Saturday, January 28, 2012

Hi  All  ....
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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Question On: *How Much Hour should   I Practice the Guitar?*
It’s generally heard that the more time you give the more result you have. Standard practicing is recommended at a 30 minutes/day or 90 minutes a week. Many guitar learners would say that this is not much of enough practice time; they don’t feel the growth even after giving 1 hour.
I would say that this is because the right practice is not yet clear to them. Attend a guitarmonk session and you will know that how 30 minutes will be more than a student will be able to bear. It’s a workout indeed. I sometimes see that most students are not even compatible for more than 15 minutes workout. They need rest. This is job of your teacher, has to be professional enough to offer you practice regime. So let’s first absorb these 3 tips
Tip # 1 If you are a beginner, your first few months of practice should be able to grab your guitar for 5-10 minutes session anytime and whenever, and as many times as you can. Say to divide your session in 10 minutes. Pick in night, morning, lunch time. You are developing your finger dexterity so connection to your guitar as often and rest makes your finger adaptive to harder workout later. Crucial point is to develop finger stamina, assess finger state (soreness Vs pain) and practice with awareness. Take rest if it pains but when I say pain – see whether it’s normal stretching or just demand of relaxation? You have to make sure that it’s not overly tensed muscle due to wrong guitar or improper practice regime.
Tip # 2 Guitar learning is not a rat race or competition. Don’t compete to any one, just to yourself. Your fingers physical sensitivity, your mental receptivity is your individuality and start pillar. Don’t move astray from it else it will be unnatural. Be yourself and understand your development process. As a future learned guitarist, your playing will represent your individuality so why not pick it from the beginning?
Tip # 3 Some people take guitar practice time as an agenda of unwinding themselves from hectic schedule. This is undoubtedly great indeed and Infact one of the objective. But also note that you are yet building up your stamina, finger dexterity. So practice connectivity is crucial and rewarding. Once you have crossed a lot of steps and developed lots of skills, the practice is not same. So Note it that your practice changes with time.
2ndly, most working people are so busy enough that the above philosophy of unwinding themselves at right time basically becomes delay of practice.
So picking guitar for five or ten or 15 minutes here or there is not of a much effort but helps you in a “cumulative” effect of having gained development. So my advice is that you should pick both model of practicing, unwinding and remote playing of 5-10 minutes.
 "...holding a guitar not as an agenda, this is your guitar come-on, love it and hold it as many times, have fun with it, don’t count your smiles, just strum it, either before sleeping or take it at lunch time, and also place guitar at a position where you can find it quickly. Enjoy these 3 tips until I bring some more perspectives in practicing..."

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Guthrie Govan (born 27 December 1971 in ChelmsfordEssexEngland) is a guitarist known for his work with the bands Asia (2001–2006), GPS, The Young Punx and The Fellowship as well as Erotic Cakes (a vehicle for his own music). He is a noted guitar teacher through his work with the UK magazine Guitar Techniques, Guildford’s Academy of Contemporary Music and currently the Brighton Institute of Modern Music. He is the 1993 winner of Guitarist magazine's "Guitarist of the Year" competition.

In late 2011, Govan announced a new tour with new band "The Aristocrats", featuring Bryan Beller on bass and Marco Minnemann on the drums. Their self-titled album was released worldwide in September 
Cool  Interview  Guithrie Guitar Rigs  and  Aristocrats  Song   ") 

Enjoy  !   

Monday, January 23, 2012

*geetaRR*PRACTICING   'tips'

1 - Physical Organization

The guitar practice environment is as much (if not more) important than the activity itself. Practicing in the same room most of the time is the key.
The ideal is to have a dedicated "practice space" for your music.
The environment should contain every object you could use during guitar practice. For example :
  • Guitar (and amplifier if needed)
  • Music stand and guitar stand if needed
  • Tuner, metronome and patch chords
  • Guitar strap and picks
  • Timer or watch
  • CD/tape/vinyl player (and/or computer)
  • Albums you are currently transcribing from
  • Binder (with staff and regular paper)
  • Pen, pencils and eraser
  • Books you are using (fakebooks, charts, methods, etc.)
  • Water (last but not least!)
Having everything in one place is essential to focused jazz guitar practice. Avoid getting up to get "that book" or "that CD" or "the &%/$# tuner"...
The environment influences practicing and helps in creating an habit of practicing. It takes only 3 weeks to develop an habitual behavior.

2 - Goals and Planification

In order to move forward (improvement), you need a direction (goal). It's essential to know why you practice guitar! Ask yourself :
"...How am I sounding right now? How would I like to sound in the future?.."
Write the answers down on two separate sheets of paper.
Answer the first question honestly acknowledging reality. List your strengths and weaknesses. Acceptance leads to better playing.
Answer the second question with your own personal ideal. What's a "perfect" jazz guitarist to you? Make a list of many aspects.
With the two lists in hand, decide on the weaknesses that you want to make intro strengths immediately. (Choose the most urgent matters. Obviously, we all want all of our weak points to turn strong...)
Use your ideals as a point of reference to set goals!
Goals set? Alright! (-:
Be positive towards improving certain areas. The whole process will be very enjoyable if you keep a smile! The fact that you now acknowledge your strengths, weaknesses and goals will take you to new heights.
Note: From now on, I suggest you write everything down. I've been keeping a log for a long time; I find it amazingly helpful! The log is very personal because everyone has it's own way of keeping track. Find yours and start "logging" today!
Setting goals and foreseeing progress is of utmost importance for musicians. It'll boost your guitar practice.

3 - Material

This is the part where you decide what you will practice in order to attain goals. It can consist of anything from sight-reading Bach to transcribing Herb Ellis. Material can also be conceived in the form of exercises.
The musical material to be practiced differs from person to person!
Guitar practice is strictly personal and depends a great deal on the level, taste and general direction of each player. No one knows exactly what you should practice to achieve X or Y result. YOU decide! (-:
Since there's a tremendous amount of information (things to practice...) out there, you are the judge. We'll never plow through even 1% of all music so we have to be selective and choose wisely.
Here are general guidelines to help you pick (or create) what you'll be covering in you jazz guitar practice sessions:
  • Balance Different Areas
    Cover a few, but not too many, aspects of playing when you practice. It's no good to play only scales six month in a row... and it's no good to practice 52 different things each day! Balance is the key. (For example practice comping, scales and repertoire.)
  • Have Complimentary Approaches
    Attack the same problem from different angles. Be creative and keep the goal in mind. There's at least ten ways to approach any musical difficulty. Try not to be "exclusive" when choosing what material you practice to overcome an obstacle. Create your own exercises when needed, which leads me to...
  • Be Your Own Teacher
    Some books and teachers have great practice suggestions. In the end, I think that's what worked for them that there trying to teach you. Create your own exercises to overcome musical obstacles.
  • Learn Tunes
    Always go over at least a little bit of repertoire on a regular basis. It can be learning new tunes or perfecting known standards. Create a list of tunes you know (memorized) and work with it.
    You jazz guitar practice will raise your performance level ...and what's played during a performance exactly? (Tunes!!!) Thank you.
So, did you pick some material to practice? You know exactly what to do now to get to your goals. Congratulations!
Let's see how you should apply this to real life jazz guitar practice sessions!

4 - Practice Time

This is usually where most of my students have difficulties. Here again, it's necessary to perceive reality as it is. You will NOT be practicing 8 hours each day... for the next 10 years!!! (Well... most of us don't)
On the other hand, you are most likely to give a steady 30-45 minutes average per day. It's more than enough to make huge progress... if your time is used properly! (-;
Here are points to keep in mind to manage your jazz guitar practice time:
  • Focus
    Make your guitar practice time 110% focused. No distractions (please re-read #1). The value of 30 minutes of focused practicing is greater than a whole day of mere playing (or noodling!)
  • Practice "everything" in each session
    According to your goals, try to play through all your chosen material each time you practice. If there's an item on your list that you didn't touch for a week, it means that you have to much on your plate.
  • Plan each session
    Decide how much time you will honestly spend in focused practice before even touching the guitar. With this set amount of time in mind, plan the material you'll cover. Divide each session in small chunks of time to go through "everything".
    [For example: I have 5 items on my list and 75 minutes to practice. I'll do 20, 20, 5, 15, 15 minutes.]
  • Warm-up
    Pace the practicing material logically. I like to start with some slow scales and then I improvise on a tune. It prepares my brain and fingers to tackle my routine. At the end of the session, I also improvise but on a tune that's more challenging for me.
    Experiment and find what kind of warm-up works for you. Create your own session "starters"!
  • Practice Regularly
    It's best to do it everyday even if it's for a short session. Never try to "catch up on the weekend"... trust me, it doesn't work!
Go ahead and try daily guitar practice sessions for the next few weeks. Take note of what works for you. Write everything down so you can adjust later. Then come back and adjust with...

5 - Goals and Planification [Encore]

Keep this jazz guitar practice process in mind as weeks and months go by. I can keep most exercises (and their variations) in my routine for years at a time!
Improvement comes from slow and steady growth.
Come back often, re-visit and adjust your practice environment, your goals, your material and your practice time. Write casual reports on the results you achieve on guitar. Do it often! Acknowledge and improve.
I also encourage you to personalize my suggestions as much as you can. Experiment and follow your instincts. Discovering your own "improvement mechanisms" is far more important than following any specific method.
And last but not least :
  • Record yourself
    Pocket recorders are accessible and cheap nowadays. Listen to your taped practice sessions, rehearsals and performances. Be a critic but try not to judge. Just listen to your playing objectively.
    While listening to my gigs, I often get ideas about what I could improve in my playing. As always, write it down.
  • Live Performance ,Gigs
    Playing live or attending jam sessions is a great "reality check" most of the time! Do it often. I personally discovered most of my own weaknesses "under fire"... at a jam!
Good luck and Have Fun! :)  
Top 10 tips for(Guitar) success...  ")

1.Learn something new 

Educating yourself is the first step to becoming a better guitarist. Whether you choose to believe it or not, there's always something new to learn and master. If you are currently studying music in a conservatory, at school, or in college, you will find that learning will come more easier to you. If not, I highly recommend that you get in a program. While I believe in teaching yourself, I also know from first hand experience that motivation and encouragement from a teacher is priceless. Once you conquer the subject that you were learning, push yourself to learn something that you're not quite comfortable with. Learning within your comfort zone often results with you running around in circles.

2.Make your time count
Practicing does not make perfect, it makes permanent. That makes the time you spend playing your guitar all the more important. Don't waste your time fiddling around on your guitar. Dig in and learn something that will aid you on your quest for musical success. Set goals and work towards achieving them. Whether it's technique, tricks, or a new song, you can become better just by using your time more wisely.
3.Listen to more music 
The more music that you are exposed to, the better guitarist you will become. Listen to the bands that you enjoy most and draw inspiration from them. Take note of what the musicians are doing in their songs and make a list of the techniques you want to learn. This can be the motivating force that gets you to play your guitar more often.
4.Surround yourself with excellence 
When you play your guitar with people who are better guitarists, you not only learn from them but feel motivated to push yourself to keep up. At first this idea seems obscure. Why would you expose yourself to that kind of stress? Let's face it, if there's one thing that will make you get motivated quickly it's the fact that people are counting on you. Don't play with musicians who are arrogant and rude. Embarrassment doesn't foster self-esteem and will only get you down. The people you want to learn from are patient and understanding. Eventually you will find yourself at their level. It happens faster than you might think.

5.Ask yourself what will you do (when you obtain the skills you want)
What do you want to do with what you learn? Perhaps you want to make a CD or join a band and play at some local venues. Start planning for it now and use what you currently have. This ties into setting goals but is not to be underestimated. Knowing how you want to use your talent is important. Create a vision and use goals to act on it. Whether you want to play for others, or to the wall in your bedroom, the choice is yours.
6.Teach someone how to play guitar
To teach is to learn. If the only chord you know how to play is a G chord, show someone that. Why? Because it reaffirms what you know and solidifies your knowledge. I can tell you from personal experience that I have learned more through teaching than I ever learned through being taught. It forces you out of your comfort zone and when questions are asked, you need to know the answer. I'm a firm believer that anyone can teach someone something if they want to. Give it a shot and see the results for yourself.

7.Believe in your ability 
Yes, I know how cliché this sounds. However, you need to hear it. You can do anything you put your mind to and if you choose to play guitar well, chubby fingers or not, you can! Don't listen to what others say and be true to yourself. This can be hard seeing as we live in a critical society that doesn't realize how much words can hurt. Keep at it and surround yourself with supportive people. More of a life lesson than a guitar lesson, but as far as I'm concerned music is intertwined with daily living.
8.You are incomparable 
In case you haven't picked up the hint yet, you are the ultimate guitarist. There is no one like you and there will never be anyone who even comes remotely close to being like you. Integrate who you are into your music and you will never have a shortage of material. Your music will soon form into your own tone and style.
9.Learn what worked for others 
Whether you research your favorite guitarist or talk to your guitar teacher, ask others what worked for them. I don't claim to know all the answers but when everyone puts their heads together, some really neat ideas start to flow. Networking allows you to give and receive at the same time.

10.Crush your weakness 
We all know where we lack the most in the guitar realm. For me it's in technique and finger picking, for others it's something different. Whatever it is, don't ignore it while enjoying your recent victory. Keep attacking your weak points and you'll soon see improvement. The secret is that you never stop seeing problems and you continually get better over time. You'll never be stuck without something to do. Take out a sheet of paper and write them down. Then find the resources you need to help you destroy them. It's not unlike a war, but in the end you always win.

and last but not least ... try to  play with ur 'Heart' and 'Soul'  'SING' the notes  May be Useful..  see ya  ")   \,,/!

"How do I become a professional musician?"
One of my favorite topics in learning music is the discussion of being a professional, and applied music theory. I was posed a question by a guitar player who appeared to be new, or relatively new, at the craft. Here is what he asked:

"... about fingerstyle guitar, what exercise do I perform to be a professional musician?"

Two Approaches to Music

As a keyboard player I might have been caught off guard by a technical question from a guitar player. However, this point is the same for every beginning music student playing any instrument. That is:  "What things do I need to practice or do to become a professional musician?"
The other approach is the "wait and see what my teacher tells me to do" attitude. As for practice, most students don't want to put in the time to learn the scales and other exercises that help them become proficient.
What I immediately realized was the desire this individual had to become great at playing guitar. If he can combine technique with theory exercises he will develop, and become masterful at his craft.

What Does It Take?

There is a tremendous amount of practice and work (and many exercises) required to become a professional musician. Scales, arpeggios, broken chords, chord voicing, and dozens of styles can be used as part of a practice system. All have to be mastered -for your specific instrument.
There is no one great thing that is going to make you a professional overnight. You need a well rounded knowledge to truly make the grade.

Applied Practice and Music Theory

As an example of combining both the fundamental music theory and a practical application, consider a scale. Any scale will work.
Music Theory
Let's say you're practicing a scale spanning two octaves. If you are learning this new scale you would pick or play the scale with no particular expression to start. That's good, you need to learn the structure of the scale.
Let's say that within a short period of time you start to group the notes in four notes per beat (as in sixteenth notes).
This grouping would be like a wave which accents the beat, goes soft and then has a mini crescendo to accentuate the next beat. Stated verbally (and played): LOUD, soft,  loud, -er and back toLOUD.
This is the process of combining music theory and its practical application at the same time to advance your skills. This is but one example of  moving toward your desires of playing better.

Theory as a Core

Fundamental music theory is the same for all instruments. Even so, we use the keyboard as our visual aid, and the theory behind it is applicable across the realm of music. It becomes a matter of first understanding the principle, and then how it applies to your instrument.
If you are being taught to play your guitar "note by note", or a handful of chords that you can strum in a sequence, then you are missing out on moving your skill and ability forward with solid theory.
When you understand principles and methods then you begin to take control of your music rather than it controlling you.

As a matter of fact I suggest you learn as much theory as quickly as possible. This will allow you to concentrate on the techniques of style and sound with a better knowledge of where and how the music takes shape and develops. 

Take your desire, add knowledge, and then do something about it every day: that's the path to becoming a true professional musician. Best wishes. :) RockON! 

The short history of the guitar

guitar history
Much has been said about guitar history, and all the stars that bedeck it. What I find unfortunate, is that most guitar histories are blind to the greater context.
The guitar is a very young instrument. It has existed in its modern form -with 6 strings, and what is now standard tuning- only since the 1800s. It has been taught in conservatoires only since the 1960s.
Yet it is perhaps the most widely played instrument in the world today!
The fact is that serious study around the guitar has only recently begun. When compared to instruments like the piano (and its predecessors), or the violin (and its family), the guitar is in its baby shoes.
Yet its portability, availability, and relatively low price have made the guitar the instrument of the masses. It has become the symbol of  Rock Music.
And -don't get me wrong- I love rock music and rock guitar, with its irreverent mood, and all of what goes with it. But seen from a musical stand point, the music is usually pretty unsophisticated.
Not that it has to be, either! What I'm trying to point out is the larger picture here:
The lack of proper training schemes, and the exponential proliferation of the guitar mean that it is not only the most widely used instrument in the world today, but also the worst played.
The world of classical guitar, due to individualism, the lack of significant repertoire, and the lack of chamber music within that repertoire, has turned into a ghetto. A ghetto with very little contact with the broader world of music, and musicians.
To my mind, this means that although it would seem like we are living the age of the guitar, what we are actually seeing is a period of stagnation. The status-quo of music making on the guitar is rarely, if ever, questioned.
By this I mean the way the guitarist interacts with, and understands music, through his instrument. Beyond very simple patterns, the guitar is often lived more as an obstacle than an aid in this respect.
And if what matters most is the iconic image of the rock star holding his strat -with his godly status- then music making on a guitar is not likely to evolve much further down that road!

Rock guitar has defined its genre to such an extent that we tend to take it for granted: since rock music was born, the guitar has played a central role in it. But what are the roots of rock, and why is the guitar the emblematic symbol of this music?
Part of the answer lies in that it is such a readily accessible instrument, and rock and the genres that shaped it were certainly not the music of the elites. But let's take a closer look at the history of the guitar in 20th century popular music.

The origins: the Blues

BLUES is the result of a mixture of styles that, seemingly, have very little to do with one another. Yet, each of these types of music played a crucial role in determining the characteristics of rock.
In the first place, there was the traditional music that Africans from Mali and other regions, taken as slaves to America, brought along with them. Pentatonic scales, swinging polyrhythmic structures, and improvisation are three key aspects of that music. This style blended with the European traditions that the whites sought to impose on them: many African slaves received musical training at church. European religious choir music contributed harmony -as it understood in Europe- to the Blues and its liturgical counterpart, Gospel. Last, but not least, the proximity of the southern states of the U.S. to Mexico meant that African slaves were in close contact with Mexican rancheras, style which the main instrument of is the guitar.
This blend, together with an irreverent, "got nothin' to lose" mood, determined the characteristics of the earliest styles of blues.Country and Rockabilly
The blues had tremendous influence on all ensuing popular styles of music in America. Country and Rockabilly, the direct forerunners of Rock 'n' Roll, were no exception. White people started playing their own versions of the blues, blended in with other traditions of European origin: they tended to eliminate the polyrhythmic aspect -so natural to African peoples- and to focus far more on melody.
Other styles, like Ragtime and Jazz, retained the African elements to a greater degree, and in some cases even returned to them in a very conscious way (As Hardbop did, for instance). However, the guitar played a minimal role in Jazz up until the 1960s, and even since then, it has only been one of many instruments used in that musical genre, too.
Folk and Rockabilly, however, adopted the guitar as their main instrument right away.

Country and Rockabilly

The blues had tremendous influence on all ensuing popular styles of music in America. Country and Rockabilly, the direct forerunners of Rock 'n' Roll, were no exception. White people started playing their own versions of the blues, blended in with other traditions of European origin: they tended to eliminate the polyrhythmic aspect -so natural to African peoples- and to focus far more on melody.
Other styles, like Ragtime and Jazz, retained the African elements to a greater degree, and in some cases even returned to them in a very conscious way (As Hardbop did, for instance). However, the guitar played a minimal role in Jazz up until the 1960s, and even since then, it has only been one of many instruments used in that musical genre, too.
Folk and Rockabilly, however, adopted the guitar as their main instrument right away.

Rock 'n' Roll and Beyond

jeff beckIn contrast to Jazz of the big-band era, where the guitar was used mainly in the rhythmic section, Rockabilly and Rock 'n' Roll kept using the guitar more as it was used in traditional blues. In commercial records of that time, though, the emphasis was more on vocals than on instrumental solos. Nevertheless, the guitar was close the foreground all the time.
The big revolution that turned the guitar into the solo instrument it is in rock nowadays happened in England. Bands like the Yardbirds, John Mayall and the Bluesbrakers, and many others, influenced as much by the harsher sounding blues music, as by the more commercial Rock 'n' Roll records of the time, started using the guitar as a lead instrument more prominently: this way, modern rock was born. Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, and Jimmy Page were all the lead guitarist of the Yardbirds at different points, and each would later have a huge impact on the development of Rock Guitar.
Jimi Hendrix, also drawing heavily on the blues tradition, and greatly influenced by psychedelic rock from Britain and other styles such as funk, had as big an impact (if not greater) on the development of rock guitar as his British counterparts.
The way the guitar is used in rock was forever changed by these revolutionary guitarists.

Hi  fRiends,
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Here's a quick summary of what the Jammin With The Band Experience Is All About: 

Jammin With The Band is a unique guitar playing and learning experience where you will be able to:
Watch a real band perform original songs as well as popular cover tunes in the recording studio
Learn how to play these songs with in-depth video guitar lessons where you will learn every last chord, rhythm, lick and solo
Be able to watch different perspectives of just the guitar player playing his parts with enhanced audio so you will see and know exactly what he's doing
Be able to Jam Along With The Band in another video where the guitar player is muted... Learn to play the song and then play along as the guitar player in the band!
•      Plus gain access to additional video guitar lessons that are going to teach you songs by Van Halen, AC/DC and Pink Floyd!

This program is really like nothing else I've ever seen and if you like playing guitar, your going to love "Jammin With The Band".

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Fretboard Map

Sick and tired of playing "the same old thing?"

Master the guitar fretboard and unleash your creativity!

To master the fretboard, you need to trace out a map of what's in it: the guitar fretboard map.

Many a guitar student thinks, mistakenly, that learning the names of all the notes on the fretboard is enough. Nothing could be farther from the truth. What you actually need to understand is all therelationships between those notes. It's not the notes, it's what you can do with them.
Many a guitar student makes the mistake of looking for shortcuts that don't lead to an understanding of the big picture: they go straight to learning scale and chord fingering patterns, without understanding how they can be broken down. Without understanding their components and inter-relationships...

Is that you? Have you tried that, only to find yourself in a rut?

To go back to the fretboard map analogy, only learning fingering patterns is the equivalent of learning fixed routes to move around a city, without a bird's eye view of all the surrounding terrain. If that's you, you're missing out on all the alternate routes you could take in different situations...
To get a full bird's eye view of the terrain -the guitar fretboard.

Feeling Lost?
If you've ever felt like you're trapped playing "the same old thing", and can't get to the sounds in your head, you're not alone! I've been through that, and most guitar players I talk to tell the same thing...
Actually, it's pretty much like being lost in an unknown city, without a map. You know where you want to go, you just don't know how.
So let's take the fretboard map analogy one step further. Just for the hell of it. Let's imagine you have only just moved towns. You get there by train, and you have directions to get to your new house. So you walk there, moving slowly, trying to take in every detail of every building along the way.
(This is you, clumsily doddering over the fretboard, trying to learn your first pentatonic scale).
You take a mental note of easy-to-remember buildings, monuments, and streets. With these reference points, you find it's not so hard getting back to the train station when you have to go there the next day...
(Hey, you're getting good!)
By now, you know the way to the train station and back to your new home. You next follow a similar procedure to learn the way to the grocery store. So you get really good at going from your house to the grocery store and back. And you're also great at getting to the train station and back. You think you really know your way around, and you've only been here for two days! Wow!!! Time to pat yourself on the back, innit?!
(At this stage, you know a couple of pentatonic scales and play them up and down, top speed, whenever your friends are around. The unitiated are impressed).
Then, one day, you're at you are at the grocery store. You get an urgent call: you have to go to the trains station, and catch the first train to solve some urgent matter in another town. At first, you feel confident. After all, you already know your way around town. So you pay and rush out, only to realize you don't know which way to turn. If you go all the way back home, so you can find your way to the station, you'll be late. So you bravely decide to try to find your way to the station from the grocery store...

it's not the notes, it's what you can do with them

You walk in what what you assume to be the right direction. But the winding streets soon confuse you. You walk around for two hours, and then finally, as if by mere chance, you spot the train station in the distance. You get there, exhausted, only to find your train has left....
(This is when your more experienced friends invite you over to jam with them, and all you know is your two pentatonic patterns. The initiated are very un-impressed).

"What has all that got to do with the fretboard, anyway?"

Ok... that is a long winded way of putting it, but it's clear enough: in order to really master the fretboard, you need to be able to get to any point from any point. Just knowing a couple of scales and chord patterns is very much like knowing the way to the grocery store and back, but little else.
You might even be at the point where you know a million different specific "routes" that get you to all your favorite places (a.k.a. fingering patterns). But what the hero of our story (You???!) hasn't found out is that the grocery store and the train station are only a block away(!!!).
What you need is a map, a fretboard map with which to get a view of the complete terrain -the guitar fretboard.
If, on the other hand you had a good map, with coordinates and all, you'd find out that moving around the fretboard is not so hard. You could now have accurate reference points to help you remember where all your favorite spots are, and the shortest possible routes between them all. And you could then start exploring alternate routes. Maybe you discover an awesome scenic route with an amazing landscape. A lick or riff you never even thought you could have come up with before...

Or you might discover an amazingly quick route for when you are right in the middle of a traffic jam (jam session with your pro friends) and need a practical solution to an unforeseen situation (someone plays something and you didn't see it coming).
Time to go get a fretboard map, right?! But, hey, why not a GPS, while you're at it?
Find out how to internalize the fretboard to the point you never have to think about it again.

5 key elements of music, and the guitar fretboard

  • Major and minor triad
  • Major and minor pentatonic scales
  • Major and minor diatonic scales
  • Modes
  • Chromatic scales

  • If you think of these essential building blocks of music as fingering patterns, you won't understand the relationships between them. You'll end up learning each individually. If you take into account all the possible permutations of these 5 things, on the fretboard, it's a huge task!!! Moreover, this is the equivalent of the map confusion we've just described.


    Sunday, January 22, 2012

    Welcome to Beginner Guitar in Depth!
    If you'e starting to play guitar, then you are at a fortunate, though risky turning point.
    Fortunate, because you've formed no bad habits, and, if shown in the right direction, you will learn very quickly! But the greatest advantage of all is that you don't think you know everything and have nothing to learn...
    Risky, because there is lots and lots of information on playing guitar out there -way too much, actually, and sadly most is of questionable quality- and it's very easy getting lost in that jungle, and end up starting in a way that may not be the most efficient. This could later cost you painful years of correcting ingrained habits in how you understand music, and music through the guitar; muscular habits; etc.
    So it's very important doing things right from the very start! You don't have any time to lose, right?
    It goes without saying that once you learn the guitar fretboard, life as a guitarist will be easier in every way.
    Yet, most guitarists never do learn the damn thing. Whether out of laziness or lack of system, and with a heck of a lot of excuses to back them up, they just never get down to it.
    If you follow these 9 steps and apply them consistently, you will be miles ahead of most in no time at all... Check them out!
    There is a lot to say about the fretboard. Truly mastering it is no mean feat. But you will never do it if you don't start with a system that makes sense. So I've put together these 9 basic steps to learn the guitar fretboard that will change your status from total beginner to beginner-with-a-future in just a few days. Enjoy!

    2. Understand that when divided in half, a string produces the same note, but an octave higher.
    3. Understand that there are only 12 possible tones on a guitar. They repeat in lower and higher registers, but a C is a C whether high or low.
    4. Link tip 2 and tip 3 together: The octave is subdivided into 12 steps. Each is represented on the guitar by a fret. If you keep counting after 12, 13 will be the same as 1, but higher.
    5. Understand the "distance" between the strings (the fancy word is intervallic relationship. Each pair of adjacent strings is separated by a perfect fourth, except for the 3rd and 4th strings. If you have problems understanding intervals, go back to that, and come back then ;-)
    6. Learn how a major scale is played on any single string. For now it does not matter if it sounds good. Just focus on where the notes are.
    7. Say the names of the notes out loud as you play the major scales we've just discussed.
    8. Sing everything you play. This will engage your sense of hearing at a far deeper level. It will help you grasp the fretboard from an intuitive point of view.
    9. Visualize all of what you have learnt in your mind's eye. Form a clear mental picture of it, and picture yourself going over all the steps. Practice this for 5 minutes a day, until the image is clear and sharp.

     "What's thebest way to learn guitar technique?"
    If finding GOOD guitar lessons in the sea of information we live in nowadays seems hard, you are not alone. Make sure you understand some basic points before you enrol for a course, or buy a method. Save yourself years of pain, and your hard-earned pennies!
    Every musical style that can be played on the guitar has its own specific techniques that are unique to it. Even so, there are basic principles that you can apply to all your guitar playing. Identify them, and you will save yourself years of sweat.
    The most general concept I'd like to introduce is is integration. It encompasses everything else we will talk about in the guitar technique section of Guitar Theory in Depth.
    So how do we integrate all the body parts involved in playing the guitar (the whole body, really) into a single unit -a single unit where all the elements complement each other to perfection, towards the same goal?
    First of all, we need to understand some basic facts about our muscular system. Our muscles can do but two things, really:

  • contract
  • relaxNothing more!
    And all our muscles work in complementary pairs: when either side is active, the other remains passive. This means, for instance, that one group of muscles is responsible for stretching your forearm, while its complementary muscle pair flexes it.
    Having said this, it should be clear that complete relaxation is an empty ideal. Impossible. If both parts of a muscular unit are totally relaxed, you are asleep or dead! (Actually, complete relaxation doesn't even happen during sleep...)
    What is dangerous, and I mean dangerous is to tense a muscle, or a muscle group, and then not relax it when we should. This is called stress... familiar, anyone?
    Stress is enemy number 1 when it comes to guitar technique, or anything body-related. Tension, on the other hand, when coupled with its true counterpart, relaxation, is natural and necessary. So tension is not the same as stress.
    So when someone says "your playing should be completely relaxed", put your BS filter on stringent mode. We need both sides to operate: contraction and relaxation. When either part of a complementary muscle system is either too tense or too relaxed, this will affect the whole. This is not integration!
    In the long run, this causes a state called lactic acidosis (which can be pretty nasty) on one side, and flaccidity, or weakness on the other.
    So, what we want, what you want, first of all, is a guitar technique system that will exercise each part of the complementary muscle pairs involved, equally. And one that does so without producing stress or injury. Finding a competent guitar teacher (can be hard to find, believe me) who can teach you such a system is perhaps the best way. Having someone to correct you is essential in the first stages.
    Additionally, having the right tools to achieve deeper relaxation, both before and after studying or playing, is a real plus. Call it self-massage, or yoga, or whatever suits you... Take good care of yourself and your guitar technique will soar to the skies!   See y Soon  :)  

  • Learn guitar chords easily by understanding how they are built

    If you try to learn guitar harmony and chords by rote, you will spend hours of uninteresting, boring study, repeating patterns you don't understand.
    It's best to understand chords and how they are built. There are different kinds of chords, the most common of which are 3 part and 4 part chords. In fact, if you understand these 2 types of chords and how to use them, they are all you will really need to practice a lot.
    More complex guitar harmonies are built using precisely these building blocks, so don't let it daunt you. Forget all about chord bibles and the like, and focus on really getting the basics.
    Guitar chords are the basis to accompaniment in Rock , Jazz, and many other styles. And you definitely need to know how to play rhythm guitar before you become an awesome lead guitarist, so take your time and explore this section until it all clicks...

    Guitar Harmony and Chords: this subject, as most we'll cover in these pages, can be viewed from many angles. You can go as deep as we want: let's take it all in one piece at a time!.
    Ironically, the fastest and most effective way to learn is to go SLOWLY: rushing never helps!!!
    The most basic definition of "chord" is very simple: two or more musical tones played together. The 12 tone tempered system -on which the guitar is based- allows combinations of up to 12 tones.

    The "Grandmother Chord", invented by Nicolas Slonimsky, includes all 12 tones and 11 different intervals. It cannot be played on a guitar!!!

    However, the chords most widely used in most musical styles are triads (3 part chords) and 7th chords(4 part chords). They are built by stacking notes a third apart (major and minor thirds).
    These are the guitar chords you really have to know: Once you have mastered them and their use, you can use triads and 7th chords as assumed roots to play harmony of up to 7 simultaneous parts. I'll be adding more info over tim, so stay tuned!

    see y soon! :)

    When I first decided I wanted to learn to play guitar, I had no idea what I was getting into! I started taking lessons: classical, jazz, you name it. The years went by, but one thing remained constant: not one of my teachers -many of them top-notch, world renowned guitar players- was able to give me a method for memorizing note on the fretboard, other than saying:
    "Well, play every note, fret by fret,
    string by string, saying their names, until you've memorized them."
    No mention of trying to understand what the heck was going on!
    Here's what I found out -every guitar method published (ok, most) has a guitar fretboard diagram that looks like this:

    Fretboard Chart 1:
    This shows fret by fret note correlation for each string:
    The whole thing repeats, one octave up, after fret 12
    Or you might find a guitar fretboard chart that looks like this (exact same thing, but with less information, since it says nothing of specific pitch "height"):
    guitar fretboard diagram
    Fretboard Chart 2:
    Same thing, replacing the staves for note names
    This is not new. You can find many versions of this guitar fretboard chart on the web, even programs that will help you learn where each note is -again- by rote.

    This information has been available since the early 1800s 
    Talk about novelty and innovation!
    There are a myriad variations, but the basic concept is the same. After all, if you can see all the notes on this , that should be enough to understand it fully... right?
    Well, not quite... Let's it this way: if you don't understand all the underlying relationships withinthat fretboard diagram, you're not likely to have learned much, if anything at all (at a practical level- what you really need) from it.

    Hope u enjoy the Post ")   see ya  soon ...  RockON!