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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 Boaz, AL.

Debbie Hood Killen
13744 County Road 7
Moulton, AL
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Orange Beach, AL
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Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
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Archer Guitar School
(205) 853-8145
1305 Pine Tree Dr
Birmingham, AL
 
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(205) 758-2220
309 Hargrove Rd E
Tuscaloosa, AL
 
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(205) 260-9025
Pelham, AL
 
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(877) 231-8505
Mossy Bank Trail Owens Crossroads
Owens Cross Roads, AL
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UNA - Music - 96-2002 (Bachelor's degree received) Liberty University - Worship studies - 09-09 (Master's degree received)
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Birmingham, AL
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West Mobile Music
(251) 460-2611
865 Hillcrest Rd
Mobile, AL
 
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(205) 640-5345
2235 Moody Pkwy
Moody, AL
 
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(256) 208-0794
427 Cloverdale Drive
Sylacauga, AL
 
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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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