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May 21, 2017:

Blues Scale for Lead Guitar - How to Join Scales
This lesson plan explores the use of Blues Scale in several styles used across the entire span of the fingerboard. Special focus is given to how the Blues Scale can be performed in a more "along the neck" fashion. Smooth connections are demonstrated for the performance of this scale in multiple fingerboard locations.

Video - PART 1: In the first example, a Jazz /Funk feel from off of a "D9" chord provides the back-drop for a phrase in "D Blues" that covers several fingerboard positions. The phrase in the example transitions across the neck using Blues scale patterns from the 10th position to the 3rd moving by way position jumps along with a finger slide.


Example two uses an "E7(#9)" chord to join together Blues scale patterns from within the lower register of the neck. The phrase in example two is reminiscent of licks used by Hendrix or Jimi Page. Wider intervals are applied to cover the span of the neck creating greater distance in the sound of the musical line.


membersVideo - PART 2: In the second half of the lesson, (available with the lesson handout in the members area), example three takes a Jazzy /Swing feel and combines the swing /shuffle rhythm with a more straight forward eighth-note triplet part to create a strong framework for the Blues scale. This example highlights the popular application of how the Blues scale can operate over this triple-meter feel.

In example four, the Dominant 7th chord takes center stage with a phrasing idea that uses a "licks around chords" approach for playing lines associated to a chord. The chord of "Eb7" (based off of the 5th string), is the core harmony in where the use of "Eb Blues Scale" is applied to follow each chord voicing with a melodic statement. The notes of the corresponding Blues scale tap into the chord and help to connect the chord with a strongly associated melodic phrase.


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May 12, 2017:
From Guitar Scale to Lead Guitar


PART ONE: In example one, our focus will be on the importance of establishing a theme. Musical themes are paramount to producing the most connected musical statements. In example 1a, we learn our foundation theme and then in example 1b we'll expand upon that theme to create a new statement that shares the same harmony and musical perspective in a slightly different way.


Example two helps clarify the way choppy /broken rhythms can operate against more flowing phrases. This effect is a powerful rhythmic phrasing device that allows a melody to create more involved contrast between musical lines. Example two demonstrates how to use this technique around a key of "F Minor" chord harmony. A broken feel is found in measure one, with a contrasting steady flow of notes being applied in measure two. 


membersPART 2: In part two, (available in the members area) we begin in example three by developing shapes from scales that operate across the guitar in unique ways. Example three applies a segmented along the neck "G Major" melody. The segmented idea wraps up with a two-string sequenced pattern. Intervals and string slides help create a greater sense of melodic contrast.


In example four, a demonstration of how applying fragmented multi-position phrasing can pull a phrase across the neck and at the same time introduce a cool sounding musical effect for how scales are performed. A "C Minor" scale is used to show how several scale patterns can be played across the neck in different positions. The melody in this example changes position often using subtle alterations to the flow of the melody line to create more flow of the rhythm.


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