Will Ray's Street Survival Guide to Modes Page One

front cover Will Ray is one of my favorite guitar players. Will Ray can make teary eyed with his guitar playing. He is the only guitar player that can do that I have heard. If you have never dug his playing with the Hellcasters you need to A.S.A.P.! Solo: Check out Will's solo recording: Mojo Blues and particularly the song Oh Me, Oh My. Its about the saddest song I ever heard with some of the most spot on lyrics about this mean 'ole world we live in too.

Incidentally Will is from North Carolina where I have had the good fortune to have spent 4 years of my life.

Will gives us 1 hour & 45 minutes worth of lesson and its worth every penny. I will say this is for an intermediate player however and not for an unblooded axe murderer. Your blood,sweat, etc.

This is an independent Rambo Master Series production by Will so it has to be approached on its own terms. While there may not be a pamphlet there are numerous chord and mode charts through out the lesson lesson you can refer to. Will is self taught.

If you have ever practiced scales, particularly the major scale, which is the scale from which all scales in Western Music are derived you have run in to the scale patterns with 6 string root and the patterns with 5th string root.
Generally there are 6 different scale patterns they teach you: 6-1, 6-2, 6-4, 5-1, 5-2, 5-4. These oft times are confusing because every method has them slight different: some with 3 notes to a string and some with 2 notes on some strings and 3 on others. The first number in the designation is the string number and the 2nd number is the the finger you are supposed to use. For example (6-1) sixth string-first finger.

I have done these patterns gleaned elsewhere so often I can do them in my sleep which probably isn't a good idea. Sure your fingers know where to go but your mind isn't in gear. For one thing you are doing 2 vertical octaves and if you don't count out the intervals then you are missing the whole point.  This is why the guitar is laid out the way it is so that under our 4 fingers lie the one-four-five notes and with a little finger stretch up or stretch back we can reach those other intervals which add color particularly the third. Then the blue notes which are flatted and so on. So you need to know your intervals. If you know your chord shapes there they are. Rock guys need to know their basic major scale theory and jazz players need to extend that to 9ths and 11ths and 13ths all called extensions.

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