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Total Guitar Workout

Total Guitar Workout

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Total Guitar Workout

We all at one time in our guitar playing 'careers' come to the point where we feel we are not improving, you suddenly
come to a stand still. This is where I'm at right now. I've been playing a mere 2 years now and I am struggling to see
where I can go with my playing. I was talking to my dad who used to play guitar, infact, he still occasionaly does and he
told me, 'Just keep playing and playing, practise'. Lets face it, practise is boring unless it is something you enjoy. I have
come up with some workouts for lead playing and rhythm alike. Sweep picking, alternate picking, stamina, speed - it's
all here. Recently I've found these to be very useful so I thought I'd post them is this lesson. My aim is to take you away
from playing scales over and over again to improve your playing and to try and make your practise time a little more
fun by experimenting.

Rhythm Playing

When I practise rhythm I usually play chords. I'll start of with major to miner to chords with 7th's and 9th's. I'll then add extra notes to them, to make them into like funky riffs and licks. This can really improve your chord playing and help you make what would normal boring chord patterns into exciting riffs.

Ex. 1
Under The Bridge (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
|----------------------------|
|-9--9---7-(7)-7---7---------|
|-9--9---8-(8)-8---8h9p8---8-|
|-9--9---9-(9)-----------9---|
|-7--7---9-(9)---9-----------|
|----------------------------|

|-------------------5h7p5---|----------------------------|
|------9----9-4---5-------5-|-9--9---7-(7)-7---7---------|
|------9----9-4---6-------6-|-9--9---8-(8)-8---8h9p8---8-|
|-9s11-9-11-9-6---7---------|-9--9---9-(9)-----------9---|
|-9s11---11---6---7---------|-7--7---9-(9)---9-----------|
|---------------------------|----------------------------|

|---------------------5-----|
|------9----9---5-(5)---5---|
|------9----9---6-(6)-----6-|
|-9s11-9-11-9---7-(7)-------|
|-9s11---11-----7-(7)-------|
|---------------------------|

Hammer ons and pull offs are used here aswell as broken chords. This makes them sound more technical and it really
livens up the riff.

Ex. 2
|----------------|-------------------|--------------|-------------------|
|----------------|-------------------|--------------|-------------------|
|-9-(9)---9---9--|--(9)-9------------|--------7--6--|-(6)----(6)--------|
|-9-(9)---9--11--|-(11)-9--9---9S=7--|-7-7--7-7--7--|-(7)----(7)--------|
|-9h11-----------|--------11--11S=9--|-9-7--7h9--7--|-(7)----(7)-----7--|
|-0-(0)----------|-------------------|--------------|------------7-9----|

|----------------|-------------------|--------------|--------|
|----------------|-------------------|--------------|--------|
|-9-(9)---9---9--|--(9)-9-11------7--|--------7--6--|-(6)----|
|-9-(9)---9--11--|-(11)-9--9---9S=7--|-7-7--7-7--7--|-(7)----|
|-9h11-----------|--------11--11S=9--|-9-7--7h9--7--|-(7)----|
|-0-(0)----------|-------------------|--------------|--------|

This is an intro to a song a made up. I took the same kind of ideas that Frusciante used in 'Under The Bridge' and mixed
them with some bluesy chords. You can use different techniques like Stacatto or different rhythmic ideas. An example
of a stacatto based riff would be Franz Ferdinand's 'Take Me Out'.

For rock and metal players, rhyhtm playing is a lot more about speed than it is about making chords sound 'good'. A lot of metal players nowadays uses pedal notes and make use of drop D. If you at bands like Trivium or older bands such as Metallica and Alice In Chains, you can see you use of detuning in most of their songs. Tuning down to drop D is a great way to speed up the playing of power chords.

Ex. 1
Them Bones (Alice In Chains)
||----------------------------|----------------------------|
||o-6-------------------------|-6--------------------------|
||--5-------------------------|-5--------------------------|
||--0-0-0-1-1-1-1-2-2-2-3-0-0-|-0-0-0-1-1-1-1-2-2-2-3-0-0--|
||o-0-0-0-1-1-1-1-2-2-2-3-0-0-|-0-0-0-1-1-1-1-2-2-2-3-0-0--|
||--0-0-0-1-1-1-1-2-2-2-3-0-0-|-0-0-0-1-1-1-1-2-2-2-3-0-0--|

This a typical drop D riff.

Ex. 2
Slither (Velvet Revolver)
||-------------------|------------------||
||o------------------|-----------------o||

||-------------------|------------------||
||-------------------|------------------||
||o-0-3-4-0-6-7-0-10-|-0-6-7-0-5-0-3-4-o||

||--0-3-4-0-6-7-0-10-|-0-6-7-0-5-0-3-4--||
This is an example of using Drop D to speed up your power chord playing. It is a lot easier to play this riff like this than
it would be to playing it in regular standard tuning power chords.

Pedal notes have been ued since the birth of metal and before in various blues pieces and organ music. A pedal note is
a drone which is a note sustained for a length of time or played in a unwavering rhythm to provide an anchor point for
the chords played over them. Pedal notes are almost tremelo picked depending on what the tempo of the song is. More
often than not, very fast in terms of metal music. Practise pedal notes can help increase your stamina if played
regularly. It will also slowly improve your accuracy which in the long term could help your lead playing.

Ex. 1
Can I Play With Madness (Iron Maiden)
|------------------------------------|-^3--------------------------------|
||o-^3-------------------------------|-^3--------------------------------|
||--^2-------------------------------|-^x--------------------------------|
||--^0-------0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-^2-------0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--|
||o----------------------------------|-^3--------------------------------|
||-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|

|-3-------------------------------|-----3---2-------3---2-------3---|
|-3-------------------------------|-----3---3-------3---3-------3---|
|-0-------------------------------|-----2---2-------2---2-------2---|
|-0-------0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-----0---0-------0---0-------0---|
|-x-------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|-3-------------------------------|---------------------------------|

Ex. 2
Crazy Train (Ozzy Osbourne)
||----------------7---------|-5------------------------||
||o-------5-------5---------|-3---------2-(2)---------o||

||--------6-------4---------|-2---------2-(2)------2---||
||--------7-------6---------|-4---------2-(2)------2---||
||o-0-0-0---0-0-0---0-0-0-0-|---0-0-0-0-0-(0)------0--o||

||--------------------------|------------------3s4-----||

Ex. 3 Pull Harder... (Trivium)
drop D
||------------------------------|-----------------------------|
||o-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
||------------------------------|-----------------------------|
||--7-------------------------7-|-8-------------------------8-|
||o-5-------------------------5-|-5-------------------------5-|
||----0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---|---0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---|

|-----------------------------|---------------------------------||
|-----------------------------|--------------------------------o||
|-----------------------------|---------------------------------||
|-8-------------------------8-|-7-------------------------------||
|-6-------------------------6-|-7------------------------------o||
|---5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5---|---7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7---||

Lead Playing

Lead guitarists are always looking to find new ways to help build their speed and improve technique. In this section I
am going to look at rock and metal and guitarists like Randy Rhoads, Eddie Van Halen and newer guitarists such as Matt
Heafy.

Warm Up - Prepare For A Gig Or General Practise.

It is extremely important to warm up before a gig, to reduce the risk of injury and to increase the risk of pulling off a
good solo. There more ready your fingers are, the more willing they will be. This is an exercise I found off a video
interview with Matt Heafy (Trivium). It is all alternate picked (down, up, down, up). Start off slowly and eventually
you'll be playing this at decent speeds. This is a pretty simple one, my fingers seem to fit nicely with this riff.

Ex.
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|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|-----------------------|-12-14-15-14-12-14-15--|
|-12-14-15-14-12-14-15--|-----------------------|

|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|-----------------------|-12-14-16-14-12-14-16--|
|-12-14-16-14-12-14-16--|-----------------------|
|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|-----------------------|-----------------------|

|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|-----------------------|-14-16-17-16-14-16-17--|
|-14-16-17-16-14-16-17--|-----------------------|
|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|-----------------------|-----------------------|

|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|-----------------------|-12-14-16-14-12-14-16--|
|-12-14-16-14-12-14-16--|-----------------------|
|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|-----------------------|-----------------------|

|-----------------------|-----------------------|
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