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Guitar Finger Picking – Why is it so important ?

finger pickingGuitar finger picking – Why is it so important ?

Isn’t  it odd for you when you see the way some guitarists completely separate playing with a pick from finger picking ? A far too common stereotype is that classical musicians will only use their fingers to play, while a rocker, metal player, pop-rocker and so on will bet more on the pick. On  which side are you?

Ear Training Intervals

Ear Training Intervals

You musical journey starts with intervals.  By mastering them you will be able to unlock every existent chord, scale, song and chord progression.  Your foundation of music starts with mastering the simple intervals.

Simple intervals are those contained within one octave. There are 12 steps per octave (13 if we consider the unison interval).

We will first consider just 8 of them.

Play each interval individually and memorize it’s name, shape and sound.

Guitar Intervals

Guitar Intervals

What are the guitar intervals ?

The working structure of music begins with guitar intervals. They are the building blocks of all the larger musical structures. Every musical structure may be defined by its intervals.

A guitar interval represents the distance between 2 pitches. Guitar intervals define every possible relationship between pitches.

Let’s consider a few guitar intervals for example:

Guitar Modes – The Guitar Modes of the Major Scale

What are the Guitar Modes ?

The entire major scale contains 7 smaller scales, known as the GUITAR MODES. Each mode starts on a different degree, 1 through 7.

Each mode has a specific name, such as Ionian or Aeolian. Each mode is also a specific type of scale, such as major or minor.

guitar modes

The Ionian mode is the PURE MAJOR scale, because it starts on the first degree. As mentioned earlier the first degree indicates the starting point or home base of a song that is in a major key.

Sweep Picking

What is Sweep Picking ?

You’ve probably heard about the sweep picking technique or already begun to practice it on your guitar.

Sweep picking is particularly useful for arpeggio oriented licks where many of the notes lie on adjacent strings, one note per string. When you’re sweeping across the strings, the  pick should not be lifted after each string, but rather, should flow across the strings with one “brushing”  motion. Lift each finger slightly as the subsequent notes are played so that your left hand “rolls” across the neck. Also, lean the top of your pick slightly in the direction you are sweeping.

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