Lesson #118, Cumberland Gap VI

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Lesson #118, Cumberland Gap VI

Hi Everyone,

In this video, I again go over that descending line, which is coming directly from the Harmonized modes of the Pentatonic scale. There is so much you can do with this scale in any style or type of music you wish to pursue. I always encourage exploring these things on your own to develope your own playing and your own distinct sound that will eventually come out.

Also in this video when we came back down the neck, I put in a brush to break it up a little bit more. You can always try to put different techniques into any line, or lick, that you wish. Try variations with Hammer Ons, Pull/push Offs, slides, brushes, or any left hand technique you can come up with.

Be a scientist, and explore, explore, explore.


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