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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 Albany, NY.

Jon Tario
1 Barney Rd
Clifton Park, NY
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Audio Recording, Composition, Ear Training, Electric Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Piano, Recording
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Banjo & Guitar Studio
(518) 767-9595
1316 Central Ave
Albany, NY
 
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Latham, NY
 
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(518) 758-6000
62 Chatham Street
Kinderhook, NY
 
Kenny P.
(877) 231-8505
23rd st
Brooklyn, NY
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Music Recording, Music Performance, Guitar, Songwriting, Music Theory
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9 to 30
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I have been teaching rock music mostly when it comes to playing. I try to involve music theory in everything I teach as well. My songwriting lessons are very involved in theory.
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New Music
(518) 459-8298
40 Russell Road
Albany, NY
 
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(518) 459-9400
Colonie Center
Albany, NY
 
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(518) 878-3057
1 Barney Rd
Clifton Park, NY
 
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(646) 400-1014
55 Linden blvd 6E
Brooklyn, NY
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Guitar
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Blues, Folk - Country - Bluegrass, Kids, Rock - Alternative
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Peter H.
(877) 231-8505
Landmark Sq.
Port Chester, NY
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Music Theory, Guitar
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10 to 60
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I teach a wide range of popular music styles, with both electric and acoustic guitars, specializing in jazz, but also rock, blues, Latin, Brazilian, and contemporary styles. I use a variety of written materials such as the Berklee Guitar Series, songbook collections (from the Beatles, Eric Clapton and Jon Mayer to Pat Metheny, Wes Montgomery and Broadway composers) and theory methods. I also use play-along recordings for students to work on soloing and timing. Topics include basic technique, …
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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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