Improvising Blues Basslines

Posted by on Jan 18, 2021 in Bass, Basslines, Blues, Rhythm & Blues | No Comments
Improvising Blues Basslines

A Short Guide to Improvising Blues Basslines Improvising Blues basslines is a very important skill for all backing players. This is the ability improvise variations on a basic bassline while playing. In this lesson I’ve chose a very basic stock groove that you’ll have no doubt heard before and then demonstrate various ways you can create […]

5 Perfect Practice Points to Picking Perfection

Posted by on Jan 17, 2021 in Guitar, Practice Methods | No Comments

(or “What to should I be practicing on the guitar???”)   So you’ve finally decided to take learning the guitar seriously? Good for you! You love the music, you’re enthusiastic and you’re raring to go… Or maybe you find yourself longing to play well but daunted amount of information about how to play….we are living […]

7th Chords for Guitar – Part 1

Drop-3 Seventh Chords for Guitar Howdy there you plunkers! It’s time to dust off the old Jazz box and prepare to launch yourself upon that excruciating voyage of musical discovery par excellence – that’s right, it’s time to learn your Jazz chords in all inversions! Specifically, we’re going to be focusing on Drop-3 7th Chords […]

Essential Ukulele Strumming Patterns, Part I

Posted by on Jan 15, 2021 in Strumming, Ukulele | No Comments

In this Ukulele video tutorial, I introduce 9 essential ukulele strumming patterns for beginners to learn. These patterns can be used when you play songs. Generally you can mix and match patterns, so you have the choice. You can: stick to a single 1-bar pattern create variations on that pattern combine two 1-bar patterns to […]

Transferable Skills on the Guitar, Part I

Posted by on Jan 13, 2021 in Musicianship | No Comments

(or how to own on the guitar in record time)   Hey folks…it’s me again…time to settle down guitar in time with a nice cup of tea and a biccy and listen to my words of wisdom… No but seriously… today I want to have a chat with you all about the usefulness of transferable […]

Roleplaying for Guitarists

Posted by on Jan 12, 2021 in Guitar, Musicianship | One Comment

(or 101 things you can do with a guitar) Hey folks…I’m back again and I’m here to tell you about all the wonderful things you can do with a guitar! Seriously…aside from music you can employ it for a variety of manual tasks such as improvising a hammer, a cricket bat or even going as […]

Analysis of Stella by Starlight

Posted by on Jan 11, 2021 in Jazz, Jazz, Jazz Standards, Music Theory | No Comments
Analysis of Stella by Starlight

An Analysis of Stella by Starlight In this lesson I am going to do an Analysis of Stella by Starlight, a harmonically sophisticated Jazz Standard which forms a cornerstone of “The Great American Songbook” In order to dispel some of the confusion surrounding Stella by Starlight,  I’m going to compare the tunes original changes with the […]

▶ ‘Songs For Acid Edward’ by Mr.B The Gentleman Rhymer (Official Music Video. HD) – YouTube

Posted by on Jan 10, 2021 in Pop Music, Ukulele | No Comments

The unmistakable skills of Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer provide an inspiration to ukulelists everywhere… Originally posted 2015-06-18 22:18:44.

Edelweiss

This haunting version of Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s Sound of Music classic Edelweiss captured my attention when it was re-purposed as the eerie introduction for the televesion adaptation of Phillip K Dick’s “The Man in the High Castle” I was so impressed that I decided to learn it, but I noticed that all the version I […]

Rockabilly Ballad Rhythm Guitar, Part 1

Posted by on Jan 8, 2021 in Guitar, Guitar Tutorial | No Comments

Muted Arpeggio Strums Hey folks…staying again in the 50s vein, I have your next rhythm installment! In this episode we’re going to learn a classic R-Guitar technique – what I have dubed the (palm) muted Arpeggio Strum! Despite the awkward name, this little baby is great for those 1950s ballad situations where our teenage hero […]

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