Four WaysTo Play With Your Guitar

I see a lot of students asking how they can improve their playing, what they should be working on or which books to study. What many seem to forget is that we don't work the guitar; we play it, and we should just play with it sometimes.

Scale Book Downloaded Over 1000 Times in the First Month

I'm very pleased to report thtat since I made it freely available exactly a month ago, Scale and Arpeggio Resources has been downloaded 1046 times. If you don't already have your copy, get it here!

Hybrid Picking Exercise

Just a quick post to mention the hybrid picking exercise I've been working on for the past few days. I'm actually playing different variations on this up and down but I'm sure you can figure those out for yourself.

Taking a Modal Approach to Epistrophy

I've been revisiting some old jazz tunes lately and, yet again, remembered how hard Monk's tune Epistrophy makes you think. In this post I'm going to describe some approaches that try to avoid "running the changes" and instead find scales that "work" over whole sections of the tune.

Feed Your Ears: Piano Chords for Guitarists

Something a bit different this time -- I've collected a few instructional videos for pianists that I think guitarists could learn a lot from.

Arpeggio and Scale Book Now Available Free Online!

I've decided to make the electronic version of my book on scales and arpeggios available free to download, forever, under a Creative Commons license. The paper version is still available to buy as normal.

New YouTube Posts: Hungarian #9 and "So What"

I've put up two new audio-only tracks on YouTube demonstrating different approaches to outside playing.

First Video on YouTube

I've created a video for my piece "New Work VI" and uploaded it to YouTube. I'm hoping this will be the first of quite a few as I'm enjoying playing with the video side of things and it's inspiring me to finish some pieces that have been languising for a while.

Two New Albums on Soundcloud!

I've gathered up the electronic pieces I wrote over the last year or so and pulled them together into an album, entitled New Work. I've also put together Phi Point, a collection of archive recordings that are now unavailable and of which I'm still fond. Both are free to stream or download.

Simple Pitch Class Set Transformations

We've looked at basic definitions and set out a numbering system for pitch classes that does what we want. Now it's time to see how powerful these ideas can be from an analytical perspective, and to develop some more ideas and techniques along the way.