Arpeggio Inversions

Hey Everyone! In the past few blogs I have been discussing various arpeggio exercises in order to gain more knowledge about how the notes on the fretboard are connected and also to master the fretboard. In this blog I would like to continue the arpeggio discourse but really challenge you guys by taking it up a notch. I present to you arpeggio inversions! Continue reading

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The Greatest Lessons That Changed My Life

This past week I was doing some spring cleaning and I came upon some old notes given to me from a few lessons I took from a very famous jazz teacher in the late 1980’s here in NYC.  I won’t name names. I wanted to learn modes and improvisation so I hit the Village Voice looking for a teacher. I only took 3 lessons from this gentleman mostly due to the fact that during every lesson he was under the influence of certain mind altering substances which I found really unprofessional considering the amount he was charging me. The amount of knowledge he gave me during those 3 lessons however really pushed my playing to a higher level and, of course, a big life lesson on how to be professional and how NOT to be a teacher. Continue reading

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Six Note Three Octave Major Scale Exercise

As you can tell from my previous blogs, learning and knowing the fretboard to the best of ones ability is of the utmost importance to me as a guitarist and something I stress to all of my guitar students. How much do I stress this point? So much that last week one of my students wanted to know why is it so important to me. I thought about it for a day or two. Thats why I love teaching; it gets me to reevaluate all that I know. Continue reading

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Cool Major and Minor Scale Exercises

Hey everyone. In my last two blogs for Guitarworld.com, I discussed arpeggios and how to incorporate them into your playing to learn the fretboard and add some color to your leads. In this blog I would like to discuss some really cool major and minor scale exercises that will help your overall guitar playing on many different levels. Continue reading

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Fun with Arpeggios

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In this blog I would like to discuss one of my favorite exercises to learn the fretboard and add a little mojo to your lead playing.

Before we begin, let me define what an arpeggio is. An arpeggio is a broken chord. We can play a chord 2 ways: the first way is to play all the notes at the same time and the second way is to play the notes one at a time consecutively. This latter is called an arpeggio. The following exercise is all the chords/arpeggios in a C major scale over the the first two strings. One of the things I stress to my students is to learn the fretboard like the back of your hand, maybe even better. This exercise will definitely expedite that process and it sounds really cool to boot. Continue reading

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