An explanation of the chords that belong in each key.
There is one guitar rhythm pattern that is is synonymous with blues and rock & roll from the 50's through the 70's. It is still used to this day by many retro type acts.
Hendrix popularized the two-note chord hammer on and pull off rhythm fills in songs such as Little Wing and Castles Made of Sand.
Premise: Fame for skills is after the fact, in other words after they were famous, fans raved about the talents of many great artists but the only way they got popular was because of their hit songs. Rock guitar is dying because there are no new Clapton's and Hendrix's out there writing hit songs.
Besides having to sound good you've got to look good on stage and off. Like any job there is a look that goes with the job description.
Learning blues guitar involves very few simple elements to create a classic blues sound and this article will put the aspiring blues guitarist on the right path.
Most guitarists when they get to the point of knowing a few licks and scales find themselves rambling when they improvise. This article demonstrates how to create cohesive articulate solos.
An in-depth look of how the notes are laid out on the guitar neck.
An instructional overview on many of the nust-know strumming rhythm patterns for electric and acoustic guitar.
This article covers the basics of learning power chords, one the most used chord in the history of rock music.
The major pentatonic is a staple of rock, blues and country influenced music and is often combined with the blues and minor pentatonic scales.
There seems to be a lot of mystery and confusion surrounding the much lauded "CAGED" bar chord (barre chord anyone?) system on the guitar. There's nothing to it as you will see.
Blues, rock and more, this a collection of backing track to practice soloing against. Have fun!
The problem with traditional piano education is that it doesn't teach you how to play in a band.
Mark Fitchett working out on his jazz guitar.
One of the most effective way to learn scales and solo on the guitar is to learn the scale on one string. This article discusses some of the techniques that lend themselves to single string soloing.
So many people turn to the internet to learn how to play the guitar. The question is how effective is it and do people actually learn?
One of the most recognizable cool blues rhythm riffage sounds are the alternating minor triads superimposed over a dominant 7th chord.. This article demonstrates how to use these must know patterns.
The minor pentatonic scale on the guitar, and particularily the E minor pentatonic scale is a blues and rock guitar staple. There have been so many guitar driven songs in this key that one could easily make a case for E being the starting place to learn about blues and rock soloing.
This is the absolute bottom line of how to start playing guitar. The information given here is in small chunks, easy to digest and will give the student a solid foundation to pursue guitar mastery.
Modern Dance Music Composer Mark Fitchett discusses his work with The Regina Klenjoski Dance Company (RKDC)
A page about guitarist and instructor Mark Fitchett's blues guitar techniques featuring blues rock, soul jazz blues, be bop jazz blues, fusion blues, country blues and traditional blues performances.
A lesson on how to play blues turnarounds on the guitar featuring 9 classic key of A blues turnaround examples in tablature
How to approach learning beginning jazz guitar
Basic Easy Access jazz chords for guitar
Although aimed at guitarists, all musicians should learn how to solo or improvise using a single note. Otherwise why go on?
Comparison of French and Italian Opera in the Baroque Period
A primer to defining what notes, pitches half steps whole steps enharmonic pitches sharps flats and intervals are
How chromatic notes work in improvisation
All about intervals on fretted instruments guitar ukulele mandolin banjo
The intervallic formulas for some very useful scales jazz rock blues composition and improvisation
how chords simple to complex are created and a little theory behind them
Why music education matters
A simplified explanation of how the modes in music work and some practical applications.
Autism and music lessons. Observations of the value of music lessons from a music teacher.
An overview of concepts applied to improvisation and composition. This article gives someone a better idea of some of the elments involved in learning how to approach this.
An overview history of how the blues started and progressed in America.
all about charlie parker and bebop
This article will show you the best method ever of how to efficiently learn and memorize the notes on a guitar neck in the shortest amount of time.
A history of jazz piano innovator Bud Powell.
A summary of the integral elements used in creating bass lines.
A brief overview of the elements and instruments that used in the composing of a song.
The basic terminology associated with recording music on a computer.
About how play in a band and not kill each other. Practice and rehearsal tips.
An overview of the many things that it takes to become a good musician.
This article demonstrates how string bending works in blues and rock guitar using simple easy to follow examples.
Pro Band. iPhone iPad iTouch Android rhythm tracks blues rock backing tracks review
Mark Fitchett discussing from his perspective how to survive playing guitar and the pro and cons of university education for guitar.
A history of the development of the guitar and it's popularity.
All about traditional blues guitar verses modern blues guitar. Innovating so that the blues doesn't become stagnant.