Guitar Sessions Abilene TX

Here is a skill for you to learn in order to improve your music skills: while you're improvising with a scale, momentarily move your line a half-step up or down to create tension. If you want to get more details about this method, continue reading to find out how to take some music lessons in Abilene, TX.

Teddy Trogdon Music Studio
(325) 676-8666
3500 N 10th St
Abilene, TX
 
Tim (William) K.
(877) 231-8505
Silver Buckle
Schertz, TX
Subjects
Music Theory, Acting, Guitar, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Trombone, Classical Guitar, Dance, Music Performance, Piano, Speaking Voice, Singing
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Folk music, Kodaly, Orff
Education
UTSA - Music Literature - 1978-1984 (Bachelor's degree received) UTSA - Music Education - 1987-1988 (Bachelor's degree received) Texas State University - Music Education - 2001-2006 (Master's degree received)
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Bryan B.
(877) 231-8505
Red Oak Lane
Flower Mound, TX
Subjects
Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Theory
Ages Taught
8 to 18
Specialties
I enjoy teaching rhythm/strumming on steel string guitar and pima finger picking on nylon string. I can teach basic lead on electric guitar, though that is not my specialty.
Education
Gordon College (Wenham, MA) - Music Education - 2002-2006 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Jordan T.
(877) 231-8505
Cinchring ln
Austin, TX
Subjects
Songwriting, Classical Guitar, Music Theory, Music Performance, Guitar
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Classical Acoustic Fretboard Knowledge Songwriting Blues Rock Open G Tuning Country
Education
Berklee College of Music - Guitar, Professional Music - Spring '07-Current
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Joshua L.
(877) 231-8505
Goldmark Dr.
Arlington, TX
Subjects
Speaking Voice, Music Theory, Guitar, Singing, Music Recording, Songwriting, Music Performance
Ages Taught
5 to 60
Specialties
I specialize in Rock, Country, and personal Song Writing. Also am versatile in rhythm guitar playing. I also have a very firm grasp on the theory of music including, key signatures, tempo, chords, etc.
Education
Tarrant County Community College - Music Education - 08/2004-05/2005 (not complete)
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Eric Jay B.
(877) 231-8505
Cherbourg Dr.
Fort Worth, TX
Subjects
Guitar, Music Theory, Music Recording
Ages Taught
6 to 25
Specialties
I can teach basic guitar methods from lesson books. However, I really enjoy teaching blues guitar in the styles of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Kenny Wayne Wayne Shepherd, etc. I enjoy teaching lessons that are geared toward music that the student enjoys. I find it rewarding to the student when they realize they can play styles and genres of music they love to listen to.
Education
The University of Arizona - - 2003-2007 (Bachelor's degree received) San Juan College - - 1998-2001 (Associate degree received)
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Andrew D.
(877) 231-8505
fincastle dr.
Katy, TX
Subjects
Bass Guitar, Songwriting, Guitar
Ages Taught
5 to 30
Specialties
I am versed in blues, rock, metal, folk, acoustic-finger-style, and various other acoustic styles. Acoustic finger-style and blues/rock I am perhaps the most highly proficient in, it being the first style I ever learned as a kid. But it is definitely not a limitation.
Education
HCC - no set major - 8/07 - 12/07 (not complete)
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Rob B.
(877) 231-8505
Metric Blvd.
Austin, TX
Subjects
Saxophone, Guitar, Banjo, Classical Guitar, Piano, Songwriting, Flamenco Guitar, Bass Guitar
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I'm best at teaching students music that they want to learn. I specialize in rock and blues instruction. Don't own a banjo (learned on my daddy's), but am happy to pick one up if someone's interested (though they will probably need to provide one, don't know if I can buy two at the moment).
Education
Lubbock High School - N/A - 8/92-5/95 Texas Tech University - English-major Music-minor - 1/00-8/03 Goddard College - Creative Writing - 7/07-5/09
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Kristopher B.
(877) 231-8505
Austin, TX
Subjects
Classical Guitar, Music Recording, Music Theory, Music Performance, Guitar, Songwriting, Bass Guitar
Ages Taught
11 to 99
Specialties
On the guitar, I specialize in teaching mostly in rock and blues, but also bossa nova, jazz and classical. I feel like rock and blues are my strongest because I personally love them the most.
Education
Berklee College of Music - Guitar Principal/Film Scoring - 2000-2004 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Jordan T.
(877) 231-8505
Ullrich Ave
Austin, TX
Subjects
Songwriting, Classical Guitar, Music Theory, Guitar, Music Performance
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Classical Acoustic Fretboard Knowledge Songwriting Blues Rock Open G Tuning Country
Education
Berklee College of Music - Guitar, Professional Music - Spring '07-Current
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Half-Step Slips By Michael Hoffman

Here's a great way to spice up your solos. The concept is simple: While you're improvising with a scale, momentarily move your line a half-step up or down to create tension. Slipping back to the original scale releases the tension. Moving up or down -- going out -- is easy. Getting back in smoothly takes a little practice.

Outside in. This example illustrates the process. Begin by playing A Dorian (A, B, C, D, E, F, G) over Am7 as notated. Notice how the line shifts to B Dorian (B, C, D, E, F, G, A) on the and of beat four. This tension-producing "half-step higher" state lasts through bar 2, beat three. The F passing tone (labeled PT) adds even more drama within B Dorian. After returning to A Dorian, the line drops to A Dorian (A, B, C, D, E, F, G) for four beats and then rejoins A Dorian for one final note.

Other flavors. Once you've learned this phrase, try giving major and dominant scales the half-step slip. For best results, establish the sound of the inside scale before you move outside -- and be sure to wind up back inside!

Listen to the Example

 

 

For more information on scales, chords, progressions, harmony, and MICHAEL HOFFMAN's book Serious Guitar, visit his Web site at www.seriousguitar.com.

 

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