Essential Ukulele Strumming Patterns, Part I

Posted by on Sep 25, 2022 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 […]

Ukulele Chords in C major, Part I: Primary Triads

Posted by on Sep 13, 2022 in Music Theory, Ukulele | No Comments

In this pair of video tutorials, I introduce the 7 essential chords belonging to the key of C major. This will give you the chord vocab to play a wide range of songs on the Ukulele, in C major. Part I focuses on the so called Primary triads – the major chords built on the […]

Ukulele Chords in C major, Part II: Secondary Triads

Posted by on Sep 2, 2022 in Music Theory, Ukulele | No Comments

In this pair of video tutorials, I introduce the 7 essential chords belonging to the key of C major. This will give you the chord vocab to play a wide range of songs on the Ukulele, in C major. Part II focuses on the so called Secondary triads – the minor chords built on the […]

Rockabilly Swing Rhythm Guitar

Posted by on Oct 1, 2022 in Guitar, Guitar Tutorial | No Comments

Hey folks…here’s a little Rockabilly / Swing to wet your appetite, inspired by messing around with “Stray Cat Strut” by The Stray Cats (doh!). What’s interesting to me is how you can combine a variety of subtle techniques to add depth to a simple chord progression…welcome to the lost art of rhythm guitar! Here’s the […]

Troubleshooting Chord Strumming On the Guitar

Strumming chords is essential “bread & butter” technique for accompanying songs with the guitar, and yet it is suprisingly hard to do well. Here’s a short checklist you can run through each time you practice to ensure that you’re getting the best possible sound.   Fretting Hand   Are all the desired the notes ringing […]

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 […]

Improvising Blues Basslines

Posted by on Sep 28, 2022 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 […]

Using the Guitar Pickup Selector

Using the Guitar Pickup Selector

The Gentle Art of Using the Guitar Pickup Selector (or how to make your bassplayer happy!) This is a slightly tongue-in-cheek post, but I thought it might be informative. As resident bassist in New River I am constantly engaged in the bitterest acrimony with our guitarist (in my capacity as musical advisor) regarding the gentle […]

Transferable Skills on the Guitar, Part I

Posted by on Sep 26, 2022 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 […]

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 […]

Analysis of Stella by Starlight

Posted by on Sep 23, 2022 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 […]

Rockabilly Ballad Rhythm Guitar, Part 1

Posted by on Sep 22, 2022 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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