(3 replies, posted in Announcements)

Has this been resolved... I can't seem to be able to post... default/sad

I've been experimenting/learning different aspects of playing the blues for a while now, but haven't yet looked at the Blues scale...

It's such a simple scale that just fits over a standard blues progression, and if you include the approach notes of a major 3rd, 9th and 13th it can really sound great.

Check out my video on it here:   http://bit.ly/bluescale

Here's the solo from the video on soundcloud:   http://snd.sc/19WgEV9

Let me know what you think default/smile


(1 replies, posted in Music Theory)

Hey Guys

A few weeks ago I looked at one way the twelve bar blues can be Jazzed up in terms of the chord progression. This week I'm looking at what technique can be used in order to compose a melody or solo over the new chords.

I really like the introduction of the Secondary Dominant chord in this progression, enabling the use of the Harmonic Minor scale, it introduces some new colour.

Check out the video here:   http://bit.ly/basicjbsolo

Let me know what you think! default/smile

Hey Guys

This week I'm taking a look at basically a Harmonic Tool known as secondary dominant chords, I don't think it's something I've heard allot of with regards to theory and guitar playing, but its such a useful tool to bring some different sounds into your playing or composing, it gives you some more colour and variation by introducing temporary key changes.

Very closely linked to this is the Harmonic Minor scale which could be speculated was in fact created purely for this purpose, when secondary dominant chords resolve to minor keys.

See this link for my video to see what I mean: http://bit.ly/subdomhar

Let me know what you think or if you have any questions.

Thanks and all the best.



(1 replies, posted in Music Theory)


This Week I'm looking at modes how they are constructed and how they can be used.

I've often found that Modes are misunderstood, both by beginners and experienced musicians.

Just the other day I found something by a graduate of Berklee saying how he found that early Jazz players used only Chord notes and frowned upon people who used scales... This is ridiculous since if you do use all the notes including extensions of a chord you are in fact playing using modes, my video should explain how that works if you dont understand.

You can check out the video here: http://bit.ly/majormodes

Hope its helpful or at least interesting.

All the best



(13 replies, posted in Guitars)

Thanks for mentioning me Polyal

I think you should find my lessons pretty useful I have tried to make them relativly structured or progressive. So feel free to start from the top and work your way through, if you do get confused at any point or you think there are gaps please let me know here or in the YouTube comment section of one of the videos and I would be happy to help or even fill in the gap with a video.

You can find them all in order here: http://bit.ly/axetuts

All the best with your musical endeavours  default/smile


Hey Guys

Today I uploaded a lesson to my YouTube channel on one variation or embellishment, of the typical 12 Bar Blues Progression. Its a progression thats used in Jazz and gives you a few more options when soloing or just writing a melody over it, (I'll be covering the theory I use to solo over it over the next two weeks).

Have a watch see if its useful for you, let me know what you think

Here's the link: http://bit.ly/jazzblue

You can also check out just the audio track here on my soundcloud: http://snd.sc/1bgdgU4

Hope you enjoy it.  default/smile



(1 replies, posted in Music Theory)

Hey Guys

So in my latest video I'm covering the topic of Superimposing Pentatonic scales, I have spoken about it, (kind of) earlier but this is far more detailed and covers all the pentatonic scales that can be played over a dominant chord, in this instance over the blues.

Check it out, see what you think, if its useful to you, or if you have anything to add default/smile

Here's the link: http://bit.ly/superpent



Hey Guys

So I JUST signed up on soundcloud... (pretty late I know but anyways)

I was just wondering how many of you guys have it, post your profile links, would love to check yours out as I'm sure would everyone else

Here's mine: http://www.soundcloud.com/reageorge

In my video series today I introduce using Arpeggio's into your lead playing.

I think it's usual to think of arpeggios as something in substitute for rhythm, to embellish rhythm, or used for lead playing in a sweep picking kind of way. But you can in fact learn them just like any other scale and apply them just like a scales too, since they contain only notes from the chord they're always gonna work!

In the video I introduce the Dominant fingerings and demonstrate it working over the standard 12 Bar Blues progression.

Check it out here: http://bit.ly/dominantarp

See you what you think


(0 replies, posted in Guitar Techniques)

Hi  Guys

Here's this weeks video, a short guide with a few options as to how you can use the minor pentatonic scale over the the classic 12 Bar Blues progression.

I really love the blues, especially for learning to compose melodies or solos's over changes, I'll be exploring it more in the next week or two.. or more...  default/tongue

Hope you enjoy the video, here's the link: http://bit.ly/basicbluesolo

Let me know what you think.  default/smile


(0 replies, posted in Everything Else)

So a couple of weeks ago someone asked me if I could make a video on motivation in relation to studying the guitar... So I did... I make a few points that I think are most important and keep me going through the tougher times.

I think in the end my love and passion for playing will always get me through, I would never stop playing guitar, and I never find it to be a chore.

Anyways, so check out my video, see if you find anything useful, would be cool to hear other peoples experience or techniques for keeping them going.



(5 replies, posted in Newbie Section)

Here's the new video I was talking about: http://bit.ly/leadtech

Hope it helps default/smile


(1 replies, posted in Guitar Techniques)

Hey Guys

This weeks video is on basic techniques that are used in Lead Playing, these are basically second nature to me now in that I use them without really thinking about it, which I think they should be for any guitarist.

What do you think?

Here's the link: http://bit.ly/leadtech


(5 replies, posted in Newbie Section)

I'm actually posting a video this Saturday about this topic, watch this space default/tongue

But yes your basically right:

A pull off is when you play a note, then while sustaining the note drag the fretting finger down and off the string, basically plucking the string with that finger playing the note below on the same string.

While a Hammer on is the opposite where after playing your initial note and keeping it sustained, you "hammer down" another finger on the same string at a higher fret.


Hey Guys

So here's this weeks video, my review of the Walden G630CE.

I picked it up for a friend of mine who was looking for a new guitar on a low budget, and another friend told me abou the Walden  so I went to try it out and see if it was worth it. At only £150 and brand new with a gig bag I thought it was great.

For anyone looking for a first guitar or even just someone on a budget this might be worth looking at.

Here's my video review of it with audio samples of course: http://bit.ly/G630CE

Let me know what you think default/smile


(0 replies, posted in Music Theory)

Hey Guys

My latest videos lesson on YouTube introduces the Cycle of Fourths.

I think its a very valuable piece of theory to understand, as movements of a fourth are used countless times in music.

It's also a great tool to use for practicing anything new, wether it be a Chord, Arpeggio or a new Scale. Playing it over the Cycle of Fourths will help familiarise yourself with it on the fingerboard.

Check out my video here: http://bit.ly/cycle4ths

Let me know what you think default/smile

I haven't had much experience with that type of guitar, but you might like to try Thomastik flatwound strings, they tend to suite that type of hollow body Jazz Guitars, but it does depend on the kind of sound your hoping to get out of them.

The guitar you have its quite a shallow body compared to an actual acoustic guitar right?... in which case your not gonna get such a big sound out of it acoustically...

I would just try some different strings out... try acoustic strings try some flatwound strings its up to what your preference is in the end....


(3 replies, posted in Guitar Techniques)


And yes I guess the principles for the right hand would apply for open chords although I'm not sure the muting technique would, might be a little tricky...

I've never been such a fan of open chords though, I guess because I find them too restrictive if you know what I mean...


(17 replies, posted in Guitar Techniques)

Thats right henry the wasp once you've learnt all the forms of a scale you can link them up so you can move laterally on the fingerboard instead of being stuck within one form which is 4 or 5 frets wide.

You should try applying the method I use in my video on linking the major scale forms, you can apply the same principles to any scale.

Here's the link: http://bit.ly/linkmajorforms


(19 replies, posted in Recording / Studio)

I just skimmed this thread, I know a thing or two about recording...

I find it interesting that people are finding it difficult to record using something like GR5 (having latency problems and such...) I think it's a decent plugin although personally I dont think its worth what they charge for the full version. Another one to check out is Amplitube 3, they have a bunch of officially licensed simulated gear from people like Fender and Orange and the unofficial copies seem great too.

The whole advantage in my opinion especially when recording at home, is that what you hear coming out of your speakers (or headphones) when you play through these kinds of things is exactly what will be recorded, as opposed to playing out of your amp and putting a mic infront of it which will not sound the way you hear it sitting in your room, plus you need the right mic's and preamps to get it sounding nice.

The latency issue i would guess to be a hardware issue, you do need a decent computer as to not have noticeable latency, if you are getting latency you should try adjusting the audio buffer size in the audio settings of your plugin or DAW....


(2 replies, posted in Recording / Studio)

That is a very ... interesting setup, would be fun to hear what it sounds like. Post us the link to your sound cloud.

In my experience the cheapest way to get awesome recordings is to use an emulator, there's plenty of software versions you can get for free or on trial these days, AmpliTube, GTR and Guitar Rig to name a few.

Or if you want to record from your amp the minimum you would need in my opinion would be a Shure sm57 microphone paired with sound card with an inbuilt preamp...


(3 replies, posted in Guitar Techniques)

Hey guys,

I was asked on YouTube to make one of my videos on rhythm playing, so I filmed one explaining my approach to the subject. Would be interesting to see what you think of it and if you have another way to go about it.

You can check out my video here: http://bit.ly/basicrhythm



(2 replies, posted in Amplifiers)

I first found out about this legendary amp when my teacher bought the most recent model. After playing his every week for a while I soon fell in love with its clean tone, and clarity it has. Ever since then I've tried to simulate that kind of sound for my clean tone, either with my TSL100 or using emulators but nothing was really the same.

I finally bought one a few weeks ago, off ebay. Its one of the original models, so it's pretty old, I've heard that the original models are possibly the best, since they don't make them quite the same as they did, and it definitely has that tone I was looking for. The only thing is the preamp seems to be quite noisy, I'm not sure if this is because it is old and needs servicing, or if thats just how these old amps sounded, would be good to know if anyone knows... either way I hope to take it to someone for a service at some point. If anyone knows anyone good to take it to around London that would be appreciated too

You can check out my review of it here: http://bit.ly/jc120




(4 replies, posted in Introduce yourself)


Just wanted to introduce myself, I've been a musical student since the age of about 7 when I discovered my passion for it, started out on trumpet but kinda switched to Guitar in High School.

I studied Guitar quite intensely for about 3 years after which I took a bit of a break because of life and pursuing other things, but I simple can't live without playing.

I play a Jackson/Charvel Model 6 through either my TSL100 head and 4X12 or a Roland JC-120, Main pedal of choice ZenDrive.

I've recently started to go over everything I learnt trying to commit it to memory and my fingers, I started making kinda tutorial videos up on YouTube (just search 'Axe Tuts' or follow this link http://bit.ly/axetuts and you should find it) and joined this forum as it would be nice to talk to more people about Guitar playing and music theory...

Anyways so thats me I guess, looking forward to chatting with people on here!



PS If you have any feedback on my videos or suggestions or questions would be much appreciated!!  default/smile