Lessons and Training

CAGED Chords and Scales Primer

Major Triad – CAGED (As per the norm with many guitar lessons I used the common key of C for the examples – as all the shapes are moveable this should prove no obstacle for those wishing to explore this system in other keys) The CAGED method takes it’s name from 5 simple ...

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July 24th, 2011

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Fretboard Visualization

Again we continue onward in the series of practicing techniques that require no physical practice. In this Installment I will cover another technique that I myself still use to this day called Fretboard Visualization. The concept is not a new one but to tap into the power of

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February 24th, 2011

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Aural Training Basics

Let’s say that most of us don’t have three hours a day to practice (I’m sure I would much rather be doing that than most anything else!). There are times when there is just no time to devote to physical practice. In this series of articles I will discuss different ways of ...

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November 24th, 2010

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Jazz Guitar Soloing Concepts: A Pentatonic Modal Approach to Improvisation – Dr. Ronald.S.Lemos

Some time ago I wrote a small article concerning the many choices of instructional material pertaining to that most humble of devices, the pentatonic scale and my thoughts on the most relevant purchases for the aspiring shredder. Well I have no excuse for the length of time ...

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September 18th, 2010

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Composing for an Album

An album is a collection of smaller things. Those things might be related or just the last dozen or so pieces of music that an artist or band have been working on. Many bands get together and lock themselves in a studio until they’ve made an album. Discipline by King Crimson

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July 24th, 2010

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Making Arpeggios More Interesting – Lessons by Adam Ironside

MAKING ARPEGGIOS MORE INTERESTING (E MAJOR 9 IDEA) As we all know, arpeggios are cool. And as we all know, arpeggios are even cooler if they sound unique, exciting, and unusual. We all get quite bored of the same old three string arpeggio shapes repeated over and over again.

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June 11th, 2010

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Permutation – By Adam Moore

Permutation Thinking about permutation enables us to explore the wider implications present within a limited set of material. By material we could mean a set of notes, a rhythm, a picking pattern or any such fixed parameter. Once we have mastered a piece of material we can ...

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May 24th, 2010

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Micro Practicing – The Art of Breaking Things Down

One of the most overlooked aspects of practicing any instrument is what I would call micro practicing or isolating a small passage of a musical piece or technique that may contain a challenging element. This challenging element is what we focus on when we micro-practice. The

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February 24th, 2010

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Pentatonic Condundrums – Which Product to Choose

With so many products available on what I consider to be a very important subject (with one or two more I have yet to review) this is one area of guitar playing in particular that can raise more questions than any other if you are searching for a comprehensive product to ...

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December 28th, 2009

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