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Guitar Gods: Minor Scale, Arpeggio, Chord + Sweep Lesson DIY - Intermediate / Advanced

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4 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Intro - Intermediate Guitar Lesson Class for Minor Scale, Arpeggio, & Sweep

    • 2. How to Play the Natural Minor Scale!

    • 3. Minor Chord & What's an Arpeggio, Why it's Important, & How to Play it!

    • 4. Apply the Minor Arpeggio to a Sweep Pattern!

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In this intermediate guitar class, learn how to play a minor scale, use it accurately, & how to make it sound awesome!

In this lesson I will walk you through learning this killer scale that is the basis for a HUGE percent of every song you've heard. I also give tabs & tips on how to use it for sweeps, solos, chords & writing your own songs!

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Dylan Furr

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1. Intro - Intermediate Guitar Lesson Class for Minor Scale, Arpeggio, & Sweep: So today I'm gonna be going over some basic minor chords. I just don't wanna show you guys one shape that I use a lot. It's very good for using for soloing and writing music as well as doing cool stuff and knowing your way around the fretboard and the neck and you'll learn a bit of theory within as well. So I'm gonna show you the quarter on arpeggio and the scale. Just go ahead and hit that enroll button and I'll go ahead and show you guys how to do that . 2. How to Play the Natural Minor Scale!: So I am in dropsy with a lo G on my seventh string. So if you guys Aaron Standard totally fine, it's not gonna sound identical. But it's not really a big deal because the pattern is the exact same meeting the pattern in the shapes that I show you will apply on a standard guitar as well as a drop tune guitar like this alternate tunings, though it will be a little bit different on. So try to stick with the standard e A D g b e or else the dropsy were dropped de or de standard etcetera. So this is just one of my favorite skills, and that is technically a D minor. Um, um, it's gonna look like a minor on here just because, like I said, I'm in drop tuning. So in order to play this, I'm gonna go ahead and I'm gonna get you some tabs up here. So that way you guys can see the exact fingering for it. So it's in your first finger on the a string. So on the seventh, fret. Um, Then you're gonna do your third finger on the night, fret on the same string, and then your pinky on the 10th thin. You go to the next string and it's the exact same thing. And then we're gonna go to the next string, and it's gonna be one on the seven on, and you do your second on the 90 your fourth on the 11th thing, go to the next string and you do the exact same thing but up one fret, so you'll put your first finger on the eighth string on the the high. Be your second finger on the 10th fret on your fourth on the 12th on the do the same thing on the High Eastern and then just go back down. So that's called natural minor. And like I said, if you played it here in a standard, then that's an e minor. And if you're playing and dropped tuning like drop C or D standard, then that would be a D minor. 3. Minor Chord & What's an Arpeggio, Why it's Important, & How to Play it!: and the cord that is associated with that is going to be this and the way to do that, he's gonna be your first finger on the seventh on the a string on your third on the next string down on the night fret on your fourth pinky is going to be on the night. Fret on the next train down on, and then your second finger is gonna be right between the two on the eighth. Fret on the second highest string on and then you're barring your first finger, which means you just have it like push down across the hole Fretboard s. So that means it would be a seven on the height with your first finger. Just the bottom of it. The way you guys come here, every individual note and the way that cords are made out of scales is through what are called arpeggios. And, you know, for the sake of this lesson, they're made up of the first, the third and the fifth of the scale. So I take the first note of the scale and then third note of the scale and then the fifth note. And when I get that and I combined them together and I play them in different registers and just the most comfortable way that I can. I get that court out of that scale because if you listen so we're gonna go through the scale again, and I'm gonna show you that it's the 1st 3rd and fifth that make this so the first notice e I'm just gonna talking standard tuning because it's easier. So the first note is a e on the A string, also known as your route. And then the second note, we got an f sharp on and then a g for the third note. So there is your third note, right? We have a G, and we haven't e as the one in the three. And then we're gonna go to the four, which is a five, which is a B s. So now we have B G thing. You have to repeat these notes in a comfortable way at the same position you're in, meaning. If I'm on the seventh fret, I'm in, like the seventh position. So I could do anything within reach of the seventh, which is, you know, generally Lake, I don't know. Most people will probably call it like two frets within that, um, if you want you get more advanced, you can do different inversions which make it sound cooler and break it up a little bit differently, which I love doing. You get a lot of cool voicings because on guitar they're not exactly broken up the way they should be. So this is going to be done in this will explain why I like, for instance, the first and the third and then the fifth. I can't play the third note before I play the fifth, unless I do a very odd inversion, which would not be very comfortable unless you do the first inversion, which is just here. But we're going to stick to this. It's just simpler. So, uh, you guys remember our notes, right? We got e g and B. So we have e. I can't play this G because then I'd be blocking my e and the roots more important. So let's have the fifth right here, and then we're gonna have another E because the G's up here and I mean, we could do that, but that's not very comfortable. So let's do it here. So now we got a power cord and then G is right here, which is very conveniently between the two for my second finger. And I'm looking for a B G or an E again. And the most common sense one is just right here where my first finger just touches. If I just pulled back a little bit, that would be your arpeggio on the way that the court has made out of that scale. 4. Apply the Minor Arpeggio to a Sweep Pattern!: So the next thing that I get asked a lot is where do you come up with sweeps and how do you use them? So I'm gonna give you guys a very basic, uh, definition of it. Sweeps are essentially the arpeggio, but they're broken up into a way that you don't have to skip over the notes that are not in the scale or in the court. So you can do the correct voicings without having to worry about, you know, played in order because you can, because their sweat over there passing notes basically the way they're not passing notes in the sense of a scale. But they're passing notes as you pass over them quickly. So what that means is, remember the arpeggio right? It's gonna be I'll show you the arpeggio and then I'll show you that we sweep it. So for this one, it's gonna be the first on the seventh on your third. So the third and then the fifth, remember 1st 3rd 5th So then you do your pinky on the 10th on the same string on the and that's a G note. Then you do your third finger on the B on the D string and and then you're gonna bar it to the ninth again for the E on the G string. Then you're gonna do a G on the B string with your second finger and and then your first down here on the seventh on the first ring. So what we just did is this those air all the notes combined. So the the idea behind a sweep is getting through them quickly, making them sound smooth and making them, you know, ring into each other just enough that it sounds like a bliss or it sounds very like fluid. You don't want it to be very jagged, so you don't want it to be like this. You don't want that because that's very staccato and broken up. Unless you're going for that sound and you don't want this, you let things ring out because then it just sounds nasty. And no one can really understand what you're trying to play. So the key goal here is to use this sweep with the finger, and I told you, because that's definitely the easiest one. And you can go up to the high if you want. Wait, they don't give you a good exercise on getting that stretch and keep your hands limber and stuff. This is a great example to use because it uses two main things that are very big in sweeping and just in plain and dexterity in general. And what those are is using all your fingers individually so you know how to activate them independently. So how I started my first, I go to my fourth finger, my third, and then I go to my second finger. The other great thing about this suite is that it teaches you how to do what it's called rolling notes, and so you basically are rolling your third finger. I'm sure you noticed your on the When you're on the nights for nights, fret on the D string you have. Those two notes on there is, like that right below each other. So what you do is roll your finger. It's kind of a strange concept, but essentially you want your fingers curled all the time, but for this is even more exaggerated. So you curlett for the ninth fret on the D and then for the ninth fret on the G. You kind of flatten it out like that. It's just that little motion on and then that makes my d, uh s So they don't ring into each other like this, You just curl on. Same thing for when you go down, you just have flat and then you go down Very simple. Um, it does take work to build it up, but it's one of those things that if you take time to do it, it will pay off because you're gonna use that skill in a lot of different sweeps in a lot of different shapes, even in different chords. I mean, you know, just a major court you have to bar. And even in the minor chord that we were just talking about, you have to borrow your first finger. So it's only you do want to get used to. You don't necessarily build a callous like across your entire finger or anything like that , unless you're doing heavy acoustic stuff all the time and bar chords and whatnot. Um, but if you're trying to do just shredding stuff like this, then knowing how to do the sweep properly with good technique is much more important than being fast right off the bat. If you practice is slow a lot of times in a row, you'll be able to do it fast. No problem, like you'll basically wake up and you'll just be able to do it fast, even if the day before you weren't doing it. Well, it's very strange how that works, but it's also very true, and I'm sure you can ask anyone and they'll tell you that the same thing happened for them . It just just kind of clicks, I guess. I don't know. It's odd, but it's very cool. So whatever you're playing this court now, the e minor that we're going over whenever you're playing that you can use this scale and that scale, whenever you're doing solos, you could pick those notes, any of the notes anywhere you want. And even if you know the note names, you can choose them on other spots on the neck, which is something I will be going over in future lessons guaranteed. So just make sure to enroll uh, which you currently have. So just keep checking out the classes. Um, uh, but you can also use these notes to write in the key of e minor if you like, um, it's just using the notes, and then you could make rips out of them. So, for instance, I mean, I'll just make something up right there, if that's gonna be your riff or something. I mean, those are all in the key of a minor. So if you wanna have another guitar underneath that just doing, like the e minor, something like that, you could do that. And then you know you have to have. So that's all you need to write a song in e minor as well as do some sweet sweeps. And of course, these are interchangeable chords and scales and sweeps, so you can move them wherever you like, as long as you know where the route is in the root is that first note. So if I move it down to its gonna be D minor switching between them, you'll get more fluid. And you'll start to understand the shape a little bit better as well as get a feel for different size reaches because playing it down here is gonna feel way different than playing it up here. And you need to get used to both of those things. So just take your time doing it and have fun with it, of course. And if you get tired of runnin it, just stop for a while and goof around and do something else and try and use it in another way. One thing that I did that got me to be at the level I'm at for improv and just coming up with stuff on the spot is I would do that because I hate speed drills. I mean, I'll be straight up. I didn't do them, like, ever. Um, so I just really got into the fact that making stuff up on the spot was just, like, so much more real than rehearsing it to me. So if you're just bored, you know, just pick out these notes and then try and mix them up in a weird order. If you get dead notes, who cares? You know, right now, it's about learning the scale, getting this shape buried in your head, understanding the cord, how it's made up and then knowing how to do those sweeps so you can pull them out of your back pocket any time you want to blow someone away. So I mean, I hope that helps. And if not, then let me know what I need to do differently or tell you guys differently. Just go in and post it down below in the discussions and feel free to send me a video of you guys using it or trying it out. And if you have any questions specifically, just let me know. Message me or like I said, post in the discussion. So thanks for watching guys and I'll talk to you soon.