Thursday, 8 September 2011

Caged System Part Two (South Shields Guitar Lessons) C Major

Caged System Part Two (South Shields Guitar Lessons) C Major

The C Chord all over the neck

One mistake guitarists make is thinking Chords or just for strumming. The Example below shows how to use a C Chord and a C7 Chord to play a blues phrase.

CAGED System Part One (South Shields Guitar Lesson) E Major

CAGED System Part One (South Shields Guitar Lesson) E Major

The CAGED system enables you to work out your chords using the shapes of C A G E D.
Above here is E Major plotted all over the neck using all five shapes.
This will enable you to know the neck of the guitar much better.

Remember Chords are not just for strumming. Some don't learn the CAGED system as they think knowing a chord in one position is all you need.

See example below from Oasis song to see the use of the E Chord all over the neck

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How To Sound Like Steve Vai (South Shields Guitar Lessons)

How To Sound Like Steve Vai

set up your amp like this. 

gain- 7 
bass- 6 
mids- 4 
treble- 7 

use delay to taste 

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Do I Need To Learn To Read Music To Play Guitar?

Do I Need To Learn To Read Music To Play Guitar?

The simple answer to the above question is no. Many top guitarists don’t read music. This doesn’t however mean that you should dismiss ever learning to read music.
The beginner guitarist learning chords and strumming song realises quite quickly that you can do a lot on guitar without knowing a note of music.
Learning more complicated pieces using guitar tablature can be achieved and you still haven’t learnt a note of music.
Learning scale shapes too means you can play lead without knowing all the names of the notes.

One thing that stops people learning to read music is that they assume it’s too difficult.
Without getting to in depth musical notes go from A to G. There are no sharps or flats between Band C or E and F.
Musical Alphabet goes: A/A#.Bb/B/C/C#.Db/D/D#.Eb/E/F/F#.Gb/G/G#.Ab/A

Plus Points of Reading Music
1.       Understanding of Other Musical Instruments
2.       Playing Music You Haven’t Heard before
3.       Finding Root Notes of Chords and Scales
4.       Understanding Chord Names
5.       Writing Down Your Ideas Accurately
6.       Editing Midi Software

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What Will I Learn at Rock Licks Guitar Tuition south shields

What Will I Learn at Rock Licks Guitar Tuition

What Will I Learn From Guitar Lessons
We’ll look at the CAGED system to learn chords. This will mean you will know
  • ·         Major Minor and 7th Chords in open positions (All other chord types)
  • ·         All above chords in five positions covering the entire guitar neck
  • ·         Barre Chords
  • ·         Understanding Chord names
Understanding the Guitar Neck

You will learn to be able to work out the names of all the notes on the fret board.  Understanding the musical alphabet enables the student to easily work out notes on guitar.
  • ·         Pentatonic Scale Major/Minor in all keys
  • ·         Blues Scale in all keys
  • ·         Major Scales in all keys
  • ·         Modes (Ionian/Dorian/Phrygian/Lydian/Mixolydian/Aeolian/Locrian
  • ·         Harmonic Minor Scale
  • ·         Diminished and Symmetrical Scale
  • Understanding Key Signatures
  • ·         Cycle of Fiths
  • ·         Chords in All Keys
  • ·         Relative Major and Minor Keys

How To Read Guitar Tablature
Guitar Tablature is a very popular and easy way to learn to play guitar pieces without necessarily having to learn to read music.

How To Read Music
Many guitarists don’t learn to read music. One reason is people think it’s going to be difficult or that it is unnecessary. Though learning to read music is optional realising how easy it is encourages students to learn.

  • ·         Strumming and Rhythm
  • ·         Finger Picking
  • ·         Lead Guitar (String Bends/ Vibrato)
  • ·         Arpeggios
  • ·         Sweep Picking
  • ·         Two Hand Tapping

How To Write Songs

  • ·         Understanding Popular Chord Progressions
  • ·         Song Structure
  • ·         Writing a Guitar Solo

How To Play With a Band
  • ·         Timing
  • ·         Using Backing Tracks
  • ·         Memorizing Songs

  • ·         Software (Cubase/Guitar Rig/Amplitube)
  • ·         Setting Up Amp
  • ·         Guitar Tone
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Biggest Mistakes the Beginner Guitarist Makes

Is Self Taught The Best Way?
Many guitarists wear the ‘Self Taught Badge’ with pride. Claiming to be self taught creates the illusion that you thought of everything all by yourself.
If you don’t have a guitar teacher you will no doubt have to look into guitar teach books which on your own can be quite difficult to understand. Knowing someone who already plays guitar is the next place to pick up information about how to play.
All of this is a bit random and a bit of trial and error approach. You wouldn’t go to a self taught heart surgeon who learned his craft through trial and error!!!
Getting lessons from a good teacher will help you progress much faster.
Example: I have a 12 year old student with no past experience on guitar. The student has had 5 lessons and can now play all Major, Minor and Seventh Chords in open and barre chord positions.
Would that be possible by self teaching?

Jimi Hendrix Didn’t Read Music He Just Had Natural Talent!
‘I don’t have the natural talent’ is often the excuse of the under achieving musician.
It’s a bit misleading to believe that just because someone doesn’t read music that their musical ability must  therefore be natural God given at birth.
Many rock musicians don’t read music but they learned chords and scales. They also know where the notes on their instrument are too.

Always Practice Sitting Down?
Last time I looked most guitarists perform standing up! BB King has earned the right to sit when playing. But would Slash at the end of the November Rain video looked as half as cool if he had of walked out of the church and took a seat before he played the outro solo!!!!!!!
We all fall into the trap of practicing sitting down then have difficulty playing our stuff when standing up.

Practice Without Plugging Into Amp?
These days luckily for my neighbour’s guitar amps come with headphone sockets.
Too many times we practice a solo unplugged only to find when we plug into our amp with Metal Insane setting and it all sounds like a horrible mess.
The Rock guitarist by definition wants to show off. To show off you need to be loud!!!!!

Identifying the Repeated Chord Progression
You have your song and chords sheet. But you can’t memorize the song. Only with the sheet of paper can you possibly perform it????
Will you memorize D C G D D C G D D C G D D C G D ??? Which is a 16 chord sequence.
Or will you read it as (D C G D) x4  A lot easier.
Too many beginners aren’t told that a song is a series of repeated chord patterns.
Many songs are Verse Verse Chorus Verse Chorus Chorus.
Each verse has the same chord progression. The Chorus is the same every time its played.

There’s So Many Chords To Remember!!
As a beginner guitarist you’ll be taught to memorize chord shapes. There are so many shapes in your chord dictionary it won’t be long before your brain has turned into scrambled egg.
Seriously take my advice check out the CAGED system. In simple terms all chords can be worked out from the simple shapes of the C Chord A Chord G Chord E Chord D Chord.
It’s well worth asking your guitar teacher about it. You can burn that chord dictionary.

Scales Are Boring!!
Scales are boring if you just run up and down them endlessly.
Start out with pentatonic and blues scale and learn how to make a blues solo. Suddenly scales are cool.

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How To Sound Like John Frusciante (RHCP)

Gain - 4
Treble - 8
Mid - 2
Bass - 6
Reverb - 7       south shields guitar lessons

Guitars ’55 and ’62 Fender Stratocasters; ’69 Les Paul Custom; Martin 0-15.
Amps Marshall Major and Silver Jubilee heads. Marshall 4x12 cabinets with stock Celestions.
Effects Boss CE-1 Chorus Ensemble, DS-1 Distortion, DS-2 Turbo Distortion; Electro-Harmonix English Muff’n fuzz, Holy Grail Reverb, Big Muff Pi fuzz, POG Polyphonic Octave Generator, Electric Mistress Flanger; DOD 680 Analog Delay; Moog MF-105 MuRF, MF-105B Bass MuRF, MF-101 Low-Pass Filter, MF-103 Phaser; Ibanez WH-10 Wah; Dunlop DB-02 Dime Custom CryBaby.
Strings D’Addario .010-.046.

How To Sound Like Slash

How To Sound Like Slash

Presence: 7
Bass: 8
Middle: 6
Treble: 6
Master Volume 1: 3
Gain control 1: 7
Gain Control 2: 3 

If you cant afford all this gear and you have Guitar Rig software:

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Should I Buy Glass or Metal Slide For Slide Guitar

Many say you need a glass slide to get the real sound of slide guitar.

  • Glass Slides have a mellow sound but can break
  • Chrome Slides can be cold sounding and lacking in character
  • Brass Slides are warmer with more mid range and some say have more sustain than glass
Top Tip: A Guitar With A Raised Action Works and Sounds Much Better

Most importantly buy a slide that fits your finger 

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