Guitar Tutorials

09 Feb Angus Young’s Guitar Style: It’s PHYSICAL

I remember telling myself (and everyone I talk to about this, been years) how I always though Angus’ guitar style was physical.

This struck me as an evident truth when I got better at it. It still strikes me when I have to play lead (try to) like his lead solo on “Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution” posted the other day. If you look at the beginning of the solo, there is a major (in terms of, intense) bend there, done on the D string. I am sure that that is how he did it on the album. It’s a freaking tough job and it’s completely physical.
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15 Nov Introducing The Art of Vibrato (By SD/JP)

Guitar Vibrato Vibrato: a very difficult yet overlooked skill. You all probably know the importance of this technique while playing lead. A sustained note without vibrato can often sound bland and tasteless. On the other hand, a poorly executed vibrato can sound harsh and sloppy. There are many styles of vibrato, each of them reflecting the personality of the player. Slow, fast, wide, narrow…
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09 May Larry Carlton Blues Improvisation Tutorial

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Extremely interesting. Simple, easy to understand and as precious as can be.

And now, for those of you who have always wondered why Powerage sounded different even in terms of notes played by Angus, reason is the Angus used the diminished scale a lot there.

Here’s Carlton about diminished scale:

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19 Mar AC/DC’s “Back in Black”: THE Tutorial (Rhythm)

Back in Black tutorial from SoloDallas on Vimeo.

Okay, so the moment has come. One of the reasons I did this blog thing, was for this: tutorials.

Let’s concentrate from now on and for a good while, on AC/DC (tutorials-wise, I mean), “heroes” of Rock and Roll for many of us here. Will also do some other bands as time goes by.

As it was for my very first tutorial I did on YouTube, “Back in Black” was first, and I wanted to replicate this also here. (more…)

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10 Feb Guitar Player’s “99 Ways To Play (and Sound) Better”

From: Guitar Player

If you’re locked away in a basement for eight hours a day with a metronome and a torturous practice book that is equal parts Mel Bay/GuantanAmo Bay, you’re still not assured of transcendent 6-string skills. Sure, you may get stenographer-like dexterity and harmonic book-smarts up the f-hole, but playing soul-shaking music often requires a more diverse skill set. (more…)

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21 Nov The Five Pentatonic Box Shapes

The following are examples of the five pentatonic box shapes. Each scale is both major and minor at the same time, i.e the E major Pentatonic is also the C# minor pentatonic. Refer to ‘An Introduction to Music Theory’, move a major shape up three frets and it becomes the relative minor.

Learn each scale and then it will become obvious to you that when playing in a different key, the shapes are the same just in a different fretboard position. Each time you pick up the guitar use these as a warm up exercise and within a short while they will be imprinted on your brain. Practice them from the nut to the twelfth until you know them, then start in the middle and work both up and down, see how each shape overlaps the next/previous?

Importantly combine the shapes without getting locked in each i.e think ouside the box! (more…)

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