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Weekend Wankshop 118: Chords, Scales, and The Secrets of the Universe

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www.facebook.com/unclebeneller twitter/instagram @BenEllerGuitars Skype lessons: [email protected] 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!
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Tom Reilly (1 month ago)
Uhhhh weekend wankshop? wut.
Miles Teg (1 month ago)
tesla said secrets of the universe were energy, frequency, and vibration, and then you have string theory, so guitars are probably god, shredding out reality from the center of the universe, the black hole is merely the cone of a very large speaker cabinet
eroticblack (3 months ago)
love you uncle ben
Aaron Lewis (4 months ago)
Is that Ionian (major)?
Oscar Ortega (7 months ago)
This almost seems like an exercise from the Hannon complete pianist book. Is it? Either way, awesome lesson Uncle Ben!
noble savage (8 months ago)
awesome lesson
Johann Sebastian Bach (9 months ago)
Great videos !
johnnyteres (10 months ago)
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!
Winston C (1 year ago)
the only question really left is....how do 2 glorious balls of meat form with a mass of levitating pasta to govern our universe?
johnnyrandom100 (1 year ago)
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.
steve v. (1 year ago)
So are you thinking of tone, or letters in your head? When you play
Samuel lee Vallongo (1 year ago)
Awesome illustration ty
Richard Mroz (1 year ago)
Why do you prefer standard tuning?
Andrew Sutton (1 year ago)
106k subs, underrated channel
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.
Alec Gordey (1 year ago)
Sounds expensive... probably my favorite recurring phrase of yours.
AJ Octaves (1 year ago)
ok I think it sounds like city of stars from la la land.
Trevor Soundas (1 year ago)
The hopscotch really helps. thanks!!!
MactoEgo (1 year ago)
That one person who disliked..what a dick
Joseph Wheeler (1 year ago)
Nate Jones It was Uncle Ben’s step dad. He is a dick
Dave Zahara (1 year ago)
"The hardest thing you can do on guitar.. other than make a buck." lol
Evan Archer (1 year ago)
Killer vibrato at the end
Greg Smit (1 year ago)
Feesh Mane (1 year ago)
since when did chum lee loose weight and teach about guitars
Jack Robinson (1 year ago)
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
FCP 503 (1 year ago)
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.
Jp Drago (1 year ago)
someone gave a thumbs down. blasphemy. I want to see there videos. oh right they don't have any. uncle ben keep killing it!
Nate Brown (1 year ago)
thanks Ben great lesson but it is giving me a mindgrain! no i didnt mis-spell
BoiseG (1 year ago)
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.
Giordan Drago (1 year ago)
Thanks for the lesson, Unc!
Steve Rawding (1 year ago)
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.
Mox_au (1 year ago)
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?
xBigBlackWHALEx / (1 year ago)
Mox_au just dive bomb in drop D and you're golden
larry dickman (1 year ago)
Uncle Ben...what's the best way to remove sharpie from a fretboard??...urghhh!!!
larry dickman (1 year ago)
My mom said you're not my uncle but she wouldn't mind you being my step dad...WTF!!! Can't practice right now,  gotta go to therapy!!!
Uncle JJ (1 year ago)
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.
MangoTek (1 year ago)
I love you!!!
Haydn Po (1 year ago)
Thanks for the diagram they are a real help.
Dave Shepherd (1 year ago)
I just subscribed to your channel Ben, so don't do anything crazy like find a job... just keep making cool video's!
NextLevelGamer (1 year ago)
Whoa, now I understand that whole weird thing with the 9s, 11s, 13s etc. in the chord symbols...
NextLevelGamer (1 year ago)
Thanks for the tip. Your videos are helping me improve by quite a bit every week. Greetings from Germany!
Ben Eller (1 year ago)
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.
Brian Higgins (1 year ago)
Brother you HAVE to make a video showing your guitar collection. I need it for the sake of my well being.
D-rock (1 year ago)
Awesome way to incorporate a whole lot of meaning into the bag of the magician, I mean musician. Uncle Ben on both counts :) Fantastic. Thanks
DoKsTa1 (1 year ago)
Ben you are awesome man, finaly found a bloke who is doin what ive been looking for,u da man thks
NiN3_eLeVeN_DiD_bUsH (1 year ago)
i know you already did the domination solo video but you should really do another dimebag video
Bingo Dingo (1 year ago)
First few notes kinda sounded like Mr Sandman
Rob A (1 year ago)
Curious if you're still sold on the Gravity Storm neck pickup .. I still love that thing in my N4.
Ben Eller (1 year ago)
Rob A love it!!!!
Todd Asbill (1 year ago)
this video was very helpful for me. thank you very much.
aaron giles (1 year ago)
these videos are the best!!
will dvsds (1 year ago)
Ben Eller are u married I hear noise in some of ur vids
Ben Eller (1 year ago)
aaron giles you're the best
Dennis Curtis (1 year ago)
thanks uncle ben! the sound of that marker tho.....nails on a chalk board lol
Dennis Curtis (1 year ago)
Ben Eller (1 year ago)
Dennis Curtis hahaha you may be right
rcc 2165 (1 year ago)
Great video. Thx.
vagkar 99 (1 year ago)
42 .That is the answer to the universe.Also do a lesson on A7X afterlife main riff, as noone can get the timing right,if you can.Thanks
anyéd (1 year ago)
Uncle can you teach us that cool fast lick from the Escape part of Mastodon's The Czar? It's so complicated
DarkPock (1 year ago)
Slow, it sounds like Mr sandman from the chordettes
Gareth Wood (9 months ago)
Exactly what I thought the first time `i heard it!
Vesna Mladenovic (1 year ago)
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.
Joshua Salgado (1 year ago)
DarkPock mr sandman, bring me a dream
Bingo Dingo (1 year ago)
Oh I just commented the same but didn't see your comment because I didn't have my glasses on lol
Ben Eller (1 year ago)
DarkPock haha you're right, it does!
Ali Jr. (1 year ago)
Stepdad jokes are worse than dad jokes.
IQUIT (9 months ago)
uncle ben jokes are the best
alojz300 (1 year ago)
Greg (1 year ago)
Great wank Ben. You should play those beautiful hand painted RG's more though! The Suhr may be a quality geetar, but it sure is boring. ;)
JunkieMonkey321 (1 year ago)
that fretboard is so clean. how do you get all that yellow shit out of the pores of the wood?
Ashley Mann (1 year ago)
It's filler. You don't get that on Suhrs 😉
Vodkainum (1 year ago)
+JunkieMonkey321 Dunno dude. Can't say I've ever had that problem.
JunkieMonkey321 (1 year ago)
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
Vodkainum (1 year ago)
By cleaning it?
David Carey (1 year ago)
Very nice video as expected. Always nice to find new ways to help memorise notes over numbers.
Insain Jester (1 year ago)
Golly, thanks uncle Ben!
MurkedBy MarX (1 year ago)
Great information uncle Ben! Needed this one.
Podesta1234 (1 year ago)
Is alternate picking better than economy picking?
Podesta1234 (1 year ago)
Thanks for the reply!
brandon culligan (1 year ago)
What he said. You really open up to a lot of freedom on the guitar when you have both under your belt.
Vodkainum (1 year ago)
Learn both.
Jeff Williams (1 year ago)
Thanks Uncle Ben! You're the cool uncle I never had.
Justus Read (1 year ago)
Uncle Ben, great video! more like this would be awesome, keeping your suckamaniacs sharp on their theory and giving me ideas for other expensive licks, wooooo!
James Howlett (1 year ago)
I really enjoy your videos and thanks for the lessons. also love the new camera!
guitardavepdx (1 year ago)
very cool and super easy to understand. The stepdad speed version all I could hear was the beginning vocal harmonies of Mr. Sandman though.😀
Mark Bayfield (1 year ago)
you beauty
Ben Eller (1 year ago)
Mark Bayfield oh you
ROCKHARD (1 year ago)
hardest thing you can do on guitar.. other than making a buck me: *cries*
Brian Poole (1 year ago)
Very helpful, Uncle Ben! I'm a slackass with scales and modes, but this should really drive home the Major scale. It's going to be a super stepdad speed run on a 4 string for me!
David RF (1 year ago)
You're the cool uncle who doesn't come to family lunches.
Bert (1 year ago)
Is this West Indian lilac?
Martin (1 year ago)
You will remember to wash your hands be fore you eat anything?
Ben Eller (1 year ago)
Bert that.... is a huge pile of shit.
Richard William Padua (1 year ago)
Awesome lick Uncle Ben. I'll try to learn this and have the main lick loop while I harmonize in minor 3rds. Should be interesting. Thanks for the lesson Uncle Ben.
Toby K. (1 year ago)
Holy shiiiiit this is getting into some Wes Hauchy-ish sounding picking runs. Gonna love playing around with this one!
Court Marr (1 year ago)
uncle Ben. you might be my hero. theory made easy. thanks
wardkdouglas (1 year ago)
Reminds me of Mr Sandman
Mateus Santos (1 year ago)
thanks uncle Ben
fazeel ashraf (1 year ago)
u r a brilliant teacher uncle ben
Is it possible for you to do a weekend wankshop on (insert boring topic here) sight reading?
Michael Russo (1 year ago)
Just picked up a Suhr modern satin with a floyd!!! Thanks to seeing yours man. Awesome quality on these suckers!

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