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Synthetic Pentatonics (Guitar Lesson)


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Joe Chawki

Synthetic Pentatonics

Also known as "altered pentatonics", learn how to use this concept to create a more interesting sound. Note: Joe plays a left handed guitar and strings upside down, so the low E is on the bottom and the high E is on top.

Taught by Joe Chawki in Technique & Concepts seriesLength: 14:30Difficulty: 4.0 of 5


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Technique & Concepts

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The fans spoke, and they said, "Joe Chawki" - here he is, ladies and gentlemen. In this series Joe breaks down some of the techniques and concepts that he draws from in his own improvisation. He blends numerous styles and influences to create a mesmerizing sound that is as musically beautiful as it is technically challenging.



Lesson 1

Series Introduction

Joe kicks off his series and gives a little preview of what's to come.

Length: 1:39 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 2

Modal Musings

The concept of modes is absolutely vital to your ability to improvise at an advanced level. Join Joe as he takes a look the modes of the major scale.

Length: 5:28 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 3

Bursting & Sprinting #1: Economy Picking

Joe walks through an economy picked sequence using a grouping of 5.

Length: 3:47 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 4

Bursting & Sprinting #2: Sweep Picking

Learn a few licks that will help hone your sweep picking skills.

Length: 3:49 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 5

Bursting & Sprinting #3: String Skipping

Joe takes the common Pentatonic scale and creates a less common sound by string skipping.

Length: 3:32 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 6

Bursting & Sprinting #4: Economy Picking

Joe goes further expands on the Pentatonic scale, but goes back to utilizing economy picking for fast musical bursts.

Length: 5:51 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 7

Bursting & Sprinting #5: Sequenced Grouping

Join Joe as he demonstrates a sequence made up of groupings of 5 and 8.

Length: 2:31 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

Bursting & Sprinting #6: Economy Picking

Joe expands on economy picking with a new 1 note, 2 note per string pattern to help break you out of the 3 note per string box.

Length: 4:32 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

Bursting & Sprinting #7: Tapping Extensions

While not something Joe typically relies on, tapping can be a useful tool in extending scales and arpeggios.

Length: 4:25 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

Boot Soup Blues

In this beast of a lesson, and I mean that in a good way, Joe improvises a solo using chromatic, diminished, mixolydian, and dominant ideas over a common blues jam and then takes a look at each lick.

Length: 19:55 Difficulty: 4.5 Members Only
Lesson 11

Atonal Hacks

Step outside the box with Joe and learn how to grab outside or dissonant sounds.

Length: 15:56 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 12

Synthetic Pentatonics

Also known as "altered pentatonics", learn how to use this concept to create a more interesting sound.

Length: 14:30 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 13

Is it Major? Is it Minor?

It's both! Join Joe for this crash course in the melodic minor scale.

Length: 6:36 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 14

Intro to Yogi's, Gypsies, and Flying Carpets

Joe attempts to condense down the wide world of Eastern music into a short lesson. As well as discussing the topic, Joe performs a hypnotic improvised example over a drone as well as performing an improvisation...

Length: 10:34 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 15

Say It Like You Mean It

In this lesson, Joe explains and demonstrates his approach to dynamics and phrasing.

Length: 4:21 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only

About Joe Chawki View Full Biography Chosen by popular vote to become the next JamPlay instructor, Joe Chawki jumped into the opportunity with both feet. Join him as he takes his unique, mesmerizing playing style and breaks it down so you can learn how to apply it to your own playing.

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