Melodic Playing And Motifs (Guitar Lesson)


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Dave Weiner

Melodic Playing And Motifs

Dave talks about turning repetition into melodic playing and how to start using motifs in your playing.

Taught by Dave Weiner in Dave Weiner Artist Series seriesLength: 15:36Difficulty: 3.0 of 5


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ballen2369ballen2369 replied on February 11th, 2013

Dave, I've seen you play live about ten times now and have always been in awe of your skill. This helps to "lift the curtain" and gives me an idea of how you do what you do! THANKS!

buckeyestevebuckeyesteve replied on October 18th, 2012

You are an excellent teacher. Where were you when I was learning to play?

markstretchmarkstretch replied on July 7th, 2012

that was a really good lesson

fnickeyfnickey replied on April 25th, 2012

Awsome...bringing it all together

fnickeyfnickey replied on April 25th, 2012

Awsome...bringing it all together

rusty2901rusty2901 replied on February 23rd, 2012

brilliant - real passion for how the listener feels and hears the music and presents real usable examples how to apply the techniques .. great series of lessons

fbullfbull replied on February 18th, 2012

Short. Sweet and Powerful Lesson alternate title: "How to get the fingers to do what the ears want to Hear"

stratmusicstratmusic replied on February 16th, 2012

Seriously excellent and useful lesson!! I love David's teaching style. He explains things in simple, easy to understand ways and shows how to APPLY what he talks about so players of all levels can do it.

tomhankintomhankin replied on February 16th, 2012

wow you've just blown my mind easy and effective thanks i was struggling with exactly those areas THANKYOU!!!!!

screaminglordscreaminglord replied on February 16th, 2012

Great advice here for beginners and shredders alike, Thanks Dave!

gorbaggorbag replied on February 15th, 2012

Good stuff, Dave. This is a lesson focus I've been interested in having for a while, and you showed how simple it really should be to improvise!

Dave Weiner Artist Series

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Lesson 1

Acapella Playing

Dave "David J" Weiner introduces his series with a lesson on the importance of rhythm in your playing and his concept of acapella playing.

Length: 35:59 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 2

Style And Attitude

Dave "David J" Weiner returns with a lesson on how to play with style and attitude. He covers all the basic techniques you'll need to get started.

Length: 13:09 Difficulty: 1.5 FREE
Lesson 3

Dynamics And Phrasing

In this lesson David J teaches you about dynamics and phrasing and how this all ties into his basic musician development concept.

Length: 8:00 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 4

Building Stamina With Melodic Phrasing

David J continues his look at phrasing and shows you how to simultaneously build your stamina while playing over backing tracks.

Length: 10:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Melodic Playing And Motifs

Dave talks about turning repetition into melodic playing and how to start using motifs in your playing.

Length: 15:36 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Learning The Fretboard

Dave switches gears and focuses on theoretical concepts. In this lesson he explains different ways to gain knowledge of the fretboard.

Length: 10:09 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

The CAGED System

Dave shows you a way to find and learn the notes on the fretboard using the CAGED system. He then shows you how he would practice using the CAGED system.

Length: 9:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

Transitional CAGED Based Licks

Dave shows you how to advance your fretboard knowledge by creating licks that bridge the CAGED shapes.

Length: 12:43 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

Open String Licks

Dave continues teaching how to master the fretboard by teaching open string licks.

Length: 8:20 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

Intervallic Playing

Dave "David J" Weiner explains how to avoid sounding scalar. He shows how to jump around the scale and not just play sequentially.

Length: 11:41 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

The Technical Side Of Playing

Dave "David J" Weiner switches gears and gets in-depth with techniques. In this very informative lesson Dave shows what to practice, how to practice technique, and his own personal practice routine.

Length: 21:06 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 12

Alternate Picking

Short lesson, years to master. Dave talks about alternate picking and how to practice it!

Length: 4:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 13

Legato

David J talks about legato technique, which uses very little or no picking. He shows you how to develop the technique and how to play longer runs on the fretboard.

Length: 14:44 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 14

Sweep Picking

David J shows the basics of sweep picking and also shows you how to make it more musical.

Length: 17:30 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 15

Tapping

David J continues his look at various integral techniques to playing guitar with a lesson on tapping. He not only shows you how to do various tapping techniques but shows you how to use them in a real...

Length: 14:28 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 16

Hybrid Picking

David J finishes his lessons on technique with a video on his favorite technique, hybrid picking or "chicken pickin'". He shows how to get the country sounds and also how to incorporate it into every aspect...

Length: 15:22 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 17

Improv Concepts

David J explains how the ability to improvise is a good test of a musicians understanding and ability on the instrument.

Length: 12:00 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 18

Improvising With Chords And Scales

David J shows you how to practice improvising first by using scales and then how to improvise with chords.

Length: 5:21 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 19

Improvising With Motifs And Licks

David J revisits the concept of playing with motifs and shows you how to use it in your improvisation. He also shows you that building a lick vocabulary is vital to spontaneous playing.

Length: 13:08 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 20

Storytelling

David J teaches you how to incorporate the concept of storytelling into your improvisation. This concept utilizes everything Dave has taught up until this point.

Length: 13:00 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 21

Dave "David J" Weiner Interview

Dave sits down with JamPlay.com and talks about various subjects including his start with Steve Vai and his current projects.

Length: 25:26 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only

About Dave Weiner View Full Biography Facts on Dave Weiner:

-13-year member of Steve Vai’s band (’99-present), 8 world tours, playing over 700 shows in over 50 countries.



-Recognized by NARAS for 4 Grammy nominations (guitar player, audio engineer) for his work on various Vai recordings.

-3 solo records: “Shove The Sun Aside” (2004), “On Revolute” (2010), “A Collection Of Short Stories: Vol. 1” (2012). Dave’s solo records have shipped to all 50 states and over 45 countries.

Founding member of Philadelphia-based fusion trio, Visible At Night ([email protected]).

Graduate and instructor at Musician’s Institute: Guitar Institute of Technology.

Master clinician and writer. Featured articles in Guitar Player, Guitar World, Premier Guitar, Young Guitar, Guitarist UK and many more.

Online lesson pioneer. Dave was one of the first to offer online guitar lessons via webcam. Dave teaches when he’s off tour to hundreds of students across the globe.

Endorsements: PRS guitars and amps, Friedman Amps, Ernie Ball strings and straps, Fractal Audio, Dimarzio pickups, Xotic effects, Wampler effects, Maxon effects, Hermida Audio.

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