Guitar Lessons Pataskala OH
Audio Recording, Composition, Ear Training, Electric Bass, Flute, Guitar, Music Business, Piano, Recording, Stand Up Bass, Suzuki Method, Theory
Blues, Classical, Folk - Country - Bluegrass, Jazz, Rock - Alternative
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North Olmsted, OH
Music Theory, Bass Guitar, Tuba, Guitar, Piano, Upright Bass, Music Performance, Music Recording, Speaking Voice
1 to 99
I am classically trained but also adept in improvisation. I play and teach all styles of American and Western European music, including but not limited to rock (classic, alt, metal), r&b/soul/funk, latin and Afro Cuban, popular/show, and contemporary Christian.
Stonewall Jackson H.S. - College Prep - 8/73 to 5/77 (High School diploma received) Abilene Christian University - English Lit - 8/77 to 5/81 (Bachelor's degree received) Abilene Christian University - Marketing/Finance - 5/81 to 5/83 (Master's degree received)
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5 to 99
The style that I specialize in is acoustic guitar and composing. My methods are a little different then most because I would have the student in my studio and we would work out songs together including: chord changes, tempo, measures, time signature, key, and strumming patterns. Then, through recording, I would show them how to layer multiple guitar, bass, drums, piano or vocal parts. Essentially they would be learning not just chords and scales but how instruments work together in a well com…
Eastern Michigan University - Telecommunications/Marketing - 2000-2005 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Mastering 7-String Minor 7th Arpeggios with Buz McGrath of Unearth
AS METAL HAS EVOLVED, THERE HAS BEEN a trend toward lowered tunings. In an effort to make their music sound deeper and darker, many guitarists have turned to alternate and dropped tunings, as well as 7-string guitars. Buz McGrath, lead guitarist of the metal band Unearth, has been slinging his 7-string on stage for over ten years, pioneering some great techniques along the way. In this lesson, I want to share some of his cool arpeggio patterns that span all seven strings. Note to 6-string players: If you play the first two notes of the 7-string sweep arpeggios on the 7th and 10th frets of the sixth string (using your 1st finger), you can play this lesson without a 7-string.
I worked with Buz creating an instructional program outlining his style and techniques, and found him to be quite diverse as a player. Buz often adds minor 7th and diminished riffs and arpeggios into his music and, although he can shred masterfully, he allows melody to find its way into the mix. The example I’m going to share with you is inspired by the lead section from the Unearth song “Crow Killers” from their CD The March, and it incorporates one of his signature 7-string arpeggios.
In Ex. 1, the lead section begins with a melodic line that climbs up the neck in three segments. Pay close attention to his vibrato at the end of each phrase.
Ex. 2 is a minor 7th sweep arpeggio that starts on a B at the seventh string 12th fret and, using hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides, travels up to the 19th fret of the first string and all the way back down.
Ex. 3 is a similar minor 7th arpeggio but Buz finishes it off with a nice melodic line. Pay close attention to the fingering, it will help you cross all the strings smoothly.
John McCarthy is the creator of the Rock House Method.