Guitar Sessions Safford AZ

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 Safford, AZ.

Vince J.
(877) 231-8505
N 44th Drive
Glendale, AZ
Subjects
Viola, Songwriting, Oboe, Opera Voice, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Music Performance, Piano, Cello, Trombone, Violin, Percussion, Organ, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Guitar, Upright Bass, French Horn, Music Theory, Singing, Classical Guitar, Flute
Ages Taught
3 to 60
Specialties
I use methods commonly known where the students can recognize the pieces. I like to teach the students to create their own music. Besides teaching regular methods I like to supplement my teaching with songs that they like to play.
Education
Los Angeles State College - Music - 1/1963-7/1964 (Bachelor's degree received) California State University at Los Angeles - Music - 9/1964-7/1965 (Master's degree received)
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Joshua Brown
4641 N 1st Ave #5
Tucson, AZ
Instruments
Drums, Guitar, Piano, Violin, Voice
Styles
Blues, Classical, Folk - Country - Bluegrass, Jazz, Kids, Rock - Alternative, World
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$47.50
Years of Experience
15 Years

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Levi G.
(877) 231-8505
East Sunrise,
Tucson, AZ
Subjects
Music Theory, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Dance, Music Performance, Songwriting, Music Recording
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
Styles I specialize in include tasteful guitar soloing, groove development, rhythm and lead on electric and acoustic, improvisation, playing with other musicians, and helping a student find their own sound. Genres that I specialize in include Blues, Rock, Funk, Jazz, Reggae, World, and Instrumental.
Education
Tucson High Magnet School - Music/General Study - 1995-1999 (High School diploma received) Pima Community College - Gen. Ed./Music - 1999-2009 (not complete)
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Derek S.
(877) 231-8505
E. Cedar Street
Tempe, AZ
Subjects
Guitar, Saxophone, Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, Music Theory, Music Performance, Songwriting, Music Recording
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Guitar is my number one specialty—particularly classic rock, alternative rock, and popular styles, with a strength in bluesy solo technique. I have a modern teaching style, and I am very up to date with current music trends. I tend to focus on practical and transferable music skills—you know, the things that allow you to play with other musicians, learn new instruments, and be truly creative on the guitar! I am very adept in subjects related to real world music knowledge and application, such…
Education
Mesa Community College - Arts - 2006-2008 (Associate degree received) Arizona State University - Psychology - 2008-2010 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Henri B.
(877) 231-8505
E Van Buren Rd.
Phoenix, AZ
Subjects
Guitar, Music Recording, Singing, Drums, Songwriting, Acting, Percussion, Music Performance
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I specialize in the following styles of playing: Rock, Hip - Hop, All Latin, Jazz, Funk, Blues, R and B, Gospel, and Dance. I also have a very good feel for World Music as well. I have a very free-spirit for playing, so I often mesh the above stated styles into a more progressive style of playing. I believe that you must be feeling what you are playing. Along with learning drum beats, students will also engage in drum tuning, reading drum charts, warm-up/skill-building exercises, and internal…
Education
Arizona State University - Religious Studies/Education - 8/2000 - Present (not complete) Chaparral High School - All - 8/96 - 5/2000 (High School diploma received)
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David T.
(877) 231-8505
N. Martin Ave.
Tucson, AZ
Subjects
Music Theory, Music Performance, Music Recording, Guitar
Ages Taught
7 to 99
Specialties
I guess if I had to choose one thing, I specialize in rock guitar but I also play blues some jazz, classical and bluegrass.
Education
Ohio State University - Music - 2008-2010 (Bachelor's degree received) Kenyon College - Music - 2005-2008 (not complete)
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Scott K.
(877) 231-8505
W. Placita Tres Rios
Tucson, AZ
Subjects
Music Theory, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Classical Guitar, Music Recording
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Rock/ Jazz/ Classical/ Experimental
Education
Mills College - Electronic Music - 2002 - 2006 (Master's degree received) Mills College - Music Composition - 2002 - 2006 (Master's degree received) University of Arizona - Music Composition - 1998 - 2002 (Bachelor's degree received) New School for the Arts - Music - 1995 - 1997 (High School diploma received)
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Marty T.
(877) 231-8505
E Voltaire Dr
Scottsdale, AZ
Subjects
Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting, Music Performance, Guitar
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I like to customize methods for the individual. I do prefer the Berklee series for more serious guitar students. I have used Alfred's for some younger ones. Personally, I was brought up on the Mel Bay method and I don't really care for it. Besides general guitar lessons I can offer instruction to bands as I play bass keys and drums as well. Music Theory is a very strong point for me. Ear training goes hand in hand with theory. Being a performer too, I can teach the student the ropes of stage …
Education
Queens College - Communications/Music - 1970-1975 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Henri B.
(877) 231-8505
E San Ardo Dr
Scottsdale, AZ
Subjects
Guitar, Singing, Drums, Percussion, Music Recording, Music Performance, Acting, Songwriting
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I specialize in the following styles of playing: Rock, Hip - Hop, All Latin, Jazz, Funk, Blues, R and B, Gospel, and Dance. I also have a very good feel for World Music as well. I have a very free-spirit for playing, so I often mesh the above stated styles into a more progressive style of playing. I believe that you must be feeling what you are playing. Along with learning drum beats, students will also engage in drum tuning, reading drum charts, warm-up/skill-building exercises, and internal…
Education
Arizona State University - Religious Studies/Education - 8/2000 - Present (not complete) Chaparral High School - All - 8/96 - 5/2000 (High School diploma received)
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Kenny E.
(877) 231-8505
W. Fallen Leaf Lane
Glendale, AZ
Subjects
Guitar, Songwriting, Music Theory
Ages Taught
6 to 99
Specialties
music, Guitar, Music Theory, songwriting blues, rock (mostly 70's), country, bluegrass
Education
Hawthorne High School - General - 9/1982- 6/1984 Grand Canyon University - Business/Management - 8/1997- 12/1998
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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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