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by Alan Green
August 8th, 2019, 11:56 am
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: How long were you playing for before you started playing live?
Replies: 1
Views: 213

Re: How long were you playing for before you started playing live?

A little over two years - I'd got my head around where the notes on the staff were on the neck and learned a bunch of chords from playing David Bowie and Beatles songs. My first note in front of a paying audience was the wrong one, but it was all upwards from there.
by Alan Green
August 7th, 2019, 12:20 am
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: How do you rock out on guitar?
Replies: 1
Views: 130

Re: How do you rock out on guitar?

The world needs good rhythm guitarists - think James Hetfield. I do my Band work with Essential Sounds - the best Big Band in the East of England. My role there is to provide a solid rhythm as part of a damn fine rhythm section. The front row get the glory - singers, trumpets, saxophones and clarine...
by Alan Green
August 5th, 2019, 12:35 pm
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Sound check explanation for beginner
Replies: 1
Views: 138

Re: Sound check explanation for beginner

Pretty simple really - the sound engineer will twiddle knobs and sliders on the desk to make sure everybody can be heard properly and isn't too loud. The sound engineer for the Big Band I play with has it all on a screen - he walks around listening, slides and twiddles the controls on screen and tho...
by Alan Green
August 3rd, 2019, 1:07 am
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: What's a good technique book for moderate guitar players?
Replies: 1
Views: 207

Re: What's a good technique book for moderate guitar players?

Why not start with something like "Total Guitar" or "Guitar Techniques" magazines? TG always carries full tabs for a big song, a Grade Exam arrangement of another, and an "easy" arrangement of a third, plus its Cover Feature regularly touches on technical stuff
by Alan Green
July 25th, 2019, 9:31 pm
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Transitioning from open chords to barre chords
Replies: 3
Views: 346

Re: Transitioning from open chords to barre chords

It does get easier in time
by Alan Green
July 24th, 2019, 9:43 pm
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Transitioning from open chords to barre chords
Replies: 3
Views: 346

Re: Transitioning from open chords to barre chords

What I say to my students is to go for the change ahead of time, so that the new chord can be in place when it's needed. This gets them moving their hands during the final beat of the previous chord. Your audience won't know (or care) if it's G to Em or Abmaj9 into an Ebmaj7; what they will know wit...
by Alan Green
July 17th, 2019, 9:44 pm
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Guitar plateau
Replies: 1
Views: 623

Re: Guitar plateau

We get asked this one a lot.

Try some new and different material. Explore different styles (flamenco is great for getting your pick hand pinky strumming in time) and learn some new techniques.
by Alan Green
July 13th, 2019, 10:00 pm
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Pentatonics make me wanna quit
Replies: 1
Views: 539

Re: Pentatonics make me wanna quit

It's not a lot of extra work; do learn the notes on all the strings - in the situation you're describing, C is on the 5th string and the 3rd
by Alan Green
July 11th, 2019, 1:38 pm
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Is It Too Soon To Learn To Play The Blues?
Replies: 2
Views: 1522

Re: Is It Too Soon To Learn To Play The Blues?

Tonelib wrote:
July 11th, 2019, 1:29 pm
I would recommend Lick Library DVD's:
I edited your post.

Plugging your own stuff is one thing, but please don't put up free ads for other sites like Lick Library - we'll happily take their paid ads, they can afford it
by Alan Green
July 2nd, 2019, 6:46 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: New guy
Replies: 4
Views: 2596

Re: New guy

I would recommend you getting a proper human tutor who can fix what you're doing wrong in a way YouTube can't
by Alan Green
July 1st, 2019, 9:49 pm
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Basic Modes Question
Replies: 6
Views: 1879

Re: Basic Modes Question

That link marked "Lydian" doesn't work for me - I get phrygian from the top shape. I've got a Festival booking all day today so I'll try and get back to it afterwards However: G ionian - the major scale - G A B C D E F# G G lydian - G A B C# D E F# G You don't need to move the hand anywhere - it's j...
by Alan Green
June 28th, 2019, 10:15 pm
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Basic Modes Question
Replies: 6
Views: 1879

Re: Basic Modes Question

micro7311 wrote:
June 28th, 2019, 6:24 pm

Using that same example if I was in D Major playing in G Lydian, the only Lydian scale shape is the 4th up from Ionian.
Is it?

Time to sit down and map it out across the fretboard. You should find five different patterns
by Alan Green
June 27th, 2019, 9:48 pm
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Basic Modes Question
Replies: 6
Views: 1879

Re: Basic Modes Question

It's really not as hard as people make out: Using the example you gave - G ionian is the basic major scale - G, A, B, C, D, E, F#, G G lydian tweaks that - G, A, B, C#, D, E, F#, G - making it a mode of the D Major scale (D, E, F#, G, A, B, C#, D). G is the 4th note of the D major scale, and Lydian ...
by Alan Green
June 24th, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Spanish or Mexican sounding scale?
Replies: 10
Views: 16345

Re: Spanish or Mexican sounding scale?

En lo personal prefiero la sonora mexicana, obviamente soy fanática de los mariachis y es `por eso que me encanta tener en cuenta este tipo de melodías. Which translates more or less as: Personally I prefer the Mexican sound, obviously I am a fan of mariachis and that's why I love to take into acco...