Hello fellow guitar geeks!
So I missed an instalment last week, many apologies! But, that means there's double the content this week!
Today, I uploaded a double video lesson on learning note names on the guitar fretboard. I believe this to be a fundermental area where a lot of players fall down in their understanding of the instrument. The fact that the guitar is a pattern-based instrument can be a double edged sword, players learn shapes for scales and just transfer those patterns up and down the neck for new keys. On one hand it's great, you can do exactly that, learn shapes and a handful of notes on the bass strings to work out which key you need to play in, but this means you are not asking yourself to fully understand what you're playing, eg 'is the scale I'm playing major or minor?', 'should I be calling this note F sharp or G flat?'.
For some, these questions and their answers maybe irrelevant, 'if it sounds good then I'm happy with that' and of course that's fine, but if you find yourself wanting to progress and utilise more exotic scale and chord choices then starting to develop this area of your knowledge is imperative. Over the coming weeks I will focus more on this area, for now you can find a general explanation of the relationship between the piano keyboard and guitar fretboard in both part one and two of this video instruction. Please see below the image of a piano to help visualise my explanations in the video. For (much) more information on 'guitar positions' please read this fantastic piece by Greg O'Rourke.
On the performance side of life this week there are a couple of new cover videos up for you to check out. Lauren and I had some technical issues uploading last week which set us back a bit, hence one of the reasons I didn't write for you. But we got it all fixed and online. So the two new songs up are a back to back medley of songs by The Weekend 'I Feel It Coming/Starboy', and the latest is a request made to us to do a version of Drake's 'Hold On, We're Going Home'. Both can be found in the playlist I created on my YouTube channel.