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After 40 years of exploring the guitar and studying music theory, I've come to develop a system of seeing and hearing music on the guitar, and teaching music to guitarists. This system is what makes the Modal Guitarist books such an effective tool for guitarists, guitar students and teachers alike. I have consolidated what might take others hundreds of pages to explain into four short books. Each book costs less than a single guitar lesson, yet explains the information a student might spend six months of guitar lessons learning. The first 3 books are now available as e-books, for immediate download. Please visit our Shop page to learn more.
Monthly Archives: June 2011
Guitar, cooking, sweeping the floor. It’s all the same. I’ve been telling students for years that music is a unique discipline, in that it provides immediate feedback (the way what we’re playing sounds) to indicate what sort of results we’re … Continue reading
Ok, once upon a time I did a stint playing bass and guitar for a group that did gaelic folk music and various other folk styles. One night after a few hours of rehearsal where i pretty much played nothing … Continue reading
Just a brief word: The website you’re currently viewing is a new format. Visitors can now leave comments, join in the discussion and I even plan to have a forum up in the near future. If you have any comments or suggestions please do not hesitate … Continue reading
Playing the Changes Using the Modes and Arpeggios to Define the Chord Changes in Guitar Solos Years ago, a guitarist came to me in search of instruction. It seems his band was really going places, but when it came time … Continue reading
Learning Better Guitar Technique Guitar Fingering Rules There are 3 main rules when it comes to finding the best fingering for any passage you play on the fretboard of the guitar. I call these the “Rules of Superior Guitar Technique.” … Continue reading
Beyond Shredding — Think as Fast as You Play Playing single note passages on the guitar rapidly doesn’t really take much work, but learning to think and hear fast can take a lifetime. Infinite Speed We have jets that can … Continue reading
Modes in Improvisation Improvisation means making up the music spontaneously. Improvisation can be in a solo, or "ride," where the "lead" instrument is showcased and is making its own musical statement. Improvisation can also be scattered throughout a piece of … Continue reading
Becoming familiar with any mode or scale on the guitar means knowing how all the notes on the guitar sound and being able to change direction or skip any number of notes easily. Going straight up the sequence of notes … Continue reading