The Whole Tone Scale (Single String)

The Whole Tone Scale (Single String) The whole tone scale consists of 6 consecutive major 2nds. The notes in the key of C are: C D E F# G# Bb/A# Songs that use mostly whole tone scale harmony are extremely rare, because of the sameness of sound. It’s really only in jazz–music that you wouldRead More »

Posted on: 18 August 2017 | 10:45 am

Using 6ths to Beef Up Your Rhythm Playing.

Using 6ths to Beef Up Your Rhythm Playing. Today I’ll show you how to beef up your rhythm playing with 6 intervals. If you’re not sure what 6ths are or uncertain how to play them: you would benefit from studying this blog first: 6th Intervals. I’m very excited about writing today’s blog because I knowRead More »

Posted on: 11 August 2017 | 11:01 am

Musical Cadences

Cadences A cadence is a series of at least 2 chords that signals the end of a phrase, a song section, or the end of a musical composition. Cadences create a sense of resolution, finality or a pause. When a cadence creates a strong sense of finality, it is called a strong cadence. When aRead More »

Posted on: 4 August 2017 | 10:55 am

Sus9 Chords.

Sus9 chords. This is a fun chord to know about and to make your rhythm guitar playing more colorful. The formula of the sus9 chord is: 1 4 b7 9 Translating this formula to notes, starting on G, gives the notes G C F A . This is a Gsus9 chord. You could also callRead More »

Posted on: 28 July 2017 | 11:01 am

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 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