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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.

David B.
(877) 231-8505
Trophy Drive
La Mesa, CA
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Bass Guitar, Drums, Guitar, Music Theory
Ages Taught
11 to 70
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Very versatile both in preferred styles and my ability to adapt to students requests. Can cover anything from jazz to metal, or pop to blues, on guitar, bass or drums.
Education
Tuxford College - Music, and Physics - 09/01/2000 - 06/01/2002 (Associate degree received) Salford University - Music, Acoustics and Sound Recording (Honors) - 09/01/2002 - 06/01/2005 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Louis V.
(877) 231-8505
West Douglas Ave
El Cajon, CA
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Guitar, Music Theory, Songwriting
Ages Taught
5 to 100
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I specialize in improvising and composition as those are the two areas of music that I find myself contributing most of my time to. I also specialize in the genres of jazz and blues music because most of my gigging comes from these two fields.
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San Diego State University - Bachelor's in Music: Jazz Studies (Performance) - 2006-2010 (Bachelor's degree received)
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James T.
(877) 231-8505
55th St
San Diego, CA
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Guitar, Piano, Singing, Theatrical Broadway Singing
Ages Taught
5 to 99
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I begun private lessons at the age of 8 from my master teacher Dennis Harmon who is a graduate of Berkeley School of Music. At age 15, inspired by Jimmy Hendrix, I self taught myself guitar. Later within that same year I started attending vocal lessons from L.Rainkin who is recently retired as a veteran church organist and director.
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San Diego Mesa College - General Studies to Transfer 4yr College - Curnnetly Attending (not complete) San Francisco Community College - General Studies to Transfer 4yr College - 2004-2006 (not complete) San Diego City College - General Studies to Transfer 4yr College - 1998-2004 (not complete)
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David B.
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North Woodside Ave.
Santee, CA
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Drums, Guitar, Music Theory, Bass Guitar
Ages Taught
11 to 70
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Very versatile both in preferred styles and my ability to adapt to students requests. Can cover anything from jazz to metal, or pop to blues, on guitar, bass or drums.
Education
Tuxford College - Music, and Physics - 09/01/2000 - 06/01/2002 (Associate degree received) Salford University - Music, Acoustics and Sound Recording (Honors) - 09/01/2002 - 06/01/2005 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Francesca V.
(877) 231-8505
Eugene Place
San Diego, CA
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Music Theory, Piano, Speaking Voice, Classical Guitar, Music Performance, Singing, Songwriting, Guitar, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Opera Voice
Ages Taught
3 to 75
Specialties
My educational background is in classical performance, but on a day to day basis I perform rock and roll. I take pride in helping foster a well-rounded music experience for my students. I offer them opportunities to perform in traditional recitals and rock band camp, and am looking to branch into other performance opportunities such as jam sessions in the park. I can also teach bass, flamenco guitar, banjo and mandolin at a beginner level.
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Cornelia Connelly - - 1996-2000 (High School diploma received) California State University Los Angeles - Guitar/Voice Performance - 2000-2005
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David H.
(877) 231-8505
Bonita Rd.
Bonita, CA
Subjects
Flute, Clarinet, Guitar, Saxophone
Ages Taught
7 to 99
Specialties
I enjoy teaching classical as well as jazz. I love working with musicians that are getting ready for a big audition or solo coming up, or if you just want to work on a special song for someone and beginning guitar Also, I teach in small and large combo groups/ensembles.
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Southwestern Col - Music, pre law - 76-78 (not complete) Castle Park HS - GE, music - 73-76 (not complete)
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James T.
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Connecticut Ave.
La Mesa, CA
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Guitar, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Piano, Singing
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I begun private lessons at the age of 8 from my master teacher Dennis Harmon who is a graduate of Berkeley School of Music. At age 15, inspired by Jimmy Hendrix, I self taught myself guitar. Later within that same year I started attending vocal lessons from L.Rainkin who is recently retired as a veteran church organist and director.
Education
San Diego Mesa College - General Studies to Transfer 4yr College - Curnnetly Attending (not complete) San Francisco Community College - General Studies to Transfer 4yr College - 2004-2006 (not complete) San Diego City College - General Studies to Transfer 4yr College - 1998-2004 (not complete)
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Joe N.
(877) 231-8505
Nutmeg St.
San Diego, CA
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Guitar, Songwriting
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8 to 99
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Electric rock/blues lead guitar. Slide guitar both electric and acoustic
Education
Grossmont - Telcom/Music - (not complete)
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Nicole W.
(877) 231-8505
Date Street
San Diego, CA
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Singing, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Drums
Ages Taught
5 to 99
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I am completely self taught so i first find out what the student really wants to learn i.e.a great riff and i start there. I learn it myself then teach it to them. I am calm, and have a great sense of humor so i immediately put the student at ease, then we go from there.
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John Bowne - general - 06-1980- 06-1984 (not complete)
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Brian J.
(877) 231-8505
37th St.
San Diego, CA
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Bass Guitar, Saxophone, Piano, Songwriting, Music Theory, Guitar
Ages Taught
6 to 60
Specialties
guitar, bass, sax, beginning to intermediate piano, songwriting, music theory, sight reading Progressive methods for Guitar and Bass. Bastien Methods for Piano. Rock, Pop, Punk, Reggae, Metal, Blues, and Classical. Some Funk, Jazz, and R&B.
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Patterson High School - General Education - 1996-2000 (degree received) Point Loma Nazarene University - Music Business - 2000-2005 (not complete)
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Mastering 7-String Minor 7th Arpeggios with Buz McGrath of Unearth

0.GP1109_Lessons_Met~nrAS 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.

http://www.guitarplayer.com/uploadedImages/guitarplayer/GP1109_Lessons_Metal_Ex-1.jpg 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.

http://www.guitarplayer.com/uploadedImages/guitarplayer/GP1109_Lessons_Metal_Ex-2.jpg 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.

http://www.guitarplayer.com/uploadedImages/guitarplayer/GP1109_Lessons_Metal_Ex-3.jpg 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.

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