This lesson features two simple but heavy riffs based on the interval of a minor second. Because these riffs are so simple you can focus on your sound, making sure that your pick attack and muting are precise. The notes E and F can be viewed as the root and flat second in the key of E minor. The b2 has a dark sound and is very suitable for metal riffing. On a personal note, the discovery of the b2 was a breakthrough for me as I had a background in classical music and this note was somehow “off limits”. By training your ears to recognize intervals you’ll be able to recognize them when you hear them in riffs and apply these sounds to your own playing.

Backing tracks, PDF of tab and Guitar Pro files are included in the free lesson.

Melodic Principles for Rock Guitar by Sarah Spisak

Volume I — Intervals: Learn all the intervals in an octave while building understanding of fretboard. Play riffs and licks based on these intervals; practice and jam with backing tracks of drums and bass.

Volume II — Scale Degrees: Learn every degree of the chromatic scale, thereby enabling you to create any scale or mode from a given formula. Develop your listening skills so that you can enjoy and understand music on a higher level.

Volume III — Scales and Modes: Construct and understand how to apply scales ranging from simple to exotic. Learn the modes in a simple and useful way not commonly taught. Play and learn to write solos from simple blues to ear-twisting metal.

Do any of these fit you?

  • I have learned a lot of licks, riffs, and songs, but feel stuck with my progress.
  • I don’t understand how what I’m playing works or why.
  • I have trouble making up my own licks and riffs.
  • I want to spice up my tired pentatonic licks. Everything I play sounds like the blues.
  • I get stuck playing in box patterns and can’t move up and down the neck vertically.
  • I have trouble learning songs by ear.
  • My teachers only show me how to play songs. I don’t feel like I’m making any progress.
  • I feel that I have gaps in my knowledge of music and guitar.

Consider this:

Almost every student learns chords and at least one scale before knowing anything about their construction. This may be the quickest way to get started with playing guitar, but by skipping the REAL basics (scale degrees and intervals), the student is being set up for future frustration.

If you memorize a speech in Japanese, can you speak Japanese? No- you need to learn some basic vocabulary and grammar. If you learn to play songs but don’t know any musical grammar or vocabulary, how will you speak music?

Do you know…?

The difference between a natural six and a flat six?
Between a major and minor seventh?
The interval between 5 and b7?
How to blend b3 and natural three in a melodic line?
How to add scary notes to a riff?
How to move a set of notes through every octave?
How to identify and analyze the notes favored by the artists and styles that you want to study?

This is a perfect compliment to all the other lessons that you already own or have yet to obtain and is suitable for all skill levels, from beginner to advanced. DO NOT skip volumes!

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