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If you have difficulties improvising over the chord changes in "Purple Haze", the techniques of Indian Raga would help you to improvise more effectively. If you want to know how to do it, keep on reading to find the answers.

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Guitar, Music Theory, Bass Guitar, Piano, Mandolin, Upright Bass
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5 to 99
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My main instrument is jazz bass (upright), but I also play bass guitar in various styles (rock, jazz, motown, etc.) I can also teach beginning/intermediate guitar (rock/jazz), piano (classical/jazz), and mandolin (bluegrass, celtic, etc).
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Mannes College The New School for Music - Jazz Performance - Double Bass - 1999-2000 (not complete) Manhattan School of Music - Jazz Performance - Double Bass - 2003-2007 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Stylistically, I am generally more focused in jazz styles. However, as a teacher and guitar player, I am well versed in several styles commonly associated with the instrument, including; rock & roll, classical, folk, jazz, bluegrass, country, etc. Within each style that I teach, depending on the desired goal of the student, I couple the lessons with at very least a foundational approach to music theory as it relates to the style being taught.
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William Paterson University - Music Performance: Jazz Studies - 8/07-6/09 (Master's degree received) The City College of New York - Music Performance: Jazz Studies - 8/04-6/07 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Classical, pop, reggae, acoustic, electrical guitar. Musicianship ( Music theory & sight singing) Music history.
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I specialize in jazz as well as classical theory and jazz theory.
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New York University - Jazz Studies - 9/2005 - 5/2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
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I have developed my own method for teaching guitar to large groups. I am a Jazz specialist and can teach improvisation and advanced harmony.
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Most of my musical training is in classical guitar, but I have more experience teaching rock and acoustic to beginning students.
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Eastman School of Music - classical guitar - 9/04-5/09 (Bachelor's degree received) Manhattan School of Music - classical guitar - 9/2010-present
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For the beginning student, lessons are focused on technique and fundamentals such as reading music, rhythm, etc. I use a variety of method books to work out of depending on what may best suit the individual student. For intermediate-advanced students, lessons can be geared towards more specific styles such as classical, jazz, ...
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I am a classical guitarist. I have a BM and MM in classical guitar performance. However, I teach most popular styles as well. I was awarded a scholarship to study jazz at the University of Southern California, and I played with famous blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin as a teenager.
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Vanderbilt University - Classical guitar performance - 2001-2005 (Bachelor's degree received) Manhattan School of Music - Classical guitar performance - 2007-2009 (Master's degree received) Manhattan School of Music - Classical guitar performance - 2009-2010 (Degree received)
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Singing, Opera Voice, Piano, Guitar
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The Music of Jimi Hendrix Applied to Indian Raga

The Music of Jimi Hendrix Applied to Indian Raga By Matthew Montfort

I began to think about the intersection between raga the music of Jimi Hendrix after seeing a photograph of Jimi in the front row of an Indian music concert, his mouth agape in awe of what he was experiencing.

One day a student of mine was having difficulty improvising over the chord changes in "Purple Haze," and I had the idea that the techniques learned by studying Indian music would help my student to improvise more effectively.

An Indian raga is a melodic recipe for a mood: a “super scale” using a set of notes in ascending and descending order, a hierarchy of note importance, and a key phrase that shows the heart of the movement of the raga. I was inspired to create a modern raga based on the guitar solo in "Purple Haze." Before I explain how to use this raga to create your own music that is tonally related to Hendrix’s solo, some explanation of the Indian system of music is necessary.

North Indian raga uses a system of solfeggio (i.e “do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do”) known as sargam with seven note names per octave, starting with Sa (the tonic and main drone note) followed by Re (2), Ga (3), ma (4), Pa (5), Dha (6) and Ni (7). Indian music does not utilize the concept of perfect pitch where absolute note values are recognized. Sa can be set to any note, and is normally set to the most convenient place for the instrumentalist or vocalist. Just as in Western music, there are 12 main tones per octave, but there are also microtonal ornaments similar to the use of quarter tones in the blues. Indian raga uses a non-tempered tuning system where Sa and Pa are tuned a perfect just fifth apart. The other notes are close to the Western just tuning system, but the tuning of individual notes can vary from raga to raga. The word komal refers to the minor or flat version of a note, shuddh refers the natural or major version, and tivra refers to sharp or augmented version. Sa (1) and Pa (5) cannot be modified. Re (2), Ga (3) Dha (6) and Ni (7) can be either shuddh Re (M2), Ga (M3) Dha (M6) or Ni (M7), which correspond to the Western major intervals, or komal re (m2), ga (m3) dha (m6) or ni (m7), which correspond to the Western minor intervals. The note ma (4) can be either shuddh ma (P4), the natural perfect 4th, or tivra Ma (#4), which corresponds to the Western augmented fourth. In a common North Indian notation system, capital letter abbreviations are used for the version of the note that is highest in pitch and lower case letters for the note version lowest in pitch. For example, using this notation system, this is how a Western chromatic scale would be written:
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S r R g G m M P d D n N S

Purple Raga
To improvise within Purple Raga, one should first practice the ascending and descending scales. Notice that the patterns zig zag: they don’t simply go straight up and down a scale. This allows a raga to prescribe more than simply a mode and to include melodic instruct...

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