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

Augmented Triad in Position Arpeggios.

Augmented Triad in Position Arpeggios. As we covered in last week’s blog, the structure of the augmented triad is 1 3 #5 You can check that blog here: Major triad 3-octave arpeggios Augmented chords are symmetrical chords. (Read last weeks blog clicking on the above link if you’re not sure what symmetrical chords are). OneRead More »

Posted on: 10 February 2017 | 10:59 am

The Augmented Triad

The Augmented Triad. The term “augmented” in chord names is abbreviated to aug or +, as in Caug or C+. Both these mean the same thing: a C chord with a raised (augmented) 5th. Hence: the terminologies “Augmented” and “diminished” in chord names, always refer to the 5th of the chord. (“major” and “minor” referRead More »

Posted on: 3 February 2017 | 10:36 am

Cool 9th Chords

9th Chords All these 9th chords have the 9th on the G string. The notes from low to high are: the root, 7th, 9th and 3rd. The 9th and 3rd on the adjacent strings, add a nice dissonant 2nd interval in the top range of the chords. Jazz guitarists use these rich sounding chords quiteRead More »

Posted on: 27 January 2017 | 10:47 am

Symmetrical Scales And Chords

What Are Symmetrical Scales And Chords? Most music schools teach there are 2 requirements for a scale or chord to be symmetrical: All the notes in the chord or scale need to be equal distance from one another. (For example: C D E F# G# A#/Bb C) The note distances need to divide the octaveRead More »

Posted on: 20 January 2017 | 10:34 am