Wednesday, 27 November 2013

"Get The Funk Out" Nuno Bettencourt, Extreme (Solo Transcription - Guitar TAB & Lesson)

Get The Funk Out (Extreme)
Nuno Bettencourt 

Notes on the TAB:
-The start of Nuno's solo makes use of G minor pentatonic licks that are reminiscent of the style of Jimi Hendrix
-In measure 3 and 4, the 6-plet rhythmic value of a 4-note phrase played against a consistent 4/4 time signature creates a 4-over-6 rhythmic juxtaposition that creates syncopation. The syncopation of the phrases resolves every 2 beats.
-To heighten tension, Nuno increased the 6-plets into 32nd notes at bar 7 and 8.
-Tension released at bar 9 and 10 with the 16th note licks that mixes notes from the G Dorian and G Mixolydian modes.

Mixing notes from different scales/arpeggios are really very common in eg. Jazz. During my Jazz studies, my teachers have actually given me tasks such as, let's take the song Au Privave by Charlie Parker, for the improvised solo, I'm supposed to mix notes from the F Blues scale, F7 arpeggio and Dbmaj7(#5) arpeggio just to solo over ONE chord, the F7 chord.

So, the idea is to practice soloing using the different scales/arpeggios in isolation, and then once you are familiar with each of them individually, it's time to combine them :D :D

Notes of the Scales used in the solo~~
G minor pentatonic: G Bb C D F
G Dorian: G A Bb C D E F 
G Mixolydian: G A B C D E F

For those of you who are not familiar with the Modes of the major scale, here they are in order: 
Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, Locrian.

Thus the Dorian is the 2nd mode of the major scale & the Mixolydian the 5th mode.

To bring practice to the next level: 
-Figure out the positions of each individual scale throughout the fretboard
-Try writing your own solo lines using notes from the scale
-Try mixing notes from the different scales, in this case the major note difference would be the "B" note and "Bb" note but it is significant enough to give a colorful difference to the sound :D :D

Guitar TAB of "Get The Funk Out" solo by Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme):

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Sapphire Ng | Bridal PhotoShoot [PHOTOS]: Studio, Outdoor, Behind-The-Scenes

Model: Sapphire Ng
Photographer: Mike S
MakeUp/Hair: Gucci Tan
Styling: Mike S, Gucci Tan
Wardrobe: MS Studio

[Studio Photos: Nikon D3S Series]

[With MakeUp Artist]

[MakeUp/Hair in Progress]

MakeUp Artist/Hair: Angie
Styling: Mike S/Angie
Location: Punggol Lallang Field

[Olympus EP3 Series]

Credits to Photographer Kwok Kin Fei

Credits to Photographer Ben Yeow

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Donna Lee (Charlie Parker) - Solo Transcription - Guitar TAB

Hey guys, so I've tabbed the solo to Charlie Parker's Donna Lee !! Wow, Bird's lick and phrases are simply so epic, not to mention really challenging.

Anyways, here's the guitar TAB for this old time classic tune, a favorite of jazz musicians. Have fun playing the solo  :D

Love ya,
Sapphire Ng <3 <3 <3

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Sapphire Ng | "The Chicken" Guitar Cover (Jaco Pastorius) [VIDEO & PHOTOS]

Guitarist: Sapphire Ng
Gear: Ibanez Korean Artstar, GT-100 Multi-Effects Pedal
Recorded using Apogee Jam into Logic

Videographer: Mike S
MakeUp/Hair: Sonia Hui

Guitar cover of "The Chicken" by Jaco Pastorius


Behind-The-Scenes Photos: