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Guitar Tip #65-- - June 29, 2011

Practicing is important-some days you have lots of time, other days you don't. 5 minutes here and there can still be helpful.

Summer Travel, Playing, & Teaching - June 17, 2011

Here is my Summer travel schedule--"Guitar Tips" my be a little erratic during this time......

July 17--22--The Art of Solo Guitar--American Jewish University--Los Angeles, CA

July 24--29--The Total Jazz Guitarist--The Canterbury School--New Milford, CT

July 31--Aug 5--The NGW Jazz Summit--The Canterbury School--New Milford, CT

August 28--Sept. 4--Advanced Jazz Guitar--Flathead Lake Lodge--Big Fork, MT

For more info go to or
Hope to see you thereā€¦.

Guitar Tip #64-- - June 17, 2011

Use minor 2-5-1 licks over major 2-5-1 chord changes and vice versa if the two keys are relative keys (C/Am).

Chord Melody Lesson - June 16, 2011

Have fun....

Guitar Tip #63-- - June 16, 2011

New to ear training? Practice singing intervals from all roots every week. Week 1-sing Maj 2nds, week 2-Maj3rds, etc.

Guitar Tip #62-- - June 15, 2011

Run melodic patterns from arp tones only instead of entire scales. This will help you learn to "spell out" the changes.

Here's a lesson on altered chords.... - June 14, 2011

Would You Like to Play the Guitar - June 14, 2011

Thanks Pat Donohue for this--great!

End of the Beginning-- - June 14, 2011

An Original tune from quite a whle ago...

Swanee--solo gutar - June 14, 2011

How I love ya, how I love ya....

All the Way--solo guitar - June 14, 2011

Here's an old recording of a great song....

Guitar Tip #61-- - June 14, 2011

Establish the key you are in first. Then, simply move the scale, or lick up a half step and back--easy "outside" sounds!

Guitar Tip #60-- - June 13, 2011

A rootless 7b5b9 (3-b5-b7-b9) the same as a dominant 7th chord whose root is b5 away. For example, a rootless C7b5b9=Gb7.

Guitar Tip #59-- - June 12, 2011

A rootless 7#5b9 chord is the same as a m7b5 chord a whole step below--for example, a rootless C7#5b9 is the same as Bbm7b5.

Guitar Tip #58-- - June 10, 2011

Memorize WHILE you learn. The sooner you get away from the written music, the sooner you make the new material your own.

Guitar Tip #57-- - June 9, 2011

Play a tritone (E/Bb). Moving this interval down the neck by 1/2 steps you are playing dom chords around the circle of 4ths.

Guitar Tip #56-- - June 8, 2011

Always check the key and time signatures BEFORE you start reading. Find all repeats, DCs, DSs, etc. ahead of time as well.

Part 2 of my first video - June 7, 2011

From my first instructional video... - June 7, 2011

Guitar Tip #55-- - June 7, 2011

Have fun when learning scales. Don't just practice them in straight eighth notes--try playing them in 3/4, 5/4, 7/8, 6/8....

Guitar Tip #54-- - June 6, 2011

Guitar Tip #54--One way to get outside sounds is to take a short repeatable phrase and move it around the fretboard in symmetrical intervals.

Guitar Tip #53-- - June 5, 2011

Reading something difficult? First play the passage with a single open string until you KNOW the rhythm. Then grab the notes.

Guitar Tip #52-- - June 3, 2011

Practice legato technique by playing scales slowly, leaving your finger on a note until just after the next note has sounded.

Twitter Tip #51-- - June 2, 2011

Learning in a rush will always lead to mistakes and bad habits that will only have to be corrected later. Slow down...

Guitar Tip #50-- - June 1, 2011

Pentatonic Ideas: Alt Dom chords-major pentatonic starting from the b5 of the chord. 7sus4-major Pentatonic from root or b7.
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