Melodic Principles for Rock Guitar

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Music theory is a powerful tool for mastering your instrument, but learning it can seem difficult, boring and frustrating. This course is a fun and simple approach to learning scales, modes and intervals and applying them to rock, blues and metal.  Full description and preview video available here.


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4 reviews for Melodic Principles for Rock Guitar

  1. Tony Reynolds

    What you get: All three courses: Intervals, Scale Degrees, Scales and Modes. See my individual reviews for detailed reviews of each course.

    Why you should get it: This package is designed to get the three lessons to you at once, because they really go well together. By the time I got through with the three-course package, I was really comfortable with music terms and the sounds of all three concepts. I could play the intervals as Sarah announced them, instead of staring at the screen and hoping I would one day understand these words or have enough ear training that I could possibly name the interval being played. Same went for scale degrees. When I started, I had an idea of the “4th of E” but little did I know it’s the “IV of E Major” and now when I hear E, I count the scale degrees and I hear the tension. Did I mention tension? I had a tough time working out what tension means when I started. The included Consonance and Dissonance video in Scale Degrees gives you a way to listen to tension and hear it “up close and personal.” Relax and listen, and tension becomes yours. The last course on Scales and Modes helps you see the relationships between these ideas and gives you a tour of all the modes and many different scales. As Sarah says, “Our goal is to train our ears and hands to make the sounds that we want to hear. You’ll make your best music when you’re doing more feeling, and less thinking.” Did I mention I learned all the note names on every string by the time I finished?

    Every course comes with the video, the guitar tab in PDF format, the Guitar Pro files (and Metal Method students get a Guitar Pro discount!), MP3s of the backing tracks, and tab of some songs. I mentioned the Consonance and Dissonance video, and there is also a Library of Melodic Bends. The Library has 25 licks that explore the scale degrees and give you a great way to add to your lick library (see Classic Licks, too!)

  2. Shawn Cox

    I went through Melodic Rock one with relatively no issues. It was fairly basic, but still had some serious lightbulbs going off. Disk 2 was absolutely mind-blowing. My fret-board makes so much more sense now! I’ll definitely be reviewing this disc a few times. It took me the better part of the weekend to go through disks one and two, and I’m impressed with how much my speed and accuracy have improved in such little time.

    Disk 3 is a GOLD MINE! I now know that everything I was doing before this was a waste of effort and time. I wish I had picked this up YEARS AGO.

    Thank you, Sarah! The guitar was very frustrating to learn… until now. You really unlocked the mystery surrounding this instrument!

  3. dlentz69

    I love your lessons. I’ve played guitar for many years and found myself in a rut. Your lessons have helped not only open the creativity again, but I learned a lot too. Thanks Sarah!!

  4. Sarah Spisak

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