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

The Harmonic Major Scale

Making a Guitar Out of Plywood Before we get into the harmonic major scale, this is something fun to check out: how to make a guitar out of plywood. This was posted on this fun website, where people can post instruction videos on how to make things, like for example in this case, aRead More »

Posted on: 13 January 2017 | 11:01 am

Improvising Over Major Blues With Dominant 7 Arpeggios.

Improvising Over Major Blues With Dominant 7 Arpeggios. We covered all the fingerings for G7, C7 and D7 arpeggios in past weeks. Let’s put it all together now and play some great blues solos with all that info. In today’s lesson we’ll cover 2 things: 1) Blues soloing with only root position arpeggio fingerings. 2)Read More »

Posted on: 6 January 2017 | 10:42 am

Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We’ll take a little break from free lessons and blogging, and will be back early January 2017 We’re looking forward to our further interactions in the new year. 2016 has been a heck of an amazing year, 2017 is going to be even better. Thank you all for suchRead More »

Posted on: 22 December 2016 | 10:58 am

The Ultimate Top 50 Guitar Mastery Songs

The Ultimate Top 50 Guitar Mastery Songs In search for new guitar challenges, I pondered the question: “What would be the list of THE 50 instrumental guitar songs that, if I mastered them, would make me one the .001% best guitar players on the planet?” The criteria I set for compiling this list were: SinceRead More »

Posted on: 16 December 2016 | 10:33 am