Christophe Godin Master Class, Tehran 2016

Hosted by Sorna, Iranian guitar players had the chance to attend the 3 days long master class of one of the world’s most famous fusion players, Christophe Godin from France. Christophe Godin (born 1968) is a French guitarist and singer, known for his work with the French bands Metal Kartoon, Gnô and Mörglbl. Godin plays a variety of styles, including heavy metal, jazz fusion, blues and more.

These three days long master class was on the subjects like hybrid picking and modern Technics, finding new chord voicings and improvisation. at the end of the 3rd day there was a jam session for all the attendees. I’ve learnt so many new things from Christophe and definitely will use his words and ideas in my musical endeavors and teaching. Definitely a memorable event. Hope to see him in Iran again soon.

Reza Yazdani’s new record is out.

Reza Yazdani, One of the biggest names in Iran’s music scene, just released his new record, Entitled “Duel Dar Ayene”. The record has 16 tracks and I played electric guitar rhythms and solos on 3 of these tracks. These 3 tracks are:

1. Mitarsam
2. Radio
3. In Rooza

You can buy the record digitally from (+). Hope you guys like the tunes. You can here to the track, “In Rooza” which released as a single track couple of weeks ago on Reza Yazdani’s official website here:

Lesson : Writing More Exotic Chord Progressions and Choosing right Scales for playing over them

One of the most challenging things in writing a creative song or piece of music is choosing the chord progression. The very first thing that come to mind, is using some Major and Minor chords or using variations of power chords, or 3rd intervals of major and minor chords without 5th degree. in this very first lesson we’re going to try a more creative way to build a simple chord progression:
We are going to take a pretty standard “exotic” progression (which by the way can work with plenty of scales) using E major (Chord’s notes will be: E G# B) and FMaj7#11 (F A C E B), yeah the name looks kinda scary, but it’s not as hard as it seems I’m going with F major Scale, So I will have (F G A Bb C D E F) so F major Chord will be (F A C) then I will add a Major 7th so I will get (F A C E) and finally I will add a raised 4th degree which will be an octave higher so i will get #11, a B note. easy right?

if you put those chords together, the resulting tones are, in order: E F G# A B C; so you have a 1 b2 3 4 5 and 6, if you haven’t realized it already we’re “harmonizing backwards” in other words we got the scale out of the chords, now you could make a Phrygian Dominant out of this scale (E F G# A B C D)

I’d even raise the 6th while working on E (as long as you make sure you lower it again when you get to F) and end up with (E F G# A B C# D)…. If we put all of this together we have a lot of choices and I still haven’t mentioned pentatonic or any of the many other options you may think are appropriate,
so how do we narrow it down?

Well, let’s first decide which scale we are going to use… how about a 1 b2 M3 #4 5 M6 M7 when ascending and do m6 m7 when descending? So translating that to E we would have: E F G# A# B C# D#  (a Lydian b2) when ascending and then E F G# A# B C D (scale with a natural 5) when descending, try this and see how it works.