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|What you learn:
The Ventures Style|
|Teacher: Michael Johnson|
Michael: Welcome to the interactive lesson on the
style of The Ventures. The Ventures were well known as the premier "surf rock"
band of the '60s. They featured simple guitar rhythms and melodies with a clean
guitar running through a fender reverb and was the classic sound of
that age. This lesson is excellent for beginners who want to learn how to play
rhythm and simple lead melodies and fun for advanced players as
Michael: In this lesson you will learn:
1. 4 Chord Surf Rhythm in the Key of Am
2. The Classic Surf Chord Strum
3. Playing licks in the Key of Am
4. Playing Melodies that follow the
Michael: Let's get started with our 4 chord surf progression, in
this progression you'll play Am, G, D, and
Surf Chord Progression 1
Michael: This pattern has
a basic up & down strum in sets of 3s.
1 - Strum Technique
Kaan: Barre chords?
Michael: Yes Kaan, here's the chord
Let's move to the 2nd chord, now we
continue with F, E, C, G, C to cap it
Very simple, here's the entire
Now try practicing the progression over the looping jam track.
Looping Jam Track 1
Next we'll cover the licks and melody.
Buud: Can you play the D chord on 10th with the E-form
barre so you don't have to change
a lot easier...
Sure buud, here's the A Minor scale for most of the
licks we'll cover next.
This scale starts on the open 5th string A, and uses the open position of the
neck. It's easy to play melodies in this position. What notes are in the A minor
rob: A B
C D E F G
Thanks Rob, it's also considered
relative to the C Major scale.
Buud: Relative minor of C major. No sharps, no
Here's the notes for each scale:
C Major C, D, E, F, G, A,
A Minor A, B, C, D, E, F, G
Same notes different order, here's
our first lick.
Notice how the melody follows the pattern.
Here's the second
Pretty much the same lick, but with a different ending. Notice these licks play
over the Am, G, D & E. Now you can change the melody with the chord
changes. Here's the notes for the F, E, C, G, C chord
Here's the entire melody:
Lesson 2 - Entire Melody
easy, but it has a good sound.
Yes and it's fun to play. Let's break down into
more licks. This next lick follows the chord pattern on the 1st and 2nd
Lesson 3 - Lick 1
This lick starts with barring the 5th
fret/1st and 2nd string, then follows the A minor scale. Notice how it works
over the chord changes when you play over the jam track. More advance players
can jam in the A minor/Minor Pentatonic scales:
This next lick follows with double stop licks over the chord progression. This
is actually a good lesson to practice over chord changes and then you can jump
back to the A minor scale. Here's the next lick:
Lesson 3 - Lick 3
This lick has kind of a "Secret Agent
Man" picking pattern, it picks between the 1st and 2nd
Well hey everybody I have to go, see you
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