THe Life On 7 Strings Guitar Course

Welcome to the "Life On 7 Strings" flagship course! The first few lessons are up and ready for you to begin your 7 string guitar journey. We're only scratching the surface as many more lessons are in the pipeline and will be uploaded soon. Be sure to click on the music tab to stream my latest album "I Dug A Well"  to get an idea of the level of playing these lessons will guide you to.

Each lesson comes as a bundle containing a Modal study, a Pentatonic study and Arpeggio (chordal) study.  There are currently two types of files that will download... a .PDF file that you can pull up on screen or print out and a .gpx file that will open up into the Guitar Pro program so you can work with the lessons interactively. If you do not currently have Guitar Pro installed, I recommend that you purchase the desktop version or the app to get the most out of these lessons. In the meantime, the PDF files will get you on your way. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, comments or suggestions and I hope you enjoy this course devoted to the 7 string guitar!

LO7S 10 Module Bundle
  • LO7S 10 Module Bundle

LO7S 10 Module Bundle

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Ready to jump into the deep end? Purchase Modules 1 -10 at a 50% discount! That's a total of 74 pages, 30 lessons, PDF and GPX files.

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LO7S - Module 1: Setting The Tone
  • LO7S - Module 1: Setting The Tone

LO7S - Module 1: Setting The Tone

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Metal and Minor tonality go hand in hand. With the tonal range of the 7 string extending down to low B, we'll begin with the 7 tone B Minor scale, which we'll later refer to as the Aeolian Mode. Then we'll break it down to the 5 tone Pentatonic scale and finally the B minor triad for our chord tones. Take note of the 2 sharp signs in the key

Metal and Minor tonality go hand in hand. With the tonal range of the 7 string extending down to low B, we'll begin with the 7 tone B Minor scale, which we'll later refer to as the Aeolian Mode. Then we'll break it down to the 5 tone Pentatonic scale and finally the B minor triad for our chord tones. Take note of the 2 sharp signs in the key signature which indicate that C is sharp and F is Sharp. Note: Despite it's minor tonality, these drills can be played along with the backing track. More on why that is later! Enjoy!

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LO7S - Module 2: Majoring in Majors
  • LO7S - Module 2: Majoring in Majors

LO7S - Module 2: Majoring in Majors

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The major scale is said to be the foundation of western music and is this foundation of this course. It's that bright and uplifting sounding scale ( Do, Re, Mi from The Sound of Music anyone?) that is seemingly a contradiction to Metal, but surprisingly is used a lot in Modern Progressive Metal. Whether a song is major or minor, a major scale can

The major scale is said to be the foundation of western music and is this foundation of this course. It's that bright and uplifting sounding scale ( Do, Re, Mi from The Sound of Music anyone?) that is seemingly a contradiction to Metal, but surprisingly is used a lot in Modern Progressive Metal. Whether a song is major or minor, a major scale can be found lurking either directly or indirectly within most songs because as you will soon learn, these scales are related. So let's shift up from B minor to D major and nail down the diatonic (7 tone) major scale, the D major pentatonic (5 tone) and the D major triad arpeggios. Take note that the two sharps in the key signature did not change.

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LO7S - Module 3 - Modal Citizens
  • LO7S - Module 3 - Modal Citizens

LO7S - Module 3 - Modal Citizens

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A mode is an inverted or displaced scale. When isolated, they reveal their specific mood. When mastered we can use them to create the emotions that we want to embody in a song. Earlier I mentioned that Ionian (Major) was bright and uplifting and Aeolian (Minor) was dark and sad. Those are our "bookends" and the other modes sit on the spectrum

A mode is an inverted or displaced scale. When isolated, they reveal their specific mood. When mastered we can use them to create the emotions that we want to embody in a song. Earlier I mentioned that Ionian (Major) was bright and uplifting and Aeolian (Minor) was dark and sad. Those are our "bookends" and the other modes sit on the spectrum somewhere in between. That's for a future lesson on "Parallel Modes", for now we'll explore them as "relative" modes where they exist in the same key. Same 7 notes, but different roots. We'll also derive 7 chords from those same notes in the arpeggio study. Modes and chords are 2 sides of the same coin.

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LO7S - Module 4: Diagonally Speaking
  • LO7S - Module 4: Diagonally Speaking

LO7S - Module 4: Diagonally Speaking

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The Box Modes were named as such due to their boxey shape as they would appear on a fretboard diagram. They maintain this shape because, for the most part we're playing in one position on the fretboard with very little left to right hand movement along the neck. Now we're going to move diagonally up and down the fretboard due to the 3 note per

The Box Modes were named as such due to their boxey shape as they would appear on a fretboard diagram. They maintain this shape because, for the most part we're playing in one position on the fretboard with very little left to right hand movement along the neck. Now we're going to move diagonally up and down the fretboard due to the 3 note per string formula for these modal studies. Likewise the arpeggios will move in a similar fashion, but even more exaggerated giving you a nice little workout!. We'll also work on the D Minor Pentatonic Scale. This is where the scale shows it's true colors, becomes the antagonist and causes tension as it seeks to do its own thing. Yet, it somehow still works against the major sounding backing track. Those are called Blue Notes my friend... the stuff Rock, Metal and Blues is made of! More on that later.

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LO7S - Module 5: Arp Chunking, Blue Notes and Shifting Tetrachords
  • LO7S - Module 5: Arp Chunking, Blue Notes and Shifting Tetrachords

LO7S - Module 5: Arp Chunking, Blue Notes and Shifting Tetrachords

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Okay y'all this one shifts into high gear. A tetrachord is where a scale is divided into two parts. The first four notes is the lower tetrachord. The last four notes is the upper tetrachord. In our modal study each tetrachord is divided by a position shift... four notes, shift, four notes shift, four notes, shift, etc. This greatly extends the

Okay y'all this one shifts into high gear. A tetrachord is where a scale is divided into two parts. The first four notes is the lower tetrachord. The last four notes is the upper tetrachord. In our modal study each tetrachord is divided by a position shift... four notes, shift, four notes shift, four notes, shift, etc. This greatly extends the range of each mode over the fingerboard. The arpeggio study does something similar, but uses a technique called "chunking". This is where we play a Root, 3rd, 5th Triad and then immediately shift our hand position up two frets to the next octave root and play the same triad shape or "chunk". Then we'll examine the 5 modes of the Blues Scale. The Blues Scale is the minor pentatonic scale where we add flat 5 in with the flat 3 and 7, that will give us the bluest of all the blue notes. It sounds fantastic on the 7 string! Enjoy!

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LO7S - Module 6: More Tetrachords, Extended Arps and the Minor - Major 6 Pentatonic
  • LO7S - Module 6: More Tetrachords, Extended Arps and the Minor - Major 6 Pentatonic

LO7S - Module 6: More Tetrachords, Extended Arps and the Minor - Major 6 Pentatonic

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We're going 4 notes per string on this round of tetrachords, expanding our triad arpeggios even more and replacing the flat 7 with a major 6 tone in the ultra cool sounding Minor -Major 6 Pentatonic scale. From this point forward we will begin stacking more tones to our arpeggios so get ready! Reminder: If you're not observing the down/up picking

We're going 4 notes per string on this round of tetrachords, expanding our triad arpeggios even more and replacing the flat 7 with a major 6 tone in the ultra cool sounding Minor -Major 6 Pentatonic scale. From this point forward we will begin stacking more tones to our arpeggios so get ready! Reminder: If you're not observing the down/up picking symbols above the tab, you're not getting the full benefit of the lesson.

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LO7S - Module 7: Modal Sequence #1, 7th Arpeggios and The Major 6 Blues Scale
  • LO7S - Module 7: Modal Sequence #1, 7th Arpeggios and The Major 6 Blues Scale

LO7S - Module 7: Modal Sequence #1, 7th Arpeggios and The Major 6 Blues Scale

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For this lesson's modal study we're going to play a sequence of 1-3-2-4-3-5-4-6-5-7 up and down the scales to work out a form of economy picking called "Inside Picking". Pay close attention to the pick symbols in this study or it won't work right. In the arpeggio study we're going to stack the 7th tone on to the triads. The Blues Scale with a flat

For this lesson's modal study we're going to play a sequence of 1-3-2-4-3-5-4-6-5-7 up and down the scales to work out a form of economy picking called "Inside Picking". Pay close attention to the pick symbols in this study or it won't work right. In the arpeggio study we're going to stack the 7th tone on to the triads. The Blues Scale with a flat 6 is the coolest of them all. I think you'll agree. This lesson is loaded with guitar playing goodness! Take your time and if you experience any pain take a break!! Don't play in pain!!

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LO7S - Module 8: Scale Sequence #2, Nineth Arpeggios and the Flat 5 Blues Scale
  • LO7S - Module 8: Scale Sequence #2, Nineth Arpeggios and the Flat 5 Blues Scale

LO7S - Module 8: Scale Sequence #2, Nineth Arpeggios and the Flat 5 Blues Scale

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Scale Sequence #2 is a workout and wil do wonders for developing finger independence. Try to keep your fingers as close to the strings as possible but take it slow at first then gradually increase your speed. The tempo marking at the beginning of all of these studies is the suggested starting point. If you are using Guitar Pro, then you'll be able

Scale Sequence #2 is a workout and wil do wonders for developing finger independence. Try to keep your fingers as close to the strings as possible but take it slow at first then gradually increase your speed. The tempo marking at the beginning of all of these studies is the suggested starting point. If you are using Guitar Pro, then you'll be able to adjust the tempo as you progress. The Nineth Arpeggios have a melodic jazzy flavor and some really cool sweeps in the picking department. If it sounds too jazzy, don't despair because the flat 5 Blues Scale will yank you back into the Metal pit pronto!

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LO7S - Module 9: Scale Sequence #3, 11th Arpeggios and The Diminished Pentatonic with Double Flat 7
  • LO7S - Module 9: Scale Sequence #3, 11th Arpeggios and The Diminished Pentatonic with Double Flat 7

LO7S - Module 9: Scale Sequence #3, 11th Arpeggios and The Diminished Pentatonic with Double Flat 7

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In case you weren't aware, I've been training you from the very beginning, a superior form of picking called Economy Picking. This form of picking better synchronizes the two hands over the more standard alternate (straight down / up) picking. Since this is considered an advanced form of picking, this is another facet of this program that is unique

In case you weren't aware, I've been training you from the very beginning, a superior form of picking called Economy Picking. This form of picking better synchronizes the two hands over the more standard alternate (straight down / up) picking. Since this is considered an advanced form of picking, this is another facet of this program that is unique in addition to the 7 string format. Upon completion of this lesson, you will have gained a strong command of this picking style! All three studies will see to that. If you find yourself in the weeds with the picking aspect of this lesson, go back through the previous studies and focus more on the picking aspect. You will thank me later as your ability to develop speed and precision hinges on this! All of the previous lessons contain their own set of challenges, so you should be continuing to practice them anyway.

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LO7S Module 10: Pedal Tone Sequence Etude, The Arpeggio Modes and The Major Blues Scale
  • LO7S Module 10: Pedal Tone Sequence Etude, The Arpeggio Modes and The Major Blues Scale

LO7S Module 10: Pedal Tone Sequence Etude, The Arpeggio Modes and The Major Blues Scale

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DISCLAIMER: The Pedal Tone Sequence Etude MUST be played slowly at first or you will run the risk of injuring your left hand. This is a right hand alternate picking exercise that involves wide string skips and for the left hand involves finger stretching. For this reason we'll start high on the fretboard and work through the modes down to the wider

DISCLAIMER: The Pedal Tone Sequence Etude MUST be played slowly at first or you will run the risk of injuring your left hand. This is a right hand alternate picking exercise that involves wide string skips and for the left hand involves finger stretching. For this reason we'll start high on the fretboard and work through the modes down to the wider frets. The guitar should be positioned on your left leg classical style for optimum hand positioning. By the time you play through this twice, your muscles should feel warm and elastic. Keep your muscles loose and don't tense up! If at any point you feel pain anywhere in your arm or hand, STOP and take a break. Over time you will gradually be able to pick up the pace but don't rush. The Arpeggio Mode study is where we have now come full circle and are play all 7 modes as arpeggios. This is so enjoyable to play through and you should be able to take this and play through chord changes as solos. The Major Blues Scale is the easiest of the three and I'm giving you a break after the effort you put into the previous two.

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LO7S Backing Track

Here is a backing track that you can play most of these modal and arpeggio studies to. The performance notes are: 

  1. The arrangement of the chord progressions are Ionian - Dorian - Ionian - Phrygian - Ionian - Lydian - Ionian - Mixolydian - Ionian - Aeolian - Ionian - Locrian - Ionian - Ionian - Ending 
  2. Whenever the chord progression reverts back to Ionian, stay in the current mode that you are playing and take note how that mode suddenly takes on the Ionian characteristic. 
  3. When playing the mode to it's matching chord progression, take note of the mood that mode creates. 
  4. The two repeating Ionian progressions at the end total 8 cycles through the progression. Go through all 7 modes plus the octave Ionian to these 8 cycles (Play up the scales only to fit them all within the progression). 
  5. Beginning with the triads, play the arpeggios to the backing track in the same way as the modes. When the music reverts back to the Ionian progression, does the current arpeggio sound unresolved or at rest? Does adding more tones from the other arpeggios help bring any unresolved tones sit better in the Ionian progression? 
  6. The timing of each study is there to give each scale / arpeggio symmetry in the transcription and does not always match the metering of the music. Choose your own timing and phrasing when playing to the track. Whenever there are chord frames, try strumming the chords along with track, matching the chord name to its arpeggio.
  7. The ultimate goal is to improvise your own solos once these studies are firmly under your fingers. That's done simply by re-ordering the note sequences out of the scale patterns into you own melodies, phrases and licks!