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Monte Pittman

Hungarian Minor Scale

The hungarian minor scale can be viewed as a modification of the harmonic minor scale. It has a very exotic sound, and is sometimes referred to as the "snake charmer" scale. Join Monte as he reviews the various positions of this unique scale.

Taught by Monte Pittman in Getting the Most out of Your 12 Notes seriesLength: 11:01Difficulty: 2.5 of 5

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Getting the Most out of Your 12 Notes

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Twelve notes, six strings, twenty-two plus frets - a massive amount of combinations! How do all these elements work together? Where do all the puzzle pieces fit? Monte Pittman's wealth of teaching experience is the perfect match for getting us up to speed on just how all of these things work with one another.

Series IntroductionLesson 1

Series Introduction

Twelve notes, plus your fretboard equals a massive amount of combinations! Join Monte Pittman in this series introduction as he tells us what to expect in his course.

Length: 2:01 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Diatonic ScaleLesson 2

Diatonic Scale

We start with the diatonic scale. Monte shows the scale in all it's positions, getting you familiar with it's shapes on the fretboard.

Length: 19:57 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Diatonic ChordsLesson 3

Diatonic Chords

Each of the notes in the diatonic scale has a chord associated with it. In this lesson, Monte shows us those related chords, and explores other notes in the scale that can accompany them, giving us unique...

Length: 17:41 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Combining Diatonic ShapesLesson 4

Combining Diatonic Shapes

There's no rule book that says once we are in a scale position that we have to stay there! Monte explores combining different diatonic shapes in this lesson.

Length: 24:21 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Pentatonic ScaleLesson 5

Pentatonic Scale

Now we take the diatonic scale subtract two of its notes. What do we get? The pentatonic scale. Join Monte as he shows all of the positions of this common, often used scale.

Length: 21:18 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Diagonal Pentatonic ScalesLesson 6

Diagonal Pentatonic Scales

One of the most useful and cool ways to play our pentatonics is diagonally across the fretboard. Monte shows us how to use this technique, moving across all the positions.

Length: 14:21 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
The Blues ScaleLesson 7

The Blues Scale

The blues scale is very similar to the minor pentatonic scale, so much so they can be interchangeable. But there is a very specific and unique tonality that it has that makes it a "must learn" scale for...

Length: 14:28 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Diminished Chords and ScalesLesson 8

Diminished Chords and Scales

The diminished scale will add a unique tonality to any player's sound. In this lesson, Monte shows us this scale and it's related chords.

Length: 8:44 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
EnclosuresLesson 9


Think of enclosures as surrounding your target note with its upper and lower neighbor. Monte gives us some useful exercises to get us familiar with this technique.

Length: 9:25 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
The Grand Scheme So FarLesson 10

The Grand Scheme So Far

In this lesson, Monte uses all of the techniques we've gone over so far, putting them in the context of a track.

Length: 13:18 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Harmonic Minor ScaleLesson 11

Harmonic Minor Scale

So many of the scales we're learning a simply changing one or two notes in our original diatonic scale. Harmonic minor is like that. Even that simple change can result in a completely different mood...

Length: 16:16 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Harmonic Minor ChordsLesson 12

Harmonic Minor Chords

Now it's time to learn the various chords that accompany harmonic minor.

Length: 14:34 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Hungarian Minor ScaleLesson 13

Hungarian Minor Scale

The hungarian minor scale can be viewed as a modification of the harmonic minor scale. It has a very exotic sound, and is sometimes referred to as the "snake charmer" scale. Join Monte as he reviews...

Length: 11:01 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Hungarian Minor ChordsLesson 14

Hungarian Minor Chords

The chords associated with hungarian minor open tonalities that can be a challenge to the ear, but at the same time can create a unique world of sounds and moods. Monte walks us through the various possibilites.

Length: 18:28 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Uncharted TerritoryLesson 15

Uncharted Territory

Now it's time to do your own exploring of the various tonalites we've discovered so far. Monte gives us a track to play over with the goal of incorporating many of the techniques we've learned so far...

Length: 14:26 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Melodic Minor ScaleLesson 16

Melodic Minor Scale

In this lesson, Monte shows us the melodic minor scale and it's positions. This is one more tool in your tonal toolbox!

Length: 23:10 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Melodic Minor ChordsLesson 17

Melodic Minor Chords

The chords for melodic minor are different and unique to say the least. Hopefully this lesson will open your ears to the possibilities of this jazz-like tonality!

Length: 12:51 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
The Whole Tone ScaleLesson 18

The Whole Tone Scale

The whole tone scale is a scale that works well over augmented chords. In this lesson, Monte shows us how to associate this scale with the augmented chord.

Length: 17:36 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
The Half Whole Diminished ScaleLesson 19

The Half Whole Diminished Scale

As certain patterns emerge in certain scale shapes, they often lead us to other types of scales and tonalites. Such is the case with this scale, whose pattern we've seen emerge in some of the recent scales...

Length: 22:52 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
IntervalsLesson 20


Intervals are the distance from one tone to another. Being able to recognize them by ear can take you a long way in your guitar playing. Here, Monte explores different types of intervals and how the...

Length: 27:33 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
TriadsLesson 21


Triads are the three notes that make up our chords. In this lesson, Monte shows us various places these can be found around the neck.

Length: 17:58 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
HarmonyLesson 22


In this lesson, Monte talks about the different types of harmony: static, parallel and counter point.

Length: 25:37 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Chord SubstitutionsLesson 23

Chord Substitutions

Chord substitutions are a great thing to know if you want to take your basic progressions and add a different flavor to them. Here, Monte shows us some common progressions and how to use substitutions...

Length: 16:06 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
I-IV-V ProgressionLesson 24

I-IV-V Progression

Monte takes the basic progression of I-IV-V and shows us some different ways to approach it, resulting in some cool explorations of tonality.

Length: 22:35 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
ii-V-I ProgressionLesson 25

ii-V-I Progression

Now Monte approaches the ii-V-I progression, and looks at the chord substitutions that will work with these chords.

Length: 25:29 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Song CreationLesson 26

Song Creation

Monte now takes some of the progressions we've been working on and dives into creating our own song!

Length: 15:47 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
I-vi-IV-V ProgressionLesson 27

I-vi-IV-V Progression

Let's take a look at the classic I-vi-IV-V chord progression, but in the context of using only certain notes in the chords from certain scales. The results are eye opening!

Length: 28:20 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
The Power of Three - DiminishedLesson 28

The Power of Three - Diminished

Monte talks about the versatility of the diminished chord and scale, and being able to repeat it every three frets on the neck.

Length: 15:56 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
The Power of Three - AugmentedLesson 29

The Power of Three - Augmented

Now it's time for the augmented chord and scale. Knowing where and how to move this around gives us a great tool to use!

Length: 17:06 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
The Power of Three - DominantLesson 30

The Power of Three - Dominant

In this lesson Monte combines the concept of moving diminished and augmented chords with the concept of chord substitutions.

Length: 12:12 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Guiding Our Way Through all 12 NotesLesson 31

Guiding Our Way Through all 12 Notes

Now we're at the point where we've learned to play a chord with all twelve notes. Whether it's movable shapes or chord substitutions, Monte has shown us a comprehensive way to use the twelve notes. Here...

Length: 21:17 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Finding ChordsLesson 32

Finding Chords

When you think about it, there are so many combinations of notes that give us a wealth of chords. In this lesson, Monte shows us how to come up with some creative chords; hopefully some you've never imagined...

Length: 14:18 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Using the Same Chords to Switch KeysLesson 33

Using the Same Chords to Switch Keys

Monte takes a look at using common chords when switching keys.

Length: 16:11 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Creating Your Own ExercisesLesson 34

Creating Your Own Exercises

Practicing the scales and chords in a specific way can help you overcome certain hurdles you may face when trying to learn patterns and shapes. Sometimes the best way to go is to create your own exercises!...

Length: 26:10 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Two Hand TappingLesson 35

Two Hand Tapping

In this lesson, Monte uses his song, "Changing of the Guard" to show us a cool two handed tapping riff.

Length: 23:14 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Two Hand Four Finger TappingLesson 36

Two Hand Four Finger Tapping

Two hand, four finger tapping sounds very difficult, but Monte uses his song, "Before the Mourning Son" to break down the technique.

Length: 14:02 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
HarmonicsLesson 37


In this lesson, Monte shows us a creative use of Harmonics from his song "Obliterated".

Length: 19:55 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Picking Hand TipsLesson 38

Picking Hand Tips

In this lesson, Monte discusses and demonstrates various tips and tricks to help get your picking hand under control.

Length: 10:29 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Diminished and Augmented Chord ShapesLesson 39

Diminished and Augmented Chord Shapes

Now to see diminished and augmented chord shapes in action. Monte uses his beautifully haunting song, "Beguiling" to show us how to implement these chords in a real song setting.

Length: 11:03 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Ethereal Chord SoundsLesson 40

Ethereal Chord Sounds

In the final lesson, Monte shows us how to achieve the haunting, ethereal sound in his song "Beguiling".

Length: 16:24 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Monte Pittman

About Monte Pittman View Full Biography There are great guitarists, great vocalists and great songwriters, but Monte Pittman is one of the elite few who can truly lay claim to all three titles

There are great guitarists, great vocalists and great songwriters, but Monte Pittman is one of the elite few who can truly lay claim to all three titles.

To assert that Pittman has had a storied career is something of an understatement. His resumé includes an ongoing and fruitful collaboration with multi-platinum selling artist Madonna, having recorded and toured with her extensively over a period of more than fifteen years. Then there’s his first band, Myra Mains, his stint in the metallic behemoth that is Prong, and collaborations with a broad spectrum of international artists. If his time with Prong did not fully communicate just how much metal flowed through his veins, with 2014’s Flemming Rasmussen-produced The Power Of Three – his first release with Metal Blade Records – he compellingly blended killer riffs, blistering leads and gigantic hooks to deliver an album that was equal parts anthemic grandeur and in-your-face attitude, making metalheads around the world sit up and take note.

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