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From Blues To Standards In Six Chords fingerstyle blues fingerstyle improvisation standards Jun 06, 2019

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Improvisation Manifesto

About three months ago, I...

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Horizontal Or Vertical? creativity practicing May 02, 2019
I've been thinking about Thelonious Monk this week, specifically an observation I once read about his repertoire. Unfortunately, I don't remember...
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The Fingerstyle Choice creativity fingerstyle Apr 25, 2019

The great jazz guitarist Gene Bertoncini once observed, “I think I’m like most guitarists in that I like almost any kind of music...

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What's A Boogaloo? courses improvisation playing the changes Mar 21, 2019

Hard Bop And Boogaloo

I received more than one email this past week asking about where things were headed with my Practicing Blues Guitarist...

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Play The Changes With Two Scales improvisation play the changes Mar 13, 2019

Mission Control

February Album Writing Month is over. I'm pleased to say I "won" for the eighth year running, which means that, along with...

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Three Ways To Look At Swing And Jump Blues courses improvisation playing the changes swing Mar 06, 2019

Here's what happened. I was at the National Guitar Workshop one week back in the '90s when someone attached my name to a course listing on a...

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Courses For (Blues and Jazz) Horses courses improvisation Feb 21, 2019

So, a couple of years ago, I taught an online course I called The Practicing Blues Guitarist. I've always thought the whole trick to getting better...

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Play The Changes With One Scale play the changes Feb 13, 2019

Start Early, Bloom Late

I didn't drink coffee for about twenty-five years. Well, with the exception of two weeks in Italy when I drank espresso...

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