Guitar Lesson – Dissonant Intervals

Guitar Lesson Exercise 3

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This week we come to a conclusion in the interval trilogy as we cover all dissonant intervals.  The Minor and Major 2nds, 7ths, and the Diminished 5th.

In this episode I touch base on what separates these intervals from the rest, namely the sound and feel they naturally produce.  These intervals are, in my humbling opinion, in a sort of handle with care category.  They don’t naturally sound comfortable so using them can be a bit trickier.  The exercise is also a bit more cumbersome.  It’s a very similar formula to the previous exercises, but the locations of the notes from each root note is a little odd and the B string’s tuning certainly doesn’t do much to help.  Just take it easy and you should be ok.

Stay tuned next week where we’ll take an overall look at intervals as a whole.

Lesson 3 Tabs
Lesson 3 Tabs


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Kyle Smitchens is the Guitar-Muse Managing Editor, super hero extraordinaire, and all around great guy. He has been playing guitar since his late teens and writing personal biographies almost as long. An appreciator of all music, his biggest influences include Tchaikovsky, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Steve Vai, Therion, and Jon Levasseur of Cryptopsy.

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