 2nd and 3rd modes of the major scale…but that isn’t what’s important. What’s important is how they sound, and what notes they contain, as I explain in the video. Notes of the Blues Modes As I explain in the video, everything you play in a solo is heard relative (read more…)
Pentatonic Substitution Soloing Lesson
Pentatonic substitution…it’s two pretty long words…that means it’s something super complicated, right? Well, yes and no. As I explain in the video, it’s a pretty confusing concept at first, but once you get it, it makes things easier. The basic idea is that we’re using different pentatonic scales over the same set of chords (i.e. (read more…)
Metal Guitar Harmonies Lesson
Metal guitar harmonies are really just like any other harmonies. So, it might have been more accurate to call this one ‘guitar harmony lines’…but it’s just that these ideas get used a lot in metal and heavy rock music! Think of bands like: Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden or Metallica and one of the things that (read more…)
Theory for Idiots: Chord Inversions
In this episode of ‘Theory for Idiots’, we take a look at chord inversions. If you feel like a bit of an idiot when it comes to music theory, then keep reading! So, hopefully you’ve followed this series and already read up on what makes a chord (or you already know that part). In this (read more…)
Theory for Idiots: What Key am I in?
Well, this is a lesson that has been requested a few times. I’ve mentioned ‘keys‘ and being ‘in key’ in previous videos, but I’m not sure I’ve fully explained what they are… …so this lesson is just to clarify what I mean by being ‘in key’. What is a Key Many people will use the (read more…)
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…)
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…)
Theory for Idiots: What are Chords?
Something that you may not have thought about: just what exactly is a chord? Apart from probably being the very first thing you learn how to do on guitar, chords are important to understand. Knowing more about what a chord is will help you with everything from strumming round a campfire, to playing that epic (read more…)
Memorising the Notes on Guitar
Firstly, I don’t really think that learning the notes on guitar from scratch is an essential thing to do for a complete beginner. You’re much better off learning to play chords, scales and songs. I mean, even famous guitarists tend to stick to certain areas of the neck. However, if you want to get any (read more…)
What are Guitar Modes?
So, just what are modes? The way I see modes is simple- and I’m not going to try to disprove anyone else’s “theories” about the modes of the major scale or anything like that. I think that’ll just add to the confusing, conflicting accounts! No, what I am going to do is explain the basics (read more…)