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Embellishing a Melancholy Progression

Posted by on Nov 20, 2016 in Post-Rock | Comments Off on Embellishing a Melancholy Progression

This idea is what I’d describe as Hendrix gone Dream Pop, but it really doesn’t matter in the end. In this lesson we learn some ways of embellishing a pretty sad-sounding progression of chords, ironically having fun in the process!

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Thrashy Reverse Gallop Chop Building

Posted by on Aug 24, 2016 in Metal | Comments Off on Thrashy Reverse Gallop Chop Building

What better way to tantalize the ears and work those digits than a riff that uses all four fretting hand fingers and draws from the chromatic scale. Prepare to gallop in reverse and build those rhythm chops!

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Blues Metal – Filling In the Gap

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Metal | Comments Off on Blues Metal – Filling In the Gap

In this lesson, we take a look at some tasty pentatonic fills to add between an open E power chord. There’s some nice techniques on display with slide ins, slurs, hammer-on/pull-offs and we get to use one of my favorite intervals, the flattened fifth.

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Phrygian Riffing

Posted by on Aug 4, 2016 in Metal | Comments Off on Phrygian Riffing

In this this lesson we return to the metal domain, exploring a cool 16th-note riff that uses key tones from the E Phrygian scale with pull-offs and some double picking fills.

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Melancholy Punk Riffing

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in Punk | Comments Off on Melancholy Punk Riffing

Simple alterations with some augmented goodness is the order of the day in this short melancholic punk etude that brings to mind the upbeat darkness of Alkaline Trio.

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Chordal Alchemy – Melancholy Minimalism

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Chordal Alchemy | Comments Off on Chordal Alchemy – Melancholy Minimalism

‘Tis the season to be melancholy, at least here in Australia, anyway. This lesson takes a look at a very simple, yet evocative idea based around a IV-VI progression derived from the key of G Major.

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