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I tried opening the PTB files but all i get are gibberish texts.
You need the following program to be able to read the tabs in ptb format properly: http://tabview.en.softonic.com/mac - if you're a MAC user http://www.power-tab.net/guitar.php - if you're a WINDOWS user

Will the DVDs play in my DVD player even if I'm in outside the US?
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Login details of UBG and GSS not working
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Does Claude teach guitar lessons?
At the moment, Claude doesn't teach guitar lessons. You can check out his DVDs. I'm sure you'll learn a lot with his DVDs.

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What is the nearest store in my area where I can buy your DVDs?
Our DVDS can only be ordered via our order pages at the moment. They are not available in local stores yet.

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Is the Guitar Scale System on DVDs?
The Guitar Scales System is an online based software learning system. Due to the interactivity of the software it is not available on a DVD. Access is given with a user name and password. The program is accessible 24 hrs a day from anywhere in the world.

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Can you ship to South Africa or Australia?
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How long will it take to receive my products?
Delivery within United States approximately delivers in 5 to 7 days. International orders usually takes 2 to 3 weeks.

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Do you have lessons for left handed people like me?
For left handed players, simply switch hands - when Claude talks about the right hand , think "left" and when he says left hand, think "right"... We don't have a left handed version of the instructions, you just switch hands.

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Where are the bonuses, downloads or tabs?
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How do I cancel the Guitar God Club?
You can cancel your Guitar God club membership at anytime from the members area.

When you are logged into the members area, to cancel your membership, simply click on member info/billing info/cancel membership.

By the way, have you used the tools that come in the guitar god club? Many guitarists love the applications that are included.

The Guitar God club includes:

Guitar Scale System - to help you master scales and chops Tone Tutor - to help you master your sense of pitch Guitar God Games - more fun ways to develop your ear Amazing Jam Tracks - Tons of fun backing tracks to jam over Blues Guitar Jam the instructions:


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How and when will my credit card/debit card be charged?
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Does Claude have any videos online?
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Which are the best guitars?
We recommend Ibanez, Fender, ESP, Gibson… it depends a little of what style you like or play!

How to set up a guitar?
Please watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKa-IL0sveQ

Can you recommend me a good but cheap guitar for starting?
Try with some Fender Squire standard or bullet series, maybe Ibanez GIO…

I have small hands, what can I do?
There are mid-sizes guitar, that could works fine… check it out in any music store.



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How to improve my sweep picking?
The secret is to make only one movement, a downstroke and an upstroke, you don´t have to play each note separately. I suggest you to check out this page www.virtuosoguitarsecrets.com/main.php. You will learn tons of shred techniques in months, also you will learn 5 different styles like Gilbert, Moore, Yngwie and more… This is probably what you've been looking for, and you'll be amazed how easy it can be to learn real, advanced licks. Check it out!

How to improve my picking?

It's best to practise chromatics runs and scales patterns, for example..

Ex3: a very common pattern but very effective.

Ex1: a very common chrommatic run but very helpful for the right hand.

Also I suggest you to check out this page www.virtuosoguitarsecrets.com/main.php You will learn tons of shred techniques in months, also you will learn 5 different styles like Gilbert, Moore, Yngwie and more… This is probably what you've been looking for, and you'll be amazed how easy it can be to learn real, advanced licks. Check it out!



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How to read tabs?

(Some guys don´t say tabs because they don´t know its name, so they say like:`what does those numbres and lines mean). Here I send you some cool explanation(in adjust files), hope that helps!

Reading Guitar Tab

Guitar tablature (tab for short) is a system of notation that graphically represents strings and frets of the guitar fretboard. Each note is indicated by placing a number which indicates the fret to play, on the appropriate string. With these easy instructions you will be able to understand how to read and write guitar tab in 5 minutes.

The Basics of Reading Guitar Tabs

To start out, tabs are written in lines, each line representing a string on the guitar. The thickest string being the bottom most line and the thinnest string being the topmost.

Numbers are then placed on these lines to represent finger positions on the guitar fret board. If you read the diagram below you would play this on a guitar by putting your finger just behind the 2nd fret on the 5th string (or the second thickest string). As musical notes this would read as follows B B B C# B A. The ‘zero’ represents playing an open string. So in this case you would play the A open with no finger position on the fretboard.

How to Read Guitar Tab Chords

To tab a chord the notes would be placed in a vertical line upon the horizontal ones. This diagram represents a C Chord. You would strum the bottom 5 strings of the guitar in one motion if you were to read this tab properly.

And this one you would strum the ‘C Chord’ three times.

The one shortcoming of guitar tab is it doesn’t usually represent how long to hold a note for, or rhythm very well. Although some good tab writers will represent it by how much space is between each note. Tab works best if you listen to the song for guidance on timing then read the notes and practice it. Here for example is the timing of ‘Day Tripper’ by the Beatles, note the distances between the numbers, the first ‘0? would ring slightly longer then the next 4 notes and the distance between D2 and D0 would also indicate a break in timing:

Tablature Symbols

The numbers don’t really describe the subtle techniques that a guitarist can execute, these are the tablature symbols that represent various techniques.

  • h - hammer on
  • TP - trem. picking
  • p - pull off
  • PM - palm muting
  • b - bend string up
  • \n/ - tremolo bar dip; n = amount to dip
  • r - release bend
  • \n - tremolo bar down
  • / - slide up
  • n/ - tremolo bar up
  • \ - slide down
  • /n\ - tremolo bar inverted dip
  • v - vibrato (sometimes written as ~)
  • = - hold bend; also acts as connecting device for hammers/pulls
  • t - right hand tap
  • <> - volume swell (louder/softer)
  • s - legato slide
  • x - on rhythm slash represents muted slash
  • S - shift slide
  • o - on rhythm slash represents single note slash
  • - natural harmonic
  • [n] - artificial harmonic
  • n(n) - tapped harmonic
  • tr - trill
  • T - tap

A Hammer On

A hammer on is executed by picking a note and then hammering done with the fretting hand on the second note. The second note isn’t actually picked but kind of echos the first one. Here is an example of how hammer ons are written in tab:

A Pull Off

A pull off is the opposite of a hammer on, so the first note is played again then the fretting hand pulls the finger off and lets the one fretted behind it play.

A Bend

A bend is represented by the symbol ‘b’, this is where the fretting hand actually bends the string to give a wobbly effect.

A Release Bend

A release bend is represented by the symbol ‘r’, this is just like a bend, but it tells you when to release the bend and go to the next note.

A Slide-Up

A slide up is represented by the symbol ‘/’. You would play the first note on 7 then slide the finger that is holding that note up to 9.

A Slide-Down

Opposite of a Slide Up, slide down is represented by the symbol ‘\’. You would play the first note on 7 then slide the finger that is holding that note down to 5.

Vibrato

Vibrato is like a constant rhythmic bending of the string. You do a bend up and bend down quickly to create a moving sound. It is usually represented by ‘v’ or ‘~’.

Tapping

Tapping is much like a hammer-on but you don’t strum any notes. Just tap the notes on the fret board with your fretting hand.

Tapping: is a playing technique generally associated with the electric guitar, although the technique may be performed on almost any stringed instrument. There are two main methods of tapping: one-handed or 'ordinary' tapping, and two-handed tapping.

It may be considered an extended technique, in that it is executed by using the fingers of one hand to 'tap' the strings against the fingerboard, thus sounding legato notes, often in tightly synchronized conjunction with the other hand. Hence, tapping usually incorporates pull-offs or hammer-ons as well, whereby the fingers of the left hand play a sequence of notes in synchronization with the tapping hand. For example, a right handed guitarist might hammer down on fret twelve with the index finger of the right hand and, in the motion of removing that finger, pluck the same string already fretted at the eighth fret by the little finger of his/her left hand. This finger would be removed in the same way, pulling off to the fifth fret. Thus the three notes (E, C and A) are played in quick succession at relative ease to the player.

One-handed tapping

One-handed tapping (perhaps misleading in name, in that both hands are actually used), performed in conjunction with normal fingering by the fretting hand, facilitates the construction of note intervals that would otherwise be impossible using one hand alone. It is often used as a special effect during a shredding solo. With the electric guitar, in this situation the output tone itself is usually overdriven — although it is possible to tap acoustically — with drive serving as a boost to further amplify the non-picked (and thus naturally weaker) legato notes being played. Because of the amount of distortion generally present, the player should also focus on reducing unnecessary noise during tapping; for instance, by using the palm of the tapping hand to mute any open strings that might otherwise ring out.

The actual passages that can be played using this one-handed technique are virtually limitless. The note intervals between both hands can be shifted up or down the neck, or onto different strings, to form familiar scalar patterns, or even 'outside' tones by randomly streaming through any chosen notes for mere show (often by using chromatics or otherwise dissonant intervals).

As far as the actual technique goes, there are many ways of performing a one-handed tapping passage. The most common one involves rapidly repeated triplets played at a rate of sixteenth notes, using the following sequence:

Tap — pull-off — pull-off

In this case, the right hand index or middle finger sounds the first note on a string by sharply hammering onto it once, then pulling off (often with a slight, sideways 'flicking' movement so as to strengthen the note) to a lower note held by one of the left hand fingers, that of which is then finally pulled off to the last note held by another left hand finger. From there, the cycle is repeated. If one breaks that down even further, the very first part can be seen as the actual 'tapping' motion itself, whereas the second part involving the left hand acts as a way of embellishing the passage with additional notes; which, overall, could be considered an extended trill. The overall aim is to maintain fluidity and synchronisation between all the notes, especially when played at speed, which can take some practice to master.

In tablature form, the above sequence could thus be displayed as:

A E C#

e|-t17p12p9-|
B|----------|
G|----------|
D|----------|
A|----------|
E|----------|

Alternatively, different sequences can be used. One common variation is to reverse the action of the left hand and instead add the second left-hand note as a hammer-on at the end:

Tap — pull-off — hammer-on

G C D#

e|--------|
B|-t8p1h4-|
G|--------|
D|--------|
A|--------|
E|--------|

The above variation can be heard to good effect on the famous Van Halen track, "Eruption", in which Eddie Van Halen uses the above tap–pull–hammer method to create a lengthy cascade of tapped notes. In addition to the aforementioned triplets, tapping can be played using sixteenth notes (four notes to one beat as opposed to three), or even — though rarely heard — quintuplets (five notes to one beat). This, especially the latter, can result in even more complex-sounding passages, with some guitarists choosing to use it as a form of neo-classical phrasing to further deepen the musical possibilities of the technique. Again, there are a number of ways of doing so, but some examples of sixteenth-note tapping could be broken down as:

Tap — pull-off — hammer-on — hammer-on

Tap — pull-off — pull-off — hammer-on

G B C# D

e|------------|
B|-t15p7h9h10-|
G|------------|
D|------------|
A|------------|
E|------------|

C# G# D# G#

e|-------------|
B|-------------|
G|-t18p13p8h13-|
D|-------------|
A|-------------|
E|-------------|

And finally, quintuplets could be displayed as:

Tap — pull-off — hammer-on — hammer-on — hammer-on

Tap — pull-off — pull-off — pull-off — pull-off

A# D# F F# G#

e|-t18p11h13h14h16-|
B|-----------------|
G|-----------------|
D|-----------------|
A|-----------------|
E|-----------------|

C A G# G F

e|-t20p17p16p15p13-|
B|-----------------|
G|-----------------|
D|-----------------|
A|-----------------|
E|-----------------|


If looked at in scalar terms, the above sequences would follow the intervallic forms of a minor scale and a blues scale respectively. The same concept can therefore be applied to virtually any scale imaginable, making tapping a very diverse technique with constant room for experimentation.


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How to Tune a Guitar?

Tuning the guitar is vital to sounding good. Here are some simple instructions that explain guitar tuning basics. The open strings of a guitar from the thickest to thinest are as follows:

  • E - the thickest or lowest sounding string is known as the 6th string
  • A - is the 5th
  • D - is the 4th
  • G - is the 3rd
  • B - is the 2nd
  • E - the thinest or highest is the 1st

The most common method for tuning both Electric and Acoustic guitars – and the one you can use when no other instrument or guitar tuner is at hand is:

Standard Guitar Tuning Method

Step 1: The E String

Tune the bottom E, as accurately as you can. Chances are it’s in tune anyways, being the thickest string it’s the least likely to detune itself than any of the others. If you have another instrument such as a Piano (which stays in tune for years), you can tune it to the 1st E below middle C. If you have no device or instrument handy just try to get it as accurate as possible, what really counts when you are playing is that the guitar is in tune with itself and any other instruments you might be playing with.

Step 2: The A String

Place the first finger of your left hand just behind the fifth fret on the bottom E string. That’s an A note. Keep your finger on that fret. Now pick the fifth and six strings in turn, gently adjusting the fifth string tuning peg until the two notes are the same.

Step 3: The D String

Place the first finger of your left hand just behind the fifth fret on the A string. That’s a D note. Tune the 4th string (the D note) to that.

Step 4: The G String

Place the first finger of your left hand just behind the fifth fret on the D string. That’s a G note. Tune your G string to that note.

Step 5: The B String

Place the first finger of your left hand just behind the forth fret (note the B string is the only one that comes from a different position the forth fret, the rest are from the 5th fret).

Step 6: Tuning the E String

Place the first finger of your left hand just behind the fifth fret on the B string. That’s a E note.



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Can´t play barre chords, any tips?
I know it´s difficult at first but keep practicing - one thing, try to put the index finger near the fret, also check out your guitar because maybe your action is too high. Have your guitar adjusted by a professional at a local music store. Also I suggest you to check out our beginner course www.ultimatebeginnerguitar.com/main.php. You will learn tons of songs and chords in weeks, more than 75 classics songs, for more info check it out!

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How to do pinch harmonics?
Watch this video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-0TK6rBGVg. Also I suggest you to check out this page www.playleadguitar.com/main.php. You will learn tons of solos in weeks and the techniques of guitar heroes like Hendrix, Claptom, BB King, Slash and many others - this is the best course out there. Check it out!

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Tips for developing some speed?

Practise chromatics runs and scales patterns, here are a few

Ex3: a very common pattern but very effective.

Ex1: a very common chrommatic run but very helpful for the right hand.

Also, I suggest you to check out this page www.virtuosoguitarsecrets.com/main.php You will learn tons of shred techniques in months, also you will learn 5 different styles like Gilbert, Moore, Yngwie and more… This is probably what you've been looking for, and you'll be amazed how easy it can be to learn real, advanced licks. Check it out!



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I’m a beginner, just starting to play the guitar. What do I practice first?
The first you should learn are the basics chords, so this way you will be able to have fun playing some songs you like… then I´d go with some scales and licks depending a little bit what style you like to listen to… also I suggest you to check out our beginner course www.ultimatebeginnerguitar.com/main.php. You will learn tons of songs and chords in weeks, more than 75 classics songs, for more info check it out!

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What scales do you recommend to start with?
First I recommend you to learn the pentatonics and blues scales, then the major and minor scales, the modes… then you should practise some cool patterns. But also I suggest you to check out this page www.playleadguitar.com/main.php. You will learn tons of solos in weeks, here you´ll learn the techniques of guitar heroes like Hendrix, Claptom, BB King, Slash and many others… this is the best course out there. Check it out!

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How do I change strings?
Please check out this vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ae7HsWFRdYY.

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Trouble with strumming
I recommend that you practice basic exersices like playing 2 notes per string, start always with a downstroke and then an upstroke... this is always the same, all down and upstrokes. So play from the low string to the highest, strat in the 1st fret and moving up to the 12th fret, then go back. Try it with fingers 1 and 2, then 2 and 3 also 3 and 4. This will help your right hand and of course the left hand...

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How do you use a glass slide?
You have to touch the string very softly and above the fret, it´s not as easy, it could take some years to master it.

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What exactly is string skipping?
It´s when a lick involves some string skipping, for example the lick starts in the 1st string and then go to the 3rd string, then to the 5th and so on… One of the most used are to play arpeggios but also tapping and scale

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What does Gsus4 stand for?
Sus4 means that the chord has a Suspended 4 note, in this case G has a C note instead of a D.

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I don't understand the A#/Bb stuff. Can you help me?
It depends on what key you are in, for example: the key of Gm has a G A Bb but G#m has G# A# B. Contact customer service for more assistance at www.GuitarControlHelp.com and be sure to tell us what key you are in.

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Do you have any tips or techniques on how to write music?
First of all you have to know the basic chords and the different chord progressions. Also you should know some keys and scales, like pentatonics, Blues, major and minor, the modes and stuff like that… also tonal field, which chords any key have.

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If in key of A or Am does one stay in that pentatonic throughout the song or can you mix in say pentatonic of D and E in the progression......what flexibility exists?
The most common thing is to stay in one scale, I mean in one tonality... but the scales are several, if you are in Am and you think in modes on that chord you are playing the eolian mode, when the chord is Dm the mode is dorian, when you play over E7 the mode is phrygian major, maybe there you have to change the scale, you have to play the harmonic minor, to make it easier you think in the Am scale BUT with the 7# (G#) Another cool thing is using the dorian mode over Am, so you are playing the G major scale over Am.

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How far do you need to bend the strings of the guitar to get a nice sound?
Well, there are several ways to bend the strings, but it´s not a matter of sounding nice, you have to sound in tune. So you can bend a half tone, a whole tone or a whole and a half tone (1 ½ tone). Maybe 2 tones but you could break the string…

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I can't sing while I play. I don't know why. What advice do you have for that?
Oh that is a very common problem, I think it´s a matter of practice… first practice both things separately, then I recommend you to play a common scale and try to sing the notes while you are playing them… after that try to sing your song! Probably it will take some time for sure…

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Which one should I buy - an Electric or Acoustic Guitar?
Electrics are more easy to play and the sound is pretty different… but also you need to have an Amp. The Acoustics are harder to play but you don´t need an amp, so I recommend that you test both guitar and decide for yourself.

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What do the X and O mean?(about reading chords)
the Xs are the strings you shouldn´t play and the 0s the ones you have to play...

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What are chops?
When we say chops we are reffering to the differents techniques like sweeping, tapping, legato, picking, string skipping…

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How long should it take me to learn a new chord?
It´s all about practise. I recommend you to practice at least 1 or 2 hours a day, but I think you will need a couple of months to master the main chords

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I don't know what a C major scale is. Please explain.
In music theory, the major scale or Ionian scale is one of the diatonic scales. It is made up of seven distinct notes, plus an eighth which duplicates the first an octave higher. In solfege these notes correspond to the syllables "C, D, E, F, G, A, B, (C)". The simplest major scale to write or play on the piano is C major, the only major scale not to require sharps or flats, using only the white keys on the piano

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How do I tune to drop D tunning?
The drop D is almost the same tune as standard, except for the 6th string, you have to go from E to low D, just a whole tone..

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I know that there is more than one way to finger chords, does it make a difference which fingering pattern I use or can I just use the ones that are the easiest for me to do?
First I suggest you to learn the main positions(open chords). Once you learn all those then you can start with other positions...

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What is a chord progression?
A chord progression is what a song is based, it can be very simple, 2, 3.. 4 chords… it depends of the style and musical taste of the songwriter… for example in Jazz music, or Bossa Nova the chord progressions will be more complex than a Pop song.

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How do you use the wammy bar?
I suggest you to check out this page www.playleadguitar.com/main.php. You will learn tons of solos in weeks and the techniques of guitar heroes like Hendrix, Claptom, BB King, Slash and many others… this is the best course out there. Check it out!

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Can you tell me something about solos so I can play it and understand it better?
The first you have to know is the basic scales, such as pentatonic scales, natural minor and major scales, the modes..

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Glossary

Licks

A lick is combination of notes. They frequently are based out of scales or chords and used often.

Pentatonic

A pentatonic scale is a musical scale with five pitches per octave in contrast to an heptatonic (seven note) scale such as the major scale. Pentatonic scales are very common and are found all over the world, speccially in Blues music.

Joe Satriani

Joseph "Satch" Satriani (born July 15, 1956 in Westbury, New York, United States) is an American instrumental rock guitarist and former guitar instructor. He is heavily influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. Since 1988, Satriani has used his own signature guitar, the Ibanez JS Series, which is widely sold in stores. He also has a signature series amplifier, the Peavey JSX.

Steve Vai

Steven "Steve" Siro Vai (born June 6, 1960 in Carle Place, New York) is an American instrumental rock guitarist, songwriter, vocalist, producer, and actor. After starting his professional career as a music transcriptionist for Frank Zappa, Vai would also record and tour in Zappa's backing band starting in 1980. The guitarist began a solo career starting in 1984 and has released 13 solo albums as of 2008. Apart from his work with Frank Zappa, Vai has also recorded and toured with numerous musical artists including Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth and Whitesnake. Vai has been a regular touring member of the G3 Concert Tour which began in 1996. In 1999 Vai started his own record label Favored Nations with the intent to showcase, as Vai describes: "...artists that have attained the highest performance level on their chosen instruments.´´

Yngwie Malmsteen

Yngwie Johan Malmsteen (pronounced /???ve? ?m??lmsti?n/ in English) (born Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck on June 30, 1963) is a Swedish guitarist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and bandleader. Malmsteen became notable in the mid-1980s for his technical fluency and neo-classical metal compositions. Four of his albums, from 1984 to 1988, Rising Force, Marching Out, Trilogy, and Odyssey, ranked in the top 100 for sales.

Fusion

A fusion genre is a music genre which combines two or more genres. For example, rock and roll originally developed as a fusion of blues, gospel and country music. The main characteristics of fusion genres are variations in tempo, rhythm and sometimes the use of long musical "journeys" that can be divided into smaller parts, each with their own dynamics, style and tempo. A word "fusion" used alone often refers to jazz fusion.

Phrasing

Some dude said "Put a couple of words together and you have a sentence - put a couple of licks together and you have got a phrase..."

Tabs

(How to read it) Tablature (or Tab) is a form of musical notation, which tells players where to place their fingers on a particular instrument rather than which pitches to play.

Scales

A scale is a group of musical notes collected in ascending and descending order that provides material for or is used to conveniently represent part or all of a musical work including melody and/or harmony. Scales are ordered in pitch or pitch class, with their ordering providing a measure of musical distance.

Action

Height of the strings from the fret board to the string itself.

Fret board or Fingerboard

On top of the neck its the area that you would press the string upon to create a note or frequency. Fingerboards usually have Dot or inlay so that you can have a point of reference for moving your fingers along the fret board

Fret

The metal strips along your fretboard. They come in a variety of sizes. For example, small, medium, medium-jumbo, or jumbo. The size depends on what a guitarist likes best.

Fretless

A fretboard with no frets. Usually found with basses and gives a smooth sound. Much like on Pink Floyd's song 'Hey You'

Pickguard

Piece of material place on the body of the guitar to protect from pick scratches, and to hide wiring and pickups

Saddles

Piece of bridge that holds the string in place

Scalloped Fretboard

When the fret board has been carved out to create a scoop between frets.

Set Neck

When a neck is glued into the neck pocket of the body of a guitar.

Whammy Bar

Used to stretch the strings on a tremolo or vibrato system

Alnico

Alloy used in the magnets of your pickups. Consists of Cobalt, Nickel, and Aluminum

Humbucker

2 single coil pickups, side by side, and wired to that the electronic hum you get with most single coil pickups is canceled out.

Chords

(How to read them) Three or more notes simultaneously sounded form a chord. Traditionally, chords have been built by superimposing two or more thirds. Chords are created with the notes of a scale. Here we show the three note chords or triads created with the notes of the C major scale

Modes

The modern conception of modes describes a system where each mode encompasses the usual diatonic scale but with a different tonic or tonal center. On a piano or other such keyboard instrument, one can find a diatonic scale by using the white keys. The seven-note scale starting on middle C is an Ionian scale. Going up the keyboard one gets a Dorian scale by starting on the D, a Phrygian scale by starting on the E, a Lydian scale by starting on the F, a Mixolydian scale starting on the G, an Aeolian scale starting on the A, and a Locrian scale starting on the B.

Sweep picking

Is a technique used on the guitar in which a 'sweeping' motion of the pick is combined with a matching fret hand technique in order to produce a specific series of notes which are fast and fluid in sound. This technique is one of the most used to play arpeggios, but it can be used to play scales too.

Legato

In musical notation the Italian word legato (literally meaning "tied together") indicates that musical notes are played smoothly. That is, in transitioning from note to note, there should be no intervening silence. Legato technique is required for slurred performance, but unlike slurring (as that term is interpreted for some instruments), legato does not forbid rearticulation. In standard notation legato is indicated either with the word legato itself, or by a curved line over or under the notes that are to be joined in one legato group. Legato, like staccato, is a kind of articulation. There is an intermediate articulation called either mezzo staccato or non-legato.

Arpeggio

An arpeggio is a broken chord where the notes are played or sung in succession rather than simultaneously. The word, like many other musical terms, originates from Italian, in which it means "in the manner of the harp."

An arpeggio is a group of notes which are played one after the other, either going up or going down. The notes all belong to one chord. The chord may, for example, be a simple chord with the 1st, 3rd and 5th notes of the scale in it (this is called a "tonic chord"). An arpeggio in the key of C major going up two octaves would be the notes (C,E,G,C,E,G,C).

Triads

A triad is a group of three notes having a specific construction and relationship to one another. They are constructed on 3 consecutive lines or three consecutive spaces. Each member of the triad is separated by an interval of a third. The triad is composed of a Root, Third, and Fifth.

Intervals

Any intervals can be choosen, I find 3rds, 4ths, 5ths and 6ths to be the most useful and musical, so let´s see that intervals…

Ex1- Diatonics 3rds(using the notes of D dorian = the same notes as C major):C – E, D – F, E – G, F – A, G – B, A – C, B -D.

Economy picking

Is a guitar-playing technique, for a guitarist who uses a pick. A hybrid of sweep picking and alternate picking, economy picking involves using alternate picking except when changing strings. In this case the guitarist changes to sweep picking, picking in the direction of travel: an upstroke if changing to a lower (pitch) string, a downstroke if changing to a higher (pitch) string.

Pickup

A pickup device acts as a transducer that captures mechanical vibrations (usually from suitably equipped stringed instruments such as the electric guitar, electric bass guitar or electric violin) and converts them to an electrical signal, which can be amplified and recorded.



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