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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.

Jim B.
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Will follow a guitar instruction book, and teach songs student want to learn. Rhythm guitar teaching chords, picking & strumming and alternate chord positions for sound & variety. All modern music styles, folk, rock, r&b, and pop.
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On the guitar, I specialize in teaching mostly in rock and blues, but also bossa nova, jazz and classical. I feel like rock and blues are my strongest because I personally love them the most.
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I have experience teaching and playing rock (classic rock, progressive rock, metal), blues (acoustic and amplified), and jazz (swing and straight, bebop, funk, New Orleans, big band, cool jazz, hard bop, acoustic, latin, bossa). One of my specialties in rock and jazz is odd meter (5, 7, 9, 11, etc.) I also have ample experience with applied music theory for the guitar--that is, chord and scale theory.
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East Side Drive
Austin, TX
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My method varies a great deal, as I often need to emulate styles for film. My natural style is very geared towards a British pop sensibility, although classically I am more influenced by German and Russian composers. My original (family) music education was in sixties pop and blues/folk guitar technique. My penchant for electronic music, ambient, dub, techno, and the like, should also be mentioned, for it has, over the years, effected my personal style.
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Austin Community College - Music Theory, Literature - 2009-2010 (not complete) Berklee Boston - Music Production - 2005-2005 (not complete) St. Petersburg College - Electronic Music, Music Composition - 2001-2002 (not complete)
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Katy, TX
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12 to 65
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I focus on teaching how to play the instrument, and use songs as study guides or references for the music theory part of my lessons. The genres that I cover are Classical, Folk, Country, Rock, Heavy Metal, Blues, and Jazz. I teach fingerpicking, and standard picking styles, as well as intermediate and advanced techniques. The foundation of my method revolves around inspiring creativity, and how to present emotion in the music.
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St. Thomas High School - Marching Band and Jazz Band - 9/1979 - 5/1981 (not complete) Hotel Business School Luzern, Switzerland - Hotel Management Aprenticeship - 5/1984 - 10/1987 (Degree received) Houston Community College - Music Theory / Business - 6/1988 - 8/1988 (Degree received)
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I love to play and teach many styles but focus on pop rock (rhcp, audioslave, them crooked vultures, etc), folk rock (ben harper, jack johnson, etc. ) blues, funk, soul. Theory wise, I teach standard theory entwined with the nashville numbers system. I have found that that system works great and is pretty much the standard anymore. I encourage ear training!! You must develope the ability to hear where a song is going with out having your instrument in hand. You will learn to map out a song in…
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Houston, TX
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North Harris County College - Music-guitar - 1982-85 (not complete) Musicians Institute - Music-guitar - 1991-92 (not complete) University of North Texas - Music-guitar - 1985-87 (not complete) Klein High School - Music - 1974-78 (not complete)
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Houston, TX
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Kelly has worked with various traditional band methods and enjoys teaching beginners. Because of his previous employment, he has the ability to teach students how to play in a band/church setting whether it is a contemporary band or choir w/ orchestra. He also specializes in teaching improve and music theory.
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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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