A free guitar improv tip and some PRS related news

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  1. bryanewald

    bryanewald player of guitars

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    If you ever struggle to find the right scale for a song and music theory sends you in to a zombie like trance, try this little trick. I'm not much of a message board aficionado (this in one of two that I ever pop on to)...If you frequent any other places that may be appropriate to share this, I'd be grateful.

    Hope some of you might find this helpful - B

     
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  2. RickP

    RickP Established 1960, Still Not Dead

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    Thanks Bryan! I love it when pros share things like this, a great tool to have in your pocket!
     
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  3. Davey

    Davey Just Jammin'

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    Great stuff Bryan!
    Thanks much
     
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  4. CandidPicker

    CandidPicker Energized

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    I appreciate the simplistic approach of identifying the scale pattern that locates the root note in question. I'd previously never had thought to try this method, but just the way you said, identifying the pattern and root improves the quality of one's ability to play well. Many thanks, Bryan.
     
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  5. Tone-y

    Tone-y New Member

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    Surely this is the only one that counts?
     
  6. bryanewald

    bryanewald player of guitars

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    it is. but don't call me Shirley

     
  7. Tone-y

    Tone-y New Member

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    Ha ha, that's great. I'm always quoting that airplane line and always get a blank response back. Just had to explain to the wife why I was laughing at my phone and explained the don't call me Shirley line - and got a blank look back!
     
  8. alantig

    alantig Zombie Four, DFZ

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    Very glad to hear that the classes will be available after.
     
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  9. Huggy B

    Huggy B Space is the place

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    Great simple concept that should be of immense value to all budding improvisors.
    This also trains your ear to be able to identify where the good and the bad notes are, and also which ones you can experiment with for dissonance or unique sound to add to your solo phrasing.

    It's so interesting to me how this is so close to the way I taught myself to solo by ear, and be able to learn to play Jazz by ear, as I have little theory, never took lessons and virtually self taught. It gets a little tougher when the chords are changing to different keys thru the progressions in Jazz, but it shows how we can take slightly different paths to get to a similar goal. Good work B.
     
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  10. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Awesome stuff!
     
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  11. Shreve

    Shreve Katzenjammer Kid

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    Saved for future reference, but I sorta get it, which is rare for me. Will revisit. Many thanks! :cool::cool:
     
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  12. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    My eyes glazed over when you said 'notes'. :p

    Just kidding. This is very useful stuff!
     
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  13. Moondog Wily

    Moondog Wily Howlin' At The Moon!

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    Very cool!!! Way to reverse engineer the root!! I will definitely be playing with that (although I use a slightly different pattern for my major scale)! Thanks for sharing, I believe you have convinced me to take part in the school in August!
     
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  14. NazgulUK

    NazgulUK Oops I did it again

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    I think you just pushed me 10 light years forwards with that video, THANK YOU @bryanewald !!!!
     
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  15. aphantomvaper

    aphantomvaper New Member

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    Thank you Bryan! This explains how you find those PRS root notes so quickly in the demo videos, hee hee.

    Seriously though, this is a great tool to have in the pocket. Outstanding as usual! Not to mention the hawt guitar you're using, that's a smoking color!!!!
     
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  16. Ovibos

    Ovibos Naughty Wood Librarian

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    This is so cool, @bryanewald !

    I can't wait to try this out in a band setting.
     
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  17. Uncle Bob

    Uncle Bob New Member

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    Thanks for sharing this.

    By any chance, did you teach Carlos Santana to playing using this trick? :)
     
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  18. bryanewald

    bryanewald player of guitars

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    I think he had figured out what he needed to know long before I started strumming a guitar.
     
  19. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Saved it in my YT “watch later” to give it some quality time. Thanks for sharing Bryan.
     
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  20. alantig

    alantig Zombie Four, DFZ

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    Watched this today - great stuff from @bryanewald, as usual. This is going to come in quite handy.

    One thing that gave me an extra little kick - on the one example (I think where the root ended up being G), as I was working along w/the video, I was playing the C scale, and it had an exotic sound, but it fit. Now, I know there’s a theory reason for it, but it tickled me in much the same way a brick doesn’t.

    Thanks, Bryan!
     

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