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Locrian Sharp 6 ModeAnother Improvising Tool

The locrian sharp 6 mode comes from the 2nd note of the harmonic minor scale

This mode will give you something to play over minor 7th flat five chords. These are usually short time chords.

These chords also have other names. A Bm7♭5 is also a Dm6 and a G9/no root. So this scale can be used on these chords as well.

Here I’m going to play the B Locrian sharp 6 over a Bm7♭5 chord.

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The B Locrian sharp 6 mode played against an A B minor flat 5 chord

Locrian ♯6 Mode

Locrian ♯6 List

The E♭ and D♯ modes are the same pitch just written different. This is where I switched to the sharp keys.

The Formula

1-♭2-♭3-4-♭5-6-♭7

This one isn’t too helpful. Here is the locrian formula.

1-♭2-♭3-4-♭5-♭6-♭7

Make the ♭6 of the Locrian mode a natural(up one fret) and you have it.

Sometimes its just easier to think of this as mode 2. The harmonic minor but start on the 2nd note.

In the key of A minor it’s easy because all you need to remember is the G is sharp and everything else is natural.

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Two Chord Progressions

Two chord progressions are very common. The Rolling Stone’s song “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” is a good example of this.

The Beatles “Lady Madonna” and “I’ll Cry Instead” are two more examples.

There may be one or two other chords but the main body of the song is two chords, usually a I to IV or a ii to V both are a fourth apart.

Do Wa Diddy is another song that is basically a two chord song, I to IV but the IV only lasts for two beats or half a bar.

Here is a link for the Beatles I’ll Cry Instead>

Beatles I’ll Cry Instead – Vinyl
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Two Chord Phrases

Sometimes two chords are used together as a phrase acting like a unit or riff rather than two separate chords.

Here is an example of a I-IV as in a Rhythm and Blues Style.

C to F rhythm and Blues Shuffle

I to vi Two Chord Progressions

This progression is the first half of the 50’s progression I vi IV V. It’s also used in a back and forth manner for lyrics in a song that match these notes in the chords.

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This can also be used as a base for a songs’ verse before going into the bridge or break.

Here is an example in C.

C to Aminor or I to vi chord change in C

This is played using these two chords.

Another version of this was made popular in the 50’s by Chuck Berry. That rhythm that he is known for is a I to vi change but played differently.

The roots for this comes from the Blues guitarists from the early 1900’s

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This way of playing it and variations are used in millions of songs.

Here are the chords. You only need to move the 4th finger.

The 3rd finger stays on the 4th and 5th string all the time. You may need to practice this a bit to get your 3rd finger laying flat.

You only play the 3 top strings and you can mute them slightly with the heel of your picking hand.

When you add an A or 6th to C or I chord you make a I6 or in this case a C6. A C6 has the same notes as an Am7 or vi7.

Why Play the Whole Chord?

The reason for fingering the whole chord is because you can add other things with this rhythm.

Here is an example of combining this with the rhythm and blues riff above.

A Combo rhythm of Chuck Berry and Rhythm and Blues

This is just a sample of what you can do with these. You can change them around, add notes, anything that sounds good and fits the music you’re playing.

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Two Chord Progressions Rhythm

Here is one riff that you need for rock, blues and country guitar. It’s an offshoot of the above.

It’s a 4th finger stretcher so if you have trouble move the chord up the neck where the frets are closer together and work your way down as you gain some stretch.

Here are the chord forms for this.

The C6 goes back to the C and you start over again. This can also be done with the F chord form near the top of the page except you play these notes on the 5th string.

You can mute the 6th string the whole time, ignore the 6th string in the F.

More Two Chord Progressions

This is just an extension of the C to C6 guitar chord progressions above.

Here is what it sounds like.

More Chuck Berry Style in C

Here are the Chords

This one is a little finger stretcher too. Work it down the neck one fret at a time and have fun.

The ii-V Two Chord Progressions

This two chord progression is a good jamming chord progression.

A good song example of this is Santana’s “Evil Ways”. The only other chord is a VI7. This song can also be in the G minor melodic or harmonic scale as long as the Gm and C chords are triads.

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The chords for this song are Gm to C with a D7 as a quick turnaround chord.

Here is a quick listen.

A two five progression in F G minor to C

This is just back and forth. You just change quicker on the second one. Later on in the song you accent on the upstroke before going to D7

You might like the D7 in the 10th position better because you can get a nice long slide down to start again with the Gm to C. If you listen to the song you will know what I mean.

Another ii-V guitar chord progression.

Another song that only uses the ii-V progression is “Lowdown” written by Boz Scaggs and David Paich.

Boz Scaggs – Low Down
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This song uses chord extensions a minor 9th for the ii chord and a 13th for the dominant chord.

This song is written in E flat.

You can choose which note to play on the 5th or 6th string of the Fm9 chord. One is the root the other is the 5th. I use the 5th(6th string) in the mp3.

Here’s a little listen

Two five progression in E flat with embellished chords

The possibilities of two chord progressions is endless. You don’t have to stay in one key. The chords can come from any major or minor scale.

The main thing is do they sound good together.

I’ve found that the closer together the notes are from the first to the second chord the smoother the sound is and the easier to play most of the time.

One More – Two Chord Progressions

One artist that comes to mind for funk is James Brown. I think he was the origin of funk with choppy rhythms or at least the one to make them popular.

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Here is a good progression with a funky blues mood to it

Here are the chords in two positions. The E from the C chord goes to F and the B flat goes to A

This is an easy switch back and forth little progression. Here’s a sample, then you can make up your own rhythm for it

The first chord of the progression puts you in the key of F with a C tonal center, the 2nd chord puts you in the key of B flat

Your tonal center note C acts as home even though you are in the key of F. The F is acting as a IV chord which wants to resolve to I which is really V in the key of F

So even though your are in F it seems like your are in C doesn’t it? So change the B to a B flat in the C scale and you have the C mixolydian scale. Ahh… music theory.

C minor pentatonic and C minor blues scales can be be used too for improvising

C7 sharp 9 to F7th progression

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Sixth Chords – aka – Minor 7th

Sixth chords are a common chord used in all styles of music. It has an alias too, it is also known as a minor 7th.

The difference is where the bass note for the chord is.

If you see a C6 in sheet music it means they want a C6 like C-E-G-A not an A-C-E-G like a minor 7th.

If you are playing rhythm guitar with a lot of other instruments it’s not as important because it won’t get noticed anyway.

Although in theory these chords are the same they have different sounds due to the order of the notes.

These chords are used a lot by keyboard players because the note is so close to the 5th. It’s a major second away.

Due to the way the guitar is tuned major 2nd’s are hard to put in a movable chord that’s easy to play.

Guitars are tuned in 4ths except for the 3rd to the 2nd which is a major third.

Also remember minor 7th’s that are also C6th’s when you are looking for a chord form to use and the best one for that song.

Chord Theory Refresher

Here is the C scale and its numbers.

Remember we usually make chords from every other note in the scale.

This chord is made by adding an adjacent(next to) note. There’s always exceptions to the rule.

The 6th chord is a 4 note chord.

It’s made 1-3-5-6

It’s made C-E-G-A

Here are some C sixth chords

Fingertip Chords

The first chord you need to have your thumb in the middle of the neck and your fingers should be on their very tips. The middle finger should lean down a bit to mute the 5th string.

To play these chords you need to stretch quite a bit. You might find it easier to start farther up the neck and work your way down.

What makes this chord hard to finger on guitar is the major 2nd interval G to A instead of a 3rd interval

Chords 1 and 2 are only one note different.

Chords 3 and 4 are identical except they are played on different strings.

Even if you can’t play these chords yet knowing about them will help your playing. These notes are in the C major pentatonic and the A minor pentatonic scales.

What the chord really is a

C chord with an A – C-E-G-A

or an

A minor chord with a G – A-C-E-G.

You can find some yourself by knowing the guitar fretboard.

Guitar Fretboard

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Guitar Music Links

Guitar music links is a page for introducing you to web sites or anything else musical that you might be interested in. Below is a list of websites I found that you might like related to guitar and music in general.

Chordie Web Site

Chordie is a search engine that gets tabs and chords for tons of songs across the internet. Good site for guitar players of any style.

There is a huge number of artists and songs available. If you sign up for free you can store songs on their site so you can go back and practice it when you want.

Chordie.com

SeniorEntertainer.org

Senior Entertainer

SeniorEntertainer.org provides Fun, Memorable Entertainment for Boomers & Seniors Who Want to Celebrate Anniversaries, Birthdays, Reunions & Weddings.* DJ & MC Your Special Event* Play Guitar, Sing & Conduct a Group Sing-a-longsMusic for the Young at Heart.

Email: bob@bobhoule.com

Guitar Directory Websites

Clever Joe’s

This is a Canadian based directory. Good for bands in Canada or to just browse through the sites they have listed.

Clever Joe’s

Guitar Websites

This is a UK based site with a 100 site limit. A different slant on link sites, definitely worth a look.

Guitar Websites-UK

Church Musician Job

At this site you can find a church in your area to play your guitar or whatever musical instrument you play.

Church Musician Job

Guitar Forums

A good forum for general guitar discussion.

GuitarForums.com

Online Guitar Books

This is a new site that may help you learn some basics.

OnlineGuitarBooks.com

Acoustic Guitar Forums

A good forum site for those of you who play acoustic guitar.

Acoustic Guitar Forums

Guitar Learning Sites

Here are a few sites that offer online guitar lessons.

Guitar Alliance

Guitar Alliance

Jam Play

Jam-Play Online Guitar Lessons

Guitar Tricks

Guitar Tricks

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Legacy Guitar Learning System

This system has it’s lessons on Cd’s so you have access to them anytime. They have a good rating by the users of this course.

Guitar Legacy

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Teach Me Bass Guitar (TMBG) has won several awards for excellence in video production, and the First Place AEGIS award for excellence in education.

TMBG consists of 10 DAD’s, 100+ play-along videos, a 162-page lesson book and unlimited access to ThunderRow, the online community and support website “for bassists, would-be bassists, and those who love them.”

Teach Me Bass Guitar is, by far, the most complete bass instruction program ever created. It’s the only self study course you’ll ever need to harness the power of the bass guitar.

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Minor Scales

Minor scales aren’t just keys to play songs in. They can be used to improvise over different chords and not just minor chords. Minor chords and scales have a darker sound compared to the Major scale.

The three most common are the natural, Harmonic and Melodic scales.

Discover the Natural Minor Scales

The natural minor scale is part of the major scale, made by building a scale from the 6th note of the major scale. This scale is also known as the Aeolian mode, each note in the major scale has a mode name.

It has a smooth sound and is used for many minor key songs.

If you raise the 7th of this scale you will have the Harmonic minor scale.

If you raise the 6th and the 7th of this scale you will have the Melodic minor scale.

This is where the minor Pentatonic scale comes from.

Here is a written A minor Natural.

A Minor Natural

Here is what it sounds like

Here are the natural minor scales with their relative major scale it was built from. Eb and D# are the same pitch but written different. This is where I switched to the sharp keys.

The relative major scale is where the minor scale came from. It contains the same notes.

You also have a tonic minor scale relationship too. The C major scale can go into any of the C minor scales very easily. You hear this in songs often, where a major chord changes to a minor chord.

The Beatles song Norwegian Wood does this for the break in the song and then goes back to the major for the verse.

Natural Minor Chords

Here are the chord types for the natural minor scales. These are the same chords as in the major scale but I thought you might like to look at them from another point of view.

Em

Em7

F♯m7♭5

Gma7

Am7

Bm7

Cma7

D7

The Harmonic Minor Scale…
An Improvising Tool

The harmonic minor scale will add a new dimension to your leads and riffs. This scale has a very unique sound to it making it easy to recognize.

There are several ways to use this scale. The first is that it can be used for all the chords in the scale itself. Down below.

All examples use only the scale notes, no passing tones or bends so you can hear the actual scale.

After you learn it you can do anything you want to it. Use slides, bends, pre-bends, distortion, echo or anything else.

Al Demeola uses this scale in a lot of his songs. The minor 3rd interval is what gives it a unique sound.

Harmonic Minor Chord Types


All of the above chords can be reduced to triads. The only difference between this scale and the natural minor is a G♯ which gives us these not so common chords.

Most of the time these uncommon chords are used as passing chords lasting one or two beats of a measure.

Here is what it sounds like played against an Am Chord

The A minor harmonic played against an A minor chord

This scale is easy to recognize in songs

A Minor Harmonic Scale

Harmonic Minor Scale List

The keys are the harmonic minor scale and not the relative major. To find the relative major go up a minor third or 3 frets.

The E♭ and D♯ are the same scale just spelled different. This is where I switched to the sharp minor keys

Melodic Minor Scale…
Add New Life to Licks

The melodic minor scale will get your licks out of the pentatonic rut we all get stuck in when learning.

The Scale below can be used for improvising over all the chords in the melodic scale which are listed below that.

This scale can also be used starting at the root of minor and minor 6th’s.

Here is a taste of C melodic minor scale played against a Cm/maj7 chord. This is the chord built from the first note of the melodic scale.

No other notes or effects just the scale notes so you can hear the scale notes not someone playing guitar.

The C minor melodic scale played over a C minor major 7th chord

The Melodic Scale List

The keys are listed in the minor keys and not the relative major.

You will see double sharp marks like ♯♯. This is because you’re not allowed to use the same note twice in a scale except for diminished and other scales that aren’t connected to the major and minor scales.

A double sharp (♯♯) or a double flat (♭♭) just means two notes or frets higher or lower instead of one.

There are some other minor scales.

The Hungarian minor – C D E♭ F♯ G G♯ B, – Lidian Minor – C D E F♯ G G♯ B♭, – Neapolitan Minor – C C♯ E♭ F G G♯ B and Romanian Minor – C D E♭ F♯ G A B♭.

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Discover How to Hold a Guitar…Don’t Limit Your Playing Ability

Do you know that how to hold a guitar the right way will make playing much easier. Good playing form is essential to good guitar playing.

The sitting position is the first position that you learn when first starting to play guitar, everybody sits including the teacher.

Your teacher might not even recommend a way to sit or hold the guitar unless you are taking classical guitar lessons.

When you first start playing guitar it’s very important that you find the right sitting position because it will affect everything you try to play.

Everyone’s body is different so there isn’t an exact position but there is a basic set of guidelines that will work for most people.

Your Chair or Bench

There are two basic sitting positions, one is the classical, here you place the guitar on the left leg. The other is more casual and you place the guitar on your right leg. In both classical and casual positions your chair or bench should be the same except for the stool position.

These are the two basic ways of how to hold a guitar.

How to Hold a Guitar – Seat Height

Measure the height of the back of your knee where it bends. This is the height your seat should be. Your lap should be level.

It should not slope back, this will give you back problems. If you are young you will probably ignore this tip. Don’t.

The Seat should be firm and not over-padded.

This is an important factor in how to hold a guitar. You will spend a lot of time in this position.

You might have a hard time finding a chair that meets all these requirements, get as close as you can until you find one or make one

You can check out different keyboard/piano seats or benches, these are usually higher than guitar players need. You may have to improvise by cutting the chair or table legs, make sure it’s safe to sit on.

I use a little table, 16 by 16 inches, I bought at a yard sale for two dollars. The important thing is getting your lap level so the guitar isn’t sliding off your lap. If your lap isn’t level your left hand and right arm will try to keep the guitar from sliding making playing the guitar very hard.

How to Hold a Guitar – Sitting Down

The Classical Guitar Position

This is the best way to hold a guitar for stability, the body holds the guitar in place and not your arms.

In this position a foot stool or a couple of thick books are used under the left foot.

1) Sit towards the front of the chair with your back straight.

2) The bottom guitar curve should rest on your left elevated leg.

3) You should raise your left foot with a footstool or books.

4) The end of the guitar body should rest against your right leg.

5) The back of the guitar should rest on your chest without leaning back, that will make things harder to reach.

6) Rest your right forearm on top of the guitar letting your hand hang freely over the sound hole or middle pickup if using an electric.

7) Your elbow should be about two inches back from the face of the guitar-This is just an average starting point, everyone’s different.

8) The 12th fret should line up with your nose approximately.

9) The head or tuning keys should be about eye-level.

10) Both hands should be able to move freely without the guitar moving around. Your legs and body should do most of the holding.

These are basic guidelines and can be adjusted to your body and guitar type. You don’t have to play a classical guitar to take advantage of this position, any type guitar can be used with a little adjustment to your position.

This might seem like a lot of trouble for sitting but it will pay off in the near future when you start to learn more complicated moves on the guitar.

How “Not” to Hold a Guitar

You may see players in concert or in a video holding their guitars below their waist. This is for show. These players did not learn to play guitar this way.

This position limits your playing. They may not be playing anything at all if it’s a video. The music is playing in the background and they just fake it. Just like a Hollywood movie.

Learn the right way before going “hollywood” on everyone.

Also don’t practice sitting on a bed or any place where you are not sitting properly. It will give you bad form and mistakes.

About the Classical Position

If you learn how to hold a guitar in the classical position first you can switch between the casual and the classical position.

However if you learn the casual position first it will be harder to switch back and forth. Some songs will be easier to play in one or the other positions.

Unless you are a devout classical guitarist or want to be you should try these other positions.

You may find them useful for certain songs or just for a change once in a while or sometimes you have no choice, like when playing at someone else’s place and you don’t have a chair the right height.

It’s good to know both because sometimes you may not be able to sit like you do at home, both have merit.

Casual Guitar Playing Positions

How to hold a guitar in the casual playing positions.

There are a few of ways to play in the casual guitar position.

The first way you hold the guitar is in the crossed leg position.

Crossed Leg Position
How to Hold a Guitar

1- First cross your right leg onto your left knee

2- Next hold the bottom curve of your guitar on your right leg

3- Place your right arm over the body with your elbow at the edge of the face of the guitar. The upper right arm will hold the guitar

4- Sit up straight and towards the front of your chair or bench

You might like this position if you can keep your leg crossed without moving for a while. You may have to try different leg positions to get comfortable, I could never stay in this position for long but I had a teacher who did.

This way eliminates the need for a foot stool or something to raise your right leg. It’s good to know in case you forget to bring a footstool

Raised Right Leg

This is probably how most people hold the guitar for the first time but without knowing about the raised leg.

However your body knows your leg is too low and you will find yourself raising your right leg up with your toes.

This can cause your muscles to tighten up which is very bad for guitar playing, use a footstool.

1- Hold the bottom curve of your guitar on your right leg

2- Place your right arm over the body with your elbow at the edge of the face of the guitar

3- Raise the right leg with a foot stool or some books

4- The upper picking arm will keep the guitar from falling forward

Sitting on a Stool

This way might appeal to some guitar players. You need a stool without arms and it must have a middle rail on the legs.

Make sure the stool’s middle rail can handle the weight of your leg, some rails on stools are only meant to keep the legs from spreading out.

1- Sit on stool with left foot flat on floor

2- Place your right foot on the middle rail connecting the legs together

3- Set the middle curve of the guitar bottom side on your right thigh

4- Place your right arm over the top edge of the guitar so your hand is over the sound hole

Sitting Adjustment

The exact position and how to hold a guitar is up to you. Everyone’s body is shaped different and there are also differences in guitars.

How you place your right arm will change if you are using a pick or playing fingerstyle and the length of your arm and the size of the guitar will be factors also.

The main thing you must have in any position is free movement of your left arm and hand and free movement of your right forearm and hand. You should not be supporting the guitar with any part of your right or left arms that need to be free for playing.

How to Hold a Guitar
Standing Position

This position should be a standing up version of your sitting position. The guitar should still be very close to the way it was positioned when you were sitting. You will have to adjust your guitar strap until you find the right spot.

If you place a strap on the guitar and adjust it while you are sitting it will be close to what you want. You don’t want it too low or you won’t be able to reach your hand around the neck to play notes or chords.

Fingerstyle or Pick

How you position your picking hand will be different for fingerstyle than for playing with a pick also called a plectrum.

Picking Arm Fingerstyle

In the fingerstyle type of playing you will place the elbow of the picking hand about 2 inches behind the face of the guitar. This is a basic guideline for how to hold a guitar for this style

Your hand should hang relaxed over the sound hole or between the end of your fingerboard and the bridge if using an electric, again this will vary slightly with everyone.

Picking Arm – Pick Style

When you are using a pick you will place your arm so the elbow is right at or slightly over the edge of the face of the guitar.

This will allow more forearm movement for strumming chords.

How to Hold a Guitar – Foot Stools

Foot stools are sold in most music stores and usually cost about 15 to 20 dollars. A footstool is a much better way than using books, and you can use it for either classical or casual practice and playing. A footstool should be considered a basic of how to hold a guitar, it keeps you balanced

The Fretting Hand

The left or fretting hand should have the fingertips very close but not touching the strings unless you are playing something.

All single notes should be played using the very tip of the finger, the fingers must be arched so they won’t accidentally hit the other strings and deaden them.

The Fretting Hand Thumb

The thumb should be in the middle of the back of the neck for most playing positions. This will help keep the fingers arched.

This should be one of the most important things to check on as you play, it’s very easy to let the thumb come up over the top of the neck.

There are times when the thumb should come over the top as in bending notes or using your thumb on bass notes of chords but most of the time it should be in back of the neck keeping your fingers arched.

There are also times on certain chords when you will find that turning your thumb sideways toward the tuning keys will help you grip a particular chord better.

The Picking Hand

Fingerstyle

The picking hand should hang over the sound hole of the guitar. Only the thumb and fingers should touch the strings. The thumb and fingers should not touch the guitar body. All playing should be done with the thumb and fingers Do not use your wrist.

With your hand hanging over the strings your hand should look like it is holding a small ball, like a loose fist.

You should see a “V” when you look down between your thumb and index finger, this is the correct position for fingerpicking.

The thumb takes care of the upper bass note and the fingers take care of the melody notes.

The Finger letters for the picking hand

You may run across some tablature for a fingerpicking piece of music, These letters are how they would tell you what fingers to use.

I believe these letters come from medical terminology that’s why the thumb is P and not T also the A and S.

Plectrum Style
How to Hold a Guitar

In this style your arm is at or past the face of the guitar and the inside of your hand and forearm will be facing the guitar. Your hand should be over the sound hole or pickups.

Holding the Pick

If you look at the drawing above of the right hand for playing fingerstyle you will see an upside down V where the thumb and index finger intersect each other.

If you place a pick at a right angle with the point facing you on the bottom of your thumb and slide your index finger back so you have about 1/4 inch of the pick sticking past your thumb and index finger you will have your starting position for playing with a pick.

The pick should be at a right angle to the strings and be parallel, not tilted up or down.

If this is new to you be patient. Try to get into a comfortable position that also has the pick held in the right way. Again everyone will vary slightly because of body and guitar sizes.

Don’t hold the pick too tight or too loose, if the pick slips out of your hand a lot you have to tighten up a little.

If you hold the pick too tight it will make your single notes stiff sounding and your chords harsh sounding.

Also don’t let the pick stick out past your thumb and index finger too much, about a quarter of an inch is good. Too much makes you drop the pick

Foot Stools

Here’s a link for foot stools. They are good to have no matter what style of music you play. They put the guitar in a more stable position and free up your arms and hands.

Foot Stools

Thank you for reading about How to Hold a Guitar.

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