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Chemo Brain

mp3: Chemo Brain
wma: Chemo Brain

Time/size: 4 mins 07 secs/5.8mb.

Rock track: Chemo Brain is a funky sounding rock or blues-rock backing track in the key of E.

mp3: Chemo Brain Backing Track
wma: Chemo Brain Backing Track

Time/size: 5 mins 30 secs/7.7mb. 100 beats per minute/bpm

Blues-Rock backing track: The drum beat is a blues-jazz shuffle kind of thang with a guitar vamping over the groove with nothing but a couple of E7 chords.

Backing track instruments: electric guitar, bass and drums.

Progression: The chord used for this track is E7.

Suggestions: The E Blues scale fits perfectly over this track. It's the obvious choice to play over an E7 (E dominant 7) chord. The tune I'm playing over the backing track has an intro theme that plays octaves using all the notes from the E blues scale. The first few guitar licks are pretty much just moving up and down the blues scale, spelling it out. After that the guitar plays licks at various position of the neck.

Chemo Brain Chords

If you're only going to learn one E7 chord learn this one. It sounds great and you'll look like you know what you are doing. Fake it until you make it baby!

E7 Rhythm Guitar - Shape 1

E|--x--
B|--5--
G|--7--
D|--6--
A|--7--
E|--x--

If you play shape 1 for about a minute and you have attention deficit disorder, which everyone seems to have these days, including me, um what was I saying ... I dunno, hey look, here's another chord shape you can use for an E7!

E7 Rhythm Guitar - Shape 2

E|--4--
B|--3--
G|--4--
D|--2--
A|--x--
E|--x--

Chemo Brain Scale Suggestions

1. E Blues Scale - 7th Position - One Octave

If you bought a guitar because it looked cool but you have no intention of playing it for more than an hour, you should just play this scale over the backing track. Once your hour's up you can move onto something else in your life. Good luck with that.

The notes I'm playing on the tune are all from this scale below - except I'm moving around the guitar neck a little bit.

E|-------------------
B|-------------------
G|--------------7-9-
D|-------7-8-9------
A|-7-10-------------
E|-------------------

2. E Blues Scale - 7th and 10th Positions - Two Octaves

If you make it past the first hour and want to keep going but your ADD has kicked in then you should play the blues scale up another octave (same notes, just moving up an octave higher for each note). Here's the scale from 1. moving up another Octave.

E|---------------------------------10-12-
B|----------------------10-11-12--------
G|--------------7-9-12-------------------
D|-------7-8-9---------------------------
A|-7-10----------------------------------
E|----------------------------------------

3. E Blues Scale - 12th Position - Two Octaves

Like the patterns from 1. and 2. above - here's another text-book pattern that uses two Octaves. This is probably the most common guitar scale pattern from California to the New York Island.

E|--------------------------------------------12-
B|-------------------------------------12-15----
G|--------------------------12-14-15-----------
D|-------------------12-14----------------------
A|--------12-13-14-----------------------------
E|-12-15----------------------------------------

4. E Blues Scale - D string and 12th Position - Two Octaves

Time to shake your mind free of the chains and start to think for yourself. This scale isn't a text-book pattern. Its a good example of how you can make your life a bit more interesting on the guitar and start to come up with some more of your own sounds and licks. The below shows two Octaves of the E blues scale just like we used above, however instead of the standard patterns you see everywhere I've invented this one just for YOU! It's your lucky day. Before you get on Facebook to tell your imaginary friends about it you should take a look at what we're doing and apply this to work out your own voice.

First play the E blues scale up the D string. You can just use your index finger to move up the scale if you want. Whatever suits you, come up with your own ideas. I'm pretty sure it's stated as the 28th amendment that you should do this sort of free thinking on your guitar. It's one thing that the new administration's definitely gotten right - that's for sure.

After you've played the scale using the one string it plays the 2nd Octave of the text-book scale shape that was shown in scale 3. above.

If you start to think 'how else can I play these notes', you're going to come up with different guitar licks, sounds and put your fingers in unknown situations. The results will be varied and you'll not only start to become more familiar with the fretboard, but you'll also start to realize you can get some really cool sounds playing the same notes in different places on the neck. Each string has its own tone, even though you may be playing the same notes. Each string has it's own voice. If you play around with the notes and scales in different ways you'll discover your voice. I'm all for you learning how to play like Hendrix but if you do - I don't want to hear it, I'd rather listen to Jimi. If you've got your own licks going though I'd love to hear what you're doing too.

E|--------------------------------------12-
B|-------------------------------12-15----
G|--------------------12-14-15-----------
D|-2-5-7-8-9-12-14----------------------
A|-----------------------------------------
E|------------------------------------------

5. E Blues Scale - 12th Position and move it - Two Octaves

This is another unconventional way you can play the E Blues scale moving two Octaves up the neck. Notes on the lower strings sound pretty cool. Its a statistical fact that people who also play notes on the lower strings higher up on the neck live happier and healthier lives.

I'm not telling you to use scales 4. and 5. By all means use them but if you do, take it to the next step. Find other ways to play the E Blues scale. Write out the guitar tab. Play only on one string. Play only on two strings. Play only above the 12th fret. Play only below the 12th fret. If you're comfortable with a certain scale pattern make sure you don't play that pattern at all. This type of thinking is a cool and fun way to learn and discover how great music can be.

E|-------------------------------------------------
B|------------------------------------------------
G|-----------------------------------------19-21-
D|--------------------------17-19-20-21---------
A|--------12-13-14-17-19-----------------------
E|-12-15-----------------------------------------

Chemo Brain Guitar Tab

The intro or head to Chemo Brain uses Octaves to play the tune's theme. i.e. the Root note and it's Octave. All the notes from the E Blues scale are played in this section. In the second part of the second time through, single notes are used. For the Octaves where the root note is on the A string I'm using my index on the A string for the Root note and ring finger on the G string to play the Octave.

For the Octaves where the Root notes are on the D and G strings, I'm using my index fingers on those strings and my little finger to play the Octave on the G and E strings. The strings I'm not playing are being dampened by underneath my index finger. So I'm picking the string, like the D string with the first group - but it's not sounding because I've dampened it with my index finger. Half of playing the guitar is not what you play, it's what you don't play.

0.00 Head

E|---------------------------------------------------------------10-12-12-
B|----------------------------------------------------10-11-12------------
G|-9-12-9-12-9-12-7-7-9-12-9-12-9-12-7-7-9-12------------7--9--9--
D|----------------------------------------------------7--8--9--------------
A|-7-10-7-10-7-10-5-5-7-10-7-10-7-10-5-5-7-10----------------------
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------

E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------
B|--------------------------------------------------------------------9-9-9-
G|-9-12-9-12-9-12-7-7-9-12-9-12-9-12-7-7------------------7-7--------
D|----------------------------------------------------7-8-8-9-9------------
A|-7-10-7-10-7-10-5-5-7-10-7-10-7-10-5-5-7-10-----------------------
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------

E|-------------------------------------------
B|------------------------------------9-9-9-
G|-------------------------------7-7--------
D|---------------7-7-8-8-8-9-9------------
A|-7-7-7-10-10----------------------------
E|-------------------------------------------

0.39 guitar solo lick 1

E|-Get-----------------------------------------------guitar-licks-----------------
B|------off--------------------------------------own---------------WHAMMY!-
G|----------your--------------------------your-----------------------------------
D|----------------butt---------------with-----------------------------------------
A|---------------------and-------up-----------------------------------------------
E|--------------------------come--------------------------------------------------

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