Lessons written by: Jeff Fiorentino
Lesson title: Shades of Classical a look into some classical tones and structuring them for use in Popular music.
TUNING FOR THIS LESSON: Standard
ALL GUITARS TUNE TO: E, A, D, G, B, E.
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Tabs & Lesson
Original score by: Jeff Fiorentino
Transcription by: Jeff Fiorentino
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This Lesson's difficulty level 1-10 scale
Key of: May vary throughout the lesson.
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We will be looking at classical sounding tones here. We will be creating these tones by blending two or three different notes together. We do this much the way we make regular chords however there are a few things to consider when going for a classical feel and sound.
First off, finger style. In most cases the notes we put together will be separated by at least one string so, playing finger style will be key to being able to create these tones.
Also, position will be important. You may notice we will slide around a lot. This is not because it looks cool but rather for the sound and ease of accessing the notes we are trying to sound out.
Below I have listed some common tones to put together for a classical sound. No root note is given. Root is what ever you want it to be and if it says 5th its what ever the 5th is of the root you chose. Maybe your root is E or it could be A it makes no difference for the examples written out below. Ideally try to separate the examples below by 1 octave. However this is not always the case, I'm just suggesting it as an example. Combos means in any order.
Remember we're partly talking about classical tones used in popular music here. There are many more than what I've given below but the ones below are very common and widely used in both neo classical rock and just when some rocker guy is trying to do a classical intro to something to show he's got culture. LOL
Root, 3rd Combos
Root 2nd Combos
Root minor 3rd Combos
Root, 6th Combos
Root minor 6th Combos
Root, 7th Combos
Root, minor 7th Combos
Root 5th Combos are ok but usually they are separated by at least 1 octave.
Below is the tab for my example on the video of using some of the tones listed above and combining them with notes from within the scale of the key you are in. Again as always much more is explained on the video that what is here on the page.
Be sure to play what is below with your fingers and let the open strings ring out when ever possible.
Key of E minor
Notes in italic below are optional. You can either strum the ending chords of each line or with your fingers sound the notes in bold only.
The next example below show some other tones that work nicely as well. Just something for you to mess with. Our basic chord pattern is D, Csus2, G really with a B minor thrown in for good measure. Pretty much a classic rock guitar pattern but by using the root 3rd and root 2nd and Root minor 3rd tones we can give it a classical feel. Much like rockers would do.
Feel free to embellish and go off on what is below as I do on the video. There are many things you can do and a lot of it is learned from embellishing on basic examples.
Figure 1: D, Csus2, G, A.
Figure 2: B minor, C, D.
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