Monday, April 30, 2012

LYDIAN DOMINANT or LYDIAN b7

Next up today as I whizz through posting all the modes Melodic Minor is the LYDIAN DOMINANT scale.
It is also known as LYDIAN b7 (Lydian Flat 7). and according to wikipedia it's also known as the Acoustic Scale or the Overtone Scale.

All very interesting but not names I'd ever encountered in my blinkered guitarist world before googling for some back story to pad this out a bit. I might do that more often and see what else I can learn...

LYDIAN DOMINANT or what ever you choose to call it is the 4th mode of Melodic Minor and it is made up of the intervals, 1,2,3,#4,5,6,b7.

Have fun!


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LYDIAN AUGMENTED

The next lucky scale after a very busy lunch time at work with my laptop is LYDIAN AUGMENTED

LYDIAN AUGMENTED is the 3rd mode of Melodic Minor.

It is made up of the intervals, 1,2,3,#4,#5,6,7.

The free guitar scale diagrams below lay the scale out for you over the whole neck, as a three octave scale and as the 7 three note per string patterns that will allow you to play it all over the neck.


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DORIAN FLAT 2ND

DORIAN b2, is the second mode in Melodic Minor.

It is is comprised of the intervals: 1,b2,b3,4,5,6,b7.

And that's about it for DORIAN Flat 2nd...



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Sunday, April 29, 2012

ANOTHER EIGHTBALL VOODOO TUNE

Another EIGHTBALL VOODOO tune finished, this time it's, "THE DEVIL'S COUNTRY."

It's a reworking of the riffs from a PUREDECAY song I wrote ages ago. I never really did anything with it, so I was really happy for the riffs to have a chance to get used again.
Jay added his own lyrics and off we went.

There's a few more tunes coming from EIGHTBALL VOODOO over the next few weeks, so it's pretty exciting times!

 Time to stop waffling on here and go and record something.

DOMINANT PHRYGIAN

Dominant Phrygian, or Spanish Phrygian as it is sometimes called (just noodle up and down the first postion and you will hear why!) is the 5th mode of Harmonic Minor.

It is made of the intervals: 1,b2,3,4,5,b6,b7.

It has a very distinctive Spanish or Arab influenced sound. Once you get even slightly familiar with this scale you'll bee noodling along with the Gypsy Kings before you know it.

As usual, the free guitar scale diagrams laid out below give you the scale mapped out over the entire neck, as a 4 note per string 3 octave scale and as 7, 3note per string positions.


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Thursday, April 26, 2012

The HINDU SCALE

I've gone through all the Greek Modes already, and Harmonic and Melodic, so now I'm going to start on the modes of melodic and harmonic minor.

First up is the HINDU SCALE, made from the intervals 1,2,3,4,5,b6,b7.

The Hindu scale is the 5th mode of Melodic Minor.

It's a beautiful mix of major and minor elements giving a cool eerie, mysterious and  slightly eastern feel I guess. All I can say is goof around with it yourself.

I do have a musical example for this one, nothing recorded recently, but this is a maybe 10 year old demo for a PORNOVURT song that never got played live more than two or three times.

Any how, the solo that start about 2/3 of the way through has a little Hindu section, well 2 Hindu sections. It starts out in E, there's some bends then the Hindu bit should stand out, then  it switches to A minor for a bit, then goes back to the section in E and repeats it with a few variations.



OK, dot time!

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Monday, April 23, 2012

New EIGHTBALL VOODOO TUNE



 I just got a link to the demo version of a new EIGHTBALL VOODOO track called "666 Reasons."

I had a lot of fun recording the solos for this one, and it was the first time I had recorded anything with my Roxane FR, (Floydrose equipped Roxane) so I did get a little heavy handed with the whammy bar, but I think it all worked out ok in the end! :-)

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Three octave mode patterns

This is just a summary sheet of the four note per string, three octave patterns for all the greek modes.

This was all laid out already in the sheets for the individual modes, but if you already know the seven three note per string patterns and were just looking to learn some of the longer patterns, I thought it would be handy to have all the three octave shapes in one place.

There is a lesson on modes coming soon, to put all the dots and numbers into some sort of context you all, but for now....

HERE'S SOME MORE DOTS!


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Sunday, April 22, 2012

THE LOCRIAN MODE

This post completes the list of all the "Greek Modes."

If you have a  look at the index of all free stuff on my blog  HERE you will find handy diagrams for all the modes, Ionian (Major), Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian (Minor) and now Locrian.

Locrian is spelled with the intervals: 1,b2,b3,4,b5,b6,b7, so it sounds dark eerie and unsettled. The b5 or "Diabolus in musica." the, Devil in Music as the dissonant tritone between the root and the flat 5th was known historically especially adds to the unease of the mode and it's over all dark sound.

But before that, here's  2 minutes or so of me playing widdly guitar solos!



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Aeolian Mode or The Natural Minor Scale

Today's lucky scale is The Aeolian Mode, also know as The Natural Minor Scale.

It is made up of the intervals: 1,2,b3,4,5,b6,b7.

And....

That's it!


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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Mixolydian Mode

That's right, there's a Stargate in Stratford...

Last post for the night, it's Mixolydian time.

The Mixolydian Scale is spelt with the intervals: 1,2,3,4,5,6,b7.

So the same as the Major scale with a b7.

So get ready for some happy summery modal fun-times!


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The Lydian Mode

I'm half way through our little journey through the greek modes.

Today's lucky set of lines dots and numbers is The Lydian Mode.

Spelt with the intervals: 1,2,3#4,5,6,7.

Essentially the Major Scale/Ionian Mode but with the fourth note raised a semi-tone to a #4 from a perfect or natural 4.

It's the the #4 that gives the mode its distinctive sound. it is Steve Vai's favourite mode, and the mode that John Gomm uses in "Passion Flower" during the widdly solo bits.

OK, I'll shut up now and make with the dots...



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Friday, April 20, 2012

The Phrygian Mode

OK...

The next exciting set of lines, dots and numbers on our little tour of the harmonic and melodic options on the guitar neck is the PHRYGIAN MODE.

It is the third mode of the Major Scale and is made up of the intervals: 1,b2,b3,4,5,b6,b7. 

It has a distinctive eerie, mysterious sound. It's probably the easiest of the modes to recognise, of at least wrestles with Lydian for the honour.

There are loads of examples I can think of to illustrate this, but since I don't own the rights to any off those, here's me playing with an old band PISTOL KIXX. \This tune, "Shit's going down" uses Phrygian and Minor Pentatonic in the solo. (The solo kicks in at about 4 minutes 20 seconds if you can't sit through all the drunken shambling!)

OK, enough self indulgent "Musical examples,"
...on with the dots!



Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Melodic Minor Scale

Next up in the exciting tour of guitar scales is the Melodic Minor Scale.

It's spelt with the intervals: 1,2,b3,4,5,6,7, so depending on how you want to look at it, it's the same as the Major Scales but with a b3, or if you prefer the same as the Natural Minor Scale but with a (major) 6 and 7.

I do vaguely remember there being some mention of the melodic minor scale strictly speaking being different in it's ascending and descending forms (Natural minor  when descending I think?)* but in it's application particularly by lazy guitarists, these boxes below will do just fine.

Melodic Minor does have some lovely modes, that I will waffle about later, including my favourite scale, The Hindu Scale, made famous by Jimmy Page, but the Hindu Scale sheet will follow... eventually.

(*That sounded a bit mental when I read it back, so I checked. In classical composition the scale does have different ascending and descending forms, 1,2,b3,4,5,6,7 going up, 1,2,b3,4,5,b6,b7 going down, but in modern applications applications, in particular jazz, the descending version is omitted. If you don't believe me ask wikipedia!)



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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Harmonic Minor Scale

The new "make guitar diagrams" software is still making me smile and I'm churning out guitar study aids faster than I can think of things to say about them.

In other news, I'm working on an acoustic sort of ballad for the mighty EIGHTBALL VOODOO , should be fun hearing Jays filthy snarl on something a bit less full on than the last couple of tracks we recorded.

Anyhow, it's time for some more dots, squares and numbers...

This time telling you where your fingers go if you want to play the HARMONIC MINOR SCALE. Famed from classical music of old and neo-classical widdlers like Yngwie Malmsteen, so if you want to get your neoclassical shred on, then check this out!

The scales is spelt with the following intervals: 1,2,b3,4,5,b6,7. It's the gap of a minor third between the b6 and 7 that gives the scale it's distinctive sound.

Anyhow, enough waffle, bring on the dots!


The Dorian mode.

RIP "Machete."

Never before had a cat endured being made to wear so many hats, hastily constructed by drunk people with such good humour...

So, Dorian mode time.

The Dorian mode is made of the the intervals, 1,2,b3,4,5,6,b7.

Of all the Greek Modes, I once read that Spartan soldiers were only allowed to listen to music composed in Dorian, because the other modes were not stern and manly enough, or words to that effect. I should probably check if that was true, but hey!

The Diagrams below lay  out the scale all over the neck, as a four note per string three octave scale and as the seven three note per string shapes that will let you play it all over the neck.




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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Ionian Mode or Major scale as it's known to its friends...

That's right, it's a gold skull with a pink cyber-dread beard...

Everyone has one in their living room right?

So, Modes eh?

These diagrams lay out the Ionian Mode,or Major Scale over the whole neck, as a four note per string three octave scale and as the seven three note per string patterns that you can use to noodle around all over the neck.

All the other modes as well as melodic and harmonic minor and their modes will be getting the same treatment, so do click to see the index of all free stuff HERE for more mode resources.


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Monday, April 16, 2012

Three note per string Pentatonic boxes



These are some great shapes for getting the most out of your three note per string picking licks and your pentatonic scales.

You can transfer any three note per string lick to these shapes. You do get the repetition of notes (the highest note on one string will be the same as the lowest note on the next hight string... just play one it will make sense) this can give a cool effect or you can adjust your lick slightly to avoid the repetition.

As it states on the diagrams, there's no reason that they are shown in G minor other than it makes it relatively easy to play a whole octave of positions.

Anyhow, they should keep you noodling for hours!






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