Fun Intervals: How To Create Original Guitar Licks

Author: Tommaso Zillio

Do you think that intervals are boring and not easily applicable to real-life playing situations? There is a reason why you think this way. Keep reading.

Intervals are usually one of the first thing explained in music theory books and websites – and there’s nothing wrong with that, except for the fact that they are only explained “in theory” With this I mean that, more often than not, no practical applications for intervals are given in those books or websites: intervals are something you are supposed to study and they will be useful in the future. Kind of like the broccoli your mom made: they tasted horrible but hey, “they are good for you” :-)

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Result: musicians get the impression that music theory is not really useful for people who actually want to make music, and get back to play the same old pentatonic scale.

Well, as it happens, it takes just a little bit of imagination to find a practical application for intervals that even a beginner can put into practice immediately. It also happen to sound awesome. I see people like John Petrucci using this kind of trick often in their solos – and if it’s good enough for Petrucci, it’s good enough for me.

So without further ado, here’s a video that explains how to make your solos way more interesting using one of the most “boring” concept in music theory: intervals. Only, once you apply them they are not boring anymore :-)

Well, that is probably enough to keep you playing for a while. Note that in the video I used only one interval (a perfect fifth) but you can also use all the other intervals to create a world of sonic possibilities. Enjoy!

About the Author

Tommaso Zillio is a professional guitarist and guitar teacher. Visit Tommaso’s site to know more about music theory for guitar

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