Guitarist and educator Lance Ruby recently opened his teaching studio in Fort Collins, Colorado after earning his Masters of Jazz Studies from the University of Northern Colorado studying with Steve Kovalcheck. A Utah native, Lance completed his Bachelor’s degree in Guitar Performance from Utah State University studying with Corey Christiansen.
While in Utah, Lance co-founded the soul/funk band Danger 5 and has continued in this project with lead singer Dani Armour. Sin... (more)
Lance currently offers 25 guitar lessons at JamPlay, with 25 intermediate lessons.
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When approaching lead guitar, soloing and melody creation, key components are necessary to have under your fingers. These include scales and arpeggios, as well as theoretical and practical knowledge of the fretboard. Lance Ruby takes these core concepts and techniques and transforms them into an easy to follow system to jump start your lead playing.
Lance Ruby will kick off this series by introducing and discussing his scale and arpeggio system. This series is designed to give you a familiarity with the fretboard from a scale and arpeggio standpoint so that you can begin the transformation of that knowledge in to playing lead guitar.
Let's get started with the primary tools that you'll use for this course: Box #1 and Box #2. In this lesson, Lance will introduce you to his scale and arpeggio system.
There are specific rules to the ways Box #1 and Box #2 can be combined. Here, Lance will cover the rules of the combinations going forward.
Intervals are just one of the ways to commit Lance's system to memory. In this lesson, Lance will discuss intervals as well as some useful tools for implementing his system into our improvisations.
Another very useful method of memorizing and utilizing this system is via grouping. Next, Lance will discuss grouping and how to apply this technique to the box system.
Let's shift our focus to improvisation. In this lesson, Lance will discuss the use of melody and phrasing in coordination with his system to improvise on the fly.
Modes. We've all heard the word and cringed at the confusion that it entails. Here, Lance will discuss the history and origination of the modes while preparing us to tackle each mode individually.
In this lesson, Lance will give us a full breakdown of the Dorian Mode and how to apply it to his box system.
Let's continue our deep dive into the modes with the Phrygian Mode.
Now it's time to continue our modal journey with the Lydian Mode.
Moving right along, now let's tackle the Mixolydian Mode.
Time to cover one of the most popular modes - Aeolian, which is also known as the Natural Minor or Minor Scale.
Let's close out our section on modes with the ever-challenging Locrian Mode.
Finally, a system to unlock the fretboard! In this lesson, Lance will discuss combining his box system with single-string scales in order to unlock the full fretboard horizontally and vertically.
Let's shift gears to arpeggios. Here, Lance will discuss the difference between arpeggios and triads, as well as how to apply his box system to this incredibly useful improvisational tool.
Now let's look at those three note major arpeggio shapes and make the minor.
Now, we're transitioning to four note arpeggio shapes. We'll start with major.
Now that you have your major 4 note arpeggios under your fingers, it's time to make those minor.
Alright, it's now time to learn the Dominant 4 note arpeggios across the fretboard.
In this lesson, Lance discusses what it means to "play the changes" and gives you some ideas on how to start doing so.
Now that you have an idea about what playing the changes constitutes, lets start talking about how to play through those changes as they happen.
Just like we did with the Blues changes study, we'll now break down the changes for the classic 2-5-1 turnaround. You'll start by learning the changes, then in the next lesson you'll play through them.
Now that you've got a good idea about the changes occurring in the 2-5-1 turnaround, it's time to apply them musically and play through those changes.
At this point you should have a working knowledge of modal scales, arpeggio patterns and how changes are played. Now you'll take that knowledge and connect arpeggio scales across the fretboard.
To close out this lesson series, Lance discusses and demonstrates some of the key concepts and takeaways, as well as what you should continue to do to get the most from the system.