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Introduction to the blues
Exercise blues 1 (rhythmic)
Exercice blues 2 (lead + rythmic)
Exercice 3: Blues: lead only

Fingering charts of extracts of my album
Guerrier de l'espoir
Vieux bazou

Chronicle on the scales
The scale
Pentatonic and blues scale
Major and minor scale

Technical avises
Muff your string
Picks harmonics
The Use of these pick-up

The purchase of an electric guitar
The Instruments

Videos youtube

Peanut butter man


Chronicle on the scale

The scales are made of a succession of notes. They form the basis for the music as well as are the alphabetical letters for the written.

It is thus important to know the way of building the scales, their positions and their use. This permet to understand the implied rules of the music. Moreover, that makes it possible to acquire more facility to improvise and analyze the parts of other guitarists. I propose to you, with this series of chronicles devoted to the scales, to look further into this technique which is extremely useful in composition, in improvisation as well as in musical interpretation.

1) Pentatonic and blues scale

2) Gamme majeur et mineur


How to practice the scales ?

A good way of practicing the scale is to arm yourself with patience and to gradually keep going without jumping any steps. First you have to execute the scale as slowly as possible (to ascend and descend the scale) while being as clean as you can. After a few days or a few weeks, you can practice a little faster,but make sure you are still carrying it out while remaining very precise at the time of your play. Practicing without the addition of effects like the reverb, the delay or the distortion, may help you to listen if you play cleanly (properly). The use of metronome can be very useful to help you to maintain a regular rhythm as long as possible.

I would like to bring your attention , that, it's not necessary for you to practice for hours and hours, or even to become slave of your practice by restrictinng yourself to scales because this attitude can involve negative effect and make lose your spontaneity when you improvise.

Learn from the licks of other guitarists:

A significant part of training of the guitar is made by the practicing licks of other guitarists. You are not obligated to learn the entire parts of a song from ather guitarist. But you can only learn a few licks, which may seem a lot more interesting for you.

It's not necessary to limit your practices to a guitarist or a style of music. Explore the world of the rock, blues, country or jazz. This will allow you to open your horizons and to know better as a guitarist, which can be a large asset for you.

The improvisation: an important stage:

It is essential to practice improvisation, because it will teach you to develop a personal style and not to force you with the ritual " scales ". The first times, to find ideas will seem very difficult for you, but it's necessary to persevere. Much time must be devoted to your instrument and it will give you an imcomparable feeling.





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