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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!!

 

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

 

 

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

Modes lesson 2 – The Ionion scale

Modes lesson 2 – The Ionion scale

So today we’re looking at the Ionion scale, otherwise known as what? That’s right…..the Major scale.

If youdon’t know it you need to learn it right now.

The Major scale is one of the most commonly used scales in western music.  It’s very pleasing on the ears and is great for pop, rock and Jazz music.Let’s recap the notes in C major.

C, D, E, F, G, A, B

As said before its a must know scale and many songs use the scale for their melodies like the following

‘sweet child o mine”iI want candy’

‘wonderful tonight’ ‘happy Birthday’

It’s a great mode/scale to use for soloing over modern pop songs and for creating melodies lines over basic pop chords.

 

What are modes? An introduction

What are modes?

Modes are a very simple concept but can take some time to really understand and get under your fingers in a way that gets you playing around with them with any authority.

Basically, all a mode is is a scale. When someone mentioned the major scale modes, they are talking about all of the scales contained within the major scale.

For example, you probably already know the C Major scale, which is:

C D E F G A B

If we start On the D note and play all the following notes we get a new scale and mode.  D dorIan.  If we start On The E note and play through the following notes we get a new mode, E phrygian.  It’ss amazing how easy it is when you look into it.  Basically, starting on a new note from a major scale gives us a new mode and a new sound.

 

The same set of notes can creatE completely different sounding scales depending on the root note.

 

 

In a future blog, we will look at the seven modes individually, what sound they give and how to use them.