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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 Rutherfordton, 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.
USAF Academy - Basic Sciences - 1973 - 1977 (Bachelor's degree received)
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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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Lanti Music Studio
(704) 698-6153
2105 Less Traveled Trail
Indian Trail, NC
Landau Guitar CO
(704) 455-7315
12038 University City Blvd
Harrisburg, NC
Bluemoon Guitars & Music
(336) 246-3275
210 S Jefferson Ave
West Jefferson, NC
Lindsey Tims
PO Box 97204
Raleigh, NC
Audio Recording, Drums, Electric Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Recording, Violin
Blues, Folk - Country - Bluegrass, Rock - Alternative
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Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Years of Experience
8 Years

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Jim Beavers Music Studios
(828) 693-4056
810 S Grove Street
Hendersonville, NC
Acoustics Piano & Guitar
(828) 713-7597
Hendersonville Rd
Asheville, NC
Music School INC
(919) 774-6996
109 Wicker St
Sanford, NC
Sandhills Music
(910) 423-0006
1822 Owen Drive
Fayetteville, 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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