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We will start with an Amaj7#11 Lydian Chord
Now we will connect 3rds with simple 2 finger and 1 finger fretting. We in turn create a superimposed arpeggio that is very easy to alternate pick with speed and precision.
Descending, we will land on either the G# [Maj7] or the F# [13th]
We can apply apply the same principles to minor keys. Here we will start with Dm7. Notice the Minor 3rds in the fretting hand fingering employing fingers 1 and 3.
We can now make it much more interesting by making it Dminor with the added Major7 [or D melodic minor] by mixing the major and minor 3rd intervals with our simple 2 finger fingering.
Longer descending extension with an added minor 9th.
Now let’s look at Gmaj#11
We will now use our simple 3rds connecting superimposition technique and create an arpeggio ideal for alternate picking over this chord.
We will now take this further by sharpening the 5th and flattening the 9th with our simple fingering.
This creates a beautiful Lydian chord with a sharpened 5th and adds colour and moves onwards to a sense of musical freshness.
This is just a taste of what is available with superimposition in regards to major and minor 3rds that are readily available on the guitar fingerboard. The possibilities are there for the taking and with a creative imagination and ear many interesting and advanced combo’s can be had.
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The “Glarry GTL Semi Hollow” guitar is a budget guitar aimed at beginners. It is also good for anyone interested in guitar “Modding” [Modifying]. It can be a hit or miss affair though as the Glarry shop is an online retailers and hence the guitars can’t be tried out as in a physical shop.
That being said, I actually had lots of fun playing my Glarry guitar. The action was low and great to play, although, I did have two strings the 1st and the 5th that had fret buzz.
After I had heightened the action slightly [On these two strings] the guitar played pretty well. The pickups are not the best but they seem to work well. The machine heads are basic but work. The body is really nice though and made of a very light bass wood that has been hollowed out with an “F Hole”‘
The neck is made of maple but completely unvarnished. This creates a satin like feel [But will get dirty over time]. There was also a blemish on the neck joint. The fingerboard was really nice and flat with 22 frets laid in very well with no noticeable sharp bits protruding out.
There is a return policy as listed below.
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1. Contact the customer service supporter of Glarry, explaining why you want to return the products.( Provide us with related videos or photos if you think it is an unsatisfactory product.) 2. Our customer service supporter will send RL to your email. 3. Print the RL out and send back the original package within 30 days. Otherwise the RL will become invalid. 4. Glarry would process the refund in 2 days. It may take 5-7 business days for you to receive the refund from the bank.
When we will process the refund
1. We would refund you in 2 days if the products haven’t been shipped out; if the products are already on the transportation, we won’t begin to refund until we receive and examine the returned products.
2. All refunds will be returned to the same credit card which is used to pay the order or the Paypal account.
How much we will refund
1. We will fully refund when there is quality problem or mistakes caused by us such as ship the wrong product,damage, etc. 2. We will only return 80% if you return it for personal reasons such as you chose the wrong prouct, you don’t need the product any more, you find the case is not suitable for your guitar etc. 3.The order can be cancelled for free if it hasn’t been shipped.
Below situations will charge shipping fee for returning and resending: 1. You cancel the order when the package has been shipped. 2. You refuse to receive the package when it arrives other than the reason that the package is seriously damaged during shipment.
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Buying a guitar especially a beginners guitar at a bargain price online is always going to be a hit or miss affair. My review is for the guitar that I received which [Apart from a cosmetic detail and 2 strings buzzing] was a pretty good guitar.
The important thing is to read the returns policy thoroughly before buying. That way you should be okay if the guitar arrives with any serious defaults.
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In this 2nd part of sight reading made easier at the guitar we will employ octaves. This will reinforce our familiarity with the notes in the 5th position, frets 1 to 8. This way we can assure ourselves that our fingers will know where to go when seeing the notes on music manuscript paper. This is essential so that we can just fret the notes without having to look at the finger board and decide which finger to use.
Example 1: C to C octave. Close your eyes and visualise this as you pretend to finger those notes on the guitar fretboard:
Feel the 4th finger to the 1st finger
Now do the same, but, see it in music notation: C to C octave, Feel the fingering as if you are actually touching the guitar strings and say the names of the notes to yourself.
4th finger to the 1st finger
As you do this you will familiarise your mind, fingers and sight with where to fret.
Now let’s do the same with the other simple octaves from the A minor pentatonic scale.
4th finger to the 1st finger
NOW: 3rd finger to 1st finger
3rd finger to 1st finger
The octaves in 5th position. Frets 1 to 8
The octaves give concrete knowledge of the notes in this 5th position and which fingers to use. This way we can read the music and not panic or fuss about looking for the notes or which fingers to employ. For example when we see a note of D
We can be assured that all we need to do is fret with the “First finger” on the 5th fret of the 5th string.
Or up an octave=”3rd finger ” 4th string 7th fret
In the next part we will look at 4ths, 5ths and arpeggio shapes in this position.
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Please watch video the for the John Mclaughlin fingering etc. I start all of these arpeggios on a down stroke with strict alternate picking for rhythmic precision. I am counting in 16ths 1 e and a etc. Most of the arpeggios are one note per string.
Example 1: John Mclaughlin D major 7th arpeggio.
Example 2: Adding Lydian [and 9th and 13th] to John Mclaughlin’s D Major 7th alternate picking arpeggio
Example 3: Starting Arpeggio with Pentatonic John Mclaughlin style
Example 4: Pentatonic to Lydian John Mclaughlin guitar style
Example 5: Descending Arpeggio with simple John Mclaughlin fingering counting 1 e and a etc.
Example 6: Extension
Example 7: Variation
Example 8: Simple fingering descending concept.
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In this final part of alternate picking guitar techniques for jazz fusion improvisation. We again look at the style of John Mclaughlin in order to play through the changes with 4 groups of 4, or 4 tetrachords per bar.
Alternate picking tetrachords all start on a downstroke.
First 4 note grouping[1st Tetrachord]:
Second 4 note grouping [2 Tetrachords]
Third 4 note grouping of 16ths alternate picking [3 Tetrachords]
Finally, 4 groups of 4 [or 4 Tetrachords].
We can now apply this to playing through complex chord changes at a fast tempo. In the example below we will take John Coltrane’s “Countdown” and play one chord per beat as an example for setting up these 4 x 4 note groupings [Tetrachords]for quick rapid improvisation at a super fast tempo.
Simple 4 note tetrachord pattern for reference:
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In this blog we will look at improvising over one chord. This will be D minor [D Dorian].
The key is to use chromaticism, tertian harmony, superimposition and outside harmonic content in order to create interesting improvised lines and move away from the cliches of scales and modes to create originality.
The key for smoothness is to be aware of where the 1/2 steps [Semitones]are in the “Connections”.
If we look below we can see where the 1/2 steps connect and how to play off of the tonic note with this. In this case we play off of the tonic D note resolving straight into the Eb note for Eb melodic minor. We can then resolve down a half step to C#m and back down into D Dorian
So as you can see it is easy to weave in and out of the harmony and get back to D Dorian via the 1/2 step.
Below is a line that beautifully weaves in and out of D minor
In this next example we will use tertian harmony and exploit superimposition. We will employ D melodic minor and and keep extending via C melodic minor.
Now we will extend the whole line:
As another idea, there are still useful concepts like “Target Tones”. These can be manipulated without resorting to cliches.
Lastly we will exploit the use flat 5 concepts. In this case there is an Abmaj7/D and a Cmaj7/F# with which we can be creative.
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Many guitar players find learning sight reading at the guitar laborious, boring and intolerable! The reason being that many guitar players don’t have a grasp of the notes on the fingerboard.
But, many wish to go to music school or do studio work or tour with famous artists. The need to sight read music suddenly becomes very apparent and essential in order to reach the required standard.
The question is always the same. Is there something that I am already familiar with that will help me speed up the process?
Luckily the answer is a big resounding YES!
The one thing most guitar players do know very well is the A minor pentatonic scale. This gives you many of the notes of the 5th position. Not only that but you will know the fingering like the back of your hand.
The next thing is to move away from the actual guitar and see, hear and feel the notes in your mind and see the notes on the guitar fingerboard and how the look in music notation.
For instance how to does the note A on the 1st string 5th fret look,
How does the note C on the 1st string 8th fret look in music notation
When visualising also “Feel” it in your fingertips and your whole hand,
Now “Fill in” all the rest of the notes in 5th position from frets 5 to 8.
Now visualise them by moving up or down in semitones going across all the 6 strings from the 5th position frets 5 to 8.
For Instance: 1st string=C B B flat A. 2nd string= G F sharp F natural E etc as we see in the notation below.
Now apply this to all six string of the guitar.
One more thing to realise is that the notes on the 1st string are the same as the notes on the 6th string but in a different octave. This in turn cuts down the amount of notes you need to learn.
This is just part 1 of this method, but it is a simple way to get started because you will already have a firm grasp of this scale and position on the guitar. Once you fill it out with the rest of the notes you will start to see patterns, arpeggios, 4ths and one 3rd [Guitar’s Tuning] and most obviously and importantly octaves as they will connect the other positions for you as you progress.
As you become aware of all of this sight reading at the guitar doesn’t seem so daunting and it all starts to make a lot more sens.
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Just a quick blog today, But a great one with a great backing track for improvisers!
This starts as a common blues, but it adds interest by employing “Coltrane Changes” to the last 4 bars. A great compositional device that adds extra interest to a blues. It’s also a cool improvisational concept for the improviser whilst adding colour as a turnaround.
Coltrane Chord chart analysis: Notice the C7alt [Alt Dom] for the Fm7 as the Coltrane changes set-up!
Finally, here is the 12 Bar “Coltrane Blues” Chord Chart for jazz improvisation: 140 Bpm.
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In this post we will go one further than the last post. This time we will take a group of six [Sextuplets] and make a tetrachord and a half from it.
This will make 4+ 2 which will make us nail the changes with 4 notes on the first chord and 2 notes on the second chord with a short rest to reset our fretting hand to repeat the pattern again on the next two chords.
Alternate picking exercise warm up in Sextuplets/Triplets
Why do this?
Because the groups of six are quite easy to play on the guitar and there a heaps of variations on each pattern. They flow easily and can be alternate picked rhythmically to create musical phrasing.
The first pattern for playing through the changes in Sextuplets
The first pattern is now changed into 16ths. From 1 2 3 4 5 6 into 1 e and a 2 e
The second part of the chord sequence in sextuplets
The second pattern is now changed into 16ths. From 1 2 3 4 5 6 into 1 e and a 2 e
Finally, the full one bar alternate picking chord sequence nailing the changes
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This simple “Rhythmic Unit” of a group of 5 notes can be broken up into sub divisions to give clarity when nailing the changes when alternate picking at a very fast tempo of 180 BPM Plus at the guitar when improvising.
Although we might view and hear this as alternate picking and plucking a group of 5 on the guitar like the example below,
The Group of 5 now becomes one “Tetrachord” and the 5th note becomes the first note of the next chord [Dbmaj9]. This way the changes are “Nailed” by the rhythmic subdivision.
So, as we can see the “Ta Ka Di Me Thom” or 1 2 3 4 5
Becomes, “1 e and a” ” 2″
For anybody having problems with their alternate picking at fast tempos whilst nailing the changes this will really help you because you will automatically land on the first note of the next chord.
There are many more rhythms that are employed like 6’s, 7’s and 2×4 groupings. But I will go into these in another blog. In the meantime her are a few examples from John Mclaughlin himself phrasing by employing 5’s.
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This blog takes a brief look at John Mclaughlin’s use of Chromaticism in regards to Jazz Fusion Guitar lines. The 2 licks are also from a video I did on Dave Liebman. They both share the same concepts. The licks are riffs doubled up with piano
John Mclaughlin Guitar Lick 1 -Employ strict alternate picking starting on a “Downstroke”
John Mclaughlin Guitar Lick 2 -Again, employ strict alternate picking starting on a “Downstroke”
The key is to pick each 4 note grouping [Tetrachord] in time with your foot tapping the 1/4 note.
So you have:
“1 e and a 2 e and a 3 e and a 4 e and a”
This will give you a smooth alternate picking sound and hold time with the piano [or doubling instrument].
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In this blog we will take a look at how to read the music lines and spaces of the treble clef.
In order to identify the notes on the 5 staff Lines we must first decide on an clef. In this case this will be the Treble Clef
Now we can look/identify the names of the notes on the 5 lines of the treble clef.
Next, we will look at the notes in the 4 spaces of the staff lines: F A C E
If we look at the notation below we will see the C major scale and the names of the different degrees of the scale in order.
We can now add thirds to the scale notes and notate the “Triads” of the C major scale
Although we will look at this in another video/blog we can clearly see the time signature. This is 4/4, meaning that there are 4 Quarter note beats to the bar.
One last thing to take into consideration is Key Signature. Again we will look at these in detail in the next video, but it is a good idea to be aware of them. They move in the cycle of 5ths. So a fifth up from C major is G major. This has an F# as the key signature. This means that every F note in the key is sharpened. Unless of course there is an natural sign.
So the key signature is for us to acknowledge that specific notes will be sharpened or flattened as we play our way through the music.
This is just the basics and beginnings for learning to notate, create and read the treble clef.
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Going forward with our Jacob Collier SUPER-ULTRA-HYPER-MEGA-META blogs/pages it is a good idea to look at other relevant concepts within the ideal of extension. In this blog we will look at how 12 tone, 23rd chords, tertian harmony and polytonality play a fascinating part.
We will start with the #15 Arpeggio [Superimposition as used by Lennie Tristano]. Below you will see this in action with a Cma7 and a Dmaj7 arpeggio combined. This creates a sharpened 15th [or Augmented 15th arpeggio].
Below, you will see the full extension of this with a full 23rd chord [The largest chord in music]. This can be viewed as polytonal, polychordal, 12 tone row, or “Tertian” harmony as a full 23rd chord.
All 12 notes of the chromatic scale are used, so, the following occurs [in this case in 3rds as Tertian harmony]
1 3 5 7 9 11 13 15 17 19 21 23
In terms of improvisation it can be easier on the guitar to break up 4×3 semiquaver tetrachord lines into two HEXATONIC [2×6] lines as shown below.
Below we have the employment of triplets and the commonly used 4 note groupings of tetrachords.
Below is an example of employing the jazz improvisation concept of “Chord Pairs”
Today we will look at a concept that I have been asked about a lot recently. This is a contrapuntal string skipping intervallic “Mirroring” technique. It is intervallic by design and employs a Bachian Atonal “Question and answer” effect between the “Bass and Treble” with wide intervals. The string skipping inherent within this works especially well for atonal music, awkward intervals and polytonal scales.
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The key to improvising is to do something creative with the melody. To recompose it or to broaden it out or to instinctively develop the harmony. Most people take to the modes though with a compulsion to play “Carte Blanche” scale over a chord ad nauseam.
In this Blog/Vlog we will look at some ideas for bringing out the actual flavour of the most talked about mode of them all the “Dorian Mode”.
Most people look at the dorian mode as being a scale of C major starting on the note D. But here is how it works.
ANSWER=D is one tone up from C for D Dorian, so C is one tone up from Bb for C Dorian.
Below we see the difference between C minor and C dorian. C minor has the semitone between the 6th and 5th whereas C Dorian has a tone between the 5th and 6th notes. Dorian Raises the 6th note up a semitone. Without the raised 6th note C would just sound minor and not dorian, so bringing out this 6th note [as it will be in a melody to imply that we are in the dorian mode] is essential to creating actual music and phrasing and not just playing a scale over a chord.
In order to bring out that A natural note in C dorian an easy way is to employ an arpeggio like Bb major 7th. This is very useful, melodic and can be played in 4 note groupings.
Next we can employ some basic chord pairs.
C minor 7 and F major
F major and Eb major
Now we can broaden out on this with C minor and D minor
Bb and G minor
We can also employ pentatonics to bring out the flavour [melody] of a tune.
Another example =Short pentatonic scale that ends/resolves with the A natural note [Raised 6th] and played in 4 note cells [Tetrachords]
Finally it’s a good idea to look at the arpeggios available that line up one after the other.
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The key to rapid learning and reaping the rewards of quality progress for musicians is to set “Daily, Weekly, Monthly and Yearly Goals”.
The next most important step is to write these goals down. If you do this then you will enact them and get into the habit of enacting them with greater and greater clarity. It will also instill a natural discipline, inspirational outpouring and perseverance.
These are the books that I use, but any creative goal setting book will do because the days weeks and month are already laid out for you, all you have to do is fill it in with your objectives.
If you follow this then you will rise through the levels. Talent only takes you so far. For musical development discipline and hard work account for everything. Goal setting will take you there on pleasant terms and give you back that which you craved for at the outset.
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This simple alternate picking exercise employs a C major scale starting with the note G on the sixth string of the guitar that ascends to the C note on the 1st string of the guitar. This scale then descends back to the G note on the 6th guitar string.
You can think of this scale as G mixolydian or C major starting on the note of G. But, in this lesson it is just a convenient way to cross all 6 strings of the guitar to gain fluency.
Another useful way to create forward movement is to accent the 5th note of each 6 note [or 2 triplets] groupings.
Lastly, we can double the scale and create a longer line.
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In this video I talk about musical visualisation and internalisation and how it helps me. The internalisation of music helps with the external performance of music by directing the music out from inside ourselves so that we can articulate it through the external instrument we are playing.
In terms of solo performance this is an invaluable concept.
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The Locrian mode is the 7th mode of the major scale. In the following examples it will be D Locrian built from the 7th degree [leading note] of the Eb Major Scale.
If we look at the diagram above and below we will see the Sub-Dominant chord of Eb Major [Ab Major] played over the 7th degree note[ D ] as the bass note or more commonly seen as a slash chord Ab/D resolving to the new key [or implied key] G Major.
In the example below you will see that all of the notes of Ab Major resolve in semitones to the new [or implied] tonic G major. Although we employ the Locrian Mode this also gives a very Phrygian flavour because of the semitone resolution. Also the bass D can also be used in both chords with Ab/D to D in the bass of G for a second inversion chord.
The Locrian Mode 2 Octaves
The Locrian Mode can be broken up. This approach creates better fingering, fluency and a less cliched sound.
In this example there is an up beat added to create a more colourful character to the line. This up beat is built using a chromatic set up from target tones.
Below is an example employing target tones and arpeggios that weave through the harmonic texture of the Locrian V harmony.
Next we have an Fm arpeggio [Chord ii of Eb] a Bb arpeggio and a couple of chromatic notes.
This time we have our old friends target tones to add colour and rhythmic forward momentum to the Fm9 arpeggio line
In this next example we employ superimposition for a chromatic triadic approach, that again weaves through the Locrian V chord.
In this last example we exploit G Minor [chord iii of Eb ]
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The first idea is to join two different scales together.
Here we have the Lydian Dominant scale joined at the octave by the “SAME” tonic note C. It is joined by/with the Enigmatic scale.
Notice the smooth transition of the two different scales into one extended multi octave scale.
Here is a two octave version of the Lydian dominant and Enigmatic scale [Multi octave scale] with Guitar Tablature.
Here are 3 Lick Lines made from the extended Lydian Dom/Enigmatic scale
Scale Lick 1 [Superimposition]
Scale Lick 2: Chord to Scale
Scale Lick 3: Superimposition
SUPER-ULTRA-HYPER-MEGA-META “Lydian” Jacob Collier idea for a never ending scale. Each Lydian Tetrachord Resolves into the next one. This in turn seems to go on forever as it goes around the cycle of 5ths.
Also: Notice that unlike the first extended scale this one doesn’t have a common tone at the octave. So we go from C to C# to D# etc
SUPER-ULTRA-HYPER-MEGA-META Jacob Collier idea for Guitar with Tablature
Here is a long piano version of the above that keeps ascending
This scale concept could also be looked at as being Mixolydian and a ModulatingScale.
We have A7-D E7-A B7-E F#7-B C#7-F# etc.
V-1 V-1 V-1 V-1 ETC.
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In this short blog we will look at a classic Pat Metheny chord sequence. This is a simple skeletal but very melodic chord melody that blends in with the piano or keyboards/Synth. It is played simply with the guitar plectrum picking out the bass mid and treble melody note.
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