Hybrid Chords as Passing Chords in Rock Music.

Hybrid Chords as Passing Chords in Rock Music. Hybrid chords are chords that are written as “letter / letter”. The first letter is the chord, the 2nd letter is a bass note. As an example: C/D is a C chord with a D bass note underneath the C chord. Many guitar players, when they seeRead More »

Posted on: 21 July 2017 | 10:59 am

The Diminished scale (In Position)

The Diminished scale (In Position) Before getting into the in-position fingerings, you can learn all the theory about this scale in last week’s blog here: The 1/2 Whole diminished Scale. Here’s all in-position fingerings for the C 1/2-whole diminished scale. Hit me up anytime at vreny@zotzinmusic.com if you have any questions, or if you wouldRead More »

Posted on: 14 July 2017 | 10:49 am

The 1/2 Whole Diminished Scale (Single String)

The 1/2 Whole Diminished Scale (Single String) This scale is heavily used in jazz, jazz rock and fusion. Guitar players or bands who come to mind are John Scofield, Mike Stern, Pat Martino, Gypsy jazz guitarists, John McLaughlin, Mahavishnu Orchestra, , and so on. However: You could really use this scale in any style ofRead More »

Posted on: 7 July 2017 | 10:48 am

Legato Technique

Legato Technique. “Legato” means “fluent” in Italian. The definition: “in a smooth, flowing manner, without breaks between notes.” It’s a soloing technique heavily used by rock and metal guitarists. Steve Vai and Joe Satriani are some of the guitarists whose soloing style is heavily legato oriented. The technique consists of playing lots of hammerons, pullRead More »

Posted on: 30 June 2017 | 11:01 am

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