Everyone of us learning an instrument needs to spend hundreds and hundred of hours for what...? The answer is clear - to play some nice music for our own pleasure and hopefully for others' too. That is the final goal of all practice. Whether it's live gig or it's studio recording session or just family party... You must get there one day prepared to do your best and perform with your full potential what you practiced.
As I mentioned in my first post Lesson Zero - ear training and quality of musical hearing is the most important feature of every musician. Countless music geniuses keep on saying this on many occassions, including my personal favourites Pat Methney and Miles Davis. It is not how many notes we play, not important how fast we can play them as long as our notes are "kicking" by sitting well in time and creating interesting melodies. And inner hearing is the origin of our melodies and our rhytms.
Ear training is a huge subject and there is plenty of methods and systems. I have been using Ear Master Pro software many years and it is quite nice but.... But nothing compares to transcibing real music of your heroes. This is the best and fastest way to develop your ears and this was the only method available to those masters back then. Again,
Hi guys, this week I have some mindblowing harmony game for you - based on a great Joe Pass Blues in Bb. Only 3 choruses, 12 bars each, stuffed with chords like crazy:) The big thing here is to:
Learn the harmony in numbers not in chord names - you will be able to use them in any key of jazz blues.
And there is plenty of great harmonic devices like:
- tritone substitutions
- secondary dominants
- alterations and color tones in almost every chord
Some more explanation you can find in a pdf I have created with the changes trnsposed to all 12keys:
Enjoy this great jazz blues of Joe Pass and let me know if you would like to see another video with detailed explanation of harmony movements,
Cheers and stay tuned
The fattest neck I ever played. The guitar come from US in 2012 and happened to have very ugly painted alder body. With luthier Pawel Kamecki we decided to exchange Kahler double tremolo to one-side Wilkinson bridge, change pots and switch but keep great sounding SD pickups. So Mr Kamecki took it to his workhop and dressed her in a beautiful cognac ash top. "Koniakowa jesionka" is how we call her since. The thick birdseye maple neck with ebony fingerboard remains untouched. Check the pictures documenting the revival story and watch video with some fun grooving with this awesome guitar:)
Lesson Zero - Learn in less than 5 minutes what it takes to play guitar (or any other instrument) and become a better musician
Hi Guys, this is first article on my new guitar blog. I was thinking how to organize so huge challenge like learning and mastering an instrument - guitar - in my case, and learning music in general.
Since the thing is so wide let's slit it to smaller pieces that we can digest one by one. That's why I divide the subject of learning the instrument in 3 parts:
Now before we go on deeper in details about all three parts let's state the 1st rule of practicing: