Thursday, July 26, 2012

Another Wide Interval Guitar Lick

Another wide interval guitar lick. Tuned down a half step if you want to play along ( same goes for the last one too - forgot to mention that). A lot of octaves in this pattern and based around the D Major scale. I also enjoy this pattern with lots of distortion and letting the notes ring together but it can be a little cacophonous for some so I thought I demonstrate it with a cleaner tone and some delay.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Wide Interval Guitar Lick

I've always loved the sound of wide interval guitar licks. This guitar lick is based around the C major scale.
For some beautiful examples of these type of guitar licks in a band context check out the Red Hot Chili Peppers. "Scar Tissue" is a good example of a song based around a wide interval guitar lick. On a different note the last post talked about inspiration and creativity. I just wanted to let everyone know I came across the playing of an awesome guitarist named Nels Cline. Do yourself a favor if you have never heard his playing and check him out on youtube. He currently plays with the band Wilco and has played with Banyan ( he does a really wicked 'Maggot Brain') but it is his own material I found the most interesting. Anyway he has a really great combination of so called traditional technique and more experimental elements that I think a lot of people will find interesting and hopefully inspire you to create new sounds with your own instruments. I've read that he has recorded on over 150 albums so I've got lots of great playing to check out.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Creativity and Inspiration for Guitarists

In my opinion there are few things that drive creativity more than inspiration. An inspired artist will create sometimes a seemingly effortless flow of new material while an uninspired counterpart with equal talent will toil for years with meager output. Inspiration can be finicky though at least for me. I tend to recoil at the thought of trying to force music or art and take things as they come. It's easy though to use this philosophy as an excuse to stay inactive and unproductive or just plain lazy.

A great way to rekindle inspiration to create music is to listen to different instruments and genres of music outside of your comfort zone or the style which you mainly create within. As an example I've posted a guitar lick that uses an altered tuning meant to capture the drone overtones you'd hear on a sitar or similar instrument with sympathetic vibrations. The tuning for this guitar lick has every note tuned down to Db. Please note every note is detuned so DO NOT increase the tension on the strings to hit the Db or they will break. For some notes the detuning can be significant and using a heavier gauge string will reduce the "spaghetti" feel of the slackened strings. Anyway here is the guitar lick I came up with. On a related note if you'd like to explore world music has a course starting tomorrow online that is free and looks quite interesting. You can read more about it here: