May 7

Real Guitar Live #46 | Q & A Session

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Every month I do a Live Q&A session to cover any guitar questins that you might have. This month I answered questions about Travis picking, scales, improvisation, and more! If you want to be notified about these Live Q&A sessions in the future, head over to my YouTube channel and subscribe. We have these the first Thursday of every month. Make sure to ring the bell for notifications so you don't miss these!

[1:56] Most Common Key for Guitar (Presentation)

[12:35] What is the best way to practice bass runs?

[14:20] I can play fingerstyle guitar quite easily, but, when it comes to strumming, I’m not able to put emotion into the chords and changes while using a pick. Any tips?

[20:39] There is a song that I want to learn to play, but I only have the sheet music for it in standard notation and without the words. I read tabs fluently, but can hardly read standard notation at all. What do you recommend that I do?

[23:20] Is Dm7 a part of the C major scale? Is Cadd9 a part of the C major scale?

[27:10] When improvising, why and when would I want to use a lick that someone else wrote rather than one that I wrote? Wouldn't something that I made up sound more natural when I play rather than something that someone else wrote that I had to practice a million times till it felt like it fit naturally?

[31:10] In a recent lesson you taught a Travis picking pattern. When would I use a Travis picking pattern over a "normal" pattern? For what styles of music is it most suitable?

[32:27] Why does the ukulele have the high G string as the upper string? I know that there are some people who change it for a low G string. Is there an advantage to one or the other?

[34:31] I can figure out the melody part of a song on my own, but I do not understand the chords that are played in a song. How can I understand chords and train my ears?

39:42] What exactly are "scale notes"?

[41:36] How do I determine what scale to use for a chord progression for improvisation?

[42:48] Tips for memorizing scales

[46:33] When improvising should I randomly pick notes from the scale and play them or are there some rules, such as to play up and down the scale?

[48:34] Are the scale notes that I play somehow related to the chord that I just played and are they supposed to be a bridge to the next chord in the progression? If so, how do I know what notes to play?

[52:04] Do you have any examples of when to use the C minor harmonic scale?

[55:00] Do the same chord progressions apply to nylon-string guitars and steel acoustic guitars?

[57:23] Tips for learning guitar online

[01:01:00] When should you change your guitar strings?

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