June 6, 2019 at 12:02 am #135157
Hi Active Melody Community!
Let’s all get creative with this month’s site member challenge. I want to hear more of YOUR creations 🙂
So here’s how it works:
1) This month is about improvising. We’ll all be using the MP3 jam track from EP290 and improvsing leads over that jam track (you can always play what I played if you’re not ready to improvise just yet) – check the video above for details 🙂 Here’s a link to EP290
2) Remember, if you’re comfortable with improvising yet, just play it the way I did.
3) Let’s all comment (as always) on each others work and learn from each other. 🙂
**If you need assistance with how to record yourself and post to the forum see this post and/or private message me and I will be happy to help you out.**
GROUND RULES FOR PARTICIPATION:
1. Post your Youtube, Vimeo, or Soundcloud links of you playing your chosen lesson anytime between Friday, June 28 through Sunday, June 30, 10:00 pm CST. Please do not submit earlier. I think it is fun to see everyone’s posts at once.
2. Submit individually in the “Active Melody Member Challenge Response Submissions” forum. Title your posts “June 2019 Challenge Response – [Your AM Screen Name]”
3. If you submit more than one video or audio link for your challenge submission, please indicate in your challenge post which link you want to be added to the consolidated post. I will pick my favorite if one is not indicated. Only one video or audio link per member will be posted in the consolidated post. This saves me time and allows me to see more of my family on challenge submission weekends.
4. Have fun and don’t be intimidated by these challenges!!! Use these challenges to help you set goals and complete them by a deadline. You can also use this as an opportunity to chat with your fellow Active Melody members and share tips or tricks on this challenge that you think are useful.
5. In my opinion, it is better to show progress versus perfection with these challenges. So if you are a beginner and can only play the first couple of measures. That is completely ok. If you play two more measures of the next challenge piece than you did the previous one, you are on track to getting better. This is what these challenges are about…you learning guitar and getting better. Remember we are all here to support you no matter what your current playing level is.
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Premium members can earn a free AM T-Shirt as indicated here:
I look forward to seeing everyone’s posts! 🙂
June 6, 2019 at 12:17 am #135158
Yeah, nice haircut – now you’re ready for vacation! 😉
June 6, 2019 at 6:01 am #135160
Funnily enough I was looking at that lesson last night and thinking I need to go through that one. I really like that transition to the B flat sus 2. Now I’ve got an extra incentive…I’ve not submitted any playing yet with a jam track. I’m in.
June 6, 2019 at 7:08 am #135161
A Brian classic, Charjo did a fantastic rendition of this lesson when it 1st came out, I may just have found my motivation again and learn this One, Charjo is my benchmark and if I can get half as good as him playing this lesson then I’ll consider it a job well done.
June 6, 2019 at 7:27 am #135164
Martyn in FranceParticipant
That’s what we like to hear Billy!!!
June 7, 2019 at 5:31 am #135203
Thanks, Billy, this is a beautiful lesson and full of major scale pearls. Remember, I’ve been waiting to show you something that I think will motivate your further (and it’s not a new Canadian taxi cab). Any day now! Wait for it.
June 6, 2019 at 10:12 am #135167
I like the idea of Junes Challenge and maybe this will be the one where I finally share with your beautiful community of guitar players. Just love what you are doing and I’m growing along.
Do you show any of the submissions anywhere on your site? It would be nice to see an edited version, even if just a few seconds of peoples playing.
MUSIC WILL SAVE THE WORLD
June 6, 2019 at 3:45 pm #135185
Robi, you can see everyone’s submission for all past challenges in this forum – https://www.activemelody.com/forums/forum/consolidated-challenge-posts/
June 6, 2019 at 11:30 am #135172
sounds exciting will have to get the thinking cap on for expansion, i struggle inside tinkering with such great lesson material
June 6, 2019 at 3:04 pm #135181
Oh no! The lesson demo has become a brainworm for me. I can’t get the melody out of my head. I’m wondering how I will ever be able to come up with some decent improv now.
June 6, 2019 at 6:43 pm #135190
That’s cool . Just did a little improv without learning the lesson yet . I didn’t know whether to put a Marshall Tucker feel to it or Stevie . This should be fun .
June 7, 2019 at 9:07 pm #135253
I remember when I use to pay for haircuts.. now I just shave my head lol..ep290 is cool for me too!
June 12, 2019 at 12:03 am #135536
Trust that everyone is well, and enjoying the guitar.
Pardon the pun, but I haven’t been “active” for a while now. I tend to go away and work on songs, etc and then I’ll find my way back here, which is great!
I know that improvising helps you choose the right notes, (and immediately recognize the bad one’s), but how does one successfully, and melodically improvise if one hasn’t built up a vocabulary of phrases or licks? I realize the importance of landing on the right note to resolve a phrase for instance, but I find that I just don’t have enough arsenal to build a meaningful solo, while also, not holding back? Thoughts, anyone?
June 13, 2019 at 3:27 pm #135582
Sorry no video.
Sent it now while i had help from my son.
June 16, 2019 at 11:25 pm #135753
How does Bb flat fit in?
So I’m trying to do this lesson for the June challenge and I actually haven’t really watched the lesson because I want to come up with my own stuff for this backing track. So if my answer to this question is in the lesson I apologize. My question is how does Bb fit in with the chord progression? Playing the notes of the C major/A minor scale and there is no Bb in the scale. Not to get too hung up on theory but this is bugging me.
June 17, 2019 at 5:55 pm #135795
I had the same question when i went through the lesson material. The lesson does not explain and Brian says a few times in the lesson that it’s in C major (C D E F G A B C). Was scratching my head for a bit but this seems to be an error my uneducated guess is that the song is really in C Mixolydian (C D E F G A Bb C) and not C major. Maybe someone smarter will correct me.
C Major pentatonic will work anyways since both scales have most of the same notes and B or Bb isn’t in the pentatonic scale for C so you mostly wont notice unless you hit the B from the full diatonic scale.
If you want to learn this scale it will work over the whole song including where you play over the Bb chords. It’s the same scale patterns used for Major and Minor just go backwards two patterns i.e. if you’re on the spot on the neck where you would play pattern 1 for major, play pattern 4 instead on that spot. Hope that’s not too confusing.
C Mixolydian Diagram:
June 28, 2019 at 2:13 am #136246
Thanks Tim! I think you’re exactly right. That makes sense now! It boils down to the F major scale with C as the tonic/root. It’s not really too confusing. 👍
June 19, 2019 at 5:51 pm #135902
Yahoo! i have been trying to play Guitar for the past 3 years.i started playing Guitar at 55 now i am 59.i am tired of just Noodleing around the neck..so when i first received this lesson june 6th i thought this would be nice to learn..so for the last 14 days i have been beatin my head against the wall slowly learning this.and it is stuck in my head..now i know why..i am finnaly going to learn a jam and post.i just found out about the challenge today.thanks for the challenge Brian..BTW is that T shirt challenge still on?
June 21, 2019 at 12:32 pm #135971
I have not attempted a challenge before. Do the submissions have to be in video format or will an MP3 sound file be acceptable?
June 30, 2019 at 5:43 am #136844
This is my first attempt at one of these challenges. I have viewed quite a number of the responses so far and am really impressed with the range and ingenuity of them. I was particularly impressed with the submission by Jola, great slide sound, but what has really struck me is the level of support that you all give one another. I believe that sort of thing can go a great way to improving an individual’s confidence in themselves. Anyway, I hope this works, please excuse all of the mistakes! Here goes!
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June 30, 2019 at 6:21 am #136865
Phil, can you re-post this in the Active Melody Member Response Submissions. I tried to do it for you but was not successful.
Playing music on the guitar is like sculpturing your soul with musical notes. 🙂 6stringer pete
The melody of the notes is what expresses the art of music . 🙂 6 stringer Pete
It really is all about ”melody”. The melody comes from a language from our heart. Our heart is the muscle in music harmony. The melody is the sweetness that it pumps into our musical thoughts on the fretboard. 🙂 6 stringer Pete
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