Wonderful to see! Great job!! I know how much work it takes to work out those parts!
I'm glad you're part of our community @Vinay ! Thanks for sharing, and keep pickin'!
In this lesson, (since it's volume 1) we mostly focus on the top voice of the chord, and we learn how to be creative and play melodies on top of the chord progressions using the diatonic major scale as well as arpeggio lines that connects the chords in a nice way. This is step one in learning about voice leading on guitar. How to be melodic in your chord melody and when you accompany someone on the guitar. This also helps you to learn more voicings on the instrument, which is important when you want to take the next step towards more advanced harmony and "voice leading" playing.
You can definitely use the concepts when you're creating your own arrangements, but this lesson is made for anyone who plays guitar and not necessarily only solo fingerstyle guitar players. In other words, these concepts works great no matter what constellation you're playing in.. solo, duo, or in a band setting.
In Vol. 2 however (this lesson is what I'm working on at the moment and will be released later this month), we're focusing more on the chromatic alterations, and how these voices can be moved in common chord progressions.
How to create great sounding progressions and voice leading, and how to use more altered chords in your accompaniment or solo guitar playing!
Stay tuned for Voice Leading VOL. 2, which I hope you'll enjoy too! :)
Have a wonderful week Rostislav, and thanks for being part of our community!
Yes, you are absolutely right! Mistake by me!
I play that "pedal" note on the G string 9th fret (the note E).. In the notation and TAB I'm playing the major 3rd of that chord instead, as a pedal note.. That works too though! :)
Thank you for the nice message! :)
Yes, in order to improvise well over different changes, you need to be aware of the chords that fly by at all times. I think it's very important to start with a chord progression that you've heard a LOT! That's why it's always a good idea to start with the Blues! A simple three chord blues (12 bar blues) in any key is great. And try to outline the chord changes over the blues.
I'd strongly suggest the lesson Country Guitar: Soloing Concepts if you want to learn how to really follow the changes! We talk a lot about how to do that in this lesson, and we start off by working with the pentatonic scales to follow the changes - but we also use the mixolydian mode, chromatics and much more.
Then when you want to take the next step in learning how to follow the changes and add more tension to your playing, check out the lesson Jazz Up Your Blues, where we also talk about this subject.
Hope this helps, and have a great day! Thanks for being part of our community! :)
The first thing you need to ask yourself when playing over a new song is "What key is this song in?".
When you've figured that out, you can use the pentatonic scale of that key. For instance, if the song is in A minor, you can use the A minor pentatonic scale (which is the same as C major pentatonic, since A minor is the relative minor for C major).
I think what you're really asking about though, is if you can use different minor pentatonic scales over each chord, much like we talked about in the lesson (but we talked about major pentatonic scales).
And the answer is Yes you can!
For instance.. if you play over a song in C major, and the chord E minor shows up, you can definitely use the E minor pentatonic over that chord. This will outline the changes even more than using the C major pentatonic (or A minor, ,same thing)..
And if a D minor chord shows up, you can use the D minor pentatonic, and if a A minor chord shows up you can obviously use the A minor pentatonic.
So rather than just using the C major pentatonic (or A minor pentatonic, same notes) over a song in C major or A minor - try using the pentatonic scale from the root of the chord you're playing over. This is a concept that works and will outline the changes more.
Note: All the notes of Am pentatonic, Em pentatonic, Dm pentatonic is actually within the key of the C major scale, (or A minor scale). So you'll never get outside of the key, you'll just outline each chord more playing this way. It's a cool concept!
Another thing that I like to use to get another flavour is for instance, if you're playing over an A minor chord (and we're in the key of A minor), try using a minor pentatonic scale up a 5th from the chord you're playing over. So over Am, that would be a E minor pentatonic scale. This gives you some other flavours and sounds! It will give you an Am11 sound... And it's really nice to hear that 9 (B note) over that chord! Try it out!
I’m using two microphones, and usually it’s a couple of Neumann TLM 102.
From there I go into a simple preamp/daw which is called steinberg UR44. I use an iMac with protools.
When I record I have one mic around the 12th fret and one mic on the bridge.
In any recording software program like protools or similar, you can pan the channels right and left - and I usually pan one mic around 35 to the left and 35 to the right.
I do a simple eq mix where I usually cut a bit of bass and get rid of a couple of harsh frequencies in the upper midrange etc. maybe boost the highs a bit on the bridge mic.
And I add reverb to both channels.
Very simple recording process and I don’t do much at all really, just two mics and a bit of work with eq and then add reverb.
Kind regards /Emil
Unfortunately it's tricky to get the copyright allowance to publish notation and TABs for certain songs, and that's why we don't have a TAB for this specific arrangement. The lesson for "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" is up on YouTube right here, and YouTube actually have a great feature where you can slow down the tempo but still keep the same pitch. (We also have that feature on our lessons here on the site). I'd recommend trying that if there are any certain part of the song that you have extra trouble finding the notes. Also, know that I'm always here available on the forum to help you with any questions! Have a great day!