The Dominant Dozen

Sep 26, 2019
From time to time I find myself trying to explain great lines from certain movies to my kids, usually just after I've used one out of context and they've given me that look, the one that says, "that was weird; don't ever do that when my friends are around. Also, pass the cereal." One of my favorites is from a not-especially-favorite movie of mine, the oh-so-eighties Something Wild. There's a moment when Charlie, played by Jeff Daniels, and Ray, played by Ray Liotta, have just pulled off the highway in New Jersey, and Daniels is simultaneously picking out a Hawaiian shirt and glad-handing the clerk by reading the name off of his uniform so as to awkwardly shoehorn it into the conversation. Liotta approaches, makes eye contact with Daniels, and says, "Charlie." (Pause.) "Attempt to be cool."

There were a lot of positive responses to yesterday's video, which pleased me no end, but I will, like Charlie, attempt to be cool. Here are a couple of typical reactions to the Horizontal 3-Step lesson:

"Taking your Chord Substitutions course has been awesome and quite revealing in many areas of my playing. Your video on the Horizontal 3-Step has opened my eyes that I may be able to "tighten up" things that I'm working on or already know." – Dean M., FL

"Enrolling in your new course is a total no-brainer for me...hope I can start applying the horizontal three step method as per your presentation." – Cliff S., NC

When asked about the commercial success of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmie Vaughan once said "Well, I always figured if you made records, you oughta sell some, too." In a similar vein, I feel like if you make guitar lessons, people oughta learn something from them, too. Hence my pleasure in the positive feedback. Now, back to being cool.

Tomorrow, I'll be doing the second lesson in this series live on Zoom. You can register for the free session here:

The Dominant Dozen

From 3-4pm CST on Friday, 9/27, I'll be talking about how to connect twelve dominant chord voicings up the neck and how to use them to create instrumental arrangements of classic blues tunes. Learning more voicings and how to connect them in a logical, memorable way is a simple, valuable step towards making the songs you know more interesting. It's also a key part of creating your own tunes and arrangements and can even help you start improvising as well.

I will be posting a replay over the weekend for people who can't attend, but if you want a chance to ask me about the material live in real time, this is the place to do it.

More soon,


P.S. If you've got questions or comments about The Horizontal 3-Step, just click yesterday's link and hit the green button right below the video. I've been answering everyone who posts and will continue to do so as long as the comments keep rolling in!