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More Triplets (1 Of 2)

Triplets are the concept of fitting “3 notes in the space of two”. So in a measure of 4/4, we all know that quarter notes get the beat. As a result, there would be 2 eighth notes for every beat. But now if I fit 3 eighth notes in a beat rather than 2, I have now created a triplet. A good example of a song that uses triplets is Humpty Dumpty ;)

To learn more about Triplets click here

Go Powerful. Not Big. Guitar Trick

I notice guitar players CONSTANTLY trying to go big. The truth is, that a lot of times going softer is more effective and powerful than simply turning the dynamics on full blast. But this is true for ALL aspects of life – whether it be public speaking, creating a painting, or recording technique.

Salvador Dali went powerful. So did The Dalai Lama.
My advice – Don’t say in 3 words what should only take 1.

Go big. Silence speaks:

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Class 15: Solfege Ascending And Descending!

What is Solfege?

Solfege is referring to the notes in a scale an intervallic name. Have you heard of ‘Do Re Mi Fa Sol La Ti Do’? Well – that’s Solfege! So instead of referring to the note C in a C major Scale as C, you can also refer to it as ‘Do’. This is important because if you decide to change keys, or transpose, etc. then the interval stays the same even though the note changes!

Learn all about Solfege! This is a continuation from last week.

The ‘Ovation Idea’ Guitar Unboxing!

I am THRILLED to announce our new sponsor – Ovation Guitars! They just released their new Ovation Idea guitar and it is amazing! Watch this video for the official UNboxing – you guitar players will love it, as I will be using it on my show for now on. So you will get an in-depth perspective of how the guitar sounds, records, works as a preamp, and more!

This guitar has an mp3 preamp built in so you can record ANY iDea while on the go without missing a beat! Never forget a song idea again!

DADGAD And GGDGBD Tunings!

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There are Six strings on the guitar (EADGBE) but if you tune them accordingly to DADGBE, then that is called DAD-GAD tuning. Likeso, taking those same strings you can tune them to any notes you want, but another tuning is GGDGBD.

Try your own tuning and see what you come up with!

Explaining Time Signatures

Explaining Time Signatures

Time Signatures are tricky, because people get them confused with key signatures but in reality, the two aren’t related – they’re simply next to each other in the sheet music. To understand time signatures you have to understand beats in music. So watch below and get up to snuff!

Some examples of Time Signatures:
A measure of 4/4 is telling you there are “4 quarter notes per measure”
A measure of 7/16 is telling you there are “7 sixteenth notes per measure”
A measure of 7/8 is telling you there are “7 eighth notes per measure”