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Guitar Pro: tablature and standard notation editor

Author: Marc Greenwald

Strumming the Slow Blues and String Muting

More than a few people who have enjoyed my lesson on playing the Stormy Monday Blues have asked me to give them some insight into right hand technique when playing the slow blues. Sorry I didn’t show my right hand in that video! So for all those people that asked to get a view of my right hand , here is a lesson on strumming a slow blues. Also, if you have seen my lessons on blues guitar chords, you may be having trouble muting strings, especially when playing those 3 note chords. Muting strings takes a bit of...

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Guitar Scales and Modes

If you play the major scale from root to root it has a certain characteristic sound. The root note is the tonal center, sort of the home base. You have to return to the root note to feel at rest. But when you play the scale from any other note it takes on a different characteristic and the note you began with becomes the tonal center. So each note of the scale can become the root note of a different scale. The different scales built from the various notes of the scale are called modes. Each mode of the...

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The Melodic Minor Scale

To derive the melodic minor scale we raise the ♭6 of the harmonic minor scale one half step to a major 6. Raising the 6th degree of the scale smoothes out the awkward augmented 2nd of the harmonic minor scale. Here is the A melodic minor scale: R 2 ♭3 4 5 6 7 R A B C D E F# G# A The melodic minor scale can also be understood as a major scale with a flatted 3rd. Thinking of it this way makes it really easy to see on your guitar, if you already know your major...

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The Harmonic Minor Scale on Guitar

The harmonic minor scale contains the same notes as the natural minor scale, but with one important alteration: the 7th degree of the scale is raised one half step: instead of a ♭7, the harmonic minor has a major 7. Here is the A harmonic minor scale: R 2 ♭3 4 5 ♭6 7 R A B C D E F G# A In classical music the harmonic minor is played ascending but when descending the 7th is flatted. In jazz that rule is ignored. This scale is common in progressive rock because that style is very classical based....

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The Natural Minor Scale

The natural minor scale is built from the 6th degree of the major scale. The natural minor is referred to as the relative minor of the major scale from which it is derived. So the relative minor of C major is A minor. Likewise, the relative major of A minor is C major. The natural minor scale contains the same notes as the major scale from which it is built. The 6th degree of the C major scale is A, so this is the A natural minor scale: R 2 ♭3 4 5 ♭6 ♭7 R A B C...

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The Major Scale

The first and most important scale to understand, after the chromatic scale, is the major scale.  Many other things in music are derived from the major scale including chords and other scales.  And many of the names we give to notes and scales and chords compare them to the major scale. Whether you know it or not you already know the sound of the major scale.  Everybody knows do re mi! Let’s start with the C major scale because there are no sharp or flat notes.  It’s called the C major scale because it begins with the C note....

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Intervals on the Guitar

An interval is the distance between two notes.  There are two kinds of intervals.  When two notes are played one after the other it is called a melodic interval.  When two notes are played at the same time it is called a harmonic interval. The smallest interval in western music is called a minor 2nd (m2), or a half step.  Notes that are 1 fret apart on the guitar are a m2 apart. For example, notice that E is the open note, and F is played on the first fret of the 1st string of the guitar.  These two notes are...

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