Here is a song we wrote in tribute to the American Soldier. We want to thank and honor those who have served and protected this country. We created this video to go with our song "Freedom Isn't Free". Agin to those who have ever served in the Armed Forces we thank you.
At last after two years of living in the studio we have completed our first TrueOctave CD, and it's awesome. You can down load it for free by clicking here!!
Jesse Horn (bass player for true octave) as it turns out is a very talented artist as well as musician. He did the art work for the cover of our CD and has done art work for several books and videos. His web site www.awickedworld.com is one of the coolest Ive seen. Here is a link to a video he did on youtube that shows his mad drawing skills. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOtEhjwtDNs
Our band and it's members all originate from the beautiful White Mountains of Az. in a little community called Heber-Overgaard. You just can't live in a better place. check out www.heberovergaard.org to see more.
Click on these free guitar videos lessons to boost your guitar playing skills. They are designed for the beginner guitarist but just might offer some in site for more advanced guitar players. These are lessons and techniques that have helped me put together my own style and simplify my playing. By breaking things down to the basics it makes it easy to come up with your own songs and even ad lib when sitting in with a band. Please refer to the free guitar charts pages above as you go over the video's. The video's will help the charts make more sense. I hope you'll enjoy the video's and pass our web site on to your friends. Special thanks to my son Zack for his video editing talents. Book mark us because we're always adding new stuff.
Basic steps for tuning a guitar. If you already know how to tune a guitar then move on to the next video.
Understanding the major scale is a vital building block to learning any instrument, especially the guitar. This video lesson helps break it down into a simple form that is easy to learn and easy to use. All other scales are built off of the major scale. This guitar video lesson shows you an easy way to play it on the guitar.
The minor scale. A must in any guitarist arsenal. This scale builds on the major scale and adds a whole new sound. Take the major scale and bring the 3rd and the 6th note down a half step and you get the minor scale. Watch the video lesson to see how you can implement this on the guitar.
Refer to the free Guitar Scale Charts
A basic introduction to guitar chords. Chords are an arrangement of notes played at the same time and fingered at the same time. Guitar Chords are constructed from the major scale. Chords can also be called triads, or major triads, or minor triads because they consist of three notes from the major scale. They consist of the first, third, and fifth note. This will make a major chord. The first note in the chord or the root note is the name of the chord. So if the first note is C, the name of the chord will be C major. To make it a minor chord you would flatten the 3rd note in the chord a half step. This would be called a C minor. Seven chords are created when you add the 7th note of the scale and flatten it. This is called a c7 chord. Refer to the free guitar chord charts on this site as you watch the videos.
Guitar Power Chords, a rockers best friend. This video talks about why power chords are so versatile. They are easy to play and make your chords sound better when your playing with high distortion. If you can master these you'll sound like a pro. Power chords are also called the power fifth because you play the first note and the fifth note in the major scale. This makes the power chord a major power chord. There are other chords for minor and seven chords. This video focuses on the major power chord. Please refer to the free guitar chord charts page for additional power chords.
Using guitar chords and scales to make your own sound. Learning how to combine the two at the same time can make any song sound more professional.
Master this tool and you can create your own guitar sound. This is where it starts to get fun and it makes you look like a pro.
Double picking or alternate picking is a must for improving guitar speed. Your playing as a guitarist will farther if you can master this technique. Learning how to double pick will literally double the speed at which you can play the guitar. This is one tool you must practice and master.
Sliding and bending. Here is another tool that adds creativity to your guitar sound. This gives your guitar playing personality and helps you to not sound like an amateur. When practicing your scales try adding in some slides and bends and see how your scale no longer sounds like a scale but starts to sound more like a Melodie.
Hammer on's and pull offs. Another must have tool in your guitarist tool box for style and speed. Add this to your double picking or alternate picking and you'll be shredding up the fret board.
This free video shows the basics behind guitar tapping. Tapping is a speed trick very popular in rock and heavy metal. Eddie Van Halen didn't invent it but he made it popular.
Pick Harmonics is another must have tool in your arsenal of guitar tricks. You hear this a lot in the 80's hair bands style of playing. Funny I should say that being bald, but none the less this trick can make you stand out when playing. It's all about holding the pick just right and touching the string with your thumb slightly as you play the note you want to ring. This free guitar video can make this trick easy to learn.
Get familiar with the minor pentatonic guitar scale before watching this video. After you have done that this video will show you how to add two more notes to the scale that will give it a whole new sound and make it sound more like your playing the blues. Click on the scale link above to find all of the guitar scale charts. You can do a lot of really cool things with this scale. Listen to the song on the home page called Shredding. The whole song is built around the G minor pentatonic scale.
Using a slide. A slide is a steel or glass tube you fit over one of your fingers when playing. When used right it gives you a sound that smoothly rolls up or down the string instead of hearing the notes change a step at a time. This video will get you started in the right direction, and with a little practice you'll be coming up with your own riffs.