A very quick lesson to get started. Improvisation is alot of fun and one i recommend you do alot of if you want to improve. Often it can inspire ideas and licks that develop into full songs. Here’s a simple worksheet on comparing the two major modes in the simplest key of them all. Vamp the chords (i.e loop a rhythm idea of them – two bars Cmaj7 and 2 bars Cmaj7#11) and try a the scale shapes over the relevant chord. Compare the scales – play with the note that distinguishes them – it’s the 4th degree. Thats our killer note for the lydian mode (what distinguishes Lydian from Ionian). Once you have the sound try to break out of scaler patterns. Think melody and more varied intervals.
Here’s the sheet:
Includes major and lydian scale and 2 voicings for the Cmaj7#11 chord that is specifically for the lydian mode. You should know you basic Maj7 for the ionian mode!. You can still play lydian over a normal Cmaj7 chord of course!
So I’ve not updated for awhile. I’ve actually got quite abit of stuff accumulated to share but I guess I’m not a natural social networker. Anyhow, a friend of mine reminded me about it today and well, time to get back on it. I’ve been writing and teaching alot so I’m going to be sharing some of that material I’ve wrote up. Hope it educates and inspires.
Felt it was time for a studio upgrade. General opinion is the most important part of the studio is the monitors so invest wisely and as heavily as you can. I tried a few out and went with the Adam A7X. You know what, they sound monstrous! Nice and balanced, clear and great value. Love em’
Not for Disney and not for The Mighty Ducks (which is as good as Disney anyway). Go for NAMM, probably the biggest and best event for us musicians wanting to see what’s going to be available to make noise’s with over the next 12 months. If you can get in, it’s not a public event, then there are also lots of cool people to meet and great musicians to watch including many of the greats.
Check out musicradar for some great online coverage. They update regularly and cover not just guitars and studio stuff but also bass, drums and other tech.
Anyhow, these are the companies I’ll really be keeping an eye on. Excited to see what they have in store for us:
Kemper Amps (new rack gear), Ernie Ball (new JP13), Ibanez (curious for more 7 and 8 string models). In the studio world i’m excited to see what Apogee and Slate Digital have in store. I think Slate will be showing off the Raven touchscreen console. Looks pretty ace.
No doubt my wallet is going to get dented this year!
This is my Kemper Profiler. If you play and record guitar go and buy one. It’s that good, its changed the game.
Think of it as taking a picture of the sound and dynamics of a real amp. It doesn’t model someone’s interpretation of an amp like a pod or axe fx it actually captures a real amps sound just like you would if you we’re recording a record and allows you to reproduce it.
Ive only touched the surface of its uses and functions here, suffice to say I haven’t played this much guitar since I was 17 and wanted to be John Petrucci (actually, kinda still do). Honestly, don’t know how I lived without it.
So i’m on instagram now. I like it, its my favourite of the social networks by a long shot mainly because I can look at lots of guitars and gear. I’m following a bunch of my favourite players and bands and it’s pretty cool to see what goes on in their world. If abit of further inspiration was needed, then it provides. Try it. @alexlouisdoyle
Anyhow, right now it seems Twitter and Instagram are having abit of a scuffle. Hmmm, a digital pillow fight. Awesome.
Back to making music
I’ve been writing alot. I think this surge in productivity is partly because I recently experimented a little more with drop tunings, namely Drop C and B. It feels fresh and I think trying something new is definitely working out, creatively speaking. It’s definitely resulting in a more modern sound. Drop tuning is nothing new, it’s being popular for years in metal, but with the likes of Skrillex and Alex Clare it’s starting to find it’s way into other genre’s and even the radio. Try it, see what you come up with.
I recently picked up the VTM plugin by Slate Digital. It’s really rather good. Sounds great on my guitars. Looking forward to experimenting more and hopefully I can get my hands on their VCC plugin this christmas too. Talking of production, i’ve been listening to the Pensado’s Place podcast recently where Dave himself actually gets interviewed (by none other the JJP) I’d definitely recommend listening, lots of inspiring and useful information
Anyhow, thats all for now, I missed not being in the USA for thanksgiving this year so I just want to say happy thanksgiving to my american friends and anybody else that may be reading! I’m making up for it next year!