Teacher: Hey everyone. Sorry to be
Teacher: Hi. I am going to change up the lesson
plan tonight. We are going recap some interval ideas as they apply to creating
rhythm guitar parts.
Teacher: Here is tonights jam track. In the key
of good ol' C major
Looping Sound Clip 1
Make that good ol' G major...
Jam Track Chords G-C
But both chords are in the key of C! But not for tonight. This is a I - IV
progression in the key of G
Teacher: Taking a look at what we could do in a
jam or group situation when another guitarist already has this 'cowboy chord'
Teacher: obviously. you were there. I might just
recycle some lesson coming up. Practicing performing, putting off.
Teacher: This is a recap of a lesson from the
intervallic guitar series I did a few lessons back.
Teacher: So where can we turn for rhythm guitar
inspiration. Intervals, of course.
Teacher: Is everyone familiar with the term
Teacher: Defined as the distance between two
notes, using the major scale as our 'measuring stick'.
Teacher: The G scale spells out G- A - B- C - D -
E - F# - G.
Teacher: The distance from G to A defines a '2nd'
interval. From G to B a '3rd' interval, etc. All the way up to the G note an
Teacher: Lets look at a riff using 2nd intervals
and then build on up.
Here is an additional example of the use of these 2nd
Intervals - Lick 2
2nds Audio Sample
- Lick 2
2nds, being so close together have a somewhat dissonant sound. A clean sound
might be the best choice in tone.
Teacher: Think of the harmonies to the 'Batman'
TV theme. 2nd intervals.
Teacher: Now to a more harmonious interval. 3rd
Chords are often built from 3rd intervals, as are many vocal
They are great for creating your own harmony guitar parts. We'll check that out
in a bit.
Teacher: Experiment with the patterns that you
see forming out of the licks and create your own 3rd interval
Teacher: Onto the angular '4th'
does it work?
Teacher: hi eduardo. Ask support for
Teacher: Fourths have a very 'square' sound. Good
with a bit more distortion. Think of the opening riff of 'Smoke on the Water'
for an example of 4th intervals
Teacher: Now on to powerful sounding 5th
bart: the power
Teacher: This would be a typical use of 5th
intervals in a rhythm guitar part to beef up major or minor
Teacher: We call this a power chord. Bart, to the
head of the class.
Rich: reminds me of the cars
Teacher: Yeah, I had Elliot Eason, on the brain
writing this I guess. Or whatever that guys name is. Someone could help me
Teacher: Not Ric Ocasek.
Teacher: Here is another 80's rock icon that uses
5ths as part of his style
5ths a la 'The Police'
You can check out some archives on my site, guitarteacher.com. Tonight is mostly
rhythm guitar, eddie
Teacher: In a Andy Summers, 'Police' style for
the last example.
5ths Police Audio Sample
5ths Power Chords
Notice that some intervals have a sort of sibling relationship. That the
distance from G to D is a 5th interval. But the distance from D up to a G is a
Teacher: This is the case with 3rds and our next
trying to think through the theory here, shouldn't the 5ths riffs be in
Teacher: do you mean 6ths?
Rich: am i
Teacher: 4ths and 5ths are to my ear both very
strong, powerful, square sounding. 3rds and 6ths more
Teacher: the G scale is G A B C D E F#
Teacher: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8.
But we don't change key to use these different ideas. Still all the notes are
from this same scale. Keeping everything within the scale is refered to as
6th intervals sound like something clapton would do
Teacher: So to my ear 7ths are more dissonant.
Like their counterpart 2nd intervals. Notice in the next example that I play the
notes in single note fashion to help disguise this.
Teacher: Yep, right out of 'Tears in Heaven'
first 2 bars G chord, last 2 bars C chord. And finally octaves. Very popular way
to add beef to a single note line.
7ths Audio Sample
Finally, let's look at a solo idea using intervals. For
Teacher: Very simple line but we will stack
intervals on top to create a Tom Scholz, Boston, 'More Than a Feeling and notes
you can shack your finger at' kind of
Melody Line -
G Major Scale
on top on this line we will stack a 3rd interval.
3rd to Melody Line
and next, add a 5th. Musical recipe, sounds like
Harmony 5th to
Note how the lines track each other down the scale, each moving to the next
Teacher: And finally an octave on top, like a
here's how they all sound together. Get three of your guitar playing pals
together and work this out
Melody Line + Octave Harmony
or enemies that play guitar. Sometimes you have to take what you can
Teacher: actually that last one had clip had just
the root and octave.
Rich: the blend there is incredibly
Teacher: yep. you and 3 friends will fight over
that one. Multi-tracking it yourself might be easier. Or pop for one of those
fancy effect boxes
bluesguitarmp3: nice teach
Teacher: but nothing beats knowing your way
around to build it yourself. Have a great week.
Teacher: I am in the middle of finishing some of
my older archives. getting them ready for CD so I might be revisiting some older
lessons in the coming weeks.
Teacher: you are most welcome. Take it easy and
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