Guitar Sessions Grand Rapids MI

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 Grand Rapids, MI.

Michael Sanchez
4249 Abby Lane
Grandville, MI
Instruments
Guitar, Piano, Viola, Violin, Voice
Styles
Classical, Folk - Country - Bluegrass
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$35
Years of Experience
10 Years

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A Fun Guitar Bass Drum Lesson
(616) 734-8224
72 Brookmeadow Dr SW, Apt 12
Grandville, MI
 
Mic Stankiewicz
400 S. University B
Mount Pleasant, MI
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Clarinet, Composition, Drums, Ear Training, Early Music, Electric Bass, Film Scoring, Guitar, Horn, Organ, Other, Percussion, Piano, Recorder, Recording, Saxophone, Stand Up Bass, Theory, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba
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Blues, Classical, Electronic, Folk - Country - Bluegrass, Jazz, Kids, Other, Rock - Alternative, World
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Advanced, Beginner
Rate
$30
Years of Experience
25 Years

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Robert Gallagher
25850 Concord Rd
Huntington Woods, MI
Instruments
Cello, Drums, Electric Bass, Guitar, Piano, Stand Up Bass, Theory, Viola, Violin
Styles
Blues, Classical, Folk - Country - Bluegrass, Jazz, Kids, Rock - Alternative
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$45
Years of Experience
25 Years

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Nicholas C.
(877) 231-8505
Barton
Garden City, MI
Subjects
Piano, Guitar, Music Recording, Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, Music Theory, Trumpet, Music Performance
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
Jazz Studies major at Wayne State University. Have a firm understand of Latin and Caribbean grooves and how to apply them.
Education
Columbia College Chicago - Jazz Studies - Instrumental Performance - September 09 - Present (not complete) Rudolf Steiner High School - - Sep 05 - Jun 09 (High School diploma received)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Cascade Guitar Studio
(616) 977-9644
6810 Old 28th St SE, Ste 5
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Al McKenzie
PO Box 760573
Lathrup Village, MI
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Cello, Drums, Flute, Guitar, Oboe, Other, Piano, Saxophone, Trumpet, Violin
Styles
Jazz
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$0
Years of Experience
20 Years

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William Emerson
21817 MacArthur
Warren, MI
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Audio Recording, Chorus, Composition, Drums, Dulcimer, Ear Training, Early Music, Guitar, Handbells, Harpsichord, Mallet, Marimba, Organ, Other, Percussion, Piano, Recording, Theory, Timpani, Voice
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Blues, Classical, Folk - Country - Bluegrass, Jazz, Kids, Other, Rock - Alternative, World
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$25
Years of Experience
27 Years

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Steven Dearing
35563 Valley Creek
Farmington Hills, MI
Instruments
Ear Training, Guitar, Music Business, Theory
Styles
Classical
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$65
Years of Experience
20 Years

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John G.
(877) 231-8505
Lyster Lane
Troy, MI
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Music Theory, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Upright Bass, Music Performance, Songwriting, Music Recording
Ages Taught
7 to 99
Specialties
I specialize in Music Theory, Ear training, and Sight Reading. I also specialize in Jazz, pop, rock, and fingerstyle.
Education
Bishop Foley Catholic High School - College Prep - Sept. 1997- May 2001 (High School diploma received) Oakland University - Liberal Arts - Sept. 2001 - Dec. 2004 (not complete) Wayne State University - Music (Fine & Performing Arts) - Jan. 2005 - Dec 2008 (Bachelor's degree received)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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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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