Welcome to Dave's Guitar Planet! Guitar lessons and info for beginners through advanced. One-to-one lessons in Bangkok, Thailand. Feel free to look around! Click below to see recent posts.... —DP
It's been a couple months since I wrote in this space. I did manage to post a few more videos over that time....
My Girl Is Your Girl
I'd been wanting to do this classic Temptations number for a while, since it's good for beginners and includes a famous example of the major pentatonic scale. I also made a Play-Along video (for a minimal contribution). Be the first on your block to buy it! (Hell, be the first on the planet!)
Stop It! (Twice.)
A "double stop" is when you play two strings at once. Rock and blues are filled with them. I show three fairly easy licks in a Chuck Berry/rockabilly vein. I love all the textures and rhythms you can get out of them. Check 'em out!
Two's Company; Thirds Are Cool
As you may know, what makes a chord sound happy or sad is whether it contains a major 3rd or a minor 3rd. Well, even if you didn't know that, you can probably get something out of this video. You'll not only learn how to play thirds all over the neck, but also get to play them in four different modes. (Watch my series on The Modes of the Major Scale in the intermediate section to bone up on them.) Bonus Package includes four backing tracks and three PDFs.
Happy New Year!
I've uploaded two more lesson videos to YouTube. The first one is about How to Find the Names of Notes on the Neck. This is something you will need to know if you intend on becoming an advanced player. It's actually quite easy--there's a simple trick!
In the second video I teach you about the Diatonic Chords, which are the seven chords in any particular key that make up most pop songs. This is an extremely useful concept in music theory. Again, I use the piano keyboard to explain it, then show it on the guitar. For a lot of people, this is an "Aha!" moment, and things will start to make much more sense after you watch it.
I've been busy here in Bangkok doing other work...and then came the holidays. I've started work on an easy play-along song, so look for that in the next couple weeks.
Music is Magic,
1) I finally finished my "Seven Come Eleven (Charlie Christian solo)" lesson. This is pretty advanced, but I try to lay it out clearly. I created a Bonus Package (for a paltry fee) that includes 8 backing tracks at various speeds and 2 PDF documents to go along with it. Charlie was one of the first electric guitarists and also one of the best!
2) I also made time to make lesson pages for my series on "The Modes of the Major Scale" (difficulty: intermediate). The first lesson is about finding the modes on the neck, and the second lesson shows how the seven modes can be arranged from brightest to darkest. I used a screen cast of a piano keyboard to make it extremely clear. Learning about the modes is a great way to improve your ear, which is half the battle in becoming a musician!
3) I added a few more music stores, repair shops and an open mic venue to the Links tab.
A friend recently came to Bangkok (where I live), and brought my 1975 Fender Stratocaster with him from Seattle (where I grew up), so I'm thinking it would be fun to now make some lessons on rock and blues licks. I've finally got a guitar I can bend strings on again! If you get some value, please donate.
See you soon.
1) Please join me on Facebook at facebook.com/ davesguitarplanet . Click 'Like!'
2) I've been busy here in Bangkok trying to make a living--the company where I was doing IT support is not doing well and had to let me go :-( --but I think I'll be able to add more content soon! Do any of you know Charlie Christian? He played guitar for Benny Goodman (famous clarinet player in the 1940s), but died at the early age of 25 from tuberculosis. He was an amazing player--one of the first electric guitarists! I've always wanted to learn one of his solos, so I should be posting that soon. Stay tuned! --Dave
Hi There! Check out the Links tab for BKK stores and venues.
I set up the forum (see right side of menu bar), a year ago, but then about 5 'spam robots' per day tried to register. So many I just got in the habit of deleting requests that were sent to me for approval. I just changed the registration process to try and throw off the robots. So, if you tried to register before but unsuccessfully, please try again--especially all you Bangkok folks!
Here's some of the latest stuff I've put on youtube:
How to Play 'Peaceful Easy Feeling' on Guitar
("Play-Along" section starts about 10:00 in.)
Learning about "The Modes" (7 different-sounding scales/chord progressions), is a great way to improve your ear and become an intermediate player:
How to Play "Peg" (by Steely Dan) on Guitar
(Unfortunately, youtube says this is "blocked in some countries.")
Feel free to poke around the various lessons, songs and theory PDFs. If you benefit from something here and you have a few bucks you can spare, I'd very much appreciate your contribution (click the Donate button; it's easy to use your credit card).
Some of my axioms:
Music is something you hear; not see. Seems obvious, doesn't it?
If you can’t sing it, you can’t play it. The best players "sing through their instrument."
If a song doesn't have at least a little blues in it, I'm often not interested.
If you have some feedback on any of my lessons, etc., or you'd like to request a lesson on a certain song or topic, please let me know.
LessonsWarm-up Exercise Open Chords Intro to 12-Bar Blues; Dominant 7th Chords Play a Simple Melody By Ear Play Major Scale on 1 String Sing and Play a Blues Lick
LessonsPeg (L&C, V)
Music Theory, etc.
Drum TracksJazz-Rock 110bpm Jazz-Rock 125bpm Jazz (Swing) 115bpm Jazz (Swing 140bpm Rock 100bpm Rock 130bpm Slow Blues 80bpm Slow Blues 100bpm
Drone Tracks (Bass & Drum)Country Drone: G, 100bpm Jazz-Rock Drone: Db, 110bpm Jazz-Rock Drone: Ab, 125bpm Jazz (Swing) Drone: Bb, 115bpm Jazz (Swing) Drone: F, 140bpm Latin Drone: F, 100bpm Rock Drone: A, 100bpm Rock Drone: C, 130bpm Roots Rock: G, 105bpm Roots Rock: A, 120bpm
Bonus Tracks (small fee)Seven Come Eleven (Charlie Christian solo) (Advanced): 2 PDFs, 8 backing tracks: PayPal, Google Wallet
Adhere the 13th (Live Blues) Bamboo Bar (Oriental Hotel-Live Jazz) Brown Sugar (Live Jazz & Blues Pub) DET5 (Sukhumvit Soi 8) Fat Gutz Saloon (Thong Lo) Jazz Pit (Pattaya) Living Room (Sheraton Grande-Live Jazz) Niu's (Silom) Nothing But The Blues (Thong Lo) Saxophone Pub (Live Blues, etc.)
Live Music Venues
Jam/Open MicDET5 (most Mondays from 8:30pm) Nothing But The Blues (every other Sunday night) Fatty's Bar & Diner (Tuesdays from 8:30pm)
Guitar MakersNNG Jinatune Guitarshop (Thonburi)
Guitar Repair, AdjustmentSecond Music Jinatune Guitarshop (Thonburi)
Apple / Macintosh AssistanceBangkok Mac
Bangkok Music Stores
Hi, I'm Dave Peterson. I used to play in bands around Seattle in the '70s and '80s. I moved to Japan for ten years in the '90s. Then, after five years in Berkeley, California I moved here to Bangkok, Thailand. Now I sometimes sit in with bands and play at open mic events. I teach guitar in Bangkok, so if you're here and want to learn, let me know! I'm hoping to get some gigs going, but in the mean time I wanted to share my knowledge of, and passion for, the guitar with others. And that's why I built the Guitar Planet site. Enjoy!
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