Guitar Sessions Rochester MN

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 Rochester, MN.

Avalon Music INC
(507) 288-6311
301 Broadway Ave N
Rochester, MN
 
Kevin G.
(877) 231-8505
James Ave S
Minneapolis, MN
Subjects
Music Theory, Guitar, Music Performance, Songwriting, Music Recording
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I teach Rock, Hard Rock, Funk, Jazz, Blues, Metal, Shred Guitar. My methods are successful, interesting, and sometimes challenging to let the student find their potential of learning and playing original and creative music.
Education
Northmont High School - algebra, english, history - 89-93 (High School diploma received)
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Jason H.
(877) 231-8505
Russell Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN
Subjects
Piano, Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Music Theory, Music Performance, Music Recording, Guitar
Ages Taught
5 to 89
Specialties
Music theory and classical piano and guitar, funk bass, Motown style, Hip Hop, House & Dance music, Electronic Music - synthesizers, samplers, music software, production, arranging, engineering...awarded the Peter Gabriel Production Award at Berklee College of Music by the Music Synthesis faculty for a partial scholarship, 1994. Featured on iTunes Store - Jason/ Roomsa feat: Lady Sarah, Dance Music Top 20 charts. Awarded Top 100 Electronic Artists of the Year, URB magazine, 2004.
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Berklee College of Music - 1994 - 1989 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Ryan K.
(877) 231-8505
Goodrich
Saint Paul, MN
Subjects
Guitar, Saxophone
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
I specialize in classical, bluegrass, and blues. I like study flat picking guitar currently. I also do finger style as well. I go over theory and scaler work as well.
Education
Maple River - All - 1997-2001 Baker University - Music - 2002-2006
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Stephen J.
(877) 231-8505
Grandview Ave. W
Saint Paul, MN
Subjects
Guitar
Ages Taught
12 to 99
Specialties
The areas I gravitate to are blues, rock, and jazz, but I'm always up for a challenge if there's something that's caught your interest. Fusion of styles has also always fascinated me. I can teach basic chords to improvisation and modal scales with everything in between, including the theory to help put it all in proportion. I'll help you find the answers and techniques you're looking for to get to where you want to be. Wherever that is. I believe highly in the benefit of learning and understa…
Education
University of Minnesota Duluth - Music, Jazz Guitar - Sept. 2004 - May 2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Rochester Guitar Studios
(507) 285-0696
1418 1st Ave NE, Ste 5
Rochester, MN
 
William Evan M.
(877) 231-8505
Holmes Ave
Minneapolis, MN
Subjects
Bass Guitar, Music Theory, Flamenco Guitar, Music Recording, Songwriting, Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Because of my training at Lawrence University, I'm well versed in both classical and jazz music, but have also studied composition and arranging, music recording techniques, and pedagogy. I have studied jazz the most extensively, but consider myself proficient in almost any style or genre that involves the guitar.
Education
Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical - Guitar Building and Repair - 2009-2010 (Degree received) Lawrence University - Classical and Jazz Guitar Performance - 2004-2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Timothy B.
(877) 231-8505
Columbus Ave S.,
Minneapolis, MN
Subjects
Music Theory, Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Bass Guitar
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Mostly Classical, Flamenco, Blues, and Rock. Lots of experience teaching young students
Education
University of Minnesota - Music Performance - 6/05-5/10 (not complete)
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Chris N.
(877) 231-8505
taylor St. NE
Cedar, MN
Subjects
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Recording
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I try to be very open to the styles and genres so I have ultimate possibilities of what I can teach. I enjoy every type of music as well, and can play anything you give me. Just give me the time to learn it and then perform it along with teaching it.
Education
The Institute of Production and Recording - Audio Production and Engineering - 2007 to 2009 (Associate degree received)
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Paul L.
(877) 231-8505
Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN
Subjects
Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Classical Guitar
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Education
University of Wisconsin La Crosse - Music(Classical guitar) - 2004-2007 (Bachelor's degree received) University of Minnesota - Music(Classical guitar - 2007-2010 (Master's degree received)
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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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