Advanced Rock Guitar - Danny Gill Page Three

Now Danny, our instructor, is great guitar player and his chops are so good I almost want to keep them a secret. I have another presentation of his that has really opened up the neck for me its called shredding with arpeggios.

Long before you get to the shredding part you learn a lot (at a slower tempo of metronome beats per minute) and realize that you don't have to play particularly fast to gain dimension and confidence towards your eventual  and ever growing guitar playing persona. But one thing at a time.

The first thing out of Danny's mouth is that we want to be learning modes because it will broaden our palette enabling us to make different sounding music. This is true as far as it goes. In reality we use the magic of music theory by harmonizing the major scale - he then shows the holy grail of guitar understanding: a basic way of voicing the harmonized major scale up the neck using three note triads for all 7 of the chords. Then he adds a note by using 4 note voicings which means adding the 7th. This is on the top three or four strings. There can be several kinds of 7ths chords which is confusing and another reason to have a good guitar reference manual.

If this is the first time you are exposed to this and haven't yet purchased a handy reference guitar music theory book you are going to be scratching your head. These exist and you need to learn these triad voicings in minor too and in all their five inversions. Then you can play the Clash, Police, Reggae and a lot more.

This is lick library and they don't offer any written material and frankly as much as I like this lesson did it ever occur to them that I had other things to do with my life besides trying to figure out these fingerings if I know nothing about triad theory plus I know darn well that this kind of guitar education would be much easier written out for us. And now you know it too!

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