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Postings - May 2013:
Combination Bend Techniques | 6 Tips for Guitar Songwriting | Dominant Suspended Chords | The Circle of Fifths |
Riff and Lick Overhaulin' |

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May 03, 2013:
Combination Bend Techniques

The art of mixing bends along with various other guitar techniques is well known for creating cool sounds. Smooth connections between the merged techniques is the key. In the video, I run down several examples of how; slides, trills, hammer-on and pull-off ideas can be combined with bends to produce very unique sounding guitar lines. Watch the video lesson to find out more and Download the FREE MP3 JamTrack and PDF lesson handout for the practice examples.

GUITAR TECHNIQUE: Combination Bend Techniques

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May 10, 2013:
6 Tips for Guitar Songwriting

Often times musicians get stuck in a rut when it comes to guitar songwriting. Composing intros, verses, bridges and chorus sections becomes more like work, than like fun. With the study and application of the tips offered in this lesson, players will have many new ways to compose and arrange during their next songwriting session. Watch the video lesson to find out more and Download the FREE MP3 JamTrack and PDF lesson handout for the practice examples.

SONGWRITING: 6 Tips for Guitar Songwriting

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May 17, 2013:
Dominant Suspended Chords

In the 1960's the Dominant Suspended chord played a big role in the emerging world of modal jazz. It's role was further expanded through the 1970's modern jazz era. Today, the unique sound of the Dominant Suspended chord can be heard in styles from todays pop songs, to modern country and western. Several fretboard shapes and ideas for melodic use are explained in this informative 20 min. lesson. Watch the video lesson to find out more and Download the FREE MP3 JamTrack and PDF lesson handout for the practice examples.

GUITAR THEORY: Dominant Suspended Chords

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May 24, 2013:
The Circle of Fifths

The Circle of Fifths has many different applications for the study of keys and key signatures. The cycle in the symmetrical "wheel" image, (also sometimes called the "Clock" image), helps to allow students to study the movement of keys either upward or downwards. These directions can be applied to the practice of chords, arpeggios, and even guitar licks and riffs. Watch the video lesson to find out more and Download the FREE MP3 JamTrack and PDF lesson handout for the practice examples.

MUSIC THEORY: The Circle of Fifths

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May 31, 2013:
Riff and Lick Overhaulin'

Once guitar players have reached an intermediate skill level, most will have a decent collection of riffs and licks. However, the overall level of personalization and creative variations will sometimes be quite limited. At the core of this lesson is a philosophy of moving away from quoting riffs and licks verbatim, and instead, learning to interpret them. Once this process becomes habit, our riffs and licks will take on a very personal sound. Watch the video lesson to find out more and Download the FREE MP3 JamTrack and PDF lesson handout for the practice examples.

GUITAR THEORY: Riff and Lick Overhaulin'

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