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Jeff Beasley holds B.A. degrees in Music and Classical Guitar. Jeff offers 27 years of experience in teaching, studio, and performance. He is endorsed by T. Sheppard guitars and is a member of the National Guitar Teachers Association. Jeff has taught guitar full-time for 17 years at A.B. Stephens Music in Huntsville, Alabama. He is currently priming the release of his first all-instrumental CD, "Tiebreaker", soon to be available at http://www.guitarsource3.com/.
Greetings Musicians Hotline readers, and welcome to this month's lesson, the third in a series of three with the incredible Ron Thal of Bumblefoot. If you read the previous two lessons, you've got a taste of Ron's uncanny melodic and rhythmic abilities. This month, Ron provides us with a complete lesson in harmony based on "Lost" from the Bumblefoot CD 9.11 ((c)2001, Hermit Inc.). I've included Ron's original material with virtually no modification, because the content really can't be improved upon. If you're ready for a challenge, then let's get started!
Here's an example of harmony using an 8-note diminished scale.
First, let's get a feel for the scale: start with a major scale
(Fig. 1) and flatten the 7th note, making it a mixolydian scale
Raise the 2nd note - the scale is now forming a
pattern of half step, whole step, half step, whole step - almost
there... (Fig. 4)
Music speaks louder than words. Words can put a picture in your
head, but music takes you there. It's a connection like no other -
you feel what I feel. Music is a powerful gift - respect it and use
it thoughtfully. Find your sound.
Well Musicians Hotline guitarists, this wraps up our series on melody, rhythm, and harmony with Ron Thal. I hope you've gained as much as I have from this collaboration, and have been inspired to push yourself deeper in your understanding of guitar fundamentals. Thanks again, Ron and Bumblefoot! And to all you Musicians Hotline readers, God bless you and see you next issue.