Over 10 in-depth lessons, this book will deepen your understanding of pentatonic scales while opening your eyes to a myriad of ways in which they can be used and exploited to build up an arsenal of improvisational tools based on these five-note scales. We’ll also cover the difficult transition from pentatonics to modes through a new method that allows you to retain your pentatonic prowess by intertwining it with the modes instead of abandoning pentatonic scales in favor of other more cumbersome scale systems.
In truth, most guitarists have barely scratched the surface when it comes to pentatonic scales, believing the major and minor pentatonic scales to be the end of the story when in fact, it’s just the beginning.
So, if you know those five minor/major pentatonic boxes, and want to see how much farther this can go, this book is for you.
As the name suggests, a 3NPS scale is any scale that contains three notes on each string, and as you'll see in this eBook, this makes for a very consistent way to map out scales on the guitar fretboard.
What we’ve done here is revamped the 3NPS scale system and turned it into an incredibly effective means to learn a wide variety of scales all over the fretboard by streamlining the number of patterns, as well as the picking system.
This is not a scale theory book, and contains no pentatonic scales. This is a quick and dirty (and very effective) method for learning 3NPS scales all over the fretboard; something to work on in the woodshed. It will improve your picking technique and speed. It does not require a great amount of thinking as you only need to learn two picking patterns, which is really one in two directions, and only three scale patterns instead of the usual seven per scale.
For most guitarists there is nothing more tedious than sitting down to learn a bunch of chords from a dry chord book, only to find that after hours of going through them, very few of them actually stick.
A good knowledge of chords will make you a far more rounded player, and allow you to be much more versatile in many playing situations. In truth, you’re more likely to be asked to come up with a rhythm part than a scorching lead break, and if you are you’ll need to know what chords you’re attempting to wail over anyway.
I won’t go into chord theory here, there are plenty of other books that do that very well. What I’ll deal with here is how to memorize chords so that you can start, or expand, your chord vocabulary; what’s more you’ll develop a way to access chords quickly as if you need to hunt and peck for them, they’re pretty much useless.
The idea of this method is to build up a vocabulary of chords by organizing them in a memorable way. New chords are more likely to stick in your brain if they’re connected or related to chords you already know. We'll combine this idea with another simple yet powerful memory technique to make those chords really stick in your head, and be available on demand.
The book takes on the form of a private lesson, or conversation with the author where he seamlessly weaves together chord shapes and helps you actually remember them. There’s no heavy theory work here, just a simply method to learn and remember chords on guitar quickly and easily.
A lot of students ask me how they can take their improvisation skills to the next level and move beyond pentatonic scales and into modes and arpeggios. My response is to tell them not to abandon pentatonic scales in favor of modes and other soloing devices, but to use them as a springboard and a solid foundation from which to expand their harmonic awareness. If you play rock, blues and even jazz, you’ll be using pentatonic scales for the rest of your life, so there’s no need to discard them!
In this book, we’ll be using the much-loved minor pentatonic scale as the basis for learning and having a quick way to access the modes of the major scale, as well as the basic seventh chord arpeggios. This means that when you go to improvise, you'll have a vast array of options with which to go beyond pentatonic soloing. Work through this book daily and I guarantee you a smooth and painless transition from pentatonics to incorporating modes and arpeggios into your playing.
You will reach many plateaus as you progress on guitar, and these are fantastic opportunities to do something different, and to learn something new while deepening the knowledge you’ve already acquired.
This book provides solutions to many of the issues faced by guitarists on the intermediate plateau, those stuck in a rut, or those simply wishing to break into advanced territory on the instrument. I hope to be a facilitator on this journey, and help you get to where you want to be with your guitar playing.
This book is divided into three sections. In the first, we look at how to transfer your knowledge of scales and arpeggios from standard tuning to fourths tuning, so as not to have to start again from scratch.
In the second section, we go deeper into scales and arpeggios using a system borne out of the symmetrical nature of fourths tuning, and which will have you playing scales and arpeggios easily and freely all over the fourths fretboard in a matter of hours.
In the final section, we abandon shapes and patterns all together and really begin to take advantage of the consistent interval layout in fourths tuning to form chords, arpeggios and scales on the fly using interval formulas.
If you're transitioning from standard to fourths tuning, this book will guide you along the way and help you make the most of the exciting world of all fourths tuning on guitar.
Guitar Hacks can be clever ways to do things on guitar, priceless nuggets of information, or new perspectives on vital concepts for learning and understanding guitar, out-of-the-box thinking and much more besides.
These hacks are based on 20+ years of hindsight so that you can get to where you want to be with your playing quicker and more efficiently. whatever your current level, or provide an excellent reference for guitar teachers looking for lesson ideas that can be easily expanded upon.
It’s particularly difficult on guitar because guitarists tend to arrive at this point with varying amounts of knowledge and gaps in their playing, whereas other instrumentalists approach soloing over changes in a more uniform way.
While it’s true that everyone learns differently, I believe that a solid approach to soloing over changes requires a system that is a) not based on patterns, b) develops the ability to locate notes on the neck either by interval or by the name of the note, and c) develops the player’s ear to the point where he/she is able to fully express themselves and truly improvise on their instrument as oppose to a formulaic, calculated and somewhat cold approach to something that should be, insofar as is possible, spontaneously created in the moment; and this is what I hope to achieve with this eBook.
To be honest, there isn't much in the way of material for fourths tuning on guitar, so I decided to write a chords and inversions book for anyone wishing to expand their knowledge of chords in fourths tuning, or to help with the transition from standard to fourths tuning. There are over 30 types of chords and inversions in this book, including open chords, closed and spread voiced triads, plus virtually every other type of chord and inversion you'll need to play anything from rock to jazz. You'll find a logical progression of chord types as well as easy-to-read chord diagrams which present the most essential and usable chords in all fourths tuning on guitar.