London Guitar Academy Great Eric Clapton is with out doubt a true guitar great.Big tone,beautiful blues licks with great fiery technique.A a musical purist and true virtuoso guitar genius. Eric Patrick Clapton CBE (born 30 March 1945) is an English guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist, and separately as a member of The Yardbirds and Cream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. Clapton ranked second in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and fourth in Gibson’s Top 50 Guitarists of All Time.
In the mid-1960s, Clapton departed from the Yardbirds to play blues with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. In his one-year stay with Mayall, Clapton gained the nickname “Slowhand”. Immediately after leaving Mayall, Clapton formed Cream, a power trio with drummer Ginger Baker and bassist Jack Bruce in which Clapton played sustained blues improvisations and “arty, blues-based psychedelic pop.” For most of the 1970s, Clapton’s output bore the influence of the mellow style of J.J. Cale and the reggae of Bob Marley. His version of Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff” helped reggae reach a mass market. Two of his most popular recordings were “Layla“, recorded by Derek and the Dominos, another band he formed, and Robert Johnson’s “Crossroads”, recorded by Cream. Following the death of his son Conor in 1991, Clapton’s grief was expressed in the song “Tears in Heaven”, which featured in his Unplugged album.
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Some of Guitarists We Love @ Guitar Lessons London
1 Jimi Hendrix
2 Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band
3 B.B. King
4 Eric Clapton
5 Robert Johnson
6 Chuck Berry
7 Stevie Ray Vaughan
8 Ry Cooder
9 Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin
10 Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones
11Kirk Hammett of Metallica
12 Kurt Cobain of Nirvana
13 Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead
14 Jeff Beck
15 Carlos Santana
16 Johnny Ramone of the Ramones
17 Jack White of the White Stripes
18 John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers
19 Richard Thompson
20 James Burton
21 George Harrison
22 Mike Bloomfield
23 Warren Haynes
24 The Edge of U2
25 Freddy King
26 Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave
27 Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits
28 Stephen Stills
29 Ron Asheton of the Stooges
30 Buddy Guy
Think of all the great songs you know and all the wonderful guitar players you have heard.The reason they resonate so much with you is because they write magical chord progressons or riff & licks you connect with.These songs become the soundtrack to your life.The emotional impact they have of on you is specific and can focus and effect your mood instantly.The following thoughts are to do with the mathematical element conected to music and how chords are made or constructed.Chords are the vertical arrangement of notes from a scale. The study of chords is called Harmony. Harmony is concerned with how one or more notes interact, and how they follow each other.
Many people define chords as several notes played simultaneously. It must be pointed out that it is possible to play music of a chordal nature on the flute, trumpet, or a lone human voice, all three being monophonic instruments. Since obviously monophonic instruments cannot play a stacked chord where the notes are sounded simultaneously; the chords are implied. A simpler way of viewing this is that when chord tones are played as an arpeggio on a monophonic instrument the human ear interprets that there is a harmonic structure. We therefore define a chord as the basic element of harmony. To start with we will look at examples of the most basic chord, the triad.
The triad is a class of chords, specifically three-note chords formed by this formula: 1-3-5 or root, third, fifth. In this example they are constructed of two consecutive thirds.
There are four kinds:
If we juxtapose these three notes (the root, major third and perfect fifth) they can be structured or ‘voiced’, C-E-G, E-G-C or G-C-E. No matter what order the three notes (called voices) are in they still create a C major chord. It does not matter if the voices are the singers in a choir or the instruments of an orchestra, if the notes are all either C, E, or G we simply have a gigantic sounding C chord.The two consecutive intervals produced by these voicings would be:
If the root (C) is on the bottom this voicing is called root position. If the third (E) is on the bottom it is called first inversion. If the fifth (G) is on the bottom this voicing of the triad is called second inversion.
Since there are only three possible voicings of a triad it is relatively easy to hear them in that they are a common feature of the past two centuries of traditional harmonic structures in Western music. The use of the exponentially more complex voicings arising from 4-voice, 5-voice and larger chords is more challenging. Some 4-voice chords are used in traditional, ‘classical’ and church music but others such as the diminished seventh were strictly forbidden in early sacred music as they contained the tritone interval; the mathematical halfway point in the octave which allegedly sounded Satanic. Other 4-voice chords were not used in symphonic and ‘classical’ music until the French Impressionist era and in modern jazz. All triads and 4-voice chords are built within the octave, or eight-note scale which encompasses the do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti-do of the major scale, for instance, or the scale steps 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8; eight being the octave where the pattern starts over again.
All triadic and therefore, common, chords can be constructed the same way : using the 1 3 5 formula. Take the C scale, for instance :
This works for any scale, and whether the chord formed is minor or major depends on the scale: the I, IV, V chords are major, and the rest are minor, with the seventh being diminished.
Some Four-Voice Chords
All chords are made up of interlocking or overlapping intervals. An interval may be defined as the distance between two notes. The names of the chords are derived from the intervals that they are built from. In order of smallest to largest the ascending intervals (and distance in semitones) within the octave from a middle C would be as follows:
The dreaded tritone, six semitones up from the root (and six down from the octave), is harmonically bewildering, being neither fish nor fowl, exactly halfway from nowhere; one interval with two names (enharmonic in 12-tone equal temperament), the augmented 4th and the diminished 5th. Likewise, the enharmonic augmented 5th and minor 6th are eight semitones up from the root.
By observing that 2nds, 3rds, 6ths and 7ths are always either major or minor and 4ths and 5ths are always perfect, augmented (raised) or diminished (lowered) it becomes evident that major chords have a major 3rd, minor chords have a minor third, et cetera. By altering or manipulating these intervals by raising or lowering the third, fifth, seventh, and so on, all of the possible chords can be produced.
The easiest way to apply a triad, or indeed any chord, is to pick one on a polyphonic instrument (such as a piano) and play its three notes simultaneously. This is often how chords occur in actual music: an instrument plays all the notes in the chord at the same time. However, there are other possibilities. The simplest is to arpeggiate the chord, that is, to play its notes one at a time in any order, especially in a ascending or descending order. Often a melody can be written around the chord, using notes in the chord as well as a few other nearby notes in the chord’s scale. When this is done while there is no accompaniment actually playing a chord, the chord is implied.
I never met a musician who regretted being one… -Virgil Thomson
Triads are often extended with some form of the seventh to form a seventh chord. When a chord is referred to as simply a seventh chord, usually the dominant seventh is meant, which is a major triad with a minor seventh, for instance, C-E-G-B♭. It is called the dominant seventh because the V chord, or “dominant chord” in the Latin naming system, is the only major chord in the major scale that can naturally contain a minor seventh. Because all sevenths are dissonant intervals, any seventh chord is dissonant, in other words, a seventh chord is more tense than a major or minor chord. However, a few styles of music, such as jazz, make heavy use of seventh chords and may treat them as rather consonant.
Some chords are defined by the relation to the key rather than by any inherent characteristics. The Neapolitan chord, for example, is an ordinary major chord, but its root is the lowered supertonic of the corresponding key, so the Neapolitan of C major is a D♭ major chord. Additionally, the Neapolitan is usually found in first inversion. A borrowed chord is one from the parallel major or minor key. In C major, the parallel key is C minor and borrowed chords include E♭ major, B♭ major, and F minor.
|major||(none)||1 3 5||C||C E G|
|minor||m||1 b3 5||Cm||C Eb G|
|dominant 7th||7||1 3 5 b7||C7||C E G Bb|
|diminished 7th||dim or o||1 b3 b5 6||Cdim||C Eb Gb A|
|minor 7th||m7||1 b3 5 b7||Cm7||C Eb G Bb|
|augmented 5th||aug or +||1 3 #5||C+||C E G#|
|major 7th||Maj7||1 3 5 7||CMaj7||C E G B|
|major 6th||6||1 3 5 6||C6||C E G A|
|dominant 9th||9||(1) 3 5 b7 9||C9||(C) E G Bb D|
|minor 6th||m6||1 b3 5 6||Cm6||C Eb G A|
|suspended||sus||1 4 5||Csus||C F G|
|7th suspended||7sus||1 4 5 b7||C7sus||C F G Bb|
|dominant 7th w/ aug. 5th||7+5||1 3 #5 b7||C7+5||C E Ab Bb|
|dominant 7th w/ flat’d 5th||7-5||1 3 b5 b7||C7-5||C E Gb Bb|
|minor 7th w/ flatted 5th||m7-5||1 b3 b5 b7||Cm7-5||C Eb Gb Bb|
|major 9th||Maj9||(1) 3 5 7 9||CMaj9||(C) E G B D|
Guitar Virtuoso John Anthony Frusciante ( born March 5, 1970) is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, record and film producer. He is best known as the longtime guitarist of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, with whom he had been for a number of years and recorded five studio albums from 1988 until 1992 and again from 1998 until 2009. John is one London Guitar Academy’s Guitar Greats.Frusciante also has an active solo career, having released eleven albums under his own name, two with Josh Klinghoffer and Joe Lally as Ataxia, and was a studio member of The Mars Volta, as performing guitarist and occasional live member from 2002-2008. His solo recordings include elements ranging from experimental rock and ambient music to New Wave and electronica.London Guitar Academy Loves John’s all round musicianship as well as his delicacy & subtlety .Beautiful melodies played on the daddy of rock guitars a vintage Fender Stratocaster.Check out Snow for his immaculate arpeggios and killer guitar hooks….A true artists on modern rock god!! Stand up John…preferable with your georgous beat up Strat or a Gretsch White Falcon!!
|Snow (Hey Oh)||2006||Stadium Arcadium|
|Can’t Stop||2002||By the Way|
|Under the Bridge||1991||Blood Sugar Sex Magik|
|The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie||2011||I’m with You|
|Dani California||2006||Stadium Arcadium|
|By the Way||2002||By the Way|
|Higher Ground||1989||Mother’s Milk|
|Give It Away||1991||Blood Sugar Sex Magik|
|Around the World||1999||Californication|
|The Zephyr Song||2002||By the Way|
|Tell Me Baby||2006||Stadium Arcadium|
|Soul to Squeeze||1993||Coneheads|
The performance was recorded by NME as part of the Song Stories series and shows Marr talking about how he came to own the guitar he eventually wrote The Smiths’ most memorable songs on. “I got this guitar on January 2, 1984 because a few weeks earlier when The Smiths were going to sign to Sire Records, Seymour Stein took us out to dinner to wine and dine us. He was telling me about when he took Brian Jones to New York to get a guitar so I saw my opportunity. I said to him, ‘If you take me to get a guitar in New York we’ll sign to your record label.’ In a moment of weakness he said, ‘Sure’ and true to his word, although I had to wait around all day, he took me over to 48th street in New York and I got the guitar.”
Read more at http://www.nme.com/news/the-smiths/68704#qGK9x28GVAvejkz0.99
“I’ve not played this song in 25 years,” Marr says shortly before playing the chords which comprise the song. “So, if I screw it up… you try playing it after 25 years.”
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“Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” is a single by The Smiths that reached #10 on the UK Singles Chart in June 1984 before its inclusion on the compilation album, Hatful of Hollow. It is listed as one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
The CAGED guitar system is a way to visualise and link the 5 ‘positional’ scale patterns (one for each chord shape) to span the fretboard. The idea is based on the relationship between common major chord and major scale shapes.There’s literally thousands of different kinds of chords and chord shapes that can be played on the guitar, but did you know that most can be traced back to just 5 common open forms? The 5 forms are C, A, G, E, and D. Each one of these chords can be turned into a barre chord and moved around the fretboard. Each barre chord can be played as an arpeggio pattern which inlcudes even more notes. These arpeggio patterns can then be broken up into all sorts of unique shapes and interesting voicings.It’s also easier to find where a chord should be played on the neck of the guitar for any given key. By using the CAGED method to relate five common major scale shapes to five common chord shapes we should, in theory, have an easier time locating those scale positions.
The “CAGED” system is inherent to how the guitar works – in standard tuning of course – whether we recognise it or not!.
Using the CAGED system is just an other way of seeing the fretboard, and the connections between the basic scale/chord formsIf you can easily find the notes on the fifth and sixth strings of the guitar then all it takes is a bit of practice with the CAGED system and you will be able to find any major chord tone very easily anywhere on the neck.
The Caged Guitar System is one of the most important tools available to a guitarist.
The first is the order of the chords always remains in the same sequence C A G E D starting from the C or if you were starting from the G then the order would be G E D C A because after the D chord it starts over again from the C. This makes more sense when you can see it in diagram form as shown below.
Each London guitar lesson is designed to fit the needs of the student that will help refine their technical and musical skills for a rewarding experience. In addition to weekly private lessonsthere are masterclasses and recitals each quarter, along with festivals and competitions, if approved by the teacher, that students can participate in for additional performance opportunities.
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Music theory lessons are available at our BEAUTIFUL London studio, or online via Skype OR FACETIME.
London Guitar Lessons are delighted you’ve shown interest in guitar theory lessons because that suggests you understand how important this knowledge is, not only to your guitar playing but your actual understanding of music.
In these lessons you’ll learn how music works on guitar, and how you can use this knowledge to create your own music with an open mind. Most guitarists don’t want to bother with this stuff, and I can only say they don’t know what they’re missing out on. I’m sure your results will prove most rewarding!
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Music Topics WE cover in Guitar LESSONS LONDON music theory lessons & Terms To Remember
- -one musical tone is a *NOTE
-two notes played harmonically; or the distance between two notes played melodically is a *INTERVAL
-Three or more notes played harmonically is called a *CHORD
-a *TRIAD: is a chord of 3 notes consisting of a Root, 3rd, and 5th interval above it
-*HALF STEP: the movement of a note or chord ascending or descending in Pitch to the next Semitone or (fret)
-*WHOLE STEP: the movement of a note or chord ascending or descending in pitch 2 Semitones or (2 frets)
-an *ACCIDENTAL is a note from outside of the key center that has been sharped or flattened.
-(#) *SHARP: Raises the pitch of note or chord one semitone in pitch
-(b) *FLAT: Lowers the note or chord one semitone in pitchso we will start by simply asking our selves a series of questions.Q. What are the three basic components of music?
A. Melody, Harmony & Rhythm
Q. What is the difference between noise and musical tone?
A. Noise has irregular vibrations; Musical tone has regular vibrations
Q. What system of tuning does western harmony use?
A. Equal Temperament.
-Principal: Divide the octave into 12 equal semitones (Half Steps) usually a Logarithmic measurement is used where the octave = 1,200cents and each semitone = 100cents.
-No interval other than the octave is acoustically pure or correct.
-The deviation of the 5ths (2cents) is too small to be perceived
-The deviation of the 3rd from 400 to 386 (14cents larger) is considerably greater.
-The modern ear has become completely accustomed to this error & the advantages of this outweigh the disadvantages
Q. What note is used for the industry standard tuning?
A. A=440hertz: unit of frequency equal to one cycle per second.
1st fret A=440 hz 12th fret A=880 hz
Q. Name the notes of the musical alphabet.
A. A B C D E F G
Q. How do we get the musical alphabet to become 12 equal semitones?
A. The chromatic musical alphabet uses the accidentals to divide the octave into 12 semitones.
-Enharmonics: are two notes or chords that sound the same but have different names.
Q. if F# and Gb are enharmonics, when do we call the note F# or Gb?
A. the key signature determines how you refer to a note.
Q. What is a key signature?
A. The sharps or flats at the beginning of a staff indicates the key of a composition.
-A given key signature indicates 1 of 2 things: A Major Key, or it’s reflective minor key.
Q. How many key signatures are there?
A. To your EAR there are only 12. corresponding to the 12 semitones of the octave.
-because of enharmonics there are actually 15.
Q. why have the ability to perform a composition is all 12 keys?
A. 3 reasons: Vocal Range, Timbre & Orchestration (Detailed knowledge of the playing mechanism of each instrument, it’s range, tone quality, loudness and limitation)
Q. what is the staff?
A. A series of 5 horizontal lines on & between which musical notes are written indicating there pitch & duration.
Q. What is a clef sign?
A. A sign at the beginning of the staff in order to indicate the pitch of the notes.
-There are 3 such signs which respectively represent the tunes G, C & F.
*The G Clef: is used for guitar, upper staff of piano, and all high instruments (Violin, Flute, etc.)
*The F Clef: is used for bass guitar, the lower staff of piano, & for all low instruments (Cello, Bass, etc.)
*The C Clef:
– The alto clef is used for viola & instruments of similar range
– The tenor clef is used for high range of the cello, bassoon, trombone, etc.
Q. How are key signatures derived?
A. by following the Major Scale Formula.
* W=Whole Step, H=Half Step
* whatever note or notes altered by using accidentals on order to make the scale conform to the major scale formula becomes the key signature noted on the staff.
Q. How are they organized?
A. The circle of 5th (the singular arrangement of 12 keys in an interval of ascending 5ths)
it presents the keys in their natural orders
*clockwise: adds one sharp to the signature
*counter clockwise: adds one flat to the signature
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