For this experiment what I’ve done is play the melody as it’s written and toyed with the harmony built around it, so the song is irrefutably recognizable as Silent Night, but through the power of harmony you can still produce new feels.Read More
Previously, I talked about 13 “jazz” books that every guitarist should own, but since many guitarists focus extraordinary effort in developing the technical elements of playing and performing, I want to focus this post on a smaller number of books that address the deeper issues involved in music making in general, learning and self discovery.Read More
Welcome to another installment in this apparent ongoing series I’ve just sort of adopted on the art of composing with precise restrictions. Currently this is the third article on this topic so if you haven’t read the previous handicap articles yet you may find them of interest.Read More
In this first post of a short series, I’m going to list a number of books that are off of many guitarists’ radar (but shouldn’t be). Some of these books are not even specifically jazz per se , but I think are they’re really useful to any guitarist (and most will help other instrumentalists as well).Read More
Approximately X time ago I had written an article on the idea of composing with handicaps. After much deliberation I’ve deduced it’s time to bust out another one. This one is about chord limitations.Read More
Some of you that have read my other articles know that I’m always seeking ways to grow as a guitarist, expand my style, do something different, or break out of the box.
One of the best ways to do this is to learn songs for a different reason than you normally would.
Combining your love of guitar with your other passions.
Kaki King learned drums when she was but a wee lass, and the ability to have each hand working independently led her to play the guitar in unusual ways.
The beginning of a short series exploring guitar chords in detail. We’re starting really basic here, so if you’re a beginner, join us, or if you’re advanced – share with your students or less experienced friends.Read More