4 Scales you can use if you’re improvising in minor keys

4 Minor scales you can use if you’re improvising on guitar (and how to use them)

What guitar scale should you improvise on if you’re playing in the key of C major? The C major scale, right? Or else the C major pentatonic scale, which doesn’t have any different notes, only less. What guitar scale should you improvise on if the music is in the key of A minor? A minor …

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You Don’t Need to Play Guitar Fast To Improvise Good Solos

Many a time I have students who have the ability to at least start to improvise guitar solos, good solos if they commit to practicing the art of improvisation for a while, but they’re afraid that it’s not within their reach because they think they can’t play fast guitar, that they can’t “shred”, and that …

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How to focus and get more out of your guitar practicing time

Do you sometimes feel that your guitar practice time involves learning a bunch of unrelated things without knowing the reason why you’re learning them? That you have to learn all this so that finally, one day, years from now, it will magically tie up together and “you can play guitar”? I know exactly how this …

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The Tritone: A Lesson on Consonance and Dissonance

What makes beautiful melodies…..beautiful? There are quite a few things you need in place to write a great melody, but the one thing that makes a melody stand out is a good relationship between consonance and dissonance. Consonance and dissonance in music is a concept you need to understand from a theoretical level as well …

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Black Metal From Saudi Arabia: What you can learn from Al Namrood about the meaning of life

Every Heavy Metal fan knows who the guys in Metallica are. And every Black Metal fan knows who the guys in Mayhem are, who killed who, and who’s burned most churches in Norway. Varg Vikernes from Burzum, who gained notoriety for the infamous murder of Mayhem singer Euronymous has come out of prison and has …

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