There's a LOT you can do with scale shapes besides just going up and down one note at a time.
Most of the music you listen to can fit into scale shapes. Knowing your scales can allow you tons of musical ideas.
Turns out that John Petrucci and I use scale shapes in a similar way to create riffs.
Check out this video where Petrucci demonstrates this approach to song/riff writing:
This is something I know very little about. I understand a general idea of how you can approach using chromatic runs during a solo to make things sound more interesting, but nothing too advanced.
"So how are you going to teach how to use chromatic notes in solos?"
Well, I'm not. Guthrie Govan is!
I found this lesson to be very informative on how to utilize chromatic notes, and wanted to share it!
I just heard some of the smoothest arpeggios played on a guitar I have ever heard.
And, there was NO SWEEPING done!
Guthrie Govan uses a tapping method to create super SUPER smooth sounding arpeggios that utilizes string skipping.
Check out this video to learn how to create some really cool sounding arpeggios:
Yup. I like playing fast. It's fun. It's exciting. But, is it musical?
Yes! I say it is. It also depends on how it's used though.
However, I do agree that it feels as if musicality is lost when all a guitar player does is haul ass up and down scales, cramming in as many notes as possible, AAAAALLLLLLLL THEEEE TIME.
So, how can you focus on the musicality of a scale instead of just playing it as fast as you can?
That's right! P-L-A-Y S-L-O-W
Playing slow allows you to HEAR the notes you are using. Whether you are playing to a backing track, or by yourself (no accompaniment), it's a FANTASTIC idea to practice playing your solos, leads, scales, SLOW!
In fact, I always advise new students to practice improv slowly. When you are new to improv, it can be very helpful to play nice and slow so you allow your ears to grow accustomed to what you are playing and hearing.
Guthrie Govan talks about this in a lesson he did with Guitar World. Definitely worth the watch!
I think it's safe to say that Joe Satriani understands how to write music, and create memorable melodies.
Ever wonder what his approach to writing melodies might be?
You're in luck! Even if you haven't wondered what his approach may be, you too can find something useful in his lesson:
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John Taylor - guitar and bass instructor for Mile High Shred.