Friday, April 29, 2016

Can You Identify the Parts Of the Guitar?

You will each receive a diagram of the acoustic guitar. Based on conversations in class, observation and general guitar knowledge, please try to identify the following guitar parts by drawing arrows from the term to the position on the guitar.
  • Neck
  • Headstock
  • Saddle
  • Pick guard
  • Fret
  • Soundhole
  • Bridge
  • Rosette
  • Capstan
  • Position Marker
  • Body
  • Nut
  • Tuners
  • Bridge Pins

Monday, April 25, 2016

Post for Prince

Prince passed away recently and I thought I would take some time to talk about his impact as a guitar player (considering this is a guitar class).
He was often overlooked for his guitar playing because of his showmanship and flashy image.
This clip form the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony celebrating George Harrison of the Beatles gives you a glimpse at his virtuosity and power as a player.

The great guitarist Eric Clapton was once asked, "What's it like to be the best guitarist in the world?" To which he is reported to have replied, "I don't know, you should go ask Prince." He was so well respected and revered by legions of guitar players. I urge you to go seek out his music (which can be difficult because his music is not streamed.)

In class we combined work on bar chords with his 80's anthem "Purple Rain." I apologize for the shoddy notation, I wanted to get this up and out as quickly as possible. Out of respect, I will probably update this post with a short tutorial video and cleaned up notation.

You can use simple downstrokes to play this song (each slash represents a downstroke). Or you can use the rock ballad strum (which we will detail in a future class).

The shapes are tricky for the beginning guitarist, but the good news is that thought there are only 3 different shapes. Watch that you are putting the chords in the proper fret!

Friday, April 1, 2016

E Minor Pentatonic Stuff

Oh Yes Indeedy! The E minor Pentatonic is just what the doctor ordered for getting your jam on! This scale and pattern is a staple for guitarists of all styles. We have begun to explore the shape in class along with the techniques of hammering-on and pulling-off to go up down the scale.

As we play through this scale, you are going to want to hear it in action. For that reason, I am including a monster rock ballad backing track that will serve nicely for our jamming purposes.