I’ve been working on updating this series of GT tutorials on spicing up blues licks. The central idea is to use the minor pentatonic boxes we know and love as guitarists, but to target chord tones. This means that you can use those familiar pentatonic boxes as a visual reference, but to add spice by targeting major chord tones from the dominant seventh chords in the standard 12 bar blues changes.
This works well because it’s one of the reasons “blues” sounds like it does: the use of minor notes in a primarily major harmonic context. So, in order to make our blues sound better, we should incorporate major notes into the minor scales when we play melodic lines!
Notice that if you play the major third of the A major chord along with the A minor pentatonic scale, then you immediately get an distinctly “bluesy” sound.
GT recently made some of the lessons in this first tutorial free to view!
These are the first two demos of a new project I’m working on. The idea is to play old jazz standards in a blues trio format: Strat, bass & drums. I might even sing a few! For now, these first two Duke Ellington tunes are instrumentals. Enjoy!
2017 is the year of the robot. Or at least my robot album. I’ve already posted some of my robot songs. I’ll repost them as I get ready to release the album. For now, here’s a new video of my robot at the discotheque. Enjoy!
Once again, the focus is on long, heroic melodies & epic themes done with electric guitar & rock instrumentation! But this time there are six pieces & the storyline is more abstract. Each one of the six tracks is titled with one word that conveys a concept to move the stereotypical story arc forward.
There are 3 melodic themes used in this long introductory piece. They areinterconnected, or integrated, by means of being modulated through different keys, worked through variations & played at various dynamic levels.
I’m reshooting my series of tutorials that cover learning triads & inversions. The idea is to show how to cover the entire guitar fretboard with major & minor chord triads: root positions, 1st inversions & 2nd inversions!
This really helps to open up the fretboard beyond the open chords & barre chords that guitarists often start out learning. Applying a little chord theory really helps make your guitar playing more melodic & therefore more musical.
The first 2 of the series are published! There will be a total of 8 tutorials (120 plus individual lesson vids!). I hope complete this project by the end of 2016.
Last year I played a lot of classical guitar. My primary goal was to reshoot about 100 of my classical guitar curriculum video lessons for GuitarTricks.com. These were lessons I did 5-10 years ago, but needed to be upgraded to HD vid, better audio, general production specs.
So, a lot of my studio time in 2015 was spent playing, rehearsing, filming, recording, editing classical guitar music! While my focus & chops were up to the task, I worked on the parallel, secondary goal of recording some of these pieces to release on an album.
Ten pieces made the cut. And this is the resultant album. Enjoy!