Guitar Sessions North Wales PA

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 North Wales, PA.

Brennan M.
(877) 231-8505
Tennis Ave
Ambler, PA
Subjects
Guitar
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Although I play primarily acoustic guitar, I play the following styles: bluegrass, blues, rock and roll, solo riffs, funk guitar, punk and alternative music, and I have recently been trying to learn classical styles of guitar playing. I have also been teaching myself scales for solo riffing over the past three years.
Education
M.C.C.C. - Education - 2004-2006 (not complete) Kutztown University - Education - 2003-2004 (not complete)
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Richard B.
(877) 231-8505
Main St
Harleysville, PA
Subjects
Music Performance, Classical Guitar, Music Theory, Songwriting, Singing, Guitar
Ages Taught
16 to 99
Specialties
Classical, Rock, Blues, Acoustic, Folk, Songwriting, Theory, History
Education
Metropolitan State College of Denver - Music/Guitar - January 2003-December 2008 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Jason S.
(877) 231-8505
North 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA
Subjects
Drums, Guitar
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I specialize in Rock and Jazz guitar, and Rock drums.
Education
Rutgers Camden - Music - 2006-2010 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Stuarts Music
(215) 855-4878
851 W Main St
Lansdale, PA
 
Dresher School of Music
(215) 628-4704
1460 Limekiln Pike
Dresher, PA
 
Dena C.
(877) 231-8505
Blair Mill Rd.
Horsham, PA
Subjects
Guitar, Piano, Singing
Ages Taught
6 to 99
Specialties
Musical theatre, Adaptive music lessons (for learning differences).
Education
Sperry HS - music, theatre - 1975-1979 (High School diploma received) SUNY Potsdam - music education - 1982-1985 (Bachelor's degree received) Temple University - music therapy - 1896-1993 (Master's degree received)
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Steven L.
(877) 231-8505
Strathmore Rd
Havertown, PA
Subjects
Music Theory, Guitar, Bass Guitar
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Education
Eastern University - General Music-String Bass - 2005-2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Ian V.
(877) 231-8505
East Girard Ave.
Philadelphia, PA
Subjects
Music Theory, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Upright Bass, Music Performance
Ages Taught
8 to 99
Specialties
I specialize in Jazz and Improvisation. Upright and Bass guitar are specialties in the realm of Rock, Jazz, R&B, Reggae, and Funk.
Education
Central Bucks East - - 1993-1995 (High School diploma received) New School for Social Research - Music Performance Jazz and Contemporary Music - 1998-2000 (Bachelor's degree received) University of the Arts - Music Education - 2007-2008 (not complete) Temple University - Music Education - Fall 2009- (not complete)
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Blues Guitar Lessons
(267) 221-7050
Colmar, PA
 
Music & ARTS Center
(215) 443-7880
490 Easton Rd, # A
Horsham, PA
 
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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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