E Diminished Lick

https://youtu.be/K2lZhTjDqbQ  Today I'm excited to present you with this new guitar lick, in E Diminished. The pattern takes advantage of the symmetry within the Diminished Chromatic scale, and can be used to add some spice to your playing. In the example at the start of the video, I'm improvising over 2 bars of Em, then … Continue reading E Diminished Lick

Arpeggios 1 – Maj, Min & Dim Triad Arpeggios

Arpeggios form a neat middle-ground between chords and scales – you’ll be voicing chords in a manner similar to playing a scale. Today we’re going to cover the three different triads that appear in the Major Scale. A Tonic Triad, as you should know, is built by stacking thirds in your given scale, so the … Continue reading Arpeggios 1 – Maj, Min & Dim Triad Arpeggios

Chromatic Scales

All the scales you've learnt so far have probably been Diatonic ones. A Diatonic Scale is one that ascends and descends in a pre-ordained pattern of Tones and Semitones. A Chromatic Scale is derived from a much smaller pattern. In this lesson we’re going to learn the two Chromatic Scales that have the most musical … Continue reading Chromatic Scales

The Locrian Mode

(Occasionally spelt “Lochrian” by awkward people) The modern Locrian is interesting. It exists more as a theoretical entity, but derived just the same as the other modes. It’s very seldom used in music, as there’s not much in it that listeners want to hear, but it does exist and can be applied nonetheless. Moreover, if … Continue reading The Locrian Mode