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Satellite Radio

You might be wondering why I’m writing about satellite radio on a guitar site. Well if you are interested in guitar you are interested in music in general and satellite radio is the “new wave”.

What is It?

This radio is a way of listening to over 130 channels on your computer, in your car, boat, RV, out walking or at home.

Each situation requires a Sirius ready radio except for the internet access which you would use your computer.

Before we get into all the ways to connect let me tell you what you get with Satellite radio access.

The main service is Sirius. There is also another service “XM” that you can use to expand on what Sirius already offers like Opera radio, major league baseball, Ice Hockey, PGA and more

Over 130 Stations

The company that provides this service is Sirius, you probably already heard of them around the internet

Sirius provides over 130 stations and 69 of them are commercial free music stations, any style of music you want

Artist Stations – Elvis – Grateful Dead – Frank Sanatra

There are also artist stations like Elvis, any Elvis fans out there?

Grateful Dead, I know there are Grateful Dead Fans out there I know several.

And lets not forget Frankie, he swooned many a girl in his day and his music is still as good as it was today.

Frank has some good songs to learn on guitar in a fingerpicking style or chord melody like “Summer Breeze”

There is also a Howard Stern station for some sick humor

Bad News – Not Available Everywhere

Sirius subscriptions are only good for the continental United States, but you can listen up to 200 miles off the east or west coast- good for you boaters

I’m sure this will be expanded to include the rest of the world shortly because of the demand for commercial free radio, just like listening to an mp3 player that has a lifetime battery.

More than just Music – 65 More Channels

There are sports radio, play-by-play action of more than 350 pro, college and motor sports teams like Nascar.

They have news stations, talk and play-by-play action from the NFL, also Barclays English Premier League soccer, UEFA Champions League soccer, Scottish Premier League soccer

Formula 1 Racing and hundreds of college teams, plus thoroughbred horse races.

Sirius is the only radio outlet to provide listeners with every NFL game, plus every NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™, NASCAR Nationwide Series™ and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™ race.

They also have talk programming on Sirius NFL Radio, NASCAR Radio and Mad Dog Radio, as well as from ESPN, ESPN Radio and Sporting News Radio.

Internet Only Access Option

The quality of sound is comparable to CD, very good

You can subscribe to an internet only access that doesn’t require a Sirius radio.

This service also has more than 120 channels

How it All Works – Getting a Radio

Other than signing up for an internet only subscription you will need a Sirius ready radio which are manufactured by

Alpine, Audiovox, Brix Group, Clarion, Delphi, Directed Electronics, Eclipse, Eton, Jensen, JVC, Kenwood, Magnadyne, Monster Cable, Pioneer, Russound, Tivoli, Thomson and XACT Communications.

So you shouldn’t have a hard time finding one.

Available in more than 20,000 retail locations

SIRIUS radios can be purchased at major retailers including but not limited to Best Buy, Crutchfield, Costco, Target, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club and RadioShack.

SIRIUS is also available at heavy truck dealers and truck stops nationwide.

Subscriptions

Subscriptions vary in price by what features you pick

You can mix and match up to a certain point. There are a lot of options, but you can pick less stations and other options, very varied.

There are family packages so you can make everybody happy

No matter what taste you have in music, sports, talk shows or more you will find stations that you like

Freedom from Commercials

I like the fact that I don’t have to listen to the local DJ’s and ads over and over again just to hear some music.

It’s like having an mp3 player with unlimited storage and you don’t have to wear headphones

I really do love this choice of stations for music. Music is what I use it for almost all the time except for a Philadelphia Eagles football game.

Get The Best of SIRIUS Free for 3 months any XM radio purchase.

Satellite Radios

There are 3 basic types of radios;

Portable for walking, jogging and other things

Vehicle type for cars, boats and other vehicles

Radios for the home, office or anywhere else you want

Some radios have a docking capability with accessories that lets you take your radio from vehicle to house and back again

This can save the expense of buying two radios. I believe there are deals on two radios though in case a family member wants one too.

There are quite a few options in the way of radio’s and accessories

Check out all the Radios

Radio + Subscription Deals

There are also packages you can buy where you get a radio and a subscription to access the stations together

These will vary from time to time or as new deals come up

Radio Packages @ SIRIUS.com

Clearance Deals

These offers vary depending on what they want to get rid of to make room for new products

This is also another way of saying we are having a sale to boost our sales and you get to save a little bit or a lot depending on the deal

This also happens when new products are replacing current ones. It doesn’t mean that they aren’t any good, just a previous model

Shop for great deals in the clearance section.

Free Shipping

This will save you a few bucks on your radio or accessory purchase

FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $49 at SIRIUS Satellite Radio

Browse the Sirius Satellite Radio Site

A subscription to Sirius makes a Christmas Present that will last all year long.

This link will take you to their home page

Sirius Satellite Radio

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Discover The B Major Scale

The B major scale gives us 5 sharps making it tough to remember what’s sharp unless you know the circle of 5ths. It’s actually easier to remember what’s not flat, the E and the B.

This scale is only one fret away from the C scale. This might help you to keep track until you know it.

You don’t see a lot of sheet music using this scale, probably because the pitch is close to C.

The sharp notes are F,C,G,D and A. Notice the each one is a 5th away from the one before using the musical alphabet.

This scale is made from two tetrachords from the E and the F♯ scale.

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

The B Major Scale Construction

The first four notes of this scale came from the key of E. The last four notes of the scale come from the key of F♯.

B Major Tetra-chords

A tetra-chord is four notes that make up each half a major scale. All major scales have two tetra-chords.

The first B tetra-chord comes from the last E scale tetra-chord and the second tetra-chord comes from the first tetra-chord of the F sharp major scale.

Key

1st Tetrachord

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2nd Tetrachord

Key

B Major Scale Numbering

Major scales have numbers that go with each note. This way you can refer to numbers makes it easy to refer to any scale or chord no matter what key you are in.

This is our way of referring to the chords but it can also be used for building chords from scales. The numbers are normally written in Roman numerals, upper case for major chords and lower case for minor chords.

B Major Chords

B

C♯m

D♯m

E

F♯

G♯m

A♯dim

B

B Major Notation-Tab

B Major Chord Diagrams

B Major Key signature

This is how the starting bar(Key Signature) in sheet music will look if you are in the key of B. The sharp symbol is over the F and D line and the C,G and A spaces in 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, D, and A position in the music staff will be sharp.

This helps keep the music easier to read especially as we get more flats or sharps in a key.

Major Key

♯’s

Key Signature

Rel Minor

B

F♯, C♯, G♯, D♯, A♯

G♯

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Discover How to Use the..Melodic Minor Scale Modes

Here is another improvising tool, the melodic minor scale modes. These scales will help you improvise over altered chords.

Scales and modes are your tools for making licks, riffs, melodies or for just plain jamming.

Every scale and mode is also related to a chord or chord type. Some scales work on many chords while others are limited.

Each link will follow the scale below for the 1st 7 notes – 1 whole scale

Melodic Minor Modes

These modes take you into a more Jazz-like style of playing. They are good for altered chords. If you want to play like Al DiMeola you should check these scales out.

You should have a good understanding of the major scales to use these efficiently but don’t be afraid to learn one and play around with it.

You don’t have to be a Jazz player to take advantage of this knowledge. This is one of the ways new forms of music emerge. Investigate and experiment.

You really should check out these modes.

The Melodic Minor Scale

This is the first mode/scale and has been covered in the guitar scales section but I added it to make everything complete.

It can be used to improvise over minor chords and altered dominant chords, check it out

C – Melodic Minor Scale

The Dorian ♭2 Mode

This mode is built from the second note of the melodic scale and can be useful improving over minor 7th chords.

Dorian ♭2 Mode

The Lydian Augmented Mode

Here is a mode for using over flat 5 or sharp 5 or 11th Chords.

Lydian Augmented Mode

The Lydian ♭7 Mode

Here is a mode built from the 4th note of the melodic scale and is good for improvising over dominant chords with or without an altered 5th.

Lydian ♭7 Mode

The Mixolydian ♭6 Mode

This mode is good for dominant chords with a ♯5 in them.

Mixolydian ♭6 Mode

The Locrian ♯2 Mode

This scale can be used over m7♭5, m6 and 9th chords a very useful mode.

Locrian ♯2 Mode

The Super Locrian Mode

This is the king of the melodic minor scale modes. This mode can be used on m7♭5 and dominant chords with any combo of altered 5th’s and 9th’s.

Super Locrian Mode

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Beginner Guitar LessonsThe Stepping Stones

No matter what age you are taking some beginner guitar lessons will get you starting to play the guitar faster and have fun doing it.

To learn guitar you have to learn a little about most aspects of playing guitar, just enough to get started. You will pick up most of it as you go, it doesn’t take a long time or a natural talent. Anyone can learn to play guitar.

Get a Teacher
Beginner Guitar Lessons

My advice to anyone just learning is to find a good music store near your home to take beginner guitar lessons from. Although you can learn a lot online it is best to start out with a teacher.

Private or even group lessons are fine. The main thing is you have someone to talk to and clear up any misunderstandings in the beginning.

Talk to Other Guitar Players

Find out who else plays guitar in your neighborhood or school and where they go for lessons. Word travels fast in a school or workplace.

You want a good teacher, not one who just shows you cool stuff to play but also teaches you the basics of music.

When you have learned some of these basics you will be able to apply it to just about any piece of music you want to.

If the teacher has you playing music you never heard before then you probably have a good teacher. There are reasons for using material not heard on the radio every day that help your playing.

Teaching Yourself

This is a bad idea if you never played before. After you have down some basics go ahead and explore while you are still taking lessons.

If you are determined you can learn on your own then check out the site below to get your basics down and more. You must have some self discipline and apply yourself on a regular schedule. If you just do it randomly without a plan you will get aggravated and lose your interest.

You need to know the basics of music which is why I’m saying to get a teacher. If you go to school you may be able to learn music basics for free.

Beginner Lessons

We all need beginner guitar lessons to help develop good practice and playing habits and not bad ones. A good habit is much easier to develop than a bad habit is to break.

One good playing habit is paying attention to the music so you’re ready to change chords

Sitting or standing and holding the guitar right so you aren’t limiting your playing.

Bad Playing Habits Last

A bad habit can take a very long time to break, depending on how long you have been doing it wrong.

If you’ve been playing for a little bit you may have a bad habit or two, they just sneak in there.

Wrong is probably not the best word to describe what you may or may not be doing. This may have been how you learned, let’s just say that there are better more efficient ways that will increase your playing potential.

Spotting Bad Habits

Pay attention to your body and what it’s doing as you play. You may see you are moving a finger too soon that’s causing you to mess up that scale exercise every time.

You might not have the timing of a chord change right. Work on your mistakes not what you can play right unless you’re trying to develop speed.

Correct Practice for Guitar

Here is a book that will help you learn the correct way to learn guitar and get rid of bad habits you may already have. Take your time and work your way through this book until you know it by heart.

The Principles of Correct Practice for Guitar
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Intervals – Beginner Guitar Lessons

An interval is the distance between 2 notes. These are the basics. Learning about these will help you understand how scales and chords are made. will also make your learning journey easier

Intervals – Beginner Guitar Lessons

Guitar Scales

A scale is a designated group of notes that music is written in. Scales give the music a basis so we can communicate with other musicians.

The major scales are the basis for most music you hear today. The pentatonic scales are popular in today’s music and a must for beginner guitar lessons but they are just a part of the major scale as you will learn

Beginner guitar lessons will help you understand the scales not just memorize them.

Major Scale Primer

Here is a C Scale with Tab and a Chord Diagram

Tablature or Tab

Tablature is a way of writing music without using notes. It shows 6 lines very much like music notation but it uses numbers to tell you what fret. In other words the line on the bottom is the low E string and the line on the top is the high E string.

Tablature can also be used to show chords and is liked very much by finger-pickers making it easier to see the pattern if any.

This is a good system for getting started while you learn to read music notation if you want to. Learning to read music has a lot of advantages and it’s not that hard. It’s definitely worth the effort.

Simple Guitar Tab

Chord Diagrams

Chord Diagrams are blocks showing where to place fingers on guitar neck for a chord. They look like the guitar neck. These are pretty much all the same any where you come across them.

The low E string is on the left and if there is a number on the side of it, that number is the fret number. Most guitars have fretboard dots on the 3rd, 5th, 7th,9th and 12th frets to help you keep track.

Check out some simple chord diagrams

Chords for Beginner Guitarist’s

A chord is 3 or more notes played at the same time. The notes of a chord can also be picked with your fingers in a pattern to supply a background for singer. There are a lot of chord types but if you learn the basic triads – 3 note chords – and some 1st position chords you will have a much easier time with the others

Learn your chord triads here.

Guitar Fretboard

Learning the notes on the guitar fretboard will speed up your learning because you won’t have to learn two things at the same time, the music and where you can play it.

Learn the Guitar Fretboard

Guitar Practice

How you practice can make the difference of being able to play things right without spending hours repeating the same thing over and over.

Good form takes a little time and effort but it will actually speed up your guitar learning progress. You must be aware of how you position your body and the guitar. In a short time it will become second nature to you.

The guitar is played with your whole upper body. To move your little finger a small electric signal goes to your hand muscles, to your forearm muscles, to your upper arm muscles, to your shoulder muscles and finally to the brain and back down again. All this is done without you thinking you just move your finger.

Relax Your Muscles

By examining your whole body as you play guitar you will find tension in certain areas that you must relax. Tension occurs a lot in the shoulders because all of your arm movement comes from there. But it can happen anywhere like your stomach if you are about to play in front of people, try and relax as much as possible.

Close your eyes and take a long slow breath in and out. This will usually get you started to relaxing.

Learn about Guitar Practice

Metronomes – Tempo

Tempo is the speed music is played. It will tell you this at the top of some sheet music.

In regular sheet music you will see words that tell you about the song. The terms are in Italian like allegro means fast or largo means slow. They can also express the mood of the music along with the tempo of the music. You may also see other terms like swing describing a type of feel to the music, more on these terms later.

See how to use a metronome. A metronome will speed up your learning progress and perfect your timing

Using A Metronome

Guitar Ear Training

This is a very important aspect of playing guitar or any musical instrument that gets put on the back burner.

Learning to play what you hear is even more important than reading music. This is how to learn the leads and all those other goodies they don’t put in sheet music.

Check out the page below to start your ear training.

Ear Training

Learning Octaves

Octaves are notes that have the same name but 8 notes higher. Learning all your octaves makes learning the scale notes on the fretboard easier.

These are good to know even if you don’t want to play Jazz. This is a good place to start learning the fretboard and scale.

Learning Guitar Octaves

Learning Scales

Scales are where all the melodies and chords come from. Learning all your major scales makes learning other things much easier.

Learn how software can make learning scales easier.

Learning Guitar Scales

Here is a link to a beginner lesson.

Beginner Video Lessons

Learning Music Basics

Learn about the structure of music not just things that might sound cool to you. I’m talking about basic music theory like learning scales, chord structure and more. These are necessary if you want to be any good at improvising or learning songs or licks by ear. You will know where the notes or chords are coming from even if the person that wrote the song didn’t.

Get a Real Teacher

Getting a real teacher not a friend or someone you know, not that you can’t learn from these people but a real teacher is very important in the beginning to establish a good musical foundation.

Beginner guitar lessons from a good teacher will enable you to understand a lot more from other players and what you find on the internet. You will learn the keys and how to transpose songs or licks into other keys in seconds not hours.

Learn a Little at a Time

I don’t want to cram your brain with too much at one time. If you don’t understand everything that’s okay. I’ll be adding pages for all of things above and describe them better for all you future guitarists.

Learn a little bit each day or when you can. Make sure you understand what you learned. You don’t have to be able to play it perfectly just understand it completely for things that follow.

Keep on Truckin’

Sometimes it will seem impossible to learn everything. We all have bad days no matter what we are doing. Keep on Truckin’. You get out what you put in.

Practice smart, learn your scales, chords and theory and you will learn songs faster and easier.

Sheet music or tab doesn’t always give you everything you need to play a song. Those little riffs that make a song what it is are missing from the written version a lot of the time.

You will have to learn some things from the recording, in other words by ear. The more you know about music the easier it is. This is an essential skill you must learn

Have Fun Learning Guitar

Having fun is what it’s about. You can learn and have fun at the same time. There is no law against it. Don’t struggle to learn something, let it come naturally. Enjoying what you do is half the battle, it makes all this learning a lot easier and not like work.

This doesn’t mean you can’t be serious about learning guitar but don’t let it possess you.

If you are having trouble learning something it usually means that you are not ready to learn that particular thing yet. You need to learn something else or several other things before it is clear to you.

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Discover The D Major Scale

The D major scale is good for acoustic guitars because all of the open strings work in this scale. It has two sharps in it the F and C notes.

The open strings.

6th string E which can be a 2 or 9

The 5th string which is the 5th

The 4th which is the root note

The 4rd string which is a 4th

The 2nd string which is a 6 the relative minor note

The 1st string which is a 2 or 9 just like the 6th string.

This scale is made from last tetra-chord in G major and the first tetra-chord in the A major scale.

You will see the same notes and chords in the keys of D, G and A major scales.

The D Scale Construction

D Scale Tetra-Chords

A tetra-chord is four adjacent notes having a whole tone interval between the first 3 notes and a half tone interval between the 3rd and 4th note. Each major scale has two tetra-chords in it.

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

D Major Scale Numbers

All major scales have numbers and note names for easy identification. This makes it possible to refer to all scales and chords no matter what key you are in.

The chords are usually written in Roman numerals, upper case is for major chords and lower case is for minor and diminished chord forms.

D Major Notation-Tab

D Major Chords

D Major Chord Diagrams

D Major Key signature

This is how the first bar in sheet music looks like when you’re in the key of D. The sharp symbol is over the F line and C space in the music staff.

Songs can have other flats or sharps in it but they get marked on the staff next to the note. Every note in the F and C position in the music staff will be sharp but not marked except by the key signature in the beginning of the sheet music.

This keeps it easier to read as we get more flats or sharps in a key.

Staff Line-Space Names

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Discover How to Use the..Melodic Minor Scale Modes

Here is another improvising tool, the melodic minor scale modes. These scales will help you improvise over altered chords.

Scales and modes are your tools for making licks, riffs, melodies or for just plain jamming.

Every scale and mode is also related to a chord or chord type. Some scales work on many chords while others are limited.

Each link will follow the scale below for the 1st 7 notes – 1 whole scale

Melodic Minor Modes

These modes take you into a more Jazz-like style of playing. They are good for altered chords. If you want to play like Al DiMeola you should check these scales out.

You should have a good understanding of the major scales to use these efficiently but don’t be afraid to learn one and play around with it.

You don’t have to be a Jazz player to take advantage of this knowledge. This is one of the ways new forms of music emerge. Investigate and experiment.

You really should check out these modes.

The Melodic Minor Scale

This is the first mode/scale and has been covered in the guitar scales section but I added it to make everything complete.

It can be used to improvise over minor chords and altered dominant chords, check it out

C – Melodic Minor Scale

The Dorian ♭2 Mode

This mode is built from the second note of the melodic scale and can be useful improving over minor 7th chords.

Dorian ♭2 Mode

The Lydian Augmented Mode

Here is a mode for using over flat 5 or sharp 5 or 11th Chords.

Lydian Augmented Mode

The Lydian ♭7 Mode

Here is a mode built from the 4th note of the melodic scale and is good for improvising over dominant chords with or without an altered 5th.

Lydian ♭7 Mode

The Mixolydian ♭6 Mode

This mode is good for dominant chords with a ♯5 in them.

Mixolydian ♭6 Mode

The Locrian ♯2 Mode

This scale can be used over m7♭5, m6 and 9th chords a very useful mode.

Locrian ♯2 Mode

The Super Locrian Mode

This is the king of the melodic minor scale modes. This mode can be used on m7♭5 and dominant chords with any combo of altered 5th’s and 9th’s.

Super Locrian Mode

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Blues Guitar Backing Tracks

Blues guitar backing tracks are essential for getting a feel for all the blues styles. You have to practice over different types of blues progressions and rhythms to get good. You can’t always get people together for a jam session so having an alternative source is a good idea.

The blues is more than just a 12 bar 3 chord progression. You can substitute chords in the 3 chord format so you can’t recognize it as a 12 bar blues tune anymore.

There are also area specific Blues like Texas Blues and Chicago Blues, Delta Blues and on.

There are other chord progressions like Stormy Monday and Somebody Loan me a Dime

A blend of different blues guitar backing tracks are essential for developing a feel for the blues in all its different styles.

Blues Music Styles

Blues music has transformed to other Blues styles in different areas of the U.S.

Some styles use the basic 3 chord Blues progressions while others add and replace these chords making new progressions. It’s good to know all the basic variations of these progressions.

There is also a British Blues style that developed during the 60’s British Music Invasion. The Yardbirds is a good example of this style blues. The Yardbirds had several top guitarist come from it Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck are two of them.

You need to know the chord changes to play good solo guitar.

Practice Tracks

Blues backing tracks are a good way to get your chord changes and solos into shape.

These tracks are also good for practicing rhythm guitar. In fact rhythm guitar is what you should know fairly well before going to lead guitar. The notes in the chords are what you need to know for lead guitar.

Most guitar players needs to practice with a band but how are you going to get a drummer, bass and keyboard player together so you can practice your chops?

The answer is your not, so do the next best thing and get backing tracks to practice with. They won’t argue with you and you can play the tracks you want to practice.

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Slow Down Music Software

Did you ever use slow down music software to learn a song? Once you do you will be hooked. It makes learning guitar riffs and leads so much easier when the music is slowed down.

You can hear if the guitarist is bending a string or playing it straight better. Sometimes it hard to tell, you usually have to listen to what follows or what comes before a note.

Vinyl Days

I used to try to do this on a turn table(Vinyl) back in the 60’s. You used to be able to put an album 33 speed on 16 speed. I never saw a record for 16 speed but it was on my record player as they were called at the time until Stereo became the standard.

It wasn’t very easy to do it changed the pitch and you had to transpose everything back and tuning was always a problem.

Digital Days

Digital electronics make a lot of thing easier in the music industry. It makes us able to download music fast and it’s cost is low.

You can also use this feature to learn the song in a different key if you want.

It’s fairly easy to use and you can loop something that’s giving you trouble so you can concentrate on learning one section at a time.

Using Slow Down Music Software

The first thing to learn is the basic melody and the chords. Most songs aren’t complicated even though they may sound it.

Song Basics First
Slow Down Music Software

1 – Listen to the song at full speed first and listen for the chord changes. Next slow it down as much as you need and try to get the root note of every chord change.

2 – Next see if its major or minor. If neither one sounds right it may be an augmented or diminished chord. If it sounds close it may be a minor 7th, major 7th or a dominant 7th. Check out the guitar 7th chords.

3 – You need to break things down to the basic components. A C chord is the core of a C6, Cma7, Cma9 and so on there are notes added to the C chord.

4 – Listen to the bass player in the song, they usually tell you when a chord changes and also lead into the change. When they lead into a change there may be a chord for the lead in too. A lot of the time but not always the bass player plays the root tone of the chord on beat one.

Start out learning some simple songs first untill you get the hang of it. The more music theory you know the easier it is to learn by ear because you have an idea of what chords belong to the key of the song being played. The chords and the song can also go into 2 or more keys.

Better and Faster

The more you use this slow down music software the better and faster you get at learning by ear. There will be some parts you won’t get because of a technique used by someone in the song or the way the song was edited in the studio.

Song Chords
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Songs don’t always stay in one key they can go into other keys for a measure or two and then back to the original key.

Major keys are made from two other keys. The key of C is from half of the key of F and half of the key of G. A song could also use the chords from these keys that aren’t in the C scale.

Here is a table of these keys and chords.

Key

I Chord

ii Chord

iiiChord

IV Chord

V Chord

vi Chord

vii Chord

You see you could have a D minor or D major the same with G minor and G major.

These aren’t the only choices a song can go into any key at anytime depending on the writer of the song. Sometimes the songwriter doesn’t know much music theory and only go by what sounds right to them.

Sheet Music

If you have sheet music for a song this helps as far as the chords go, you just might have to transpose to the right key. Most sheet music and sheet music books only contain the basics of a song like the melody, lyrics and chords. Although they are getting better I’ve found sheet music to be wrong a lot of the time too as far as chords for guitar are concerned.

Unless a book or sheet music was written for guitar there will be parts of the song for guitar missing. Thats where your ears come in. Your ears are just as important to train as your fingers.

Learning Riffs
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Riffs are easier to learn than whole songs most of the time. The Rolling Stones song Satisfaction has a classic 3 note riff that made the song. That Fuzz-box tone is what did it. The 3 notes in this riff follows the chords E(E G♯ B) A(A C♯ E) and D(D F♯ A) with the notes B(5th) C♯(3rd) and D(root)

Riffs can also be a chord picking pattern that blends with several chord changes like Blue Oyster Cult’s song Don’t Fear the Reaper.

When you know what chord or chords are being played you will have a good idea of what notes are being used in the riff. If the chord is a D major you have D F♯ and A chord notes, also the 6(B) and 9(E) are good notes to try also the flatted 7th(C).

If the chord is a D minor the only difference would be an F instead of an F♯ note.

Here is a link to learn some chord theory.

Guitar Chord Theory

Learning Guitar Leads
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Guitar leads or solos have musical sentences, in other words small sections of notes that go together as a group.

The best way to learn a solo is to break it up and learn each small sections until you know them all and then connect them together. The end of one may also be the beginning of the next section.

This is almost the same as learning riffs except you connect them together.

Bent Notes

With this tool and a little practice it is easier to hear the difference between a stretched note and a picked note. Eric Clapton doesn’t seem to move his hand a lot but a ton of notes come out because he is stretching to those notes instead of moving to the fret.

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Jeff’s Boogie Full Speed

Here is a short section of Jeff’s Boogie played at full speed. This is Jeff Beck with the Yardbirds. A classic fast guitar song from a guitar legend.

Jeff’s Boogie beginning full speed

Jeff’s Boogie Slow Speed

Here how you can pick out the notes in this section easier. Most songs aren’t this fast but I wanted to show you how it works with a fast song.

Here are links for the mp3 and a detailed sheet music for this instrumental.

Jeff’s Boogie – mp3

Jeff’s Boogie – Tab

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Jeff’s Boogie beginning Speed 60 percent

Slow Down Software

I have found and used 3 different software products that slow music down and do some things like remove the voice or background, also change pitch so you don’t have to retune for every song.

They are Riffmaster, Song Surgeon and Transpose. I like all of them but I prefer the Transcribe interface.

They are are all around the same price $47 to $50 USD and they all do the job. Below I put links to each of them. You can decide for yourself.

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