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Guitar Tip #32-- - May 9, 2011

Remember, a song is Art presented over time.....and it only happens once...

Guitar Tip #31-- - May 8, 2011

Improvised solos fall into the category of "inspired use of previously learned materials", with moments of true originality.

Guitar Tip #30-- - May 6, 2011

Play a Maj7 chord lick. Move each note in the lick up a diatonic step. Now you have a ii chord lick. Repeat for iii, etc..

Comping Video Lesson - May 5, 2011

Here's a lesson on comping I did for Workshop Live a few years ago--(check out my teleprompter chops....)

Guitar Tip #29-- - May 5, 2011

Fills don't always have to be played in the higher register--try starting your fills from one of the chord's inner voices.

Guitar Tip #28-- - May 4, 2011

Work on "2-notes-per-string" arpeggios for all diatonic 7th chords: fingering: 1-4, 1-4, 1-4, 1-4, 1-4, 1-4. Very easy...

Guitar Tip #27-- - May 3, 2011

When improvising, try to use the entire range of your instrument. All your ideas start to sound the same if you don't.

Guitar Tip #26-- - May 2, 2011

To break out of "scale-wise" motion in your melodies, simply look for patterns, within scales on non-adjacent strings.

Guitar Tip #25-- - May 1, 2011

Try to keep your arms relaxed from your shoulders to your fingertips. Your arms, hands and fingers work as a "process".

Guitar Tip #24-- - April 29, 2011

Extensions---You can look at major and minor 13th chords as a 7th chord with a major or minor triad a whole step above it.

Guitar Tip #23-- - April 28, 2011

Finger Style technique--when playing single note lines, try using p and m alternately. Especially good for electric players.

Guitar Tip #22-- - April 27, 2011

Any chord may be approached with an altered dominant chord whose root is 1/2 above the root of the destination chord.

Guitar Tip #21-- - April 26, 2011

You'll be "covered" if you work in the following areas: Harmony, Improv, Reading, Technique. MOST IMPORTANT--learn tunes!!!

Guitar Tip #20-- - April 25, 2011

Dominant chords with altered 5ths can be moved around the fingerboard in whole steps and will retain their altered function.

Guitar Tip #18-- - April 24, 2011

Don't be "tuner dependent"--you should be able to tune by ear--practice this! Tuners are fine for noisy rooms...

Guitar Tip #17-- - April 22, 2011

Make your solos more interesting by thinking in terms of form. Create solos that have an opening, a body, and a conclusion.

Guitar Tip #16-- - April 21, 2011

Instead of trying to learn an entire fingering at one time, try learning scales and arps on only two strings at a time.

Guitar Tip #15-- - April 20, 2011

Warm up before you play! Do a slow left hand exercise, then a right hand exercise. Then an exercise that works both hands.

Guitar Tip #15-- - April 19, 2011

If you target chord tones with your middle finger, upper and lower neighbor tones are found under your 1st and 4th fingers!

Guitar Tip #14-- - April 18, 2011

When learning to play physically difficult chords, press FIRMLY and HOLD for 30 seconds. Repeat. Muscle memory will kick in!

Guitar Tip #13-- - April 17, 2011

Place your hand in 1st position, and improvise over ii-V7-I progressions in every key. Repeat in 2nd thru 12th positions....

Guitar Tip #12-- - April 15, 2011

To re-harmonize a melody, compose a new bassline for the song. This will suggest lots of new harmonies to try.

Guitar Tip #11-- - April 14, 2011

Repeating the same idea in different octaves can turn a short phrase into a longer one. Learn everything in all octaves....

Guitar Tip #10-- - April 13, 2011

Each week practice in only one key. Practice all tunes, scales, etc, in C. Then the key of F, etc. Soon you will fear no key.

Guitar Tip #9-- - April 12, 2011

When improvising over altered chords, try starting your melodic line from the highest alteration in the chord.
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