Melancholy melody & atmospheric texture. And zany video effects. And most importantly, robots.
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!
When I finished writing and recording “Prometheus” in 2013 I had a few unused melodies & ideas left over. They became the beginning of the compositional process for “Rise”.
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.
The 1st track of “Rise” is “Struggle”.
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.
Here’s a teaser vid! Enjoy!
My newest GT tutorial covers four different ways to approach a fundamental jazz guitar technique, a turnaround with a walking bass line.
I also published a brief lesson on my YouTube channel covering a fundamental blues lick.
I cover that lick and it’s many applications in more depth on GT.
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!
Symphony 4 in F Major “America” is now available on iTunes.
And, of course, CDBaby!
I recently published the fourth tutorial in a series on harmony lead guitar parts. I show how to harmonize major scales & melodies, as well as minor scales & melodies. I cover the basic types of contrapuntal motion: similar, oblique and contrary. As usual there are lots of backing tracks in order to get hands on experience playing along with the various parts and doing it yourself!
This video is an example of what I’m teaching in these tutorials. I did this as a demo when I was planning the tutorial.
You can find all four tutorials in the series at Guitar Tricks! Enjoy!
This holiday I did an electric guitar arrangement of “Carol Of The Bells”.
And I teach the whole thing at Guitar Tricks!