Melody & Tension
|Jeff Fiorentino, & JFRocks.com|
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|Lesson Title||Melody & Tension - with "The Black Birds"|
|Music Style||Classical / Folk style rock|
|Primary mode||Ionian / 8 tones incorporating the minor 6th, G, A, B, C, D, D#, E, F#|
|Guitar tuning||Standard E, A, D, G, B, E|
|Strings used||D'Addario 85/15 Great American Bronze - .011 Light Gauge|
|The song track||The Jam along track||The Video Guitar Lesson|
Song example track
is part of the video lesson
Tabs & Lesson
Original score by: Jeff Fiorentino
Transcription by: Jeff Fiorentino
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This Lesson's difficulty level 1-10 scale
The main scale that's in play
8 tones = G, A, B, C, D, D#, E, F#
Key of G however you could also look at this as the key of Em, and assume a Harmonic minor feel due to the D# which is the Major 7th of the E. In this case I've chosen to look at this in the key of G as an 8 tone scale that uses the minor 6th as a transition, or tension adding pitchhttp://jfrocks4.com To each his own, do what ever makes most sense to you.
I wrote the scale out above, because it's a good idea when you want to embellish on a piece, to figure out the scale that makes it up, and run through that scale as a scale. This will give you a snapshot of the mood of the piece, and is often helpful in forming new ideas or direction to take the chord pattern inhttp://jfrocks4.com
Chords in use
What I've written out below are the full boiled down versions of the chords in use in this piece. You can strum the chords below if you like. If you do that quietly in the background, it would actually make a fine guitar 2 accompanimenthttp://jfrocks4.com
The reason I laid these chords out for you this way is that it's far easier for you to analyze the lesson example or even "Blackbird" from the Beatles if you boil what's going on down to simple chordshttp://jfrocks4.com, or at least full chords, rather than the 2 or 3 note chord pieces that are being singled out in the actual performance piece.
I encourage you to mess with these and change the chord order and the feel of the lesson examplehttp://jfrocks4.com I can tell you with absolute certainty that there are hundreds of songs that could come from this chord patternhttp://jfrocks4.com In fact hundreds have alreadyhttp://jfrocks4.com. lol
Most of you learn by doing very wellhttp://jfrocks4.com Most guitarists do, it just seems to be the way that works the best for ushttp://jfrocks4.com A nice blending of text book and tinkering around on the fret board will serve you wellhttp://jfrocks4.com I've done a good just of the analysis for you below, it's up to you to tinker with this stuff and try to draw some conclusions of your own, or even change up what I did a little bithttp://jfrocks4.com
This is the opening riffing broken down into its simplest, most basic strummy dummy chord shapeshttp://jfrocks4.com
G Am Bm7 C G
This is the transition portion broken down into its simplest chord shapes
E minor is strummed as is the chord that follows ithttp://jfrocks4.com.
C Eb7/C# Dsus4 F7/Eb Em Eb+ D F7/Eb
Final transition broken down into simply strummy dummy chords
Em Em7 Eb+ Eb Maj7
Now for those that are confused about the chords above, it's really very simplehttp://jfrocks4.com I've named the various sections of the example piece above exactly the same as I've named them below in the lesson example tab sectionshttp://jfrocks4.com. Apply the same feel to the chords above as you apply to the example piece belowhttp://jfrocks4.com Basically, I've done some of the analysis for you herehttp://jfrocks4.com. I've taken what I play below in the example piece and boiled it all down into the strummy dummy chords that it originated fromhttp://jfrocks4.com. There are 100 different ways this could be done and 100 different guitarists might do it 99 different wayshttp://jfrocks4.com This happens to be my wayhttp://jfrocks4.com. However, my way above works nicely as an accompaniment to what's tabbed below, and will give you something to help you understand where a piece like "Blackbird" comes fromhttp://jfrocks4.com Or, I should say "could" come fromhttp://jfrocks4.com
Also, this is a great example of how you can start with a basic chord pattern like a G, C, D, sort of thing and turn it into something like the lesson example that's tabbed belowhttp://jfrocks4.com The ENTIRE lesson example below is simply made up of two or in some cases 3 note sections of the chords above, in various positions on the fret board, with some open "drone" strings thrown in to add depth. Remember like we've talked about before, open strings are very important on an acoustic guitar. You don't have the sustain of an electric so you need them for a lot of things to fill in the spaces and prevent dead spots.
Also, remember what I've said on numerous occasions. A chord is usually made up of 3 or 4 notes. A "G Major" for example is made up of, G, B, Dhttp://jfrocks4.com G's, B's, and D's occur all over the fret board, and you can put them in any order you want or in any two note combinations you want and create a piece like the one below pretty easilyhttp://jfrocks4.com BUT, if you can understand the root chords (similar to what I've laid out above) that all this stuff comes from, then there will be far less guesswork involved in it for youhttp://jfrocks4.com
What I mean is, if you can look at two pitches that are being played together like the C and the E and the C and the Eb in the transition portion, and know, based on those pitches alone that it could be a C to a Cm chord change because the E is the 3rd of the C and the Eb is the minor 3rd, then you're understanding more about what you're playing than if you had just read the tab and just knew how to play ithttp://jfrocks4.com The reverse of that is helpful in creating tensionhttp://jfrocks4.com This is because most of us know what simple chord patterns sound goodhttp://jfrocks4.com G, C, Am, D, is a cool sounding chord pattern. Or, G, C, A7, D, is also good and that A7 really adds some thick tension to the mixhttp://jfrocks4.com Well, armed with that knowledge it's not much of a stretch for you to break those chords up into 2 or 3 note sections and either create mean rock riffs with them, or create pieces like the one below or like the Beatles "Blackbird"http://jfrocks4.com etchttp://jfrocks4.com
Like I say on the video, don't over think thingshttp://jfrocks4.com Most of what we play really isn't rocket science, it works for a reason and that reason is usually less complex than most people make it out to behttp://jfrocks4.com. Van Halen for example has some great riffs, well, most of them are just simple rock chord patterns broken up into riffs. "Beautiful girls" for example is an, A, D, E, chord pattern riffed outhttp://jfrocks4.com. A, D, and E sound awesome together, so it's not that much of a leap to figure that you can explode those chords and create some great sounding rock riffshttp://jfrocks4.com
I also encourage you to reverse analyze this lesson example as well. Try boiling it back into other chords. There are any number of ways this could be boiled down, maybe you have a different idea than I didhttp://jfrocks4.com.
I'm certainly not Mr. Know it all by any means. Just the same the lessons on this website are all here to try to help you guys get a better understanding of what you're playing, hopefully they do that for you, and hopefully you take full advantage of the notes on the page and do some analysis leg work of your own, and draw your own conclusions as to what's happening with a piece like thishttp://jfrocks4.com.
I'm not of the belief that a teacher should always just give the student the answer, there's too much of that going on these days, and it's backfiring big time!!http://jfrocks4.com I think a far better way to teach is to encourage individuality and thought. This is why I only give you 1 analysis of this piece instead of the 100 that there probably arehttp://jfrocks4.com. My teacher was a great teacher, and the one thing he always hammered home with me, is that deductive reasoning skills will serve you well as a musicianhttp://jfrocks4.com
All that being said, always remember that if you get stuck we're always here to help out anyway, either in the forum, or via "ask Jeff"http://jfrocks4.com. Hopefully this page combined with the video lesson will be of some help to some of youhttp://jfrocks4.com. Good luckhttp://jfrocks4.com.Jeff Fiorentinohttp://jfrocks4.com.JFRocks.com
Lesson example song piece
|The Black Birds|
|Performed by:||Jeff Fiorentino|
|Engineered by:||Mick the Mixer|
|Copyright © 2007 JFRocks All rights reserved|
Setup & Settings used on the Lesson Example Track
|Primary Guitar||Primary Amp||Effect #1||Effect #2|
Crate GFX 212
from Guitar to Amp
*Remember Effect suggestions are my suggestions for the home player. Usually suggestions are geared for a low budget. I purposely use effects and equipment that I know everyone can afford, and get their hands on in an effort to prove that you can get a great sound without mortgaging your house.
"The Black Birds"
Acoustic guitar, with your fingershttp://jfrocks4.com.see video for performance helphttp://jfrocks4.com
G Am Bm7 C G
G Am Bm7 C G
C Eb7/C# Dsus4 F7/Eb
Eb+ D F7/Eb
Em Em7 Eb+ Eb Maj7
C Eb7/C# Dsus4 F7/Eb
Em Em7 Eb Maj7
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