Althea

Althea

Postby jester536 » Mon Apr 19, 2010 6:59 pm

I'm committed to learning something about playing leads. I tend to grab a pentatonic scale and just flail away. I'm wondering if I can get some help. Let's take Althea. If I play an E minor bluesy thing (I'm not even sure that's right) I think it sounds OK but it doesn't nail it. Throwing notes in from the Bmin sounds good but at the wrong time it's awful. Any thoughts..I just don't know how to build a lead...how do you increase that tension...what creates that release. Nothing is too basic here.
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Re: Althea

Postby JonnyBoy » Tue Apr 20, 2010 10:03 am

Mixolydian scales are a great introduction to Jerry's approach. He does what he feels, but a lot can be explained with this scale approach. Here is a good teacher that explains the concept.

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Re: Althea

Postby Tennessee Jedi » Tue Apr 20, 2010 10:23 am

my strategy on this one is to play the solo out of chord shapes.
Learn the chords up and down the neck.
Many times the right ones can found close to each other.
Chromatic notes are worth exploring; notes that arent in the ' scale' but still work. Think the intro of Althea ....
Find U tube vid and hope there is good shots of Jerrys hands ...
Hope this helps.
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Re: Althea

Postby strumminsix » Tue Apr 20, 2010 10:31 am

Use a full B minor scale. Use the notes out of that to compilment the chord changes. They are all there.
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Re: Althea

Postby DenverEd » Tue Apr 20, 2010 11:07 am

Doesn't B Aeolian have an eminor?

I play the over the chord shapes but am thinking A major the whole time.
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Re: Althea

Postby mijknahs » Wed Apr 21, 2010 9:17 am

I play according to the chords. I think Jerry approaches it this way too. Kinda like soloing to Crazy Fingers but just 3 chords. When it comes back to the E, I usually go for some E blues stuff.
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Re: Althea

Postby Tennessee Jedi » Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:44 am

Check out this guy
Its all about the chord shapes
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Re: Althea

Postby Jimaroe » Sat Jun 16, 2012 10:06 am

Anybody interested in learning to finger pick Althea ought to check out Seth Fleishman at GratefulGuitarLessons.Com. I picked up his finger picking Jerry Althea lesson 3 days ago, and can't stop messing with it. No affiliation with Seth or his website, I just previously harbored an unwillingness to even try finger picking until I bought his lesson, it really is fantastic.
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Re: Althea

Postby mijknahs » Sat Jun 16, 2012 10:32 am

I'm pretty much always thinking about the chords during the solo:

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Re: Althea

Postby Tennessee Jedi » Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:26 pm

mijknahs wrote:I'm pretty much always thinking about the chords during the solo:


Hey man - did you review that guitar somewhere and I missed it ?
Great vid , too !
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Re: Althea

Postby gr8fullfred » Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:49 pm

E mixo pretty much nails it. Remember its Jerry, therefore, think Mixolydian mode.
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Re: Althea

Postby mijknahs » Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:13 pm

Tennessee Jedi wrote:Hey man - did you review that guitar somewhere and I missed it ?


No, I did not do a review. I did enjoy playing the guitar although the action was a bit low for me and the strings were 9s (I use 10s). It was very light weight (unlike Jerry's guitar and my Tiger copy). It got a pretty decent sound (as you can hear in the vid) even though there was no buffer or any active electrioncs or Super IIs. I'd say it was pretty harmonically "rich" sounding. I would definitley use that guitar as a backup instead of modifiying a Strat or some other stock guitar. Now if they could make the body out of a thick slab of rRosewood (same family as cocobolo), that would be sweet with a maple neck. All I would do is add a buffer and OBEL (neither were installed on the guitar I played).
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Re: Althea

Postby vwjodyme » Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:09 am

Jim,
I thought you did give a review when we were talking about those guitars, but maybe you just said you got to try one out.

Anyway, great playing as always! very helpful info too!

PS. is that your youtube channel? I am subscribed to your jgb one, but not this one.
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Re: Althea

Postby mijknahs » Thu Jun 21, 2012 12:18 am

vwjodyme wrote:Jim,
I thought you did give a review when we were talking about those guitars, but maybe you just said you got to try one out.

Anyway, great playing as always! very helpful info too!

PS. is that your youtube channel? I am subscribed to your jgb one, but not this one.


I really don't remember about the review. Maybe I did a very short one. No, that isn't my youtube channel. My youtube channel is "mijknahs". This one is Fred's from Phred Instruments.

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Re: Althea

Postby keirweir » Fri Jun 22, 2012 8:04 am

mijknahs wrote:
vwjodyme wrote:Jim,
I thought you did give a review when we were talking about those guitars, but maybe you just said you got to try one out.

Anyway, great playing as always! very helpful info too!

PS. is that your youtube channel? I am subscribed to your jgb one, but not this one.


I really don't remember about the review. Maybe I did a very short one. No, that isn't my youtube channel. My youtube channel is "mijknahs". This one is Fred's from Phred Instruments.

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