Develop Your Hobby For Fun & Profit
Having a hobby is great fun and a rewarding way to explore your own creative abilities. Though you may not be convinced of it, you do have a God-given talent within you. Everyone does! It only needs to be discovered and developed!
The world is full of variety and no two persons are exactly alike; each of us is a unique individual, and as such, has something special to offer. The different combination of personality, environment, experiences and …
Using a Movable Triad Shape
The B major chord can be difficult to play for some beginner and intermediate guitar students. While most seem to pick up the B minor chord easily enough, producing a good sounding B major chord can be quite a different story.
In this guitar video lesson I provide some tips for playing the B major chord. Some might call them "chord cheats", or "chord tricks", but they are actual chord fingerings. So if you're having trouble playing this chord, watch the video to …
I like to refer to my favorite folk singer as Bobby Z (A.K.A. Bob Dylan) whose real name is Robert Zimmerman. He changed his last name to Dylan (after the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas) very early in his career. One of his most popular songs was written for a movie score about Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. It also became a popular cover song for Eric Clapton & the group Gun's & Roses. You can listen to Bob's original version of the song (and my personal favorite) below...
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Neil Young - Heart of Gold
by Kathy Unruh
Neil Young is sometimes referred to as "the godfather of grunge" although he is probably most often thought of as a folk/rock musician. He hails from Manitoba, Canada, but moved to southern California in the mid 60s and actually lived in the same general area where I grew up. One of his most well known songs is Heart of Gold. The song was released as a single in 1972 from the Harvest album and became his only #1 hit.
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Have you ever wondered if guitar scales are worth learning? Perhaps they are just a waste of time. After all, if you're anything like me when I was first starting to play you probably just want to learn your favorite songs so you can jam with your friends, right? What benefit could there be in learning some musty old scale that's been around for hundreds of years?
Learn How to Play All the Major Scales...
Many people get excited about learning the guitar after …
Was Christopher Parkening a musical misfit? If you consider the popular culture of his day, then you would have to say yes. In 1964 Beatlemania had descended upon America, followed by the British Invasion. Most young people of his generation were not listening to classical guitar music, including myself.
Christopher Parkening Plays Bach
Yet, Christopher Parkening is considered to be "...one of the most brilliant guitarists in the world" according to his former instructor, the …
The process of understanding guitar modes can seem very confusing, if not down-right impossible, to many students. Perhaps this problem exists because much of the information available on the subject requires the reader to have a basic knowledge of music theory and scales. At least that's how it appears to me.
Before going any further, let me just say that I do believe your understanding of modes will be greatly enhanced by getting a good grasp of major scales and their relationship to the Circle of Fifths. I suggest learning as much as you can about these two areas, especially if you have trouble following the information I provide in this post. Steve Eulberg of Jamplay.com shares a helpful video lesson below that's worth watching if you want more detailed information on the subject...
Learn More About Scales & Guitar Modes...
Assuming you have no prior musical education, I will try to keep my explanation as simple as possible. Let's begin by covering some basic music principles and their application as they relate to the guitar...
There are 7 Guitar Modes:
Each mode is based on a corresponding degree of the Major Scale
Each degree of any major scale can be used to produce a specific mode.
The 8 degrees of a C Major scale are: C D E F G A B C
The 7 Modes produced from a C Major Scale are:
1st Degree = C = Ioninian Mode = CDEFGABC
2nd Degree = D = Dorian Mode = DEFGABCD
3rd Degree = E = Phrygian Mode = EFGABCDE
4th Degree = F = Lydian Mode = FGABCDEF
5th Degree = G = Mixolydian Mode = GABCDEFG
6th Degree = A = Aeolian Mode = ABCDEFGA
7th Degree = B = Locrian Mode = BCDEFGAB
Playing each tone of the C Major Scale alphabetically from the 1st degree (C) to the 8th degree (C) produces an Ionian (major scale) mode.
Playing each tone of the C Major Scale alphabetically from the 2nd …
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