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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 Salem, VA.

Wilshire Guitar & Bass
(540) 380-3364
Salem, VA
The Bandroom
(540) 989-8777
4212 Brambleton Ave
Roanoke, VA
The Music School-Performing Arts Institute of Virginia
(540) 552-4501
600 Prices Fork Rd
Blacksburg, VA
Mainstream Music
(540) 552-7448
125 N Main St, # L
Blacksburg, VA
Jan deHoll
Springfield, VA
Autoharps, Banjo, Ear Training, Early Music, Electric Bass, Electronic, Ethnomusicology, Guitar, Mandolin, Musicology, Ukelele
Blues, Folk - Country - Bluegrass, Kids, Rock - Alternative
Experience Levels
Beginner, Intermediate
Years of Experience
6 Years

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Sharon Feurys School-Guitar
(540) 343-0230
1731 Grandin Rd SW
Roanoke, VA
Fret MIll Music Co.
(540) 345-8515
21 Salem Ave SE
Roanoke, VA
The Guitar Dojo
(540) 473-3656
231 Herndon St
Fincastle, VA
Catherine W.
(877) 231-8505
New Rd
Suffolk, VA
Music Performance, Guitar, Singing, Songwriting, Piano, Percussion, Music Theory
Ages Taught
12 to 99
Ear Training & Chord Theory
Belmont University School of Music - Music Composition - 1992-1996 Tidewater Community College - Prerequisites for Belmont - 1990-1992
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Charles C.
(877) 231-8505
De Wald Cir
Newport News, VA
Guitar, Music Theory, Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Clarinet
Ages Taught
5 to 99
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.
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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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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