Advice for Advancing guitarists
What do I mean by “Pro Guitarist?”
I mean you can sit in on any musical setting and feel comfortable and confident. You have professional gear. You know about the history of the guitar and of music in general. You don’t have a problem sight-reading sheet music and transposing songs for singers on the fly. You are ready for when things go wrong with your gear or with others’ gear at gigs. You show up early, knowing the music, dressed well and ready to play. After the gig, you stay late, shake hands and network. Then, you go home, take care of your gear and get to bed so you can wake up early and work on your music career. You follow through with your clients and crew to make sure everything went smoothly. All the while, you take care of yourself and your family. When it comes to finances, you have your ducks in a row. If someone calls you for a gig in an hour, you're ready to grab your ax and get to the venue looking good and ready to play.
The most important thing that anyone aspiring to improve (at anything in life) needs to realize is that it takes work. Usually, it takes a lot of work. It can be a lot of fun work, but boy does it take a lot of work and time. If you take shortcuts, you will always end up with lesser results that you originally imagined. Do yourself a favor and commit to doing the work.
Have you ever seen a performing band get up on stage and just not have their stuff together? They are either out of tune, drunk, don’t know the correct chords, say weird stuff on the mic, smell or just don’t seem to realize people are there to hear some great music, see a great show, and have a kick ass time.
When you’re first starting your music career, you probably won’t have a path. You won’t exactly know the road ahead and you won’t know the time, stress, heartache and overwhelming joy and personal fulfillment that all potentially lay ahead.
That's why my main goal is to help you on your own journey. Maybe you can be inspired by my successes and learn from my failures. I want to help you not only develop your musical skills, but I want to help you set goals and develop a plan so you can try to fulfill your potential.
Good thing we are all gifted with enough time to accomplish everything we want to in life.
Jazz Guitar Lessons
Joe Pass could play solo guitar as pianistically as Bill Evans and burn lines like a true master. He was a pioneer for Jazz guitar and is an artist that every aspiring guitarist needs to be familiar with.
Wes really knew how to develop an idea and say something. His signature right-hand thumb technique was a product of trying to be quiet while practicing at home. In following solo transcription of “Old Folks,” you will find great examples of use of the Melodic Minor (aka Jazz Minor) scale and octaves as he develops the solo in a fashion that is very much indicative of his mastery of the guitar.
In this solo excerpt of How Deep is The Ocean, Kurt Rosenwinkel manages to play extremely melodic lines that weave seamlessly through various modes of Melodic Minor and float over bar lines. Check out the .PDF HERE.