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

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