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

Consonant, Dissonant and Perfect.

Consonant, Dissonant and Perfect Many music theory books oftentimes only talk about consonant and dissonant sounds, but there is a 3rd harmonic sound that is oftentimes neglected in music theory books. We will discuss these 3 harmonic sounds here. Anytime you play 2 or more notes together, these notes combined create a new sound. WeRead More »

Posted on: 14 April 2017 | 10:18 am

The Gypsy Major Scale (In Position Fingerings)

The Gypsy Major Scale (In Position Fingerings) In last week’s blog we covered the theory of this scale, and which chords you can use it over. You can check that blog out here: The Gypsy Major Scale Single String. You’d benefit from spending some time on the material in last week’s blog before attempting theRead More »

Posted on: 7 April 2017 | 10:55 am

The Gypsy Major Scale (Single String)

The Gypsy Major Scale (Single String) This scale is also known as the Arabic Scale, Byzantine Scale and Double Harmonic Scale The interval sequence for this scale is: half step – augmented second – half – whole – half – augmented second – half In the key of C, the notes are: C Db ERead More »

Posted on: 31 March 2017 | 10:53 am

My Favorite Amps and Pedals

My Favorite Amplifiers Barber Echelon Barber Echelon Amp This is my all-time favorite amp. This amp sounds so good, it makes me want to practice all the time. Only 20 of them were made. It’s got a great sound. A full bodied sound that is somewhere between tweed and blackface. Blues Pearl Verbrasonic Amp BluesRead More »

Posted on: 24 March 2017 | 10:52 am

Surround Yourself With Art and Pretty Things for Inspiration

Surround Yourself With Art and Pretty Things for Inspiration The more inspired one feels, the more colorful and exciting life gets. I have pledge myself, at the start of 2017, to be more inspiring to all my guitar and music students than I have ever been before. Here’s a quick list of some things thatRead More »

Posted on: 17 March 2017 | 10:50 am

The 7 In-Position Major Scale Fingerings

The 7 In-Position Major Scale Fingerings There are 7 in-position fingerings for every 7-note scale. You can basically start the scale from each one of the 7 notes of that scale on the low E string. This gives you 7 starting points. Here are the 7 in-position fingerings for the C major scale: The 7Read More »

Posted on: 10 March 2017 | 11:01 am

The Major Scale

The Major Scale A scale is a series of different sounds/notes, which are located at certain distances from one another. These distances between sounds are called “intervals” and are expressed in “steps”. An “interval” is a distance between 2 sounds, a certain number of steps (or frets) apart. The smallest distance/interval between 2 sounds inRead More »

Posted on: 3 March 2017 | 10:15 am

Cool things you can do with Augmented Triads

Cool Things You Can Do With Augmented Triads. If you don’t know the augmented chord and arpeggio fingerings yet, you can check these out in following blogs: Major triad 3-octave arpeggios Major triad 3-octave arpeggios Here’s some more useful augmented chord fingerings We’ll cover some uses of these chords here: Add new exciting colors toRead More »

Posted on: 17 February 2017 | 10:54 am

A Great Write Up in Voyage LA Magazine

I just received a nice write up about my guitar teaching and lessons in Voyage LA. They did a great job. The article explains why my students all do so well. You can read it here: Meet Vreny Van Elslande of ZOT Zin Music in Atwater Village and Echo Park. Cheers Vreny

Posted on: 13 February 2017 | 3:01 pm