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How to play the classic riff “My Girl” by The Temptations

How to play the classic riff “My Girl” by The Temptations

 

 

“I’ve got sunshine…………. on a cloudy day.”

What a classic tune we are looking at today.  And just in time for the sunny weather coming out too.

My Girl involves a really simple but enjoyable riff using the C major scale.  In fact we are pretty much playing the C major scale except for a not or two.

Here for all of you who need a reminding of the C major scale is a diagram to refresh your memory –

C-Major-Open-Position

 

So watch the video above and enjoy learning a relatively easy and fun riff,,

 

see you next time for more……riffs…..songs……and……fun!!

 

Kids guitar lessons in Hampstead

Kids guitar lessons in Hampstead

 

 

We offer guitar lessons for Kids in London. With London Guitar School we offer high-quality guitar lessons throughout the Hampstead area.We can visit you or you can visit us.  We guarantee to be extremely effective, organized and patient.  London Guitar School will expertly  guide your child no matter what level of guitar player they are.  Beginners welcome!

 

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West Hampstead guitar lessons

We are very proud of our teachers here at the Guitar School.  You can see some of them on our teachers page.  They all have a great professional track record.

 

 

For your peace of mind remember the following,

  • All our teachers are DBS checked (This used to be a CRB check, but all professional teachers will have an updated DBS check)
  • All our teachers have a great personable approach to teaching kids.  They ensure a good learning speed, fun lessons and solid progress
  • All material will be provided (Our teachers may recommend great books to buy aswell)
  • Our teachers are experienced
  • We can prepare you for exams or just teach you a few fun songs
  • We teach at your home or in one of our studios in London

So check out our testimonials and look at all our happy students on the website.

Will you or your child be the next happy student???

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Also check out Piano Lessons London

Piano Lessons London

Piano Lessons London

 

What can you expect in a first lesson with The London Guitar School?

What can you expect in a first lesson with The London Guitar School?

My names Is Aaron and I am a tutor at The London Guitar School. (www.londonguitarschool.co.uk)

We often get emails and calls form musicians, parents and all sorts of people enquiring about what our lessons are like.  Well let me tell you a few things below I guarantee about your first lesson with us –

 

It will be fun

Guitar Lessons London Chelsea

Guitar Lessons London Chelsea

Well you can’t have it another way!!  We say it all the time but learning an instrument should be a joy and something that lifts you out of doing the same mundane things of life.

 

You can be relaxed and not nervous 

How often should I practice the guitar?

All our teachers want you to be relaxed.  If your nervous, take a deep breathe and realise you don’t need to be and our teachers will work you at apace your happy with.

You will leave playing something really cool

Ben poole

Maybe not as cool as this guy!!  But we make sure you go home being able to play something like “seven nation army”, “Sweet home Alabama”, or “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol.  All these songs achievable in one lesson.  Cool right?

 

 

You can learn at a pace thats good for you

 

Guitar Lessons East London | Guitar Tuition in East London

Guitar Lessons East London | Guitar Tuition in East London

Don’t worry about not being musical.  We hear that often and then are blown away by the speed people pick up the instrument.

 

Five fantastic backing tracks on Youtube

Five fantastic backing tracks on Youtube

Let’s have a look at some backing tracks that sound great and will help you with you improvisation skills

1. Funk backing track

One of my personal favourites.   In the key of B minor, a good speed to practice challenging licks

What scales to use?

B minor pentatonic – B blues scale

 

2.Eric Johnson style backing track

A track with lots of space to allow practice for fast runs, creative ideas and melodies.

What scales to use?

A minor pentatonic – A natural Minor

Metal backing track

Good for old school nu metal fans

What scales to use?

A minor pentatonic

 

Zack Wylde style backing track

A great backing track for working on fast pentatonic runs and legato licks and wild bends.

What scales to use?

F sharp minor pentatonic, F sharp natural minor, F sharp blues scale

 

 

Iron maiden style

Who doesn’t love a bit of Iron Maiden

What scales to use?

E minor pentatonic, G major scale,  E natural minor scale

How to solo over a 2 – 5 – 1 (part 1 – Arpeggios)

How to solo over a 2 – 5 – 1 (part 1)

There is never one “correct” way to solo over a chord progression.

There are however lots of different ways to solo over any chord or chord progression.  This is great because different musicians will have different techniques and styles and flavours.  However it can makes things complicated and many beginners ask where do I start!!!!!!

There is also a big emphasis on soloing over the 2 – 5 – 1 due to it cropping up in Jazz music constantly.  it appears in almost all Jazz standards.  This will be a short series split into very manageable chunks looking at how we can use different approaches tot tackling the 2 – 5 -1.

Today we will be using…………Arpeggios.  And more specifically a system called the arpeggiator system which is great for practice.  More on that later.

First up the chord progression in a 2 -5-1 in the key of C major is as follows

2 -5-1 lesson

What we can do to really “highlight” each chord is use arpeggios.  Using arpeggios stops us just playing a scale up and down and also matches with the notes of the chords.  Please also know there is absolutely nothing wrong with using scales to solo and it is essential but we will look at this technique next lesson.

2 - 5- 1 arpeggios

Learn your arpeggios to the point you know them off by heart without looking at the sheet.

The next step is to play through each arpeggio over a backing track (of which you can find many on youtube) and once the backing track changes chords you need to change to the nearest note in the next arpeggio and carry on playing in the direction you were playing.

This way of playing really helps bring out the characteristics of each chord as you will be playing The root, 3rd, fifth or 7th note of each chord.

It also helps you visually see the important notes when using your scales so you can combine arpeggios with scales.

I will attach a video to help with this lesson soon and remember to take it slow

see you soon

 

 

 

 

How to read key signatures

How to read key signatures

Reading music can be a scary task for anyone wanting to learn but like most things in life if you practice slowly and steady it is not hard and very rewarding.

Key signatures are very important when reading music.

What are Key Signatures?

Key signatures help us read the notes we are intended to play by a composer.  The key signature is a grouping of symbols which are either sharps or flats and tells you to play specific notes.  The key signature is always placed after the clef at the beginning of the piece of music.

To better understand how to read key signatures, take another look at the circle of fifths.

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The diagram above shows the major keys on the outside of the circle and the minor keys on the inside of the circle.

To figure out how many sharps are in each key signature, count clockwise on the Circle of Fifths from C major. The number of sharps in each successive key goes up by one in that key’s key signature. So, if there is one sharp in the key signature, then move one “stop” from C Major, which gets you to G major (or e minor) if there are two sharps in the key signature, move two stops away from C, landing you at D major (or b minor). Therefore, to play a song in the key of B major — five stops away from C major on the circle — you know there will be five sharps in that key.guitar lessons

 

The sharps are arranged on the key signature going “up.”
Therefore, to play a song in the key of B major — five stops away from C major on the circle of fifths — you know there will be five sharps in that key. Sharps appear in a specific order as you go around the Circle clockwise: F#, C#, G#, D#, A#, E#, and B#
Use this brilliant rhyme to help you remember the order FATHER CHARLES GOES DOWN AND ENDS BATTLE.  For the flats you just reverse this rhyme BATTLE ENDS AND DOWN GOES CHARLES FATHER.For major scales that have flats, you go counter-clockwise around the circle of fifths. The flats appear in a specific order in every key as you go around the circle counter-clockwise: Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, Cb, and Fb.  Therefore, if the key signature shows one flat (Bb), you would move counter-clockwise one stop away from C major, landing you at F major (or d minor). 

So we hope this helps clear things up a bit.

see you next time

essential guitar pedals for a gigging guitarist

Essential guitar pedals for a gigging guitarist

 

 

Today at www.londonguitarschool.co.uk I want to take a look at pedals I would consider a necessity for a gigging musician in any situation.

 

 

Overdrive/distortion pedal

 

 

overdrive pedal guitar lessons

First on my list as I personally feel its the most important.  An overdrive pedal allows you effortless and quick switching from a  clean sound to a distorted sound.  The OCD Fulltone (pictured above) is my personal favourite, great sound, tweakable sounds and versatile.  Whatever you do make sure you try out a pedal with your guitar before you buy it as pedals will sound different with humbuckers, single coils ect.

 

Delay Pedal

 

 

 

Another personal favourite of mine!! I love a good delay pedal.  I feel it helps me get a BIG sound, think The edge from U2.

Above is the Strymon timeline.  A very new but popular delay pedal.  It is a multidimensionl effects pedal and is not cheap.  There are equally good and more simple delay pedals out there so don’t think you need to spend a huge amount.

Check out this link for a video demonstration

http://www.strymon.net/timeline/

 

Chorus pedal

 

 

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Chorus pedals are great as they can be subtle and add that extra spark or flavour to a riff, or chord progression.

Above is the Boss chorus ensemble.  This pedal lets users create any kind of chorus effect–from a mild, natural chorus to the clear and penetrating stereo chorus effect popular in contemporary music.

 

Wah pedal

 

 

crybaby wah pedal

A really fun pedal.  Great for rock and metal solos but also great for disco and funk.  I dont know a professional guitarist without one.  There will always be a gig it comes on handy.

Above is the classic and best selling (and cheap)  Dunlop Crybaby

 

So there ya go.

 

Which ones have you got????

 

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Aaron – 07411798015

 

 

Three amazing British Guitarists to watch out for in 2015

Guitarists to watch out for in 2015

 

 

 

Ben Poole

Ben poole

 

Ben Poole is one of the Uk’s most exciting guitarists to crop up in a long time.  A talented blues/rock player and a great singer.

 

 

James Bay

guitar lessons james bay

One of our favourites here at The Guitar School and a fellow Brit.  James Bay makes every note count, is tasteful and has an incredible gift of songwriting.

Jon Gomm

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Without a doubt one of the greatest acoustic guitar players alive.  And again another British guitarist. Wahey!!

London Guitar schools favourite songs of 2014

London Guitar schools favourite songs of 2014

 

Its been a fantastic year at The Guitar School.

 

Lots of new students.  All the regulars.  New teachers.  Lots of fun with new skills learned.

And one of the great things about teaching at The Guitar School is you often hear songs you wouldn’t get too if it wasn’t for our students wanting to learn them.    So below is a collection of our favourite and most popular songs from this year that we have taught, learned, studied, practised and went crazy over.

 

Enjoy!!

 

1.  Sam Smith – Stay with me

 

2. John Legend all of me

 

3.  Pharrel Williams -Happy

 

 

4.  Idina Menzel – Let It go

 

5. One Republic – counting stars

Special Christmas offer for London Guitar and Ukulele lessons

Special Christmas offer for London Guitar and Ukulele lessons

 

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Call before January 7th to take advantage of this offer and first come first served!!!

  • All lessons on a Wednesday will now be £5 cheaper than usual to celebrate  our new teaching room.
  • So whether you come at 9am before work or at 9pm just before bedtime, as long as its wednesday the deal id for you.
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Best Christmas guitar videos

Best Christmas guitar videos

Only a few more days before our teachers take a week off to celebrate christmas, eat lots of food and relax our fingers from all the hard work

Lets have a bit of fun and look at the best christmasy (is that a word) guitar vids on the net!

Wow – This has inspired me – I stole a few of these songs and taught them to my students shhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

And things just got better!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out these fantastic London Guitar Lessons

 

 

 

Dont do this on christmas day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And for all the beginners out there!!!

Pioneers of British heavy Metal Part 1

Pioneers of heavy Metal

Here’s a few of the Metal masters who paved a way for the metal among us today

 

1. Black Sabbath

Who else do we start with?  These guys started it.  They defined down tuned guitars, slow tempo yet still heavy and palm muted riffs.  So many bands have commented about how they have been influenced by Sabbath.

Check out Paranoid – A great beginners metal riff!!

 

2. Deep Purple

Oh can you teach me that riff?  What riff? oh yes this one – bah bah bah, bah bah bah bah, bah bah bah, bah bah bah!!!  (smoke on the water obviously)

Often overlooked and not as popular as other bands with todays kids, Deep Purple have still had an undeniable affect on the heavy metal scene!!  They were once dubbed the worlds loudest group by the guinness book of records.

Smoke on the water –

3. Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden were pioneers of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, a movement also featuring Motorhead and Def Leppard that was considered a revitalizing force following the eventual decline of bands like Sabbath and Zeppelin. ‘The Number of the Beast’ was the first album with singer Bruce Dickinson, and its self-titled first single, the quintessential Maiden cut.

Fear of the dark –

4. Judas Priest

There’s a reason they’re called “Metal Gods.” Judas Priest were there from the beginning, with singer Rob Halford and the boys emerging from the same area in England as Sabbath – and even sharing a rehearsal space back in the day. With Halford’s operatic vocals soaring over the twin guitarist assault of Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing, Priest made a sonic stew that was frequently attempted and never duplicated, effortlessly staying ahead of changing trends in the genre. This diversity makes it hard to pick just one metal masterpiece from them, but 1980’s ‘British Steel’ is a safe bet.

Painkiller!!!!!!!!!

The Pioneers of Funk Music

The Pioneers of Funk Music

funk music was once the coolest thing around.   Right now the closest thing we have hitting it high in the charts is stuff like “Get lucky”.  The following tracks spear headed the Funk genre, hope you enjoy!

The Meters

Widely regarded as one of the most important early funk bands, they formed in 1967 by keyboard player Art Neville in the USA.  Familiar hitsinclude “City Strut”and “ease back”.

 

And the track.to check out –

“Look Ka Py Py – The Meters

 

 

There are currently two forms of the Meters inexistence.  One called The Funky Meters led by Art Neville and one called The original Meters lead by Leo Nocentelli.

The Isley Brothers

With a history spanning 5 decades these guys hold the record for the longest running charting band.  Pioneers in their own right, they released “it’s your thing” which topped the R n B charts in 1969.

Checkoutt the song on the link Below-

 

Kool and the gang

Formed in 1964 by bassist Robert Kool Bell.

The banoriginally started as a Jazz quartet but by the end of the decade had changed their name.and musical direction.  Throughout the 70’s the band achieved worldwide recognition for their slick, funky grooves!  They still record and tour to this day.

Kind of Funky – Kool and the Gang

 

 

 

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Knowing the notes on your fretboard

Knowing the notes on your fretboard

 

 

Today we will look a little into the notes of your fretboard.

Whether you just want to strum a few open chords on the acoustic and learn your favorite songs it still strongly helps your ability as a musician if you know your notes on the fretboard.

By knowing your notes you can then transfer licks, riffs and ideas effortlessly into other keys.  You can improvise a lot easier.  You will find it easier to express yourself and be less limited as a musician.

Task number 1

Learn the notes on the Low E string –  (TODAY WE WILL JUST BE USING SHARPS)

Below are the fret numbers followed by the note name below it.

Fret No 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
6thString E F F# G G# A A# B C C# D D# E

a GOOD TIP IS TO USE THE FRETS WITH A DOT ON THEM OR A MARKING (usually frets 3, 5, 7 and 9) to help you remember the notes of G – A – B – C#

more good news- there are two e strings so now you can tick of knowing the notes on the high e string and the low e string.

TASK NUMBER 2

Learn the A string notes –

Fret No 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
5th String A A# B C C# D D# E F F# G G# A

 

Task number 3

Learn notes via the octave shape

 

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Learning notes this way is valuable and quick.

What we do is take a power chord (if unfamiliar look back through past blogs to see a power chord) and now we see that the note on the E string and D string is the same note.

If we go to fret 3 which is G right?!  Then play a power chord and the note on the 4th string is also a G.  We can do this and use this shape all along the Low E string and the A string.

What we have learned is also called an octave.  The same note higher up.

 

In closing

 

With time you will learn the notes whether you realize it or not.  They’ll just start to creep into your mind and brain.

 

 

 

Chord Construction and Triads lesson 1

Chord Construction

Today lets take a look at how chords are constructed.

 

The smallest most basic chord is called a triad and there are four types of triads.  

What’s a Triad?

A triad is a chord constructed with 3 notes. When in root position (the root note is on the bottom) each note is a third away from the last.  Triads are a basic chord structure and the basis of how other types of chords are constructed. There are four types of triads:

  • Major
  • Minor
  • Augmented
  • Diminished

Major Triads:

Hopefully you’ve read about major scales already; if not go check them out, triads will make much more sense. To create a major triad simply stack the 1st, 3rd, and 5th notes of a major scale on top of each other.

Let’s take the G major scale: G – A – B – C – D – E – F#

Take the 1st, 3rd, and 5th scale degrees out: G – A – B – C – – E – F#

The G major triad would be G – B – D.

Minor Triad

Minor triads are constructed in the same fashion as major triads, only based off the Natural minor scale. Take the 1st, 3rd, and 5th notes of the scale and you end up with the minor triad.

Lets take the G natural minor scale – G – A – Bb – C – D – Eb – F

So the G minor triad would be G -Bb – D

Augmented Triads

Augmented triads have a cool sound, very mysterious. An augmented triad is a major third on top of another major third. So basically, you can take a major triad and raise the 5th note by a half step to get the augmented version (since a major triad is a major third on the bottom and a minor third on the top). The augmented triad has lots of uses and can resolve in many ways. By ‘resolve’, I mean it naturally has the tendency to lead into another chord.

G augmented triad is – G – B – (raised 5th) D#

Diminished Triads:

A diminished triad has a dissonant sound to it. It’s built using two minor thirds.

G diminished triad – G – Bb – Db

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G major scale lesson part 1

G major scale lesson part 1

Understanding the scale (with charts and exercises)

What is a  scale?

A scale is a series of notes within an octave.

What is the Major scale?

The Major (or Ionian) scale uses the following formula –

Whole step – whole step -half step – whole step – whole step – whole step – half step.

if you play on Just the low E string a whole step is equal to two frets (2 semitones) and a half step is equal to one fret. (1 semitone)

Below are the notes for the C major scale – see if you can understand the method above by playing the notes of the c major scale.

1.C

2.D

3.E

4.F

5.G

6.A

7.B

Finish on C

The notes are numbered 1- 7 .

 

 

Now here is the Major Scale in Every Key

C = C – D – E – F – G – A – B – C
D = D – E – F# – G – A – B – C# – D
E = E – F# – G# – A – B – C# – D# – E
F = F – G – A – Bb – C – D – E – F
G = G – A – B – C – D – E – F# – G
A = A – B – C# – D – E – F# – G# – A
B = B – C# – D# – E – F# – G# – A# – B
C# = C# – D# – E# (=F) – F# – G# – A# – B# (=C) – C#
Db = Db – Eb – F – Gb – Ab – Bb – C – Db
Eb = Eb – F – G – Ab – Bb – C – D -Eb
F# = F# – G# – A# – B – C# – D# – E# (=F) – F#
Gb = Gb – Ab – Bb – Cb (=B) – Db – Eb – F – Gb
Ab = Ab – Bb – C – Db – Eb – F – G – Ab
Bb = Bb – C – D – Eb – F – G – A – Bb

Look at the chart attached for The G major scale and learn position 1 today and in lesson 2 we will go into more depth.

See attached the G major scale PDF –

Keep practising and in no time you will be able to do loads with this scale alone in one position

G major scale