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Rock Guitar Lessons: Harmonies in Pentatonic

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A one, two, a one, two, three.
All right this is
an amazingly powerful technique for your
phrasing and for your first finger.
There's some amazing first finger
technique things in here.
So, I want you to check this out.
We're, obviously doing some bends, in the
pentatonic scale.
With some pick muting,
we've done that before.
The new thing, is I'm adding, notes that
are potentially harmonies to this.
So if you know some other guitar players
or, if you want to play along with me.
We're gonna get some really cool harmonies
And not only are they good harmonies, but
they're great notes just by themselves.
So this is a very valuable thing to learn.
Now the first one, that's the phase I
think by now with all your experience,
you're gonna get this pretty quick.
We're just bending up and down from the
fourth to the fifth [SOUND].
Doing our bending lick, [SOUND] with the
pull-off in it.
[SOUND] That's the pull-off.
[SOUND] Down to the root.
[SOUND] And then doing the third, [SOUND]
back to the root.
So by ear I'm sure you can get this by now
And the next one has exactly
the same rhythm and the same phrasing and
accents but the notes are different.
And I chose the notes to be harmonies, so
that first part.
Let's take a look at what they are.
Here's what it sounds like, this is cool.
So we're doing a half bend from the major
One, two, three, four, five, six.
And then we're gonna bend up a half step
to the minor seventh, [SOUND] and
that's a really nice harmony with, [SOUND]
what we're doing here.
[SOUND] So those fit together
really well, and then I'm gonna outline
the rest
of the lick harmonies as well, so I'll go
Now this is tricky because the first
finger [SOUND] has to jump over
[SOUND] to the same fret [SOUND] on the
next lower string [SOUND].
So let's check out what that first
finger's doing [SOUND].
So that I'm making a quick little jump
there to get that note to happen.
If you bar, [SOUND] those notes tend to
ring together and
you don't have as many vibrato options.
So I really recommend the technique of
jumping across like that, so we've got.
Then a little vibrato,
[SOUND] and a little slide, and then the
next one is actually going to feel exactly
the same because it's really the same
lick, just on the next set of strings up.
Now this one, this is where you're
going to really might, you might find a
new spot where you don't have a callus.
I know I didnt' have a callus here
To do vibrato there.
And this is really the,
this is planting the seeds of the B.B.
King callus.
If you've ever watched B.B.
King, his hand, shaking all over the place
and that first finger
And you can only do it if you have a
So check that out again.
All right,
so I'm going to play these all in order
like just like I did at the beginning.
One, two, three.
Then I'm gonna put in a rhythm,
to answer.
That's just a D power chord, the C note
with the second finger.
And then an A power chord with the root
me see what my first stroke is going to be
if I go.
going to work nice with the upstrokes on
those syncopated accents.
All right.
Now the other thing I should let you know
about this, cuz I'm not starting on one.
I'm starting on one, and two, and three,
and four, and on the end of four.
And if you remember, we're counting our
down beats, you know.
One, two, three, four.
The ands come in the middle.
One and, two and, three and, four and.
And that's where we are starting.
One and, two and, three and, four and.
Three and, four and.
Three and, four and.
I'll get it right, here we go.
That's an awesome awesome powerful way
to get the coordination of your first
finger together to learn some really
cool harmonies and
get a good bending vocabulary and it's
just a good look by itself.
Let's do it one more time and have a good
One and, two and, three and four.
All right,
I've told you that these are harmonies but
I'm gonna prove it by playing them.
So I recorded the part that I taught you,
but now I'm gonna play the harmony on top.
And really,
the only difference with the harmony is I
have to start on the second one.
That's the harmony, then I go up.
And then after that,
I'm gonna actually play the first one, but
an octave higher.
And that'll end up being the harmony, so
you'll hear how this all fits together.
This really sounds cool.
Here we go.
All right, we're gonna do a third harmony,
so we're gonna start here, on the last
Do our octave, that was the octave of the
first one and
we have to still go up higher, so I'm
gonna take our second one.
That begins on an F sharp [SOUND] and
bends it, so
I'm gonna find that F sharp, up here and
do the same notes.
The shape is a little
bit different because the strings are
tuned differently.
Here we have these two strings which are
tuned in a major third.
One, two, three, so, we have to do this
But these strings are tuned in fourths.
One, two, three, four.
So we have to change our fingering to
adjust for that.
Which actually makes it easier
to play I think.
All right, so now that you know this one.
We can do the whole third harmony.
So here we go.
All right, so
I'm gonna put all three of those,
separately, up for you to play along with.
And that way you can test out the low
part, the medium part, and the high part.
And play along and have a great time
playing some harmonies and pentatonic.
I think you're gonna dig it, and whether
you play in a harmony or
whether you play these as separate notes,
they really sound cool.
Great bending, great notes, these are
gonna work.
All right.
I would love to hear you play that one,
so, again, if you can make your own video
of you playing this, send it in and
I'll have a look, give you some ideas.
And also check out the other students who
are sending in videos, and
it will all train your ears and your
fingers to get closer and closer
to making this natural and indestructible
for your own guitar playing.
All right.
Rock and roll.