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Basic Ear Training (Guitar Lesson)


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Nick Kellie

Basic Ear Training

In this lesson, Nick provides a primer course on ear training. By matching intervals with popular songs, you can help develop an ear for basic intervallic distances.

Taught by Nick Kellie in Tips and Tricks with Nick Kellie seriesLength: 12:44Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


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akakieakakie replied on June 22nd, 2015

useful, but it would help me if you could turn off the distortion on your instrument.

zeppelin007zeppelin007 replied on October 16th, 2012

Nice one understood,Will also try matt browns thank you Nick.

dranak992dranak992 replied on May 17th, 2012

Ahaha never mind he just said that...

dranak992dranak992 replied on May 17th, 2012

There are actually these exact lessons on Matt Browns music theory course. He plays the chords to quiz you and you write them down. Really awesome lesson!

telboytelboy replied on May 17th, 2012

That was interesting Nick. Occasionally I'll get enthused by a song and try to play it by ear, but then get nonplussed as to where the next note is....but this has given me an extra dimension to explore which will help. But nice to know you had to work at it...really work at it, ....to get there. Cheers

denverperkinsdenverperkins replied on May 17th, 2012

Nick, another great lesson. You have a great teaching style. I love the JamPlay instructor's honesty: "this isn't easy, you have to work at it." (After so many "Learn Guitar in Twenty Minutes" rip-offs, it's really nice to know that I'm not a dufus who takes twenty-one minutes to learn how play like Steve Vai :) The flat 7th song is Hernando's Hideaway from the 1954 Broadway musical "Pajama Game", composed by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. I live in Buenos Aires and have heard a lot Tango. One of my Argentine friends said the melody is based on an old Argentine Tango, but Wikipedia doesn't back this up. I'll ask some real experts and see if it really is American in origin or not. Thanks again for the super lesson.

dennis.hodgesdennis.hodges replied on June 6th, 2012

The b7 melody is "La Cumparsita," composed in 1916 in Uruguay.

Nick.KellieNick.Kellie replied on June 9th, 2012

thats it! thanks dennis!

Tips and Tricks with Nick Kellie

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Nick Kellie demonstrates cool ways to enhance your playing.



Lesson 1

Harp Harmonics

Nick Kellie demonstrates how to incorporate harp harmonics into your playing.

Length: 7:37 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 2

Economy Picking

Nick Kellie demonstrates how the economy picking technique is performed.

Length: 17:24 Difficulty: 2.5 FREE
Lesson 3

More Economy Picking

Nick Kellie demonstrates and talks more about economy picking.

Length: 5:57 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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Double Stop Bends

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Adding Embellishments to Chord Progressions

In this short lesson, Nick discusses adding flair to your rhythm playing by embellishing your chord progressions.

Length: 10:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
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String Skipping Exercise

Nick returns to his Tips and Tricks series with an exercise designed to help you with string skipping. Incorporating this picking technique into your playing well help open up your arpeggios and scale...

Length: 11:02 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 7

Basic Ear Training

In this lesson, Nick provides a primer course on ear training. By matching intervals with popular songs, you can help develop an ear for basic intervallic distances.

Length: 12:44 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only

About Nick Kellie View Full Biography Nick was awarded the BBC Big Band Jazz awards "John Dankworth trophy for outstanding young soloist" and recorded a special show for BBC radio 2. He was invited to become a member of the Wigan Jazz Orchestra, and has played as part of the Wigan International Jazz Festival. He has played extensive gigs which include accompaniment, reading, soloing as well as styles ranging from Soul, R&B, Blues, Rock and Jazz in locations such as London, Norway, Germany and Greece.

Nick, with his professional approach towards music, brings enthusiasm and musicality to every project he is involved with. As well as being a guitarist Nick is also a fine vocalist and can sing lead vocals as well as backing vocals.

In London Nick has been involved with many projects such as Fresh Claim, which features Nick on guitar, and Jon Plotel on Bass (Billy Ocean, The Real Thing) and Vanessa Haynes band featuring members of Jeff Beck group, Eric Clapton’s Band and Allan Holdsworth’s Band. For a time Nick resided in Nashville TN where he played with many local musicians. In addition he also played in a Jazz Fusion band named "Shammah", with whom he has recorded an album.

Most recently Nick was signed to Digital Nations www.digital-nations.com - part of Steve Vai's record label and has recorded an album entitled "For A Brother" with his band "Nick Kellie Band". Upon hearing the album, Steve contacted Nick with regard to a release on his own label. It has been released in the USA, Europe and Asia. As well as this, Nick is also an endorsee of Elixir guitar strings, which are world-renowned.

Nick Also contributed to around 21 issues of Europe's biggest selling guitar magazine - "Total Guitar" in his series of articles, "Techniques of the rich and famous" and "Steal their style".

Having taught at Europe's top two guitar schools, Nick was also appointed as head of the guitar department at Guitar Getaways.

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