Social Media Highlights September 2015

Hi everyone,

Here’s the best of this month’s Social Media output, relating to all sorts, including Guitars, Pianos and Keyboards, Classical Music, Jazz Music, Concert Films, Art, Autumn, London and Writer’s Block!

Ed Sheeran’s debut concert film will be screened in late October Read More

Ed Sheeran

Pianist Bob Karty’s Kickstarter project reunites members Of Oregon And The Pat Metheny Group With an Imaginative Original Composition Check It Out

Next up, Beyond Blues – How to recreate slide guitar sounds – using only normal string bends! Here’s The Lesson!

Mozart (finally) goes to Newcastle and gets a Johnny Rotten makeover!  An explanation

Mozart

Here’s the ultimate guide to Autumn in London – Get Ready

Autumn

And finally – 14 ways to beat creative block

We’ll be back with more in October, and normal blogging resumes later this week!

-Alex

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Blues Guitar Lessons From The Stars

Welcome to a special blog post which pulls together some of the best rockstar masterclasses available online.  Today we’re focusing on Blues Guitar, with 4 great video lessons from 3 of the best Blues guitarists of all time, between them spanning the last 7 decades of Guitar music.

First up, B.B. King, with 2 great clips from 2012, in which he talks about his phrasing, famous vibrato, bending and stretching:

And this other one on soloing:

Here’s a short but sweet clip of someone B.B. King inspired heavily, Eric Clapton, from 1968:

And subsequently, someone Clapton inspired heavily, John Mayer.  Here’s a playlist of his visit to the famous Berklee music school, in which he offers insight into many aspects of Blues guitar, soloing and songwriting:

Enjoy!

-Alex Bruce

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Meet Our Guitar Teachers – Video Performances

Hi everyone,

Here’s a chance to meet our guitar teachers who cover London and the surrounding areas.

On our website we feature a page of Guitar Teacher profiles, listing our teachers’ information, qualifications, experience and successes.

And here below is a video playlist featuring performances by a selection of our Guitar teachers – From home studio performances, to Classical Guitar competition recitals, to Glastonbury to The Albert Hall.

We hope you enjoy the great playing featured in the videos, and we’ll post soon when we upload some videos of our newest teachers too.

-Alex

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Music Theory Part 9 – Minor Scale 4 Note Chords

Welcome to Part 9 in our series on Music Theory.  This time it’s about Forming 4 note chords in a minor key.

This is where we refer back to the post about Relative Major/minor scales and keys, and 3 note chord formation: Major and minor.

In exactly the same way that we would jump to degree 6 of the Major scale to begin the minor scale,

eg.  Major  C   D   E   F   G   A   B
minor  A   B   C   D   E   F   G

We can do the same when extracting 4 note chords.

ie.  The formula for 4 note chord types in a minor key is the same as in the major key starting from step 6

Therefore,  Major Key –     Imaj7     IImin7     IIImin7     IVmaj7     V7     VImin7     VIImin7b5

minor key –     Imin7    IImin7b5  IIImaj7     IVmin7    Vmin7  VImaj7    VII7

 

It is important to learn and know these formulas from memory and independently of each other.  Their relativity is purely something to fall back on if you forget something about them, and something to understand of their origin.

Next time in the Music Theory Series – What are Sus chords?

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Why You Should Learn Songs All The Way Through

A common thing to do amongst guitar and bass students is to just learn just one part of a song: Usually the catchiest section, that they could play to someone who would recognise it and say “Yeah that’s…..”

Well, if you’re ever going to want to play guitar/bass in a band, any band, you’re going to need to be used to playing songs all the way through.

And what if that band was Green Day?!  Here’s the most incredible, exciting reason to be a guitarist who is always prepared! – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hVt05VXs3o

– Alex