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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 Mechanicsville, VA.

Ashland Music Academy
(804) 798-0728
313 England St
Ashland, VA
 
Music & ARTS Center
(804) 272-1197
9728 Midlothian Tpke
Richmond, VA
 
Metro Sound & Music CO
(800) 587-0033
117 W Broad St
Richmond, VA
 
Catherine W.
(877) 231-8505
Doe Run
Suffolk, VA
Subjects
Songwriting, Piano, Percussion, Singing, Guitar, Music Theory, Music Performance
Ages Taught
12 to 99
Specialties
Ear Training & Chord Theory
Education
Belmont University School of Music - Music Composition - 1992-1996 Tidewater Community College - Prerequisites for Belmont - 1990-1992
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Springfield, VA
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Autoharps, Banjo, Ear Training, Early Music, Electric Bass, Electronic, Ethnomusicology, Guitar, Mandolin, Musicology, Ukelele
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Blues, Folk - Country - Bluegrass, Kids, Rock - Alternative
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Beginner, Intermediate
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$56
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Sam ASH Music Stores
(804) 967-0707
9110 W Broad St, # A
Richmond, VA
 
Academy of Music
(804) 353-7001
4200 Dover Rd
Richmond, VA
 
Charles C.
(877) 231-8505
De Wald Cir
Newport News, VA
Subjects
Guitar, Music Theory, Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Clarinet
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I specialize especially in the theoretical aspects of music. I can break down the music into it's component parts, ie: phrases, overall structures, harmonic progressions. In clarinet, I have experience in classical-modern. In guitar I have experience in classical as well folk and some jazz.
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Christopher Newport University - BM-Instrumental Music Education - Fall 2007-Spring 2011 (not complete) Christopher Newport University - Master of Arts in Teaching - Fall 2010-Spring 2012 (not complete)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Catherine W.
(877) 231-8505
New Rd
Suffolk, VA
Subjects
Music Performance, Guitar, Singing, Songwriting, Piano, Percussion, Music Theory
Ages Taught
12 to 99
Specialties
Ear Training & Chord Theory
Education
Belmont University School of Music - Music Composition - 1992-1996 Tidewater Community College - Prerequisites for Belmont - 1990-1992
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Music & ARTS Center
(703) 444-3700
46900 Cedar Lake Plz, Ste 160
Sterling, VA
 
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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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