Announcement: GuitarControl.com releases “How to Spice Up Pentatonic Licks - Lead Guitar Lesson on Pentatonic Licks”

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GuitarControl.com released a new video guitar lesson from GuitarControl.com instructor and creator Claude Johnson. In this easy guitar lesson, now available on YouTube.com, Claude Johnson teaches a lesson on how to spice up pentatonic guitar licks.

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Take any descending lick, and when you get to the bottom flatten the second note a half step and bend it up a half step, this will give you a Dorian kind of sound

Claude demonstrates this concept in the key of C by first playing a bluesy pentatonic lick using the first position of the pentatonic scale. “Take any descending lick”, says Johnson, “and when you get to the bottom flatten the second note a half step and bend it up a half step, this will give you a Dorian kind of sound”. Claude continues by performing a variety of licks and adding the Dorian note so you can hear a variety of sounds of this concept. Guitar TAB’s are available for this easy lead guitar lesson at GuitarControl.com.

Dorian is the second of the seven major modes. The Dorian Mode is composed by playing the major scale and flattening the third and seventh note’s by one half steps, or simple sharpen the sixth note of the natural minor scale or Aeolian Mode. The name Dorian comes from the Greek referring to the “Dorian Greeks”. Since the Dorian Mode is made up from the major scale with a lowered 3rd and 7th (minor 3rd & 7th), it can be played over minor, minor 7th, and minor 9th chords and is compatible with many major chord progressions and keys. Many modern and classic rock guitarists have used the Dorian Mode in there compositions such as Carlos Santana, Toni Iommi, and Sound Garden to name a few, a notable song based in the Dorian Mode is Scarborough Fair by Simon & Garfunkel.

A Pentatonic Scale is a musical scale with five notes per octave and is very common and found all over the world.

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Claude Johnson, a native of Philadelphia PA, began playing guitar in 1990 after being inspired by players like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. He is the creator of GuitarControl.com and has helped 1000’s of people to learn to play the guitar with his critically acclaimed instructional DVD courses, all available at GuitarControl.com

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