Chords: G Eb C I was thinking about Starship Trooper by Yes when I made this. It's an original take on a very common (and hip) chord progression. DAMN! It just came to my attention that the grids are a little out of sync at the end... Please be aware of that issue!
3 chords... seems simple doesn't it? It can be if you just play G minor pentatonic over this whole thing. But you could also follow the modes suggested by each chord. You can try G major pentatonic for the Mixolydian, and G minor pentatonic for the rest, or
change the mode for each chord (as written).
① Keep it simple, and repeat good ideas and sounds you like.
② Try to play what's in your head, not what you're looking at (like those chord grids up there) or what your fingers have "memorized".
③ Be expressive! Try to add hammer-ons, string rakes, palm mutes, pull-offs, bends, slides, vibrato, or whammy bar to as many notes as you can! Listen to the pros, I guarantee that's what they're doing, unless they're shredding at a million notes a second.
④ Most importantly: Learn some useful vocabulary! You must either copy some phrases from someone else, or come up with your own phrases to play. Music is a language with MANY dialects - you MUST learn the basics of the language to sound good, AND a the idiosyncrasies of the dialect to sound hip! That, or you're some kind of genius who automatically knows what do do (doubtful) so don't be lazy! Learn some basic blues licks, they will take you far! I learned some Dave Gilmour and Jimi Hendrix licks 20 years ago and I still play 'em all the time!
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