Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Guitar Solo and Improv with a dose of noodling

Here is a bit of a guitar solo and some improv over the chord progression from the last guitar lick. I've written out the basics of the first part of the solo in guitar tab. The solo as played is improvised around the tab but you will notice variations from the tab. Use the tab as a guide to create your own licks. I've used the B Minor Pentatonic shape as a springboard but tried to incorporate notes from the Dorian mode and chord tones as well. Warning this video contains copious amount of guitar noodling.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Melodic Guitar Lick

It has been awhile but here is another guitar lick to get your fingers moving. The chords in the progression are: B5 / D5  / E5 / B5|A5 /

The guitar lick changes bass notes to match the chord for the first section while the underlying notes remain the same. In the guitar video I improvised a bit and then returned to the guitar  lick a few times. The guitar lick kicks off using notes from the B5 chord. The main lick is all eighth notes. The fingering can be a bit tricky so experiment with what works best for you.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Celtic Guitar Lick with tab 2 "Dance among the heather"

I'm working on some Celtic style guitar licks in the hopes of busking this summer. This one I came up with uses a capo on the 5th fret. I'd like to work this one into an original song called "dance among the heather". The guitar tab is only a rough rhythm interpretation try to aim for a light dancing feeling.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Celtic Guitar Lick with Tab

I came up with this Celtic flavored guitar lick. The rhythm in the guitar tab is approximate so listen to the music for a better grasp of the phrasing. Note the dotted eight notes and the 16th note triplets which give this a Celtic rhythm.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Guitar Contests Vote Now

So June and July seem to be months for some great guitar contests. I've entered two so far. The Epiphone one is closed but you can still enter the one yourself. I find if you need some motivation and a challenge these contests are a great way to move forward in your guitar playing. Here are the links to my entries again and a QR code as well. I'd encourage players of all abilities to enter. If your not in the contest I'd appreciate your vote and sharing these links with your friends on social media - especially guitarists and musicians who would hopefully enjoy them. 

The Epiphone link is: 

you can vote once a day NO registration needed on this one. My entry Dave Ward Charlottetown PE.  

QR code:

The link is you need to register and can vote once.

QR code:

Monday, June 16, 2014

Epiphone Video Contest Voting Open

You can vote here for the 2014 Epiphone Video Contest!

Mine is  Dave Ward Charlottetown, PE, Canada. 

Guitar contests are a great motivator to share your music with other guitarists and musicians and are a lot of fun. My favorite source of information for various guitar contests in one place is the great site:

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Fusion Guitar Lick and Improv

Happy Father's Day. Hope your enjoying a nice Sunday with your respective Dads. Here is a little fusion guitar lick that I came up with. I tabbed out the main idea and the improvised over the backing track a little. There are only four chords in the rhythm guitar:

Here is the lead guitar lick: