Sunday, September 26, 2010

Palm Muted 16th Note Guitar Lick

This guitar lick is based around the C# Minor Pentatonic Scale and uses a repeating 16th note alternate picked pattern. Use varying degrees of palm muting in conjunction with distortion to beef up the sound. Start slowly with a metronome 4 notes for each quarter note beat.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Guitar Altered Tuning "Irish Purr"

I've been trying to get a creative spark going that seems to have fizzled a bit as of late. I was reading the latest "Guitar World" magazine about an alternate tuning Jimmy Page used on Led Zeppelin III and thought I'd mess around with it. The tuning Page discusses in the magazine was "low to high C A C G C E" I altered this a bit and tuned C A C G C C  ( all down tuned except the B string which is up a half fret - be gentle or you will break this string). This little musical phrase stuck in my head so I thought I'd share.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Hendrix and the E7#9 Chord

Today is the 40th anniversary of the death of Jimi Hendrix. It reminds me of the tragically young life lost and the immensity and enduring power of his music and its message. I thought I'd share a guitar lick based around the E7#9 chord he made famous in "Purple Haze". RIP Jimi. I hope your jammin with Mitch and Noel upstairs.