Guitar Sessions Byhalia MS

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 Byhalia, MS.

John S.
(877) 231-8505
West Almadale Ct
Collierville, TN
Subjects
Guitar, Piano, Flute, Clarinet, Music Theory, Saxophone, Songwriting, Music Performance
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I play keyboards professionally in jazz, RnB, rock, reggae, Latin rock and other styles. I can help the student who has only had traditional lessons branch out and learn how to read chord charts, which in turn teaches them theory. I am a certified Orff teacher as well.
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Univ of Memphis - Music Composttion - 1980 - 1983 (Master's degree received) East Texas State Univ - Music Composition - 1977 - 1980 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Howard Vance Guitar Academy
(901) 767-6940
978 Reddoch Cv
Memphis, TN
 
American Guitar Institute
(901) 685-0545
7990 Us Highway 64, Ste 107
Memphis, TN
 
Music Masters Studio
(662) 401-3976
929 Bickerstaff ST
Tupelo, MS
 
B & D Productions
(601) 922-1381
5965 Highway 18 W
Jackson, MS
 
Easley Memphis Guitar School
(901) 323-9929
Memphis, TN
 
Bartlett Music Academy
(901) 213-4262
6757 Stage Rd
Memphis, TN
 
Don Robinson
127 Bent Creek
Hattiesburg, MS
Instruments
Banjo, Guitar, Stand Up Bass
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Folk - Country - Bluegrass
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
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$30
Years of Experience
25 Years

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(601) 735-1195
906 Spring St
Waynesboro, MS
 
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(228) 388-6547
2744 Pass Rd
Biloxi, MS
 
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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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