Guitar Amplifiers

The-AmplifierIf you have an electric guitar, you’re going to need an Amplifier to really hear what sound it has to offer.

Amps come in various sizes to fit every need, from small practice amps designed for playing at low volumes, to refrigerator sized full stack amps designed for playing with a band.

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The Super Trill

The Super Trill

Wikipedia defines a musical trill in this way:

“The trill (or shake, as it was known from the 16th until the 19th century) is a musical ornament consisting of a rapid alternation between two adjacent notes, usually a semitone or tone apart, which can be identified with the context of the trill.”

Sometimes though, a normal trill is not enough. You need


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The Blues Progression

The 12-bar blues may be the most popular chord progression there is.

It is named after the number of bars in the progression and not the number of local bars it has been played in which far exceeds twelve.

In it’s basic form the blues progression is based solely on the primary chords ( I, IV, V ). The IV and V chords are typically dominant chords, but the I chord can be either dominant or minor depending on the song.

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Lead Guitar Technique | E Minor Pentatonic Hot Lick!


Sorry I just had to get that out of my system.

This six note hot lick is in the key of E minor and uses the notes of the pentatonic scale.

It’s a popular lick and you can hear similar variations of it in tunes like “Every Rose Has it’s Thorn” and “Freebird”. It’s great for building excitement and it’s easy to create variations of it to fit into different scales and situations.

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Guitar Effects

One of the coolest advantages to playing an electric guitar is the ability to incorporate different effects into your sound.

Some effects are subtle while other can render the guitar unrecognizable.

Effects are available as stomp boxes, 19 inch rack mount units or built right into amplifiers.

They are most often placed into the Signal Path between the guitar and the amplifier, though some amps let you place effects after the amp’s electronics but before the speaker(s) in an Effects Loop.

Types of effects include:

  • Distortion
  • Dynamics
  • Filter
  • Modulation
  • Frequency
  • Time-based

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Modal Writing

So you’re at the point where you feel pretty comfortable writing songs in the major and minor keys. What about all the other modes from the major scale, how would you compose using them without sounding like your being pulled back to the major key tonality.

Each of the modes has one note that is unique and sets it apart from all the other major or minor modes. When writing chord progressions that revolve around one specific mode you will need to choose diatonic chords that include this unique note.

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Guitar Solo Lesson | I Remember You

The 80′s were a great time to fall in love with the guitar.

As an instrument the guitar commanded alot of respect in the world of rock music back then. Guitarists were in competition with each other to play faster, be more technical and more innovative.

And the solo was king.

One great vehicle for delivering a soaring guitar solo was the almighty power ballad. It was every breaking bands second single.

In this lesson we’re going to take a look at the guitar solo from “I Remember You” by Skid Row. One of my favorites.
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