Guitar Sessions Forest City NC

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 Forest City, NC.

Bob C.
(877) 231-8505
Covered Bridge Road
Clayton, NC
Music Theory, Flamenco Guitar, Banjo, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Ukulele, Classical Guitar, Music Performance
Ages Taught
9 to 99
I use method books tailored to the students interests and needs whether it be Classical, Folk, or Rock Guitar. When helpful and desired, I also include other avenues of music such as theory, ear training, literature, and history.
Duquesne University - Master of Music Theory - 1980-1983 (Master's degree received) Carnegie-Mellon University - Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music-Guitar Performance - 1975-1979 (Bachelor's degree received) Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music - Music-Performance in Classical Guitar - 1972-1975 (not complete) Lakewood High School - General Studies-Emphasis on Music - 1968-1972 (High School diploma received)
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PO Box 97204
Raleigh, NC
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Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
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Music School INC
(919) 774-6996
109 Wicker St
Sanford, NC
Cape Fear Music Center
(910) 480-2362
110 Old St
Fayetteville, NC
Music Beyond Measure Studios
(919) 423-3985
1738 Hillandale Rd Ste 204B
Durham, NC
Stuart A.
(877) 231-8505
Exacta Lane,
Raleigh, NC
Guitar, Music Performance, Speaking Voice
Ages Taught
5 to 99
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.
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(828) 713-7597
Hendersonville Rd
Asheville, NC
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(336) 222-8282
912 S Main St, # A
Burlington, NC
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107 N Caldwell St
Brevard, NC
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1975 Mecklenburg Hwy
Mooresville, 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


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