Modern Techniques for the Electric Guitarist
- Dean Brown - Page Two

The next lesson is about chord voicings and playing fewer notes to reduce clutter, then lesson three is "improvisation" and lastly lesson four: ear training. There are must see performances as well that I would look at first even maybe.

Included with the lesson, there is to its enduring credit, a pamphlet with detailed diagrams and chord charts and special music notation. Again, the opening section is a rhythm workshop and Its everything I am looking for in a Rhythm lesson guitar lesson except I am going to have to take it slow and work up to them. There are guitar rhythm exercises here from the very first exercise which are poly rhythmic.

Thumping and explaining more quickly than I could desire Dean doesn't take more than a NY second or two explaining and showing us/me how to count these beats out loud.  I feel dyslexic. I can do the right hand OK but throwing in that minor chord on the third beat needs more work. However Dean immediately has us be 'the drummer' with the right hand paying one beat and the left playing another. So you are accenting beats 2 and 4 with the right hand in a beat he calls 'the drummer' and accenting beats one an three with the left by articulating a minor 9th chord. That's the easy stuff.

On the back it says Dean teaches advanced electric guitar skills so be warned. On the front it calls it modern techniques. Its like I should have got the lesson just before this one in order to be able to take advantage of all the cool rhythmic exercises he shows us here. These are funky, these are fusion-istic. I can already count 16th notes: one e and a two e and a 3 e and a 4 e and...but now I have to throw in back beats and accents with the left hand too.

Guitar isn't for quitters! Resolved to soldier on and to be fair, within this advanced lesson guitar lesson, is quite a bit more than just the proceeding introductory rhythm lessons. There are for instance, cradled deep in the bowels of the greet menu several performance pieces where it is illuminating to see Dean play some real nice guitar with a band. I'd call it a jazz/rock band or a fusion band. Dean mentions at one point he has played with Chic Corea, George Duke and many others. Here in the performance section he is playing a Black Parker guitar. I have the cheap Parker P-42 one and its great. They make great guitars for 350 bucks! This could be a Parker "Fly" he is playing but I am not sure. It has more knobs than mine. On the other hand in the lesson visuals he is using a 'GR' guitar which I am unfamiliar with. Its Pelham Blue and has an old Tele. bridge with Gibson knobs, 3 single coils, and extra doohickeys, toggle and push/pull. Plus a Roland pickup for a guitar synthesizer? Check it out! Its on the cover of the lesson. My Parker is the one I keep in slack tuning and it stays in tune pretty much too. Good learner guitar!

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