Guitar Sessions Battle Ground WA

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 Battle Ground, WA.

David P.
(877) 231-8505
N Yale Street
Portland, OR
Subjects
Songwriting, Music Theory, Guitar, Trombone, Music Performance
Ages Taught
6 to 99
Specialties
I try to tailor my lesson plans to the musical interests of the student while focusing on music theory and pedagogy.
Education
Simsbury High School - - August 2000-June 2004 (High School diploma received) Hofstra University - Music - August 2004-May 2008 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Nathan H.
(877) 231-8505
N Overlook Terrace
Portland, OR
Subjects
Music Theory, Guitar, Classical Guitar, Music Performance
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I specialize in Classical Guitar, and I prefer to use the Aaron Shearer guitar method books to teach beginners proper technique and to read music. I am also extremely proficient in other styles, including Rock and Blues.
Education
University of Idaho - Music - 2005-2009 (Bachelor's degree received) North Idaho College - General - 2002-2004 (Associate degree received)
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Mr GS School of Guitar
(360) 852-0562
508 Washington Street
Vancouver, WA
 
Scott T.
(877) 231-8505
SE 267th Place
Maple Valley, WA
Subjects
French Horn, Music Performance, Guitar, Singing, Classical Guitar, Songwriting, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Trumpet, Music Theory, Music Recording, Drums, Piano, Trombone
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Classically trained. I focus on theory with my students. It is the base that they can leap from. I also have taught and performed jazz, salsa, and reggae.
Education
Navy School of Music - AA equivalent in Music - 1982 (Associate degree received)
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JC H.
(877) 231-8505
58th Ave
Mountlake Terrace, WA
Subjects
Music Theory, Upright Bass, Music Performance, Guitar, Music Recording, Songwriting, Bass Guitar
Ages Taught
13 to 99
Specialties
Jazz, Classical, Progressive Rock, Celtic, Funk, R&B/Soul For jazz, I tend to work on individual tunes from the Real Book and some of the Jamey Aebersold books. I also like Barry Galbraith's books on jazz chord comping. For rock guitar I have transcriptions of various techniques (tapping, sweep)/ For slap bass I have bits transcribed from Marcus Miller and Vic Wooten pieces. For reading, I'll work with Bach's 2-part inventions and then excerpts from rock or jazz charts.
Education
Wayne Status University - Music - 06/81 - 06/85 (not complete)
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Joyce A.
(877) 231-8505
Cedar Street
Fairview, OR
Subjects
Opera Voice, Guitar, Singing
Ages Taught
5 to 70
Specialties
Vocal technique and vocal polyphony
Education
National Conservatory of Music of Panama - Vocal Poliphony - 1994-1997 (completed)
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Classical Guitar Teacher
(360) 607-4597
4211 NE 47th Ave
Vancouver, WA
 
David S.
(877) 231-8505
West Main Avenue
Spokane, WA
Subjects
Classical Guitar, Songwriting, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Music Theory, Music Performance
Ages Taught
5 to 65
Education
Northern Illinois University - Guitar Performance - 2007-2008 (not complete)
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JC H.
(877) 231-8505
12th Ave S
Seattle, WA
Subjects
Music Theory, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, Music Recording, Songwriting, Music Performance
Ages Taught
13 to 99
Specialties
Jazz, Classical, Progressive Rock, Celtic, Funk, R&B/Soul For jazz, I tend to work on individual tunes from the Real Book and some of the Jamey Aebersold books. I also like Barry Galbraith's books on jazz chord comping. For rock guitar I have transcriptions of various techniques (tapping, sweep)/ For slap bass I have bits transcribed from Marcus Miller and Vic Wooten pieces. For reading, I'll work with Bach's 2-part inventions and then excerpts from rock or jazz charts.
Education
Wayne Status University - Music - 06/81 - 06/85 (not complete)
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Chris H.
(877) 231-8505
E. Roy St.
Seattle, WA
Subjects
Guitar
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Rock, Blues, and beginning-intermediate jazz and country.
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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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