Blues Guitar 101

This month I wanted to take some time to explore the fundamentals of Blues. I’d venture a guess that as a guitar player you’re either already playing some blues or have been told that you should. This article is not intended to be highly technical, but rather serve as an…

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Minor Primer

This week, I was asked, “What’s the deal with the minor keys?” Well here’s the deal, Skippy! The notes of a scale make up what I lovingly call the “Pitch Family,” or the KEY. Take your major scale formula (Root-whole-whole-half-whole-whole-whole-half) to get your Pitch Family. These notes are all related, and…

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What is Phrasing?

by Eric Dieter I was recently discussing the Grateful Dead song “Althea” with one of my guitar students. This isn’t my go-to genre, but I like it and appreciate the artistry. I had mentioned to him that a big part of what made Jerry Garcia such a great guitarist (actually in…

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