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The Trooper Guitar Tutorial

The Trooper Guitar Tutorial

The Trooper Guitar Tabs

Nate Richards here – let’s jump in to this The Trooper guitar tutorial with tabs linked below, as well as tabs on screen.

Tremolo Picking Guitar Lesson

Tremolo Picking Guitar Lesson – our new camera and audio/visual setup!

Nate Richards teaches a tremolo picking guitar lesson to get your picking speed moving. Get your thrash metal on!

And we are excited to show you our new audio visual setup with our brand new camera and film studio at RGS!

Nate is playing a new Jackson SLAT Soloist through a Fender Champion 100 amp.

This picking technique is in the style of Dave Mustaine of Megadeth and James Hetfield of Metallica. Give it a try and send us your questions or comments!

Music Theory Lesson – What Makes a Song in a Mode

New YouTube Music Theory Lesson – What Makes a Song in a Mode

Nate Richards talks about what makes a song in a mode in this music theory lesson. 

So, what exactly is a mode? Let’s start with the Major Scale – which is the overarching parent scale in all Western music. To be brief, the Major scale has 7 notes that climb up the alphabet one letter at a time (a-b-c-d-e-f-g-a-b-c-d-e-f-g-a-etc), and we number them 1-2-3-4-5-6-7. The G Major scale is the key I used in the video, and the notes are G-A-B-C-D-E-F#, numbered G-1, A-2, B-3, etc.

A mode is a variation of the scale note order, and each variation comes with really fancy Greek name (these scales are very old, dating back well over 1000 years used in Gregorian Chant sung by monks – they thought the Greeks invented music so they gave all of the notes and scales Greek names). Take a look at the scale variations below and see that the idea is simply a circling around the same notes – the only difference is the starting note.

(BTW – modal theory goes way, way beyond this initial stage. But, this is a start at the general concept. Each mode eventually will become it’s own little world within the solar system of the Major Scale, with each mode having it’s own idiosyncrasies, chord progressions, emotions, colors, and applications).

I – G Ionian: G-A-B-C-D-E-F# (a.k.a. G Major. “Ionian” is just the Greek term referring to the Major Scale)

ii – A Dorian: A-B-C-D-E-F#-G

iii – B Phrygian: B-C-D-E-F#-G-A

IV – C Lydian: C-D-E-F#-G-A-B

V – D Mixolydian: D-E-F#-G-A-B-C

vi – E Aeolian: E-F#-G-A-B-C-D (a.k.a. E Natural Minor, or the “Relative” minor)

viio – F# Locrian: F#-G-A-B-C-D-E

This is just a start, and you are not expected to be an expert on modes at this point – that takes a long time of lessons, study, practice, and experience.

If you’ve made it this far, you might be confused and wondering what this all means. Here is a good follow-up video to this one to try applying the modes, and hopefully you will start to see how they work. Below that is yet another video from another angle:

 

NEW Violin Teacher and Viola Lessons!

We have a new violin teacher and viola lessons teacher at RGS!

New violin teacher AND viola lessons teacher coming to RGS! Natalie has B.A. in Viola Performance from West Chester University and plays professionally in the amazing Transcendence String Quartet! She teaches all levels of violin and viola. She’s filling up fast so call RGS today to reserve a spot!

CONTACT US to schedule a discounted trial lesson!

Violin teacher Viola lessons

Violin teacher Viola lessons

I (Nate Richards) am personally taking violin lessons with her too! And I can’t wait to get started!

Updated Pariadin and Solemnis Photo Shoot!

Check out these amazing band photos from our recent Richards Rock Academy Photo Shoot! Thank you Dave Shinkle Photography!

Richards Rock Academy Photo Shoot

Richards Rock Academy Photo Shoot

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Richards Rock Academy Photo Shoot

Richards Rock Academy Photo Shoot

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