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Music Gifts

I have found some good music gifts for guitar players, musicians or anyone that likes music in general.

I have used most of these sites myself or know someone who has and recommended them to me.

These links will open a new window so if you don’t like the site you just have to close the other window.

If you are using a dial up connection like me some pages take a while to load so you can keep reading here till it’s done.

I don’t know about you but I really like the tabbed browsers. I always open links in a new tab.

Satellite Radio

This is one I would like to find under the tree. They have radios and subscriptions available. You can read more on the Satellite radio page where I go into detail about the different radios and services. This is a gift that lasts all year.

Satellite Radio

or you can go directly to their site from the link below

Satellite Radios at Sirus

Guitar Gear

I like dealing with this company because they put the customer first.

They have been selling music gear online since 2002. They have two warehouses in the US.

Their name came about because they promise to ship your order the same day you order it.

Here is a link to the home page Same Day Music

or

Here is a list for common guitar gear for music gifts

This is where I get most of my online guitar gear. They usually have the best prices and quick delivery

Music Posters

This site has the largest collection of music posters available. If you can’t find a poster for a band or individual here it probably doesn’t exist.

They have older ones for groups like the Beatles too, bringing back memories of my youth.

Their prices are good and they have some collectible items too. Easy to navigate site.

Band Music Posters

Sheet Music – Music Gifts

I have two sites for sheet music that I use. One is an Indie music site. Indie music is individuals or groups trying to promote their music without a major record company backing them.

They have been online since 2002 with over 300,000 products on their site.

You can find some Indie sheet music here that you can’t get elsewhere.

You can also upload a song for others to hear. It’s a community of musicians.

They have gift cards and you can also download Indie music

Sheet Music Selections

The other site I go to has some very detailed sheet music besides regular sheet music.

They have been in business online since 1998. Loacated in Wisconsin USA

They do digital sheet music, downloads so you get it quickly. They carry gift cards from 1 to 500 dollars so your musician can pick his or her sheet music.

I bought and downloaded a very detailed version of Creams’ White Room. Good wa-wa practice song. It has the complete lead along with the overdubs they used to record the song because they were a 3 man group.

So if your special guitarist has a song he or she wants to learn this sheet music gives you everything in the song. It’s in tab too so you don’t have to be an expert music reader.

These make good music gifts

Here’s the link to this sheet music site

Sheet music available for download!

Concert Tickets – Music Gifts

Here is a good site to get concert and other types of tickets.

They have been online since 1995. An established company.

You can buy tickets in advance for your area and the artist you want to see.

You can see who’s on tour and when and where they will perform

If you change your mind you can also sell your tickets right from the site

A nice present if your musician has been a good boy or girl, or if you want to go too.

Concert Tickets

Mp3 Downloads

Amazon is my choice for downloading mp3’s without joining a site with a monthly fee. I don’t want a monthly fee for the privilege of downloading songs. It’s free at Amazon you only pay for the songs you download.

If anyone knows a better site that you don’t have to pay a monthly fee for let me know by way of the Contact Us button.

Here is a link to the mp3 download area at Amazon

mp3 Downloads

Cd’s, DVD’s, Vinyl Records

Here is a good site for Cd’s. They also have Dvd’s and games.

They have been around since 1996 which is a long time in cyber space. It’s a quick loading site despite the album thumbnails.

There is also a Blu-Ray section for you high definition fans

Vinyl Fans. There is a big list of albums now availabe on vinyl. The only way music came way back when. This was before 8 tracks(Dinosaur) and cassette players were available.

They have a used section where you save some money. All products are complete and quaranteed free of defects for 30 days.

They have an electronics section where you can get mp3 and mp4 players plus headphones and ear buds. Good Prices

As of 12-9-2009 they were offering free shipping on orders over $30.00 US.

Here is a link to the music section

f.y.e. Your Music

Band T-Shirts

This site has a ton of shirts from any group you can think of. They put their high priced articles first unless you change it on the right side of the page

They have been online since 2000

Every musician has a couple of T’s from their favorite musician or concert, even us older ones

They have sweatshirts, hats, womens purses and a lot of other music gifts

Your Favorite Band Shirts

Guitar Learning Software – Great Music Gifts

Here is a list of software that I have installed on my computer.

I will start with the beginner guitarist software first. I sometimes purchase guitar software to check its quality before recommending it.

Jamorama

This course is very good for a beginner. It gives advice on holding the guitar and pick plus many other things for the novice

This course has been going strong since 2004 because it works for anyone.

I recommend this course before you go to the fretboard software. It will give your fingers a chance to get stronger and get passed the sore stage

It will teach some chords and basic guitar strumming. A good all around starter course for guitar without getting too technical

Jamorama

Absolute Fretboard

I have a copy of this software on my computer and it does help learn the guitar neck

It’s a hard to find software if you don’t know its name.

This is really good for learning where all the notes are on the guitar neck, plus it teaches what the notes look like in music notation.

This software has been around since 2000. It works if you do, put a little time into it.

You learn to read music without really trying while you learn the notes on the guitar neck

Use this software for 20 minutes a day and you will have the neck memorized in a very short time.

You will learn a lot of music theory with this software besides learning the neck

This software is also for developing speed so it won’t be obsolete after you learn the guitar neck. you can use it for years to come.

Absolute Fretboard

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Guitar Scales Method

This software is for someone who has been playing for a while. If you know some chords you are ready to start learning scales.

This software has been around since 2002. This is also a hard to find software.

If you apply yourself everyday you will learn all the major scales in all the positions in one tenth of the time it would take without this software.

This knowledge will help all your playing especially your lead work.

This also teaches the pentatonic,blues and mode scales

Guitar Scales Method

Ear Training

This software has been around since 2001 and this is harder to find than the above two.

I have a copy so I know it works if you apply yourself.

Ear training should be started as soon as possible. Once the player can play a song or two.

This is one of the most neglected part of music training. Most universities that offer music as a major also have a 4 year ear training program to go along with the other studies

This is because it’s that important. If you train your ears along with your other studies you will learn to recognize chord changes.

This means you will be able to play what you hear increasing your playing ability to a professional level

This is good software for training your ears. It has quite a few ways of ear training like chords, single notes, short passages and more

Guitar Ear Training

More Ear Training

Here is another ear training program that uses a different approach than the one above. Check them both out and decide for yourself.

I don’t have this program but its been around for a while and it checks out all right.

Pure Pitch

Guitar Speed

This software goes beyond what the Absolute Fretboard will do for your speed. You should be playing for a year or two and know your scales before buying this software.

This software has been around since 2000. I have a copy on my computer and it does work if you do.

If you apply yourself you will be playing at amazing speeds with clean clear notesin a relatively short time

This software requires patients and you have to be honest to yourself about your playing ability for it to work right

Guitar Speed Software

The above software products will give you years of service. You just have to apply yourself for them to work

Guitar Scale Mastery

Here is another program for learning scales. This is just another approach for learning scales.

This program has been around since 2006 and it’s popular

Your guitar player may like this approch better.

When learning guitar I always had more than 1 book on a subject if I could find them and afford them.

I think it helps to get more than one view of a subject. Much like different teachers. Some get through to you and some don’t.

It’s not always your fault if you don’t understand something completely.

Guitar Scale Mastery

It has a money back guarantee if you don’t like it

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Lead Guitar Products

Pentatonic Power

Pentatonic scales and positions are essential for creating leads and riffs.

This program comes from a site that has been online since 2001.

This is where you start to learn to play lead guitar. You should have a fair amount of know how on chords. The more you know the better

By using these scales and the notes the chords are made from you will be able to create some nice leads. Start out slow. Speed follows accuracy

Pentatonic Power

Blues Guitar

I have a copy of this program. It explains how to use the major and minor blues scales.

It’s been around for awhile now, at least 3 years.

Here is a good course on the basics of playing blues guitar leads.

This is a good follow up course to the Pentatonic course.

If you already know the Pentatonic scales you can just jump right in.

Playing Through the Blues

50 Blues Tracks

Here is a good program for after you can play some licks.

They aren’t midi tracks, I know you don’t like midi tracks, nobody does.

The tracks come in different Blues styles like shuffles or Stormy Monday styles plus others

Very good for trying new ideas and you don’t have to get your friends together to jam.

Jamming is one of the best ways to hear what your licks sound like it a real music situation, follow the chord changes.

Here is where you learn from your mistakes listen to your playing carefully. Excellent way to tighten up your timing too. Many times it’s not “what” you play but “when” you play it.

50 Blues Tracks

Slow Down Software

One of the best music gifts you can get. Learn any solo no matter how fast

I’ve had a copy of this for about 3 years it works great.

This is software that takes any song from a CD or a file on your computer and slows it down to a speed you select

It doesn’t change the pitch of the music and you can loop it if you want

This is the best invention ever for guitar players.

Now you can slow down that lead you always wanted to play from a song and learn it note for note.

This will get your ears hearing music better also like the ear training couses above

RiffMaster

This is for any musician not just guitar players. It helps to hear lyrics to songs you were never sure what they were saying.

I used to play 45’s at 33 RPM speed to learn song parts but it changed the key making it harder to learn

Ask someone older if you don’t know what a 45 is. No it’s not a gun

A very useful music gift

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Analyzing Chord Progressions

Analyzing chord progressions is a skill you must learn if you want to be a serious guitarist/musician.

Many times in guitar playing you will get chord progressions written out by hand without key signatures or you might learn the song progression from a recording. In either case you need to establish what key or keys you are in to improvise effectively.

Diatonic Progressions

Here is the F Scale and the triads that go with it.

All major scales have three major chords and three minor chords. The diminished chord would not be a tonal center chord except in some forms of Jazz or Blues/jazz fusion

Here is the F scale with the 4 note chords that get a lot of use.

The I, IV and V chords are major chords but only the 5th chord(C,C7) can be a dominant chord. So if you see a C7 you are in F major. The I and IV are major 7th chords, a smoother sound.

If you have an F major chord in the progression you could be in the keys of F, B flat or C. If it was an F7 you would be in B flat.

A song for this key that comes to mind is Smooth Operator by Sade. vi-iii-ii-iii or Dm-Am-Gm-Am. The song has a minor tonality even though it’s from the major scale.

Keys and Chords

C

Cma7

Dm7

Em7

Fma7

G7

Am7

Bm7♭5

F

Fma7

Gm7

Am7

B♭ma7

C7

Dm7

Em7♭5

B♭

B♭ma7

Cm7

Dm7

E♭ma7

F7

Gm7

Am7♭5

E♭

E♭ma7

Fm7

Gm7

A♭ma7

B♭7

Cm7

Dm7♭5

A♭

A♭ma7

B♭m7

Cm7

D♭ma7

E♭7

Fm7

Gm7♭5

D♭

D♭ma7

E♭m7

Fm7

G♭ma7

A♭7

B♭m7

Cm7♭5

G♭

G♭ma7

A♭m7

B♭m7

C♭ma7

D♭7

E♭m7

Fm7♭5

F♯

F♯ma7

G♯m7

A♯m7

Bma7

C♯7

D♯m7

E♯m7♭5

B

Bma7

C♯m7

D♯m7

Ema7

F♯7

G♯m7

A♯m7♭5

E

Ema7

F♯m7

G♯m7

Ama7

B7

C♯m7

D♯m7♭5

A

Ama7

Bm7

C♯m7

Dma7

E7

F♯m7

G♯m7♭5

D

Dma7

Em7

F♯m7

Gma7

A7

Bm7

C♯m7♭5

G

Gma7

Am7

Bm7

Cma7

D7

Em7

F♯m7♭5

Chord Progressions

Suppose you have a progression in which you have two major chords one whole tone apart like B flat to C

The only place this happens in the major scales is the IV and V chord. If you look at the table you will see you are in the key of F major

Minor Chords

Only two of the minor chords in the major scale are used as a home base. The ii and the vi. The iii chord produces a minor flat 9 scale which doesn’t sound good

One popular minor progression is the ii-V(two-ive). C it would be Dm to G but usually Dm7 to G7, just extended chords which give more color to the sound.

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Guitar Augmented Guitar Chord Images

Guitar augmented chord images. Augmented chords are unique like the diminished chords having several names. One name for each note in the chord and they repeat themselve every four frets or major third interval.

These chords are easy to recognize. a lot of time they follow a regular major chord and get used in drop progressions a lot.

The + sign is usually used for a chord symbol like C+ or G+. It can also be a 7th, Cma7+5 or C7+5

These chords are used mainly to lead into a new chord much like a Suspended Chord is used. A lot of the time it leads to a 6th chord or back to the unaltered 5th chord. The Beatles song “Oh Darling” starts with an augmented V chord and then moves to the I chord.

Music Tension

They usually give tension that will lead you into another chord. Tension is where you hear a chord but it sounds like it wants to change because the progression wants to get to the home chord.

Chord Construction

The augmented is made up entirely of major third intervals.

The augmented chord has a raised 5th in it. It’s only one note different than a major triad.

Guitar Augmented Chord Images

E♭, G and B Augmented Guitar Chords

Each chord can be used for three different chords. The same notes just different chord names. This is called plurality, other chords can have more than one name too. The Dm7 chord is also called an F6 chord.

The Notes for these chord are E♭, G and B.

This chord can be made from the third note of the C Melodic minor scale and the 3rd note of the C Harmonic minor scale also.

A♭, C and E Augmented Guitar Chords

The Notes for these chords are A♭, C and E.

This chord can be made from the third note of the F Melodic minor scale and the 3rd note of the F Harmonic minor scale also.

D♭, F and A Augmented Guitar Chords

The Notes for these chords are D♭, F and A.

This chord can be made from the third note of the B flat Melodic minor scale and the 3rd note of the B flat Harmonic minor scale also.

G♭, B♭ and D Augmented Guitar Chords

The Notes for these chords are G♭, B♭ and D.

This chord can be made from the third note of the E flat Melodic minor scale and the 3rd note of the E flat Harmonic minor scale also.

Remember that chords like G♭, D♭ are also F♯ and C♯, same pitch just a different spelling for different keys.

You can move any of these chords up or down four frets and have the same chord.

These are the most common chord forms. You can raise the 5th with a lot of other chords too but they won’t repeat like the triad does.

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Pentatonic Guitar Scales

The pentatonic guitar scales are the basics for anyone interested in playing lead guitar or just plain jamming with a friend.

These scales are really only shortened major and minor scales. These notes are the most often used in melodies and improvising.

They leave out two notes from the major scale and the natural minor scale which is in the major scale.

Many rock guitar player use these scales exclusively.

They are also the Blues scale minus one note. The Blues Scale can be combined with the Pentatonic scales for improvising.

Just like the major scales have relative minor scales. The pentatonic scales do too.

The C major pentatonic is related to the A minor pentatonic.

The Major and relative minor contain the same notes, they just start on a different note, just like the major scales.

Major Scales – Major Pentatonic Scales

The C chord is in the C, F and G scales.

The major Pentatonic C scale is C D E G A. Below are the major scales that the C chord is in.

See how the C major pentatonic guitar scales can be used to improvise over any C chord no matter what key you are in. It misses the B♭ and the F♯.

The B♭ would give a dominant 7th sound and the F♯ would give a flatted 5th sound neither of which would fit with the C major except in a Jazz-Blues fusion.

Patterns for the Major Pentatonic Scale

Natural Minor Scales
Minor Pentatonic Scales

The Am chord is in the C, F and G scales.

The Pentatonic A minor scale is A C D E G. Below are the natural minor scales that the C chord is in.

The A minor pentatonic also misses the B♭ and the F♯. Meaning that you can use the A minor pentatonic scale on any A minor chord no matter what key you are in.

Scale patterns for the Minor Pentatonic.

Pentatonic Guitar Scales
Safe Scales

I call the pentatonic scales safe scales because of the notes that are left out from the major scale.

These scales can be used to improvise on any major or minor chord despite what key you are in. No wonder they’re so popular.

The major C penta scale contains the triad notes C E G and the 6 and 9, A and D which can be added to any major triad.

In the minor penta the scale contains the minor triad A C E and the 4 and 7, D and G. In this case the 4 or D is used as a passing tone, in other words don’t use it as a “home” note.

Major and Minor Have the Same Notes

The C major pentatonic and the A minor pentatonic have the same notes. The difference is how you play them. On a C chord your home note is C and with the A minor the A is the home note.

This is similar to the major scale where the A minor natural minor scale is the same as the C major scale. It just starts on a different note.

Pentatonic Guitar Scales-Improvising

What you can do with these scales is change scales as the chords in a song change. This will let you play with the changes instead of playing over them by staying with the pattern for the first chord in a song, that gets boring.

Use passing tones as you change your scale. You can use notes that are in between your chords as you change from one to the other.

If you are playing an A minor chord and it’s changing to a G play a G♯ right before the G change or use E♭ before the change to lead into the next chord. This will make your playing sound more professional.

Always be aware of the chord changes so you can tailor your playing to them. Start your lick on the up-beat instead of on the one down beat, be unpredictable but tasteful. This is easier said than done and will take some practice but this is just part of the journey, enjoy it.

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Guitar TechniquesDirty Little Secrets?

Guitar techniques are whatever it takes to get the sound you want. It can come from the guitar, the amp, magic boxes or your hands and fingers or something else not normally associated with guitar sound.

Do you have a song that you can recognize from one or two notes? That’s because of the distinct tone. It can be a guitar, keyboard, or someone’s voice. This is what every guitar player wants, a tone or style that’s his or her’s own unique tone.

Ever heard a new song that you never heard before but you know who it is because of the guitar style? Eric Clapton’s style can be heard no matter who he plays with.

Some techniques are common and some are unique ways of getting the tone or sound you want.

Some players won’t reveal how they get their sound especially to another guitar player.

Guitar Picking Techniques

There are many techniques for this area of guitar playing. Most of these techniques can be used for any style of music.

Most of us use a pick, but there are fingerpicks and thumb picks too.

You can also play with just your fingers. This is how all Classical guitarist’s play. These guitar players have very strict rules they go by for their playing.

You can learn more about different picking styles from the link below.

Picking Techniques

Guitar Tunings

Most of us play guitar in the standard tuning most of the time. The standard tuning doesn’t work as well for slide guitar players although there are a few that do this.

George Harrison of the Beatles used to play slide in the standard tuning.

You can also use different tunings for fingerstyle guitar. Joni Mitchell does this alot and has a guitar or guitars that have special hardware so she can change to her tunings easily.

One of the most common alternate tunings is dropped D. This is just what it sounds like you tune the heavy E string down to a D.

E and D tunings are common and so are A and G.

Alternate Tunings

Slide Guitar Technique

Here is a technique that can be used in most styles of music but it’s found in the Blues more often than the other types of music.

This is mainly because of the sound the slide gives off. It has that distant Train Whistle sound making it good for the Blues.

This style of playing usually uses open chord tunings. Check out the link above for some alternate tunings.

Slide Guitar

Music Slow Down Software

This really isn’t a technique for playing guitar but it is good for learning other guitar techniques. You can take any song you have on your computer and slow it down so you can learn riffs and leads in much less time.

I have two different slow down programs and I like them both. I had one called Amazing Slow Downer but my computer hard drive went and I couldn’t get another copy from their website so I would stay away from this software company.

It can keep the original pitch of the song. You can learn the part you want just like the song.

There is another feature that will change the pitch if you want to. Let’s say if you want to match your guitar tuning or have trouble singing in that key or you want to try new positions on your guitar.

Slow Down Software

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Diminished Scale – More Improvising Tools

The diminished scale is a good source for improvising over diminished chords and altered dominant chords. You don’t have to be into Jazz to use these scales. Diminshed and altered chords are in every style music.

There are two of these scales but they are actually the same scale you just start one note up or down from the original.

These scales tend to be confusing on the guitar neck. The concept of whole tone-half tone is easy to understand but hard to visualize on the guitar neck because you have to shift positions in the middle of it.

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Guitar Scales Method

This tends to make you lose your place and think was I on a half or whole tone?

Just do them slowly until get the sound of the scale in your head. Then get it up to speed with your metronome a little at a time.

Chromatic Scale – The Half Tones

The Chromatic scale notes are spaced every 1/2 tone or every fret apart. A 12 note scale. This is one part of this symmetrical scale.

Whole Tone – The Whole Tones

The whole tone scale notes are spaced every whole tone or 2 frets apart. A 6 note scale

This is the second part of the diminished scale notes.

The Diminished Scales

The diminished scale combines these two variation by making two scales with spacings of one whole tone then one half tone.

The diminished whole starts with a whole note, the diminished half, yes you got it starts with a half tone

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Other than starting on a different note these scales are identical although a little confusing until you get the sound of it implanted into your brain

This is an 8 note scale

Here’s the table from the whole tone page to make it easier to visualize these scales

Chromatic Scale

C

C♯

D

D♯

E

F

F♯

G

G♯

A

A♯

B

C

Whole Tone Scales

Whole Tone One

Whole Tone Two

Diminished Scales

Diminished Whole

Diminished Half

Please note E♯ is the same as F, D♯ and E♭ are the same pitch, and A♯ and B♭ are the same pitch. They are just written different.

When you are writing in these scales all note writing rules are not used like in the major and minor scales

Diminished Whole Scale – Chords

Diminished Whole

Scale Degrees

Root

2/9

♭3/+9

4/11

♭5

♯5

13

7

root

These scales can be used on dim7th chords starting at the root.

When using this chord on altered dominant chords you start 1/2 step up. For a B7♭5 you would use the C diminished scale

This is a way of using the whole diminished scale instead of the half diminished.

Both scales are the same except the whole dim. starts with a whole tone and the half dim. scale starts with a half tone, confusing isn’t it

You could use the half diminished and start on the root it’s up to you. It’s still alternating whole steps and half steps for both scales.

B7♭5 chords

Here is what the notes would be for an altered B7 chord using the C dominant Scale

Diminished Whole

Scale degree

It contains a flatted 5th,9th and 7th and a raised 9th

Here is the C diminished scale played against a B7♭5 chord

C diminished played against a B7 flat five chord

Diminished 7th Arpeggio

I used to think this was the diminished scale, this was pre internet era and info wasn’t that easy to come by.

It’s made from minor 3rds stacked together C to E♭, E♭ to F♯, F♯ to A and A to C.

You will probably recognize this. I first heard it on the Blues Magoo’s version of Tobacco Road written by John D Loudermilk. Yes that was the bands name.

It wasn’t played against a diminished chord either, every non altered dominant 7th chord has a diminished chord in it starting on the 3rd of the chord.

The C diminished arpeggio could be used on the A♭7th chord.

Heres a few A♭7th chords first

Try different chords like C7, F7, or Cdim7.

The C diminished chord has 4 names one for each note in it and it repeats itself every minor 3rd or 3 frets

The°symbol stands for diminished or flatted in music

The C diminshed chord names are Cdim7, E♭dim7, F♯dim7 and Adim7.

Here is what it sounds like played against an A♭7th chord

C diminished 7th arpeggio played against an A7th chord

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Discover The E Major Scale

The E major scale key good for finger picking on acoustic guitars because of the E(root), A(4th) and B(5th) strings being in the scale. This is a good scale for acoustic guitars. This scale has four sharps in it the F, C, G and D notes.

This scale is made from two tetra-chords from the A and the B scale.

The first E major scale tetrachord comes from the second A major scale tetrachord and the 2nd E major scale tetra-chord comes from the 1st B major scale tetra-chord.

These scales are made from each other and you will see the same chords in the E, A and B scales.

The E Major Scale Construction

The first four notes of this scale came from the key of A. The last four notes of the scale come from the key of B.

E Scale Tetrachords

The tetra-chord is a four note section of notes that make up half a major scale. Each major scale has two of these.

The first E major tetra-chord comes from the last A major scale tetra-chord and the second one comes from the first B scale tetrachord.

Key

1st Tetrachord

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2nd Tetrachord

Key

E Major Scale Numbering

Major scales have numbers that go with the notes. This is a good way of referring to all scales and chords no matter what key you’re in.

E Major Notation-Tab

E Major Chords

E

F♯m

G♯m

A

B

C♯m

D♯dim

E

E Major Chord Diagrams

E Major Key signature

This is how the key signature will look in the key of E. The sharp symbol is over the F and D lines and the C and G spaces on the music staff.

This doesn’t mean the music won’t have other flats or sharps in it. They will be marked in the music itself. This means every note in the F, C, G and D position in the music staff will be sharp.

This makes music easier to read when you get more flats or sharps in the keys.

Major Key

♯’s

Key Signature

Rel Minor

E

F♯, C♯, G♯, D♯

C♯

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The Major Pentatonic..Five Powerful Little Notes

Every major scale contains a major pentatonic scale. These scales are very popular in country, blues and rock. The pentatonic scales contains only 5 notes, a short version of the major scale.

The Major Penta Scales

The major 5 note scale is a shortcut version of the major scale leaving out the 4th and 7th notes. The top scale is C major the bottom is a C major penta scale.

Here is a link to the major scale section if you want to learn more about major scales.

Here is a short example of the major pentatonic scale.

The C major pentatonic scale.

You have heard many songs based on these 5 notes.

Major Pentatonic Pattern Positions

These notes might confuse you if you’re not used to playing scales, start from the root until you know what the scale sounds like and then add the other notes.

In case your not used to viewing scales in a fretboard form, the 6th string is on the left of the drawing.

All you have to do is line up the root with whatever scale form you want. If you need help finding where the notes are on the guitar fretboard click here.

Nut is on top, 6th string on your left

The Pentatonic Pattern Puzzle

All of these patterns are connected together. Half of one pattern is also a half of another one. If you look at the first pattern you will see a piece of it in the second pattern. The second pattern has a piece of it in the 3rd pattern and so on.

If you look at the 5th pattern you will see a piece of it in the first pattern. These patterns are all over the guitar neck depending on the root note you start with. You can play them in any order as long as it sounds good.

We only need 5 patterns because there are only 5 notes in the scale. Each pattern will start with a note from that scale. The scale is your choice.

It may sound confusing but if you take your time and learn one piece of information at a time. You will get there.

You know whats crazy about these patterns? They are the same as the minor pentatonic scales. The only difference is the root note.

Check Out the Minor Pentatonic Page

Left Handed Positions

Here’s a left handed version for all you south paws.

Nut is on top 6th string on the right


If you have trouble trying to memorize these positions or notes just do one 5 note octave at a time and learn it all over the neck.

Sometimes learning two string sets is easier too. It is also good to learn the scale on one string.

Patterns are good for learning but don’t get locked into playing in pattern positions all the time. They will make your solo’s too predictable and boring.

Try combinations of these patterns together or just forget the patterns and concentrate on connecting the 5 notes.

Major Pentatonic Scales

You will notice there are 13 scales because F♯ and G♭ have the same pitch they’re just written different.

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Beatles Songs

Learning Beatles songs is all I seemed to do when I was learning guitar. I learned other peoples songs too but I learned the most about music from the Beatles tunes

They seemed to be coming out with a new album before I could learn the songs on the one before.

John and Paul did most of the song writing but George Harrison had some very good songs too. Frank Sinatra said the song “Something” written by George was the best love song he had heard in 20 years. Frank was a Swooner from years before the Beatles.

The Beatles had a lot of songs with good guitar riffs in them. Day Tripper, Ticket to Ride and I Feel Fine are just a few of them.

The first song we’ll learn is Day Tripper.

Day Tripper
Beatles Songs

Day Tripper Chords

There are some more for the middle break in the song. I will list them down below. The chords up above will do the main part of the song.

Day Tripper Guitar Riffs

Riff One – E Chord

You know exactly what song is coming right after you hear that 1st note.

This is what I mean by “guitar songs”. No other instrument can sound like this naturally and then when the bass kicks in with the lead guitar. It’s just a great song.

Riff Two – A Chord

The second riff is just the 1st riff played a perfect 4th higher.

The I to IV chord change is in many songs and just about any style of music like Blues, Rock, Jazz, Country Folk and any combination of them.

You will find the 4th movement in Beatles songs and other songs to not just the I to IV. It can be the ii to V a very common progression and chord move within a song.

Here are the CD and sheet music links.

Past Masters CD – Day Tripper
Day Tripper Tab
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Day Tripper

Words and music written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Guitar Riff 1 singing starts on 6th Riff.
Verse 1
E
Got a good rea-son for tak-ing the ea-sy way out
Riff 2 over A chord then back to Riff 1
A E Got a good rea-son for tak-ing the ea-sy way out now F#7
She was a day trip-per One way tick-et Yeh It took me
A G#7 C# B So Long to find out and I found out
E
Riff 1 Two Times
Verse 2
Same Chords as Verse 1
Play Riff 4x then lead Lead Section
Lead Section
B B7
Riff 3 4x 8 bars guitar lead
Riff 1 Two Times
Verse 3
Same Chords as Verse 1 and 2
Riff 1 Two Times
Repeat and Fade
E
Day Trip-per        Day Trip-per Yeh

Lead Back-up Riff B-B7 Chords

Lead Section Chords

Use the B7 chord for the last two measures of the lead section. The lead is backed by Ah_________ vocal in harmony.

Ticket to Ride
Beatles Songs

This riff uses open strings and notes on the 6th and 7th frets. This may confuse you at first because your are going up a string to go down in pitch. You’ll see what I mean when you try it.

Here’s the Riff. This one stays the same and you only use it on the A chord. You can pick out notes from the other chords using the same rhythm as the riff except when the song changes rhythm.

There are two bars of the riff in the example so playing the barr twice gives you 4 riffs.

Ticket to Ride Riff

Ticket to Ride Chords

These are all movable barre chords.

Ticket to Ride

Words and music written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Play Riff Example 2x
Verse 1
A
I think I'm gon-na be sad I think it's to-day Yeh
A Bm7 E7
The girl that's driv-ing me mad is go-ing a-way
F#m D F#m G
She's got a tick-et to ride She's got a tick-et to ri - hi hide
F#m E7 A
She's got a tick-et to ride but she don't care
Verse 2
Verse 2 same Chords
Song Bridge 1
D7
I don't know why she's rid-ing so high She ought to
D7 E
think right she ought to do right by me
D7
Be-fore she gets to say-ing good-bye She ought to
D7 E7
think right she ought to do right by me - Little Lead
Verse 1 Repeat Song Bridge 2
Bridge 2 Same as Bridge 1
Verse 3 Repeat Verse 2
Verse 3 Same Chords
Ending Repeat and Fade
A
My ba-by don't care    My ba-by don't care

Links to CD and Sheet music pages.

The Beatles Help CD
Ticket to Ride – Tab (Opens New Window)

One of the things about Beatles songs is most of them are timeless. In other words the song Michelle or In My Life could have been written in the 1800’s or in 2050 and it would still be a good song.

A lot of their songs are about love and relationships which are timeless.

If you like this page about Beatles songs let me know. Just hit the Contact Us button and tell me what you think.

I hope you found this page useful.

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C Minor Scales

F minor scales are related to A flat major. They can be used for improvising besides being tonic minors to the key of F. Songs can go from major to minor by moving the third down one note

Flatting the 3rd of the F major scale will give you an F melodic minor scale.

Chords in the F Melodic Minor Scale

F Harmonic Minor Scale

This is written in the A flat key that’s why you see the natural sign next to the E’s. This symbol changes the note from what it calls for in the key signature.

Lower the 3rd and 6th note of any major scale to make it a harmonic scale

This scale has a Latin sound.

I hope you found this page useful.