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How to Create Easy JamTracks for Guitar Solo Practice
In this episode of the GuitarBlog we're going to learn a number of easy ways to create JamTracks at home using Major and Minor key harmony.
Video - PART 1: Our lesson begins by introducing general music theory behind creating progressions based within a key signature. Our first jam (example one) operates over a common I-IV-V progression within the key of "D Major." The JamTrack uses small 3-note triads built from the 4th to 2nd strings to establish the harmony.
Example two switches over to the minor tonality with a track in the key of "D Minor." This track once again applies the harmony of the I-IV-V. However, his time the harmony functions in a slightly different manner using a drone note off of the open 4th string "D." Each triad is constructed between the 3rd to 1st strings.
Video - PART 2: In the second half of the lesson, (available with the lesson handout in the members area), the third example expands upon the basic chord progression (I-IV-V harmony) by stretching the harmony out to the use other diatonic chord types. The chord progression for the ex.3 JamTrack applies a harmony of "I-V-VI-III" to a progression in "E Major."
Example four changes tonality with an "E Minor" progression. The harmony is unique in how it has been extended to include an "add2" extension. This "add2" extension highlights each of the chords in a very different way. The impact of this sound is dramatic and will cause the melodies and improvisations associated to the JamTrack to change as well.
Be sure to watch Part 2 of this lesson and download the handout in the members area of CreativeGuitarStudio.com
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January 06, 2017:
Funky Melodic Guitar Parts
PART ONE: In part one, the first example runs through the creation of melodic parts built from the notes around a primary chord. The key center is based off of a funky harmony from an "F7" chord. A scale line from a modal pentatonic approach applies notes of the "G Minor Pentatonic" scale focusing on the scales "F" tone.
Example two, gets into extended dominant sounds found off of dominant 7th chord extensions of the "9th and 13th." Filler lines are built from around the central chord of "D9." The "D Mixolydian" mode is used to produce filler melodies. A strong build up occurs at the progressions final measure using a series of surrounding chords from the dominant 9th color. A 13th extension is applied at the end of the riff with the use of a "Dominant 13th" chord.
PART TWO: In part two of the lesson we begin by exploring the application of embellishments within funky melodic guitar parts. Example three takes a funky riff in the key of "A" and produces a sense of greater movement across the part through the use of chromatic concepts. The harmony of an "A7" chord is approached using the chromatic embellishments and then the line focuses on closing the phrase by way of an "A Blues" Scale. At the completion of the line, a chromatic double-stop phrase acts like a turnaround statement for the riff.
Example four is a double guitar part composed in the key of "C Minor." Guitar one is a melodic statement that uses the scale tones of the "C Minor Pentatonic" scale. It applies a slightly syncopated 16th-note melody around scale tones located at the lower register of the fingerboard. Guitar part two, operates off of a static "C Minor" triad at the 8th position. The suggested practice approach is to learn how to layer a doubled guitar part through recording both grooves and then alternating between them.
Watch Part 2 of this lesson and download the handout and jamtrack in the members area of CreativeGuitarStudio.com