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  • Playing Octaves over C Minor Blues

    Level: 3

    The progression used in this lesson is in C minor and is as follows: |Cm     |Cm     |Cm     |Cm    | |Fm     |Fm     |Cm     |Cm    | |Dm7b5|G7    |Cm     |G7     | The goal in this lesson is to play the above progression in an octave style and we progress this way: 1.  Play only the roots of the chords with your finger 1 in an upper octave. 2. Then add the octave above finger 1 and do the same exercise, lock your hand into the octave shapes. 3. Now again with finger 1 play the 5th below each chord root as:  C - G and F - C and D - Ab ... ( View Now )

  • Spelling in Parallel

    Level: 5

    In this lesson we compare the 3 most common sounds of Major, Minor and Dominant 7 from the same root, or in "parallel".   Here are the 3 scales with their associated numbers, the numbers use the Major scale as the reference point: A - B - C# - D - E - F# - G# - A = A Major Scale -                Root Chord -   A major     =  A/C#/E          1.2.3.4.5.6.7.8 A - B - C - D - E - F - G - A =         A Natural Minor Scale   Root Chord -   A minor    =  A/C/E              1.2.b3.4.5.b6.b7.8 A - B - C - D - E - F# - G - A =      A Mixolydian Mode - ... ( View Now )

  • Examining the 7 Chord on the Fretboard

    Level: 5

    In this lesson we are doing some practical chord spelling directly on the fretboard and in this case taking a look at the spelling of the A dominant 7th chord with root on 6th string and comparing that to the A major scale and the A major chord.  The A major scale uses the following notes: A - B - C# - D - E - F# - G# - A To derive an A major chord we take the root, 3rd and 5th of this scale: root - A     3rd - C#     5th - E   -  A/C#/E = A major An A7 chord is a 4 note chord and adds the lowered 7th or minor 7th degree to the A major chord as: A - C# - E - G... ( View Now )

  • P I M I and Thumb Rest Stroke

    Level: 1

    This is a study of finger style technique with a detailed view of the right hand and how each finger attacks the strings.  Some points covered in this session are: The hand only closes and relaxes, it does not reach Each finger has its own string for a home position The thumb covers the bass notes or bottom strings of 4.5.6 The fingers pass under the thumb as if in a claw shape into the palm Rest of the thumb after attack Rest of the a finger on string 1 This arpeggio pattern is p.i.m.i with alternating thumb (changing basses) in duple time. Spanish ... ( View Now )

  • Stability and Double Stop Attacks I and M

    Level: 1

    This is a study of finger style technique with a detailed view of the right hand and how each finger attacks the strings.  In this lesson we take a close look at some of the faults in popular versions of right hand technique and the right way to achieve stability in the right hand.  At the same time we review the technique of attacking with both i and m simultaneously.  Some points covered are: Do not anchor any finger to the face of the guitar How to attack with i and m together Review of duple and triple time right hand arpeggio patterns Establishing stability by resting the a finger... ( View Now )

  • Resting the Thumb and Fundamentals of R.H. technique

    Level: 1

    This is a study of finger style technique with a detailed view of the right hand and how each finger attacks the strings.  In this video there is a special emphasis on the thumb or p rest stroke.   Some points covered are: The thumb presses through to the adjacent string and rests wherever possible. Each finger has its own string for a home position - i - 3, m - 2, a - 1 The thumb covers the bass notes or bottom strings of 4.5.6 Arpeggio Exercise in 6/8:  thumb i.m.a.m.i  all in home position, each finger on its own string. The right hand fingers are letter name abbreviations of ... ( View Now )

  • Technique for the Right Hand

    Level: 1

    This is a study of finger style technique with a detailed view of the right hand and how each finger attacks the strings.  Some points covered are: The hand only closes and relaxes, it does not reach Each finger has its own string for a home position The thumb covers the bass notes or bottom strings of 4.5.6 The fingers pass under the thumb to form a fist shape into the palm The right hand fingers are letter name abbreviations of the latin names for the fingers of the hand which are: thumb = P (pulgar) index = i (indice) middle = M (mayor or medio) ring = A (anular) p... ( View Now )

  • On the Fretboard in Parallel Major and Minor

    Level: 6

    In this lesson we break down two root on 6 common large chord forms into their triads as well as playing the scales from which the chords are derived.  We are looking at these chords and scales in parallel, meaning major and minor scale sounds from the same root or tonal center.  When we begin with a Major scale as our starting point all we have to do to produce a Minor scale from the Major scale is lower the 3rd, the difference between major and minor is found only in the 3rd degree of the scale, the same holds true for a chord.  Let's take A major as our example: A - B - C# - D - E - F# - G# - A = A Major ( View Now )

  • Soloing in A Dorian

    Level: 5

    The A Dorian Mode is relative to the G Major scale but does not share the same tonal center.  The notes in A Dorian are: A - B - C - D - E - F# - G - A     or     tone.semitone.tone.tone.tone.semitone.tone The distance between the root and the 3rd of the scale is a minor 3rd making the scale minor.  The distance from the root to the 6th degree of the scale is a major 6th which produces the IV major chord in this minor key: A - B - C - D (IV) - E - F# - G - A     D Major - D/   F# (6th degree of D Dorian)   /A If we eliminate the II and VI degrees we have a Minor pen... ( View Now )

  • Harmonizing in A Minor

    Level: 2

    In the chord melody plectrum style the right hand plays a much stronger role in defining the notes that need to be heard.  The picking hand must learn to stop at the right string and so it is necessary to be able to "chop out" string sets that allow the melody to be heard clearly in the top voice.  For instance with an A minor chord in open position, if you want to bring out the C note in that chord you have to stop the stroke at string 2, this requires coming to "rest" on string 1.  Rest means the pick stroke stops and rests on a string without sounding the string. This right hand technique is crucial in developing this solo ... ( View Now )

  • Connecting Am and Dm in the Key of A Minor

    Level: 2

    In this lesson we begin connecting the I and IV chord of A Minor to the Natural Minor scale, connecting the vertical chords with the horizontal scale.  In the case of the A minor chord we use the following inversions: A Minor: C/E/A     E/A/C     A/C/E     fret V  C/E/A     fret VIII  E/A/C D Minor uses the following inversions: F/A/D     A/D/F     fret V   D/F/A       fret X   F/A/D We then connect these inversions up and down the fretboard using the template of the A Natural Minor scale.  Because the A minor and D minor chords do not include al... ( View Now )

  • Dm IV Chord in A Minor

    Level: 2

    In this lesson we are visiting the IV chord in the key of A Natural minor.  Chords come from scales, the D minor chord can be derived from the IV degree of the A Natural Minor scale as: A Natural Minor: A - B - C - D (IV) - E - F - G - A      D minor - D/F/A The D note is the IV degree of the scale and from that note we build the D minor chord using Tertian harmony or harmony building in thirds, take -  skip -  take -  skip -  take. In this lesson we invert the notes of the IV chord thereby creating a number of different voicings of the same ... ( View Now )

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Ray-Hickey

Ray Hickey

Styles: Harmony | Theory | Ray Hickey has 6 lessons.

Ray Hickey is one of the most innovative and well-rounded guitarists of his generation. He studied classical music at the...

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Bill Johnson

Styles: Blues | Bill Johnson has 27 lessons.

Bill Johnson was born into a musical and artistic family in Halifax, NS. Two years later the family moved to...

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Marissa Logan

Styles: Classical | Fingerstyle | Marissa Logan has 24 lessons.

Marissa Logan has been teaching the acoustic and classical guitar styles for over a decade. She is currently studying composition...

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