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Best Substitutes for Minor Pentatonic Scale

September 25th, 2020 by
Play minor pentatonic scale on acoustic guitar

Be it guitar players, keyboard players, or any other instrumentalists – playing lead sections always comes with its challenges. And that’s especially the case if you’re either improvising or writing your own solos. These days, it seems as if everything has been tried. And knowing how much the minor pentatonic scale has been (ab)used, it gets harder to come up with something that sounds original. Of course, you can always use the same old licks and maybe rearrange a few things here and there. However, if you’re really planning on sounding unique and “reinventing” your approach to soloing, here are a few great substitutes for minor pentatonic.

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How to Easily Compose Melodies With Dice and Coin Game

July 11th, 2013 by

How to Easily Compose Melodies With Dice and Coin GameHere is a technique you can use to create and compose melodies.  All you need is a few everyday items to create an unlimited number of melodic ideas. This will help you when you need to generate new ideas.  Here is what you will need to get started:

  1. Dice
  2. Coins
  3. Pencil
  4. Staff paper to record notes
  5. Container to toss dice and coins
  6. Instrument to play the melody
  7. Optional – Notation Software

The Dice

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