Every month I do a Live Q & A session to cover any guitar questions that you might have. This month I answered questions like What is the best way to practice bass runs?, What exactly are “scale notes”?, Tips for memorizing scales, and more!
Questions We Answered This Session:
00:01:56 - Most Common Key for Guitar (Presentation)
00:12:35 - What is the best way to practice bass runs?
00:14:20 - I can play fingerstyle guitar quite easily, but, when it comes to strumming, I’m not able to put emotion into the chords and changes while using a pick. Any tips?
00:20:39 - There is a song that I want to learn to play, but I only have the sheet music for it in standard notation and without the words. I read tabs fluently, but can hardly read standard notation at all. What do you recommend that I do?
00:23:20 - Is Dm7 a part of the C major scale? Is Cadd9 a part of the C major scale?
00:27:10 - When improvising, why and when would I want to use a lick that someone else wrote rather than one that I wrote? Wouldn't something that I made up sound more natural when I play rather than something that someone else wrote that I had to practice a million times till it felt like it fit naturally?
00:31:10 - In a recent lesson you taught a Travis picking pattern. When would I use a Travis picking pattern over a "normal" pattern? For what styles of music is it most suitable?
00:32:27 - Why does the ukulele have the high G string as the upper string? I know that there are some people who change it for a low G string. Is there an advantage to one or the other?
00:34:31 - I can figure out the melody part of a song on my own, but I do not understand the chords that are played in a song. How can I understand chords and train my ears?
00:39:42 - What exactly are "scale notes"?
00:41:36 - How do I determine what scale to use for a chord progression for improvisation?
00:42:48 - Tips for memorizing scales
00:46:33 - When improvising should I randomly pick notes from the scale and play them or are there some rules, such as to play up and down the scale?
00:48:34 - Are the scale notes that I play somehow related to the chord that I just played and are they supposed to be a bridge to the next chord in the progression? If so, how do I know what notes to play?
00:52:04 - Do you have any examples of when to use the C minor harmonic scale?
00:55:00 - Do the same chord progressions apply to nylon-string guitars and steel acoustic guitars?
00:57:23 - Tips for learning guitar online
01:01:00 - When should you change your guitar strings?