Pure Pentatonic Power is a course designed to take the stress out of learning scales and using them to do guitar solos. It is perfectly paced and well structured, first teaching all the shapes for Pentatonic and Blues Scales and then applying them to 4 Rock/Blues Jam tracks in different keys.
The course has 16 licks, though the licks are huge and can be broken down into way more! 4 licks for each jam track. Over two hours of HD video is used to break down each lick slowly after a full speed demo and a PDF Tab file is also supplied. There is no mystery or guess work involved and all the licks, tricks and secrets of the greats are here!
Designed by analysing many great guitarists from the Rock and Blues genres, Pure Pentatonic Power was created by taking their most important phrases, patterns, techniques and applying them all over the guitar neck in different positions. Whilst staying true to what i would call the "favourite" positions and licks of all your guitar heros. I have of course added my own experience of being a guitarist and teacher of over 20 years to the licks too!
A short introduction video to introduce myself better and give you a feel for what you are going to be learning.
All the patterns you will need to complete this course with HD video close ups and boxes on screen too. You do not need to memorise anything straight away, in fact the course will help you remember the patterns as much as the patterns will help you complete the course!
Here is your first lick of the course! It is in the key of A Minor/ C Major Pentatonic. You will find the tablature included in PDF download and also your first MP3 Jam Track in the same key as the first 4 licks. Its a Blues/ Rock lick featuring some cool climbing and descending patterns using legato and picking, slides and double stops. Its not too fast and has a steady pace so a good place to begin!
Featuring the double stop again and a call and response repetitive lick, we also have a wicked Jimmy page style lick in triplets and an introduction the "Blues' note/ Blues scale. We venture out into "Shape 2" of the Pentatonic boxes. Little bit faster now!
Our first look at Unison bends and some classic, Chuck Berry, Van Halen, Hendrix influenced lickage! Stacking patterns over E, B, G strings and use of three shapes now with a tasty ascending lick to finish. You can easily split these licks into bite size chunks as there is a lot going on here.
A lovely exercise in phrasing, Lick 4 evokes the sound and feel of greats such as Paul Kosoff and Eric Clapton. This one is more about "how you say it" than "how much you say"! Well controlled vibrato and perfectly pitched bends will have this one sounding top notch!
Into D Minor/ F Major now with this essential climbing patterns in triplets. Though it may look complicated, once you understand the pattern, you will fly through it with ease and climb your fretboard with masterful control. I have added a couple of phrasing ideas in there also, just to break the pattern up a bit and keep things interesting. This licks pattern will be a revelation if you have never used these sequences before. You will be soloing for days!
Staying almost exclusively in box 1 of the Pentatonic scale, we add the Blues note in two positions creating the Blues scale box. This is then added into our triplet pattern in a descending fashion finishing in box 5. The lick is influenced by the late, great Randy Rhodes here and has a hard rock feel. It will work equally well over blues too!
Beginning with a rapid fire unison bend licks and finishing with some fast legato blues, this is lick is quite fast and complex. Start slow, take one piece at a time and build up speed! The vibe here is Michael Schenker!
A modern sounding speed lick that sounds more difficult than it is, i promise! It a patterns of picking and hammer ons/ pull offs and as long as you get one pattern down, it will flow. Make sure you are picking in the right direction and your legato is on time and precise!
A Pentatonic and Blues scale course would surely not be complete with some open string E Minor licks summoning Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan! Here we have just that, old school blues licks that are fundamental in all styles of guitar playing. This style has long stood the test of time and has been passed from generation to generation from Robert Johnson, Hendrix, Beck, Page right through to modern players like Zakk Wylde and Joe Bonnamassa. Enjoy and work on your own licks too!
We stick with the old school blues style but work ourselves up the guitar neck and through the Pentatonic/ Blues patterns. Finishing one octave higher than were we started the lick.
With lick 11 i have fused some ideas from Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan and added my own modern twist too. We have some ascending and descending patterns here and some rapid fire open string licks with some string skipping too. This lick rips! Take is slowly because some parts are a little tricky!
The Blues scale is featured heavily here too add a little artistic dissonance.
To finish our E Minor section we move into shape 1 (the higher octave) and spice things up with some wide interval licks. A more modern approach in the style of bands like Metallica and players such as Joe Satriani/ Paul Gilbert. It is played at a sensible speed here so have no fear!
So back into A Minor/ C Major for our final 4 licks. Lick 13 covers both our "country" unison bends (think Hotel California) and also a really cool ascending pattern in quadruplets similar to a pattern used by Slash in the Sweet Child o' Mine solo. A great pattern for getting up your scale in 4's without tripping over your fingers. A little bit of double picking is involved, so again, start slow and build up speed. Metronomes also help!
Lick 14 begins with some cool melodic phrasing licks that climb up our patterns on the D and G strings, giving a Thin Lizzy vibe, building to a descending crescendo pattern in quadruplets with a Zakk Wylde kinda deal. Here the lick is structured not only to sound great but too also teach you essential shapes and sequences.
Lick 15 is in a quadruplet feel but in our first phrase we add in a triplet to create a quick flourish of speed, a really cool little trick! We then come down in what seems like a simple descending idea but in reality we skip over adjacent strings in 4th intervals creating a way more interesting sound. Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top was known to use this trick, i call it the "lean over" as you can sometime roll your knuckle over to the next string to catch the 4th.
The lick also contains some really cool bluesy bends that sound easy but be aware its the tiny touches and attention to nuance that give the distinct flavour!
Using our high shape 1 and some very fast hammer-ons and pull-offs to cover two boxes with 3 note per string patterns. A technique used to great effect in many hard rock/ heavy metal songs. Popular with the 80's super shredders like George Lynch and Jake.E.Lee etc
GuitarJoolz is the brand name for British Guitarist Julian Cooper. A well respected Teacher and Artist with over 20 years experiences in the business. Having taught literally 1000's of students (some now in their own working bands), toured and recorded with some well known bands and performers GuitarJoolz takes the pressure and theory heavy boredom out of lessons and concentrates on making learning enjoyable. Best performance comes when one is relaxed and happy of course! A truly passionate and dedicated teacher, GuitarJoolz will show you all you need to know and more. Having rocked out with brit pop giants Echobelly, UK Superstar Gavin Rossdale, Blues/Rock favs Viking Skull and performed on the same bill as bands such as Foo Fighters and Prodigy, no one is more qualified or enthusiastic about helping you to ROCK!!