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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 Cary, NC.

Stuart A.
(877) 231-8505
Exacta Lane,
Raleigh, NC
Subjects
Guitar, Music Performance, Speaking Voice
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Heavy background in blues, rock, contemporary Christian. I have developed a specialty in providing lead and rhythm simultaneously (for environments with one guitarist). I've developed the ability to jump start new guitarists' (especially those who prefer electric) chording skills, and teaching them how to leverage this in developing their lead playing.
Education
USAF Academy - Basic Sciences - 1973 - 1977 (Bachelor's degree received)
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

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AKG Guitar Lessons
(919) 656-1015
123 Springfork Drive
Cary, NC
 
Anyone Can Play Guitar
(919) 303-5311
219 N Salem St
Apex, NC
 
Pitts Guitar Studio
(919) 546-0645
Raleigh, NC
 
Music Beyond Measure Studios
(919) 423-3985
1738 Hillandale Rd Ste 204B
Durham, NC
 
Lindsey Tims
PO Box 97204
Raleigh, NC
Instruments
Audio Recording, Drums, Electric Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Recording, Violin
Styles
Blues, Folk - Country - Bluegrass, Rock - Alternative
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$47.50
Years of Experience
8 Years

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Acoustic Guitar & Bass
(919) 851-8272
203 Lochmere Forest Dr
Cary, NC
 
Falls River Music
(919) 637-0526
1141 Falls River Ave, 110
Raleigh, NC
 
Thy Music Group
(919) 324-6764
Raleigh, NC
 
Piano Guitar & Voice
(919) 967-4905
201 Scarlett Dr
Chapel Hill, NC
 
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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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