Note Relationships and Playing What's in Your Head (Guitar Lesson)

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Ariel Posen

Note Relationships and Playing What's in Your Head

The way we see notes in our heads dictates a lot in our playing and note choice. Sometimes it's easy to get wrapped up in the letter names of the notes, but most of us know that makes choosing notes in the spur of the moment more challenging. Ariel talks about changing the way we think of notes in this lesson - less in terms of letter names, and more of numbers and intervals. Practicing how we hear and name these notes can have a tremendous effect on how free we are in our playing.

Taught by Ariel Posen in Speaking with the Slide seriesLength: 7:25Difficulty: 3.0 of 5


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Speaking with the Slide

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Imagine being able to speak with your guitar as you would with your voice! In "Speaking with the Slide", world renown slide player Ariel Posen will help you develop your slide playing to do just that - speak with your guitar as you would sing with your voice.



Speaking With the Slide: Series IntroductionLesson 1

Speaking With the Slide: Series Introduction

If you could choose one technique to replicate the human voice on your guitar, it would be slide guitar. The long rich history of slide is rooted in just that: making your guitar sound like a human voice....

Length: 4:24 Difficulty: 0.0 FREE
The Nuts and Bolts of Slide GuitarLesson 2

The Nuts and Bolts of Slide Guitar

First, there are a few things that need to be addressed before we even play a note using the slide. In this lesson, Ariel gives us his take on selecting a slide, string gauge, guitar setup and other practical...

Length: 6:25 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Proper Hand TechniqueLesson 3

Proper Hand Technique

So much of getting the slide to sound great is born out of good hand technique. From muting and the "sandwich" technique, to bar placement on the strings, Ariel puts you in the best situation to succeed...

Length: 7:50 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
The Major Scale - Standard TuningLesson 4

The Major Scale - Standard Tuning

Playing slide is not about re-learning your instrument, it's about integrating certain techniques with your existing knowledge. In this lesson, we start down the path of that integration, with learning...

Length: 19:32 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
The Minor Scale - Standard TuningLesson 5

The Minor Scale - Standard Tuning

Now Ariel takes a look at the minor scale in standard tuning, both horizontally and vertically.

Length: 15:21 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
The Minor Pentatonic Scale - Standard TuningLesson 6

The Minor Pentatonic Scale - Standard Tuning

On to the scale that is a must have for slide and non-slide players: the minor pentatonic scale in standard tuning.

Length: 13:20 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
The Major Pentatonic Scale - Standard TuningLesson 7

The Major Pentatonic Scale - Standard Tuning

Now the last standard tuning scale that we're going to drill - the major pentatonic scale.

Length: 12:45 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Intro to Open TuningLesson 8

Intro to Open Tuning

Ariel now turns our attention to open E tuning. Because of the tuning intervals, this tuning allows us to stack scale notes and chords within the same fret, thus giving us simpler slide positioning and...

Length: 6:27 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
The Major Scale - Open TuningLesson 9

The Major Scale - Open Tuning

This part of the course focuses on becoming as comfortable and familiar as possible with our scales in open E tuning. Remember that our hand positioning has changed, so be sure to refer to the tablature...

Length: 16:10 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
The Minor Scale - Open TuningLesson 10

The Minor Scale - Open Tuning

Now on to the minor scale in open E tuning. Remember, the practicing and repetitions are a very important element to get us to the desired comfort level with these scales!

Length: 15:24 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
The Minor Pentatonic Scale - Open TuningLesson 11

The Minor Pentatonic Scale - Open Tuning

The minor pentatonic scale is perhaps the most familiar scale that we all know in standard tuning. Ariel's goal in this lesson is to get you just as familiar with this scale in open E tuning!

Length: 12:38 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
The Major Pentatonic Scale - Open TuningLesson 12

The Major Pentatonic Scale - Open Tuning

And finally, we use this lesson to drill the major pentatonic scale in open E tuning. Remember to refer to the tab if you're unsure of the note positions on the fretboard.

Length: 12:19 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Playing Behind the SlideLesson 13

Playing Behind the Slide

Now that we've learned all of our primary scales using the slide, it's time to look a technique designed to add back in some of the freedom of playing with our fingers: playing behind the slide. Being...

Length: 8:41 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Playing Behind the Slide - ScalesLesson 14

Playing Behind the Slide - Scales

In this lesson, Ariel shows us what it takes to play certain scales "behind the slide".

Length: 17:53 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Playing Behind the Slide - ChordsLesson 15

Playing Behind the Slide - Chords

One thing that playing behind the slide allows us to do is to expand our chord vocabulary while using the slide. It takes us out of having to only use vertical slide positions in the same fret. Ariel...

Length: 19:14 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Double StopsLesson 16

Double Stops

The concept of playing two notes at a time in a melodic line (double stops), is certainly not a new concept. We've all done when playing "regular" guitar. Here, Ariel shows us how to incorporate double...

Length: 14:28 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Play What You Already KnowLesson 17

Play What You Already Know

So often when we put a slide on our finger we feel like we have to totally re-invent the way we play guitar. Ariel is here to tell us that this is not so! In this lesson we learn how to incorporate the...

Length: 10:33 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Slide Articulations - IntonationLesson 18

Slide Articulations - Intonation

Now we begin to look at the subtleties of playing slide guitar - the articulations. Perhaps the most important articulation is intonation. The very voice and character that you play with is greatly affected...

Length: 3:45 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Slide Articulations - Getting a Good ToneLesson 19

Slide Articulations - Getting a Good Tone

Getting a good tone when playing slide is less about amps and guitars and more about fingers - specifically your picking hand fingers. In this lesson, Ariel demonstrates the different tones you can achieve...

Length: 4:55 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Slide Articulations - DynamicsLesson 20

Slide Articulations - Dynamics

Playing with dynamics is a concept that applies to all types of guitar playing, but perhaps even more with slide. After all, having a big piece of metal or glass on your finger can make it a challenge...

Length: 5:09 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Slide Articulations - VibratoLesson 21

Slide Articulations - Vibrato

Vibrato is a technique that not only gives character to your guitar playing, it conveys your personality on the guitar, giving voice to your emotion and state of mind. Vibrato can be subtle, or it can...

Length: 7:21 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Bass Notes With the SlideLesson 22

Bass Notes With the Slide

Expanding on the idea of making good use of our other fingers while also using the slide, Ariel shows us the idea of using our "free" fingers to play bass notes, while the slide accentuates chords above...

Length: 7:57 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Licks and Tricks in Standard TuningLesson 23

Licks and Tricks in Standard Tuning

When we think of slide guitar, it's not a stretch to think of other instruments like lap steel and pedal steel, which are just a "stone's throw" away, musically speaking. In this lesson, Ariel shows us...

Length: 14:39 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Licks and Tricks in Open TuningLesson 24

Licks and Tricks in Open Tuning

Now Ariel looks at the same licks in open E tuning. Although they are basically the same, they have a much different flavor. You'll have a chance to practice the licks, and hear what they sound like in...

Length: 13:15 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Droning the Low StringsLesson 25

Droning the Low Strings

Droning certain notes while playing with the slide over the top of them is a favorite technique of slide players. It allows you to create mood and color in a very simple way. Ariel starts the droning...

Length: 10:30 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Droning the High StringsLesson 26

Droning the High Strings

While droning the bottom strings and playing high string lends itself more to a "solo" guitar approach, droning the high strings lends itself to being used in the context of a full band situation. Here,...

Length: 10:40 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Three String DroneLesson 27

Three String Drone

Up until now, we've only droned two strings at once. In this lesson, Ariel uses the top three strings to drone. Given that we are in open E tuning, that gives us an E chord to drone over (E, B and G#),...

Length: 8:36 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Note Relationships and Playing What's in Your HeadLesson 28

Note Relationships and Playing What's in Your Head

The way we see notes in our heads dictates a lot in our playing and note choice. Sometimes it's easy to get wrapped up in the letter names of the notes, but most of us know that makes choosing notes in...

Length: 7:25 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Improvising Comfortably in Open TuningLesson 29

Improvising Comfortably in Open Tuning

Now it's time to pull together all the things that we've been working on, and let those things serve us in our quest to improvise a solo. Remember all that time you spent practicing the scales with the...

Length: 5:07 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Improvising Comfortably in Standard TuningLesson 30

Improvising Comfortably in Standard Tuning

The differences between standard and open tuning are subtle, but there are "flavor" differences that we can hear. Ariel now demonstrates a slightly different flavored solo in standard tuning.

Length: 3:22 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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