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Monte Pittman

Monte Pittman

From Prong, Ministry, Madonna

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 ... (more)

Monte currently offers 40 guitar lessons at JamPlay, with 40 intermediate lessons.

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Theory and Improvisation

Getting the Most out of Your 12 Notes

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 tonalites.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 any guitar player!

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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.

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Enclosures

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.

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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.

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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 and tonality. In this lesson Monte shows us the various positions of harmonic minor.

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Harmonic Minor Chords

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

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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.

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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.

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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 in the course.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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 we've covered - the half whole diminished scale.

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Intervals

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 patterns are the same in various keys.

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Triads

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.

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Harmony

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

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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 in an effective way.

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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.

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ii-V-I Progression

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

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Song Creation

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

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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!

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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.

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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!

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The Power of Three - Dominant

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

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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 he puts all the techniques together!

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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 that will open up some unique tonal possibilities!

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Using the Same Chords to Switch Keys

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

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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! Monte talks about this specific concept in this lesson.

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Two Hand Tapping

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

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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.

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Harmonics

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

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Picking Hand Tips

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

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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.

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Ethereal Chord Sounds

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

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