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Depressive Riffing For Beginners

Sometimes a little noise is balm for the soul. This lesson is specifically for beginners, requiring very little in the way of technique, but very satisfying to practice, with a nice downward progression and some simple but nifty picking.

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Nice Noise – Mixing Major With Minor, Billy Corgan Style

Today we’re studying an Indie style idea combining mostly E Major intervals with one lone Minor 7th interval for some balance. Because we’re utilizing octave shapes with the low E string, we arrive at a droning sound reminiscent of Billy Corgan.

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Nice Noise – Stacking Major 7ths & Minor 2nds

Today we explore some simple alterations of the inverted shape and get a little noisy. Have fun!

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Nice Noise – Indie Grunge Style

Today we focus on transforming a pretty typical indie style progression into something a little more interesting and colourful using some simple additions and alterations.

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Nice Noise – Colouring Power Chords, Metallic Shoegaze Style

This week’s feature lesson explores some simple, yet effective extensions applied to power chord shapes. I like to think of this technique as colouring. Power chords are fine on their own, until one becomes dissatisfied with their limitations. Altering these standard voicings adds spice and interest to our creations.

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Nice Noise – Blackened Atmospheres

After a beautiful Autumnal period here in Sydney, the Winter has finally come to engulf the land and spread its frostbitten wings. Although I dislike the temperature of the chilly season, it often marks a time of great productivity and inspiration.

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