Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Shred for the Rest of Us // Inspired by Eric Johnson

Background Photo: Courtesy of Fender ©2018 Max Crace I first heard about Eric Johnson from Steve Morse. Like Mateus Asato, it was only a matter...

Efficient Practice Routines, Part 1

The word “practice” has many associations: hard work, infinite possibilities, a dreaded necessity, new knowledge and new skills, the pathway to success, etc. Many...

Simple Theory For Improv “The Blues Scale Potential”

I’ve presented classes at a number of conferences about playing improv solos. I like to show a little trick I discovered over the years...

De-Mystifying the Circle of Fifths

Understanding this ‘Code-Breaker’ will instantly double your musical IQ. Few concepts in music are more misunder stood than the Circle of Fifths,but trust me, you...

The Language of Music: Chord Personalities Part 2

Last Episode… In the previous issue we got to know the personalities of our Primary Chord Family, the 1 chord / 4 chord / 5...

Don’t Shred Your Voice

We’ve all seen and heard vocal shredders. Veins popping out of their neck as the singer goes for the high note. Tone that is...

“What Child Is This” Chord Melody

One of the best ways to learn new chords is to learn the chord melody of a favorite song. A chord melody is an arrangement...

Vocal Artistry

A vocal artist is different than a singer. Singers reproduce notes and words. Vocal Artists are able to connect heart to voice and find...

The Fretboard Less Traveled: The Harmonized Blues Scale

The blues scale is a favorite tool for single note improv soloing. When it’s harmonized, it takes on a horn section type sound that...

The Language of Music: Chord Personalities

Practical Music Theory for Modern Musicians Before we get started here, I want you to scratch out the word "Theory" in the title above –...