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Hey kids! On Weekend Wankshop 118, Uncle Ben Eller and his mighty Suhr Modern are gonna learn you a thing or two about chords, scales, and the secrets of the universe.
Keys are formed from scales. Scales form chords. But how?!?! Using my super secret hopscotch method, you're gonna learn how to harmonize chords/arpeggios in any scale. And its easy!
This lick takes you through all the diatonic 7 arpeggios in the key of C, in a brutal cross picking exercise that is sure to please. Good luck! Try my hopscotch trick using other scales and see what you come up with!
I really enjoy your videos. I've been playing guitar off and on for fun since around 1986 or so. I've never taken any guitar lessons and just kind of figured out everything on my own through trial and error as far as chords, scales and picking goes. Most of the techniques you use and lessons you show I've already figured out through said trial and error, however, as soon as you start talking about specific notes and names of chords, I'm completely lost. I never really bothered to learn the names of the notes of anything I'm playing, I only know what note my guitar is tuned to using a tuner. About a million years ago I played trombone in grade school and knew the names of the notes, but I've completely forgotten all of that. I understand lengths of notes, I have an above average understanding of time signatures (9/8 is my favorite, blame Supper's Ready by Genesis), and overall I understand music purely through sound, but for the life of me I have no idea WTF I'm playing as far as names of notes, scales and chords. At this point I'm in my late 40's and I'm really enjoying riffing and recording but I feel like I should know what exactly it is I'm playing rather than just knowing the frets and techniques. Thoughts?
P.S. Your so called, "weird" chords are all the fuck over the place in a lot of Jim Matheos and Frank Aresti's work from Fates Warning. Check out their album Awaken the Guardian if you haven't yet, it'll melt your branium. Thanks again for the tutorials man!
I thought a triad only had three notes, I prefer my own rice, I'm more of a playing by ear guy but, the little theory that I know is embellished by uncle bens explanations of it. Cheers Uncle Ben.
I'm also a step dad.
ya... it would be cool to have you as a roomate.. tho I'll never achieve the skill needed to play like you.. but I could and do learn a lot from you and it would be awesome to hear you solo over my riffs.
Ben I noticed when you gave the picking demonstration your right hand was doing minimal string muting, so therefore your left hand was cancelling out any sting buzz at the same time as doing the arpeggios. It's made me concentrate a lot more on left hand technique and has freed up my picking hand a bit. Great video
As some one else has said the diagrams with the sharpie pens were really helpful. Most people seem talk about chord theory stuff in way totally separate from putting fingers on frets. That frustrates me no end. In watching this 11:44 video that dim light above my head sparked on about 3 or 4 times.
I like how you name the frets without tedious explanation. When my step-dad tells me the frets he's like "place your index finger on the 8th fret of the E string, the big fat one on the top and then place your birdy finger on the 9th fret of the big E string and then place your ring finger..." It's very tedious.
The paper routine really helped me understand a lot better. I'm a visual person learning & hands on, both together like you have just done, REALLY helped the understanding. Thanks again brotha! Guaranteed to learn something from you in every single video. Have a good one.
My friend had an Uncle Ben once...he had a van with candy in it. He taught told there's a secret major scale that has 8 notes in it, and if I went with him in his van, he would show me that extra note. I never did find out what it was, as he went away for a long time on a holiday somewhere. My dad told me it was probably a 'BIG D'...do you know how to play the 'BIG D' Uncle Ben? Maybe you could do a lesson on it in the future?
Man I love these vids, uncle Ben! I've been binge watching them for days. Could you perhaps do a video about THAT lick from the outro solo in Fade to black? You know the diddle diddle-diddle diddle-diddle, diddle diddle-diddle... You know exactly what I mean.
NextLevelGamer exaaaaactly. Just keep hop-scotching away! Just remember that chords like C11 don't just simply count up 1 3 5 7 9 11; any chord in the dominant family (7,9,11,13) has a b7 in there instead of a regular 7. You can hop scotch through a mixolydian scale to form those, now that I think about it.
Kudos for the video content! Forgive me for butting in, I would appreciate your opinion. Have you tried - Riddleagan Blossoming Solo Remedy (Have a quick look on google cant remember the place now)? It is a smashing exclusive product for mastering guitar scales without the normal expense. Ive heard some unbelievable things about it and my work colleague at last got astronomical results with it.
with what? i normally put some lemon oil on there and rub all the dirt off, but theres still shit in the small pores that im not sure how to get out. i dont wanna use something sharp cause i dont wanna cut into the wood
From how he reacts to seeing them and his line "One crisis at a time" it would not be a stretch.
Just because "Obscurus in the Shadows" makes so much sense as a name. Lupa is already married . OT3? Weve never seen Todds face, maybe he is her husband. His Lupa-themed desktop wallpaper isnt a sign that hes a crazy stalker, just a devoted spouse.
The Shadow? The SHADOW! The Shadow.
Again, why not?
He says he once worked for Lord Vyce here . He joined the site shortly after Vyce was first foreshadowed (As a scout maybe?). The reason he hasnt been deactivated is that either Vyce cut the signal to protect him, leaving an extra ace up his sleeve in case he ever comes back, or he cut it himself as a result of enjoying his new job and wanting to distance himself from his old boss. Perhaps hes from one of the universes Vyce invaded, and was hired to help eliminate the Entity. He may even be from Vyces universe: the reason he cloaks himself is because the cloak itself is designed to keep him alive in our universe. Kind of like.