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Jam CD 5-track6-Em riff-video tutorial-July16,2012



In this video I am playing a 16 bar Em blues riff in 5/4 timing on my Taylor 455-12 string guitar. This is a riff idea that I composed a couple of months ago. I have experimented with playing and recording this riff in 4/4 & 7/4. There is a Raagini playing very softly in the background which is set to a Sur E(5th/Root/5th alternating). The metronome sound is the Tempo Advance app for iPhone. The video and audio are from a Flip HD camcorder(which I think they don't make anymore). My intentions with this video are: 1) to play a more unusual rhythmic treatment of the blues 2) to show the usage of interesting chord substitutions for a minor chord in the blues. For example, for the Em chord I am using - Em7(E D G), Gmaj7(G F# B) and Bm7(B A D) 3) to provide a potential "Jam Track" for soloing over a 16 bar Em Blues progression in a 5/4 meter(I hope my beat is steady enough to follow along). The form of the riff is as follows with each chord symbol being one measure of 5/4: Em Em Em Em Am Am Em Em Bm Am Em Em Bm Am Em Em.(NOTE: the chord voicings I am using are actually implying more of a minor seventh and minor ninth sound but I am using the symbols Em, Am & Bm for simplicity). Enjoy the video!

This video features a riff that I created during one of my private guitar lessons. The power chord part is in drop D tuning using some of the power chords that are diatonic to the Key of G/D mixolydian mode(G5 A5 B5 C5 D5 E5). The acoustic guitar part features an "improvised part" using octaves on the (3rd & 1st strings) and the 4th & 2nd strings). The octaves are based from the Key of G/D mixolydian  scale.

This video features a riff that I created during one of my private guitar lessons. The power chord part is in drop D tuning using some of the power chords that are diatonic to the Key of G/D mixolydian mode(G5 A5 B5 C5 D5 E5). The harmony lead licks are composed of descending 3 note sequences from the Key of G/D mixolydian.

A downloadable document from this video is available at -http://www.mickdennisguitar.com/youtubepdfs.htm

A downloadable document from this video is available at -http://www.mickdennisguitar.com/youtubepdfs.htm

This video is Part 6 of a 6 part series. In this video I am using "diatonic triads" to improvise rhythm parts with the G7 to C7 vamp. (You could also use these same chords for Blues in G.) For the G7 chord I am playing triads from the Key of C: Dm, Em, F & G triads. For the C7 chord I am playing triads from the Key of F: Gm, Am, Bb & C triads. From 1:00-1:49 I am showing how to use pieces of the pentatonic blues box to form chords. For the G7 chords I am using Dm & Em pentatonic starting at 1:00. For the C7 chords I am using Gm & Am pentatonic starting at 1:20. I throw in some 6th interval ideas at 0:51 & 1:50. For the G7 chord I am playing 6th intervals from the Key of C. For the C7 chord I am playing 6th intervals from the Key of F.
There are many scale diagrams available in my "Guitar Visualizations" Method Book.

This video is Part 5 of a 6 part series. In this video I am demonstrating "diatonic triads" that can be used for rhythm parts with the G7 to C7 vamp. (You could also use these same chords for Blues in G.) For the G7 chord I am playing triads from the Key of C: Dm, Em, F & G triads. For the C7 chord I am playing triads from the Key of F: Gm, Am, Bb & C triads. I am also showing how to use pieces of the pentatonic blues box to form chords. For the G7 chords I am using Dm & Em pentatonic. For the C7 chords I am using Gm & Am pentatonic. I also throw in some 6th interval ideas. For the G7 chord I am playing 6th intervals from the Key of C. For the C7 chord I am playing 6th intervals from the Key of F.

This video is Part 4 of a 6 part series. In this video I am improvising in the open position of the guitar using the C major scale ( C D E F G A B ) over the G7 chord & F major scale( F G A Bb C D E ) over the C7 chord. In the previous video "G7-C7 Vamp Tutorial/Part 4" I spelled out the notes from both scales in the "open position" of the guitar and then added in notes from the 5th fret.

Here is an expanded version of the open position in the Key of CClick on the link under the heading entitled " Modal Pentatonics from the Key of C-open position". At 1:08 I play a G9 arpeggio( G B D F A ).


G7-C7 Vamp Tutorial/Part 3

This video is Part 3 of a 6 part series. In this video I am demonstrating the C major scale ( C D E F G A B ) & F major scale( F G A Bb C D E ) scales for  improvising over a G7 to C7 vamp. I am spelling out the notes from both scales in the "open position" of the guitar and then adding in notes from the 5th fret.

Here is an expanded version of the open position in the Key of CClick on the link under the heading entitled " Modal Pentatonics from the Key of C-open position".


G7-C7 Vamp Tutorial/Part 2

This video is Part 2 of a 6 part series. In this video I am using the G major pentatonic( G A B D E ) & C major pentatonic( C D E G A ) scales to improvise over a G7 to C7 vamp. You can find the basic scale shapes by going to this page - http://www.mickdennisguitar.com/freedownloadebook.htm

The scales are located on page 13.
I am also adding the b3rd & b7th notes to each of the major pentatonic scales. So the scale choice for the G7 chord is( G A Bb B D E F ) & for the C7 chord is ( C D Eb E G A Bb ). Starting at 0:42 I am using 6th intervals from the Key of C for the G7 chord & 6th intervals from the Key of F for the C7 chord.
You can find the 6th intervals from the Key of C by going to this page - 

http://www.mickdennisguitar.com/freedownloadebook.htm
The sixth intervals are located on page 17.


G7-C7 Vamp Tutorial/Part 1

This video is Part 1 of a 6 part series. In this video I am demonstrating the G major pentatonic( G A B D E ) & C major pentatonic( C D E G A ) scales for  improvising over a G7 to C7 vamp. You can find the basic scale shapes by going to this page -
This video is Part 1 of a 6 part series. In this video I am demonstrating the G major pentatonic( G A B D E ) & C major pentatonic( C D E G A ) scales for  improvising over a G7 to C7 vamp. You can find the basic scale shapes by going to this page -
http://www.mickdennisguitar.com/methodbook.htm

The scales are located on page 13.
I am also adding the b3rd & b7th notes to each of the major pentatonic scales. So the scale choice for the G7 chord is(G A Bb B D E F ) & for the C7 chord is( C D Eb E G A Bb ). I am also showing 6th intervals from the Key of C for the G7 chord & 6th intervals from the Key of F for  the C7 chord.
You can find the 6th intervals from the Key of C by going to this page - 

http://www.mickdennisguitar.com/freedownloadebook.htm
The sixth intervals are located on page 17.


Canon in D/Scale Study Tutorial/Flamenco Jam Track-Part 2

In this video I am using "5" positions of the D major scale to improvise over a flamenco style backing track of Canon in D.


Canon in D/Scale Study Tutorial/Flamenco Jam Track-Part 1

In this video tutorial I am playing and spelling out the notes of the D major scale played in "5" positions. 

The notes of the scale are: D E F# G A B C# D.


Canon in D/Arpeggio Study Tutorial/Classical Jam Track-Part 2

In this video I am using the notes of the arpeggios of each chord to improvise over a classical style backing track of Canon in D. 

The chord progression is: D A Bm F#m G D G A.


Canon in D/Arpeggio Study Tutorial/Classical Jam Track-Part 1

In this video tutorial I am playing and spelling out the notes of the chords from Canon in D. 

The chord progression is: D A Bm F#m G D G A.


E Phrygian Dominant Tutorial/Tambour Jam Track-Part 2

Using a combination of E major and F major arpeggio shapes to create the E Phrygian Dominant sound.


E Phrygian Dominant Tutorial/Tambour Jam Track-Part 1

Using a combination of E major and F major arpeggio shapes to create the E Phrygian Dominant sound.


Chromatic Exercises/Fingering Dexterity/24 Permutations-Part 2

In this video I am using the fingering permutation 2143. 

The 2 1 part of the fingering at the 5th fret is resolving into the notes of the Am pentatonic scale across the 5th fret. 

The 4 3 part of the fingering at the 5th fret is resolving into the notes of the Bm pentatonic scale across the 7th fret. 

Essentially, this device is creating an A dorian sound over the Am7 funk vamp.

A downloadable version of the 24 permutations is available here - 1234-24 permutations


Chromatic Exercises/Fingering Dexterity/24 Permutations-Part 1

Here is an exercise that I show my guitar students. 

There are "24" permutations of the fingering 1234. 

I am taking "6" of the fingerings and playing them in "3" distinct regions of the fingerboard. 

I have also included a couple of other examples of permutations at the 5th fret. 

You can also add hammer-ons and pull-offs to the various permutations-3:29 - 3:50

A downloadable version of the 24 permutations is available here - 1234-24 permutations


Am-G-Fmaj7-Jam Track/Lead Guitar Tutorial-electric (Part 5)


Am-G-Fmaj7-Jam Track/Lead Guitar Tutorial-electric (Part 4)


Am-G-Fmaj7-Jam Track/Lead Guitar Tutorial-electric (Part 3)


Am-G-Fmaj7-Jam Track/Lead Guitar Tutorial-electric (Part 2)


Am-G-Fmaj7-Jam Track/Lead Guitar Tutorial-electric (Part 1)

The beginning of a set of "5" videos where I improvise over the progression ||Am G |Fmaj7 || using each of the 

"5" positions of the Am pentatonic scale. 

I'll share a quote: 

"In my experience, it is essential to lay down a solid foundation of musical knowledge and familiarity on the fretboard. Once you've done that, playing fast will come naturally, since your ear and brain will know what to do."- Joe Satriani

Hopefully these videos will inspire you to want to learn the fretboard as thoroughly as possible.


||Amaj7|Amaj7|Cmaj7|Cmaj7||-Jam Track/Lead Guitar Tutorial-electric[Part 2.]

Here I'm using mostly 3 note/string scale patterns. Key of A[A B C# D E F# G#] for the Amaj7 chord-ionian mode & Key of G[G A B C D E F#] for the Cmaj7 chord-lydian mode. 

Take note of the C#m pent.[9th fret blues box] over the Amaj7 and the Bm pent.[7th fret blues box] over the Cmaj7. C#m pent[C# E F# G# B] is contained within the A major scale.Bm pent[B D E F# A] is contained within the G major scale. 

This is a progression my college roommate and I would jam over for countless hours during the 70's. 

You could also think of it as A maj. pent.[A B C# E F#] and Am pent.[A C D E G] oscillating back and forth for each chord.


||Em|Em|Am|Am||-Jam Track/Lead Guitar Tutorial-electric[Part 2.]

In this improvisation I'm mainly using the Em pentatonic scale[E G A B D] in 3 regions of the guitar: open position "blues box; sliding pattern from the 6th string/3rd fret to the 1st string/12th fret; 12th fret "blues box". 

Note the usage of the Bb note[b5th of scale] for more subtle bends and slides.