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Minor Pentatonic Scales: Major Fun

WholeNote Guitar Lesson Excerpt: "Minor Pentatonic Scales: Major Fun" by WholeNote Staff

If you liked the previous page then you'll love this one. It's a very similar passage, but this one contains more bells and whistles. As a matter of fact, you would be hard pressed to find a way to shine this one up any more. I'll leave you with one more idea. It might be the most important concept in the whole lesson. Pentatonic scales are fun. They're the building blocks of blues and rock & roll. You will use them often and they will be an important element in your playing. As long as you infuse them with heart and soul you will touch those who listen... Now give this next lick a try and enjoy yourself. Hail, Hail Rock & Roll.

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Tocatta In D Minor

WholeNote Guitar Lesson Excerpt: "Tocatta In D Minor" by Jason Dupre

Part 3

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Dead Thumb

WholeNote Guitar Lesson Excerpt: "Dead Thumb" by Josh Graves

This is a sixteen bar blues pattern based on twelve bar blues. The point is to keep repeating the whole thing with new and more interesting licks until your tired of it. I find I can jam on it for a long while, looking for interesting tones and ways to stump my thumb (that is - get so tricky with your licks that the thumb just can't keep going). Sometimes in the "sloppy" style of the Delta-Blues players I can pull out of a train wreck with some quick thinking, sometimes I crash and burn and have to stop and laugh! The most difficult part I find is usually to be able to fret the B in the bass without loosing track of where my melody was wanting to go. It requires an ability to look ahead - you have to be in either the seventh or first position to get that low B. You can also do dead thumb blues in A, in which you'll have the root, fourth, and fifth available on open strings, but you have less strings available to improvise on.

Good luck and send me a message if you have any questions or comments.

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Satie: Three Gymnopedies

WholeNote Guitar Lesson Excerpt: "Satie: Three Gymnopedies" by Christopher Sung

I really, really love this tune. The original key of this piece is pretty much D, but I've put it in E to take advantage of open strings and standard tuning. I've seen arrangements with a drop D tuning, so please feel free to play around with the fingerings and tuning if you feel adventurous.

Here is the intro and perhaps the most memorable part. Play it slow and with feeling. The second page contains the "bridge" for lack of a better word, and we bring it back home in page 3.

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At The End Of The Day

WholeNote Guitar Lesson Excerpt: "At The End Of The Day" by Rick Payman

As good tunes go, they don't come much simpler than this.

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Memory Motel

WholeNote Guitar Lesson Excerpt: "Memory Motel" by Robert Strait

I thought it would be neat to sequence some accompianment ideas for a tune off my favorite Rolling Stones album, "Black and Blue" called, "Memory Motel). Here is the intro:

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Etude In C Major

WholeNote Guitar Lesson Excerpt: "Etude In C Major" by Mark Collins

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Chopbuilder Part I: Getting It Together

WholeNote Guitar Lesson Excerpt: "Chopbuilder Part I: Getting It Together" by Jay McConnell

This makes for great material if you know how the chords relate to each other.

Pick two chords (triads) a whole or half step apart.
Alternate between the two triads.

This exercise uses C and D triads, nice and simple.

Thanks for checkin' it out. RATE!

Jay McConnell

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Pentatonic Exercise

WholeNote Guitar Lesson Excerpt: "Pentatonic Exercise" by Ernest Esterson

This exercise in a common pentatonic scale form in C# minor. Always use a metronome and make sure you can play the exercise clean and mistake free. Limit your wrist movement so the pick doesnt move to far away from the string your picking, added movement means speed loss. When you can play it clean, increase the tempo to crazy heights! seq|1_14|1_12|2_14|2_12|3_13|3_11|4_14|4_11|5_14|5_11|6_14|6_12|pentatonic scale|seq

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Rock Solo

WholeNote Guitar Lesson Excerpt: "Rock Solo" by Jason Parker

First note D, Second note F... Dm/F Penatonic Scale... Key of Dm/F.

Here's the scale in action as a mellow solo groove.

seq|5_5|4_3|4_5|4_7|3_5|2_6||2_8|2_10|1_8|1_10|6_10|5_8|5_10|5_12|4_10|4_12|3_10|3_12|3_14|2_13|2_15|1_13|1_15|Dm/F Pentatonic|seq

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Bluegrass Sessions of Lisbon at Lisboa, Portugal

June 8, 2014 from 3pm to 7pm
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January 5, 2014 at 6pm to November 11, 2014 at 7pm is currently in the process of posting our second bluegrass guitar lessons series to our Music Education blog !See More
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Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Gigging or professional musician
How many years have you been playing guitar?
More than 30 years
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar, Nylon-string guitar, Electric guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Resonator guitar
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
Taylor 314CE is my main guitar. I also own a Washburn D15M, a Takamine nylon string, a Contreras nylon string, a 12 string Ibañez and some others
What is your website address?
What type of music do you like to play?
Folk,blues,portuguese music
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I purchase copies at newsstands/bookstores

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At 1:26pm on January 22, 2014, Blackback Gull said…

Hey, Antonio,

I'm in Newfoundland, and have great memories of playing - or trying to play - football with the sailors from the Portuguese White Fleet that often visited St. John's to get supplies or shelter from the autumn gales. They'd come up to a school soccer pitch near the harbour, playing in their stocking feet, and they could have kept the ball away from us all afternoon if they'd wanted to.

My family, and most of St. John's, held them in high regard as men who worked hard in very difficult conditions to feed their families back in Portugal. Nice to have a 'friend' in your beautiful land...

At 8:25am on June 15, 2013, Paul Walters said…

I enjoyed the video on your website.  I really need to work on my Travis-style picking.  Tommy Emmanuel does this so well, I sometimes want to put my guitar away. :-)

At 11:31am on June 8, 2013, Dalton Hammett said…

VERY nice !!!!  Thanks for sharing......

At 8:31am on May 14, 2012, Ron said…

Thank you Antonio

At 6:22am on April 16, 2012, Nikki Rosetti said…

Hi Antonio, thanks for the invite, love your playing.

At 6:20am on April 16, 2012, Phil Norman said…

Hi, tell me about your style and direction.................Phil

At 9:56pm on April 11, 2012, Michael Baryla said…

Hello Antonio... Thank you for the friend request!

At 11:37pm on April 8, 2012, Blues Agent said…

Gracias, Antonio......

At 2:02pm on April 8, 2012, Amandula Garcia said…
Thank you so much for the friend request. Looking forward to talking with you.
At 10:25pm on March 24, 2012, Joe Greiner said…

Antonio, thanks for the invite, hope we can talk some in the future.


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