Let's Do It Modal! (Guitar Lesson)

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Tony Martinez

Let's Do It Modal!

The modes can be a source of confusion for many players. In this lesson, Tony explains his approach to the modes, and how he makes sense of them.

Taught by Tony Martinez in Hot Rock Concepts seriesLength: 7:29Difficulty: 2.0 of 5

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Hot Rock Concepts

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Join Tony Martinez as he covers techniques from vibrato and cool bends to fast licks and notes designed to spice up your playing, and will take you to the next level, ready for stages, ready for studio recordings, ready to rock!

Series IntroductionLesson 1

Series Introduction

Tony gives us an overview of his course in which he will cover a modern approach to the blues rock style, played with gain, attitude, and infectious energy.

Length: 4:16 Difficulty: 0.0 FREE
Rock Essentials: VibratoLesson 2

Rock Essentials: Vibrato

Vibrato is the embodiment of your guitar personality. It will literally identify you to the world of music! In this lesson,Tony gives us the tools that will allow the creation of our own unique sound.

Length: 14:28 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Rock Essentials: BendsLesson 3

Rock Essentials: Bends

Bending notes that are in tune and accurate doesn't happen by accident! Tony gives us the low down on developing good technique to make your bends overflow with energy and character!

Length: 13:46 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Tricky Bends and BeyondLesson 4

Tricky Bends and Beyond

Now that we've zeroed in on what makes a good bend, and how to execute them, we take a look at some not so common bends that will add a level of difficulty!

Length: 11:02 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Even More Weird BendsLesson 5

Even More Weird Bends

Let the bending continue! If you thought the previous lesson had tricky bends, check this one out. Tony explores even more wild things you can do with bending!

Length: 11:54 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Applying the Bending ConceptsLesson 6

Applying the Bending Concepts

We've explored the cool and crazy when it comes to bending and vibrato. Now let's put it to the test in the context of a backing track!

Length: 8:50 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Pentatonics:  How I See ThemLesson 7

Pentatonics: How I See Them

Now let's get into pentatonics and the way that Tony looks at them. He will share his approach to the visualization of the scale that will allow you to see the shapes all across the fretboard!

Length: 11:53 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Make Them MusicalLesson 8

Make Them Musical

When playing any scale, you want to use it in the most musical way possible. This requires moving around the scale in a manner that might be outside your comfort zone. Tony takes the pentatonic scale...

Length: 13:28 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Pentatonic FireworksLesson 9

Pentatonic Fireworks

In this lesson, Tony explains his 'key technique' that will help you add speed and fireworks to your pentatonic scales.

Length: 13:01 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Pentatonic Run ExamplesLesson 10

Pentatonic Run Examples

Now it's time to explore some fast ascending and descending pentatonic licks.

Length: 9:39 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Adding Spicy Notes to Your PentatonicsLesson 11

Adding Spicy Notes to Your Pentatonics

There's no doubt that you can get a lot of mileage out of the pentatonic scale just as it is. But making some simple additions, some 'spicy' notes if you will, can take you into tonalities that lie just...

Length: 11:25 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Time to Apply the Extra NotesLesson 12

Time to Apply the Extra Notes

Let's apply those 'spicy' notes in context with some sample licks that use the II and VI.

Length: 11:31 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
There's More Than Shred - Be Mellow!Lesson 13

There's More Than Shred - Be Mellow!

Of course, using the 'spicy' notes that Tony talked about in the previous lessons works the best when they are used in a tasteful and subtle way. In this lesson, Tony mellows us out a little and shows...

Length: 9:53 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Why is This Wrong if it's So Good!Lesson 14

Why is This Wrong if it's So Good!

In this lesson, Tony explains the how using major and minor thirds in unique ways can add cool tonalities to your playing.

Length: 9:29 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Make Those Thirds ScreamLesson 15

Make Those Thirds Scream

The way the thirds in our scales are approached really identifies the kind of energy and intensity you'll hear in those tonalites. Find some unique ways of approach in this lesson from Tony.

Length: 9:42 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Do it the Other Way!Lesson 16

Do it the Other Way!

Let's approach the application of 'unique thirds' from the opposite angle: minor thirds over major pentatonic tonality.

Length: 10:23 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Let's Put it All Together!Lesson 17

Let's Put it All Together!

Now it's time to unpack all of what we've learned in the last few lessons and put it into a cool, high energy solo!

Length: 20:23 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Let's Do It Modal!Lesson 18

Let's Do It Modal!

The modes can be a source of confusion for many players. In this lesson, Tony explains his approach to the modes, and how he makes sense of them.

Length: 7:29 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Three Notes per String TheoryLesson 19

Three Notes per String Theory

In this lesson, Tony gives his take on three notes per string theory which is the precursor to playing legato.

Length: 4:45 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Techniques to Use with LegatoLesson 20

Techniques to Use with Legato

Now it's time to look at Tony's legato technique. When done correctly, this can be an awesome tool for speed and precision. Tony starts with looking at hand positioning and the proper way to pull off...

Length: 14:14 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Techniques to Use with Legato 2Lesson 21

Techniques to Use with Legato 2

In this lesson, Tony shows us another unique legato technique that uses often - the 3-1-3 technique.

Length: 12:48 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Techniques to Use with Legato 3Lesson 22

Techniques to Use with Legato 3

The 'Z' technique is an arpeggio-like technique that Tony likes to use in his legato playing. Get the lowdown on this impressive variation in legato playing!

Length: 9:44 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Putting Your Legato Techniques TogetherLesson 23

Putting Your Legato Techniques Together

The three legato techniques Tony just showed us don't have to exist by themselves. In this lesson, Tony shows us some effective ways to combine these techniques to add another level of 'wow' to your...

Length: 12:52 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Legato SoloLesson 24

Legato Solo

Time to learn a real world, practical solo that involves a great deal of legato playing. Tony also adds in other techniques including some very cool and unique vibrato that gives the solo a very modern...

Length: 10:07 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Intervalic PlayingLesson 25

Intervalic Playing

It's all in the numbers! Tony's approach to intervallic playing stresses the numbers of the notes in the scale, not note names. Join Tony for this unique approach, where visualization is the key!

Length: 13:52 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Hybrid PickingLesson 26

Hybrid Picking

Tony's hybrid picking was born out of necessity more than anything, as it is with a lot of players. Here, he shows us how to implement the technique, resulting in a very economical picking hand!

Length: 12:26 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Triad PairsLesson 27

Triad Pairs

In this lesson, Tony looks at pairing different triads in the diatonic chord scale to create some very cool chord comping ideas.

Length: 9:47 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
How to Put It All TogetherLesson 28

How to Put It All Together

Now it's time to learn how to craft a solo using all the techniques we've learned in the course. Tony has shown us all these techniques, now he will teach us the proper way to 'think' about putting them...

Length: 6:05 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Add Chromatics Without Sounding JazzyLesson 29

Add Chromatics Without Sounding Jazzy

Chromatics are not just for Jazz players! Tony shows us how to integrate these into rock playing, by thinking of them as space fillers.

Length: 10:01 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
All Ideas SoloLesson 30

All Ideas Solo

To wrap up the course, Tony puts all the techniques we've learned in to one blazing solo!

Length: 9:46 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Tony Martinez

About Tony Martinez View Full Biography Tony was born in Mallorca Spain in 1984. He began playing the piano at age 5 and started guitar at the age of 12. He became serious about his guitar playing at the age of 14.

Tony was born in Mallorca Spain in 1984. He began playing the piano at age 5 and started guitar at the age of 12. He became serious about his guitar playing at the age of 14. His Main influence is rock and blues but enjoys all forms of music that are done with charisma. Tony have been touring with Gloria Gaynor for several years and enjoys being able to play daily and travel the globe with his guitar on his back.

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