Month: June 2014
How to do a 5 minute practice session
No matter how many lessons you have, how good your teacher is, what innate talent you draw upon or what your good intentions are, in the end it all comes down to how effectively you practise. But if playing guitar is a hobby, not your day job, you might find it hard to keep a large block of time free every…
Another Free Jazz Lesson from TrueFire – Sheryl Bailey
TrueFire continue to offer some great free guitar lessons on YouTube, in addition to their excellent catalogue of paid-for lessons. This one is with Sheryl Bailey, creator of the Bebop Dojo. It’s part of TrueFire’s ‘My Favorite Thing’ series – check out the original TrueFire page here. Sheryl shows how you can create great jazz lines using chromatics to approach…
Another Free Jazz Lesson from TrueFire – Fareed Haque
Here’s the second of three great free lessons from the excellent TrueFire. Check out the original TrueFire page here. The lesson is part of TrueFire’s ‘My Favorite Thing’ series. It features FAREED HAQUE demonstrating a useful lick you can start deploying in your solos straight away. Check it out!
FunkeeJunkee play Forest Row gig
My band FunkeeJunkee are playing at the Brambletye Hotel, Forest Row on Friday. Come along and beat the Friday 13th jinx!
Happy Birthday Les Paul
The great Lester William Polsfuss would have been 99 today! That’s Les Paul to you and me. Not only did he design the guitars that bear his name but also invented multitrack recording. Difficult to imagine what music would have been like if he hadn’t been around. He was also a very successful recording artist in the…
Chord voicings on guitar Pt2. Get dominant!
Chord voicings on guitar Pt2. Get dominant! On a previous post I showed chord voicing options for dimished chords, using different combinations of strings. Here’s the promised follow up, showing how you can use this knowledge to derive voicings for dominant chords. Dominant chords are hugely important, not just in their own right but also…
Free Jazz Lesson from TrueFire – Tom Dempsey
Here’s an excellent lesson on using chromatics from the ever-helpful, ever-great guys at TrueFire. Check out the original TrueFire page here. The lesson is part of TrueFire’s ‘My Favorite Thing’ series. It features Tom Dempsey showing how it’s done in his straightforward, no-nonsense way. Tom is a fantastic guitarist with a cv to die for. Check…