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Postings - September 2013:
Blending Musical Ideas | Shifting Positions Smoothly | Playing by Ear (Study Guide) | Key Center Playing |

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September 06, 2013:
Blending Musical Ideas

One of the easiest and one of the most fun ways to learn guitar is through the re-hashing of existing ideas. By taking a riff that either you invented, (or a musical idea from one of your favorite songs), and altering it in some way you'll create something brand new and you'll likely learn a few fresh musical ideas along the way! Watch the video lesson to find out more and Download the FREE MP3 JamTrack and PDF lesson handout for the practice examples.

GUITAR THEORY: Blending Musical Ideas

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September 13, 2013:
Shifting Positions Smoothly

Many scales and exercises will lock players into one position on the neck. However, by developing expertise for shifting positions smoothly we can create more flow and balance to our guitar licks or melodic phrases. As long as the phrases are well rehearsed and we know exactly where we're headed, our shifting will come across as very smooth sounding. Watch the video lesson to find out more and Download the FREE MP3 JamTrack and PDF lesson handout for the practice examples.

GUITAR TECHNIQUE: Shifting Positions Smoothly

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September 20, 2013:
Playing By Ear (Study Guide)

Everyone who plays an instrument wants to have a great ear for lifting musical ideas quickly and easily. The only problem is many musicians fail to put the work into developing their ears. The link between what we hear and what we can play rests within the study of singing notes. By doing note singing exercises we internalize tones and thus build a strong link between how notes both sound and feel. Watch the video lesson to find out more and Download the FREE  PDF lesson handout for the study examples.

EAR TRAINING: Playing by Ear (Study Guide)

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September 27, 2013:
Key Center Playing

Playing a song up to a serious level of perfection is only part of the big-picture for being a good musician. The flip-side of being a skilled player is being able to both quickly and correctly analyze a set of chords within a progression. The speed and accuracy with which a player can accomplish this goes a very long way when it comes to performing melodies and solos. Watch the video lesson to find out more and Download the FREE  MP3 Jam-Track and PDF lesson handout for your at home study materials.

SONGWRITING: Key Center Playing