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Postings - April 2014:
Exercising Weak Fingers | Composing Guitar Duets | Harmonic and Melodic Manipulation | Diminished 7 Arpeggio |

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April 04, 2014:
Exercising Weak Fingers

Weak fingers (especially the small pinky finger) are the root cause of many technique issues for guitar players. Generally, the biggest problem is making smooth transitions from one phrase into another. This video lesson demonstrates ten exercises that you can start with (and expand upon) in order to solve many of these weak finger issues. Watch the video lesson to find out more, and Download the FREE MP3 JamTrack and PDF lesson handout for the practice examples.

GUITAR TECHNIQUE: Exercising Weak Fingers

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April 11, 2014:
Composing Guitar Duets

When two guitars come together to cover a musical idea, the idea grows in dynamics as well as depth. The question for many players starting into this direction is, 'what can I play?' The solution is to learn several compositional ideas so there are some options as to what can be performed by each guitar. In the lesson I discuss ways that two guitars can be layered to create effective guitar duets. Watch the video lesson to find out more, and Download the FREE MP3 JamTrack and PDF lesson handout for the practice examples.

SONGWRITING: Composing Guitar Duets

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April 18, 2014:
Harmonic and Melodic Manipulation

Sometimes chords show up in a piece of music that simply do not relate to the key. And, the same thing can occur with the scale tones found in melody lines. This effect can sound very cool and is used by jazz-rock bands like Steely Dan and by jazz-fusion artists. In this lesson I explain some of the popular ways that harmony and melody can be manipulated to include these sounds. Watch the video lesson to find out more, and Download the FREE MP3 JamTrack and PDF lesson handout for the practice examples.

GUITAR THEORY: Harmonic & Melodic Manipulation

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April 25, 2014:
Diminished 7th Arpeggio

The Diminished 7th Arpeggio is one of the more unique arpeggios available to us as musicians. This arpeggio does not exist in standard diatonic harmony. It is a product of the harmony of Harmonic Minor scales 7th degree. In this comprehensive lesson, I cover important shapes, some common chord patterns and several melodic applications. Watch the video lesson to find out more, and Download the FREE MP3 JamTrack and PDF lesson handout for the practice examples.

GUITAR THEORY: Diminished 7th Arpeggio

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