Guitar Sessions Sycamore IL

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 Sycamore, IL.

Guitar Professional Shop
(815) 568-7408
104 S State St
Marengo, IL
 
Brett R.
(877) 231-8505
N. Dover St.
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Guitar, Music Recording, Music Performance, Songwriting
Ages Taught
10 to 55
Specialties
Rock, Blues, Pop, Singer-Songwriter
Education
University of Iowa - Journalism/English/Music - 1989-1993 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Stephanie Lindquist
4160 Milford Lane
Aurora, IL
Instruments
Guitar, Piano, Theory, Voice
Styles
Blues, Classical, Folk - Country - Bluegrass, Jazz, Kids, Other, Rock - Alternative
Experience Levels
Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$56
Years of Experience
9 Years

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Mick A.
(877) 231-8505
S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Acting, Bass Guitar, Speaking Voice, Music Theory, Singing, Music Recording, Drums, Music Performance, Songwriting
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Formerly certified Zuzuki instructor, good with very young children Excellent with professional and serious adult students
Education
American Conservatory Of Music - piano - 1964-72 (not complete) City Colleges of Chicago - education - 1984-86 (not complete) U.of I. Chicago - music/English - 1972-76 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Robert C.
(877) 231-8505
W. Le Moyne
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Music Performance, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Music Theory
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I am familair with most of the established systems of teaching guitar, and I call upon them all as needed to best serve each particular student. Jazz for guitar and jazz theory for any instrument are areas of specialty.
Education
CAP Program - Composition, Arrangement, Performance. 3+ years of private study with Rick Barda, emphasis on jazz styles and contemporary harmony National Guitar Workshop - Rock guitar seminar Ventura Community College - General ed. and AA in music - 1998-2000 (not complete) University of California, Santa Cruz - Psychology - 2000-2001 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Kyle M.
(877) 231-8505
Greenleaf Ave
Wilmette, IL
Subjects
Music Theory, Bass Guitar, Trombone, Guitar
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I have a broad understanding of jazz and have been playing and teaching it for years. I also specialize in slap bass style, which I studied extensively at Berklee. I play in a rock band so I know about that style as well.
Education
Berklee College of Music - Professional Music - Electric Bass - 2004-2008 (not complete)
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Martone M.
(877) 231-8505
Concord Av.
Fox River Grove, IL
Subjects
Bass Guitar, Guitar
Ages Taught
7 to 99
Specialties
Music, guitar, bass folk, country, rock and basic guitar fundamentals
Education
St. Viator H.S. - general - grad 1967 (degree received) Harper Jr. College - general/music - 1968-1971 (degree received) St. Josephs College - music - 1972-1973 (not complete) Harper College - music - 1974-1975 (not complete)
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James P.
(877) 231-8505
Casa Stolana Dr.
Wheaton, IL
Subjects
Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Classical Guitar
Ages Taught
8 to 80
Specialties
I am fluent in teaching and performing rock, classical, heavy metal, blues, jazz, funk, and R&B.
Education
New England Conservatory of Music - Classical Guitar Performance - 09/08 - 05/10 (Master's degree completed) Northern Illinois University - Classical Guitar Performance - 08/05 - 05/08 (Bachelor's degree received) College of Dupage - Musical Studies - 09/02 - 08/04 (Associate degree received) St Francis of Assisi - High School - 08/98 - 06/02 (High School diploma received)
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Jordan J.
(877) 231-8505
N Greenview Ave.
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Songwriting, Bass Guitar, Music Theory, Guitar
Ages Taught
18 to 99
Specialties
Fingerstyle acoustic, soloing, songwriting, developing an ear, modal playing, hybrid picking, and many more techniques. Genres include classic rock, modern rock, pop, blues, country, jam bands, classical, Broadway/musicals, folk, jazz, to name a few.
Education
University of Cincinnati- CCM - guitar performance - 99-02 (not complete)
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Paul Schmitz
7363 Grand ave
Downers Grove, IL
Instruments
Guitar, Theory
Styles
Blues, Classical, Rock - Alternative
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$50
Years of Experience
10 Years

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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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