Improvising With Triad Pairs

Improvising With Triad Pairs. This is a really fun, cool improvisation technique not enough guitar players use or even know about. The idea is this: The band or rhythm section is jamming over a given 1-chord groove, and you improvise over the groove, using the notes of 2 different chords. For example: The band isRead More »

Posted on: 23 June 2017 | 11:01 am

Funding an Expensive Music Education.

Funding an Expensive Music Education. This blog is for people who want to study guitar and who have the ambition to make music their profession, but who are worried about the financial aspect of funding an expensive top-school music education. First off; there are 2 different kinds of debt: good debt and bad debt. TheseRead More »

Posted on: 16 June 2017 | 11:06 am

Song Examples Of The Harmonic Use of 2nd Intervals

Song Examples Of The Harmonic Use of 2nd Intervals I was inspired to write this blog after encountering the occasional student who objects to practicing 2nd intervals. 🙂 I know: they sound dissonant, but all tension is important in art, because it creates spice, motion and resolution. Writing this blog had been on my toRead More »

Posted on: 9 June 2017 | 11:11 am

“Psycho Cybernetics” And Other Book Recommendations.

“Psycho Cybernetics” And Other Book Recommendations. I very often get asked for book recommendations. After all: all my students, family and friend all know that I’m a voracious reader. Here are 10 books that you absolutely have to read. Those books will help with your guitar playing, with life, with becoming more successful, or justRead More »

Posted on: 2 June 2017 | 11:08 am

b5 Blue Note And Other Fun Soloing Tricks.

b5 Blue Note And Other Fun Soloing Tricks. Students sometimes ask me if there is anything they can do to spice up their minor pentatonic solos. There sure is, and we’ll discuss some tricks and techniques in today’s blog. I’ll show you a couple of notes you can add to your pentatonic scale. It’s simpleRead More »

Posted on: 26 May 2017 | 10:45 am

How To Sing and Play Rhythm Simultaneously

How To Sing and Play Rhythm Simultaneously Every once in a while I have a student who contacts me for lessons because they have a hard time singing and playing rhythm simultaneously. I wanted to cover some quick tips in today’s blog to help you get better at this. Memorize the lyrics. There is onlyRead More »

Posted on: 19 May 2017 | 11:04 am

Improvising Over II V I With The Arpeggio Fingerings

Improvising Over II V I With The Arpeggio Fingerings II V I, as you may or may not know, is THE most heavily used chord progression in jazz. If you can improvise really well over this progression, you are a huge step closer to becoming really good at jazz improvisation. A great exercise to getRead More »

Posted on: 12 May 2017 | 11:03 am

The maj7 Arpeggio 2nd and 3rd Inversion Fingerings.

The maj7 Arpeggio 2nd and 3rd Inversion Fingerings. Before we get into these fingerings, make sure that you check last week’s blogs first to learn more about the maj7 chord. The maj7 Root Position Arpeggio Fingering. and The maj7 1st Inversion Arpeggio. The first of the above 2 links, also shows how to practice theseRead More »

Posted on: 5 May 2017 | 11:01 am

The maj7 Arpeggio 1st Inversion Fingering

The maj7 Arpeggio 1st Inversion Fingering Before we get into this fingering, make sure that you check last week’s blog first to learn more about the maj7 chord. The maj7 Root Position Arpeggio Fingering. Last week’s blog also talks about how to practice these arpeggios, covering practice chord progressions that you will also use toRead More »

Posted on: 28 April 2017 | 11:00 am

The maj7 Arpeggio Root Position Fingering.

The maj7 Arpeggio Root Position Fingering. Before tackling the maj7 arpeggio, feel free to have a look first at the major triad arpeggio here: Major triad In-Position Arpeggios The formula of the maj7 chord is: 1 3 5 7 All chords and scales have what you call “a formula”. A “formula” represents the interval patternRead More »

Posted on: 21 April 2017 | 10:58 am