In this post we discuss On-Line courses, learning from the internet, what learning strategies to use in order to reach our goals, and how to sort all the musical knowledge that is available to us today.
This is a tutorial on how to easily play the Whole Tone Scale everywhere on the fretboard, using an amazing fretboard organization system called SFS, or the String Fragment System.
Learn how starting your phrases on different metric points can have a huge impact on the rhythmic variety and the quality of your solos.
Is education just about knowledge? Join me as I share my thoughts on the deeper value of high quality educational material.
Many improvisers have trouble transitioning from playing exercises to actually making music with the elements they are practicing. The Randomization process gives you the steps to do exactly that, smoothly and effectively.
Adding large intervals to your linear playing can spice up your solos. Try these simple practice concepts that can help you make this a natural part of your improvisation language.
Some hate it, some swear by it. Join me as I share a few quick thoughts on the usefulness of one of the most ancient musical gadgets.
An easy and fun lesson on 2 classic Rock Guitar techniques: Pedal Point and Tapping.
Increase your speed and improve your accuracy with lesson 1 from the '3NPS Pentatonic Speed Patterns' technique crash course (use the link to get the complete crash course for free).
Increase your speed and improve your accuracy with lesson 2 from the '3NPS Pentatonic Speed Patterns' technique crash course (use the link to get the complete crash course for free).
Increase your speed and improve your accuracy with lesson 3 from the '3NPS Pentatonic Speed Patterns' technique crash course (use the link to get the complete crash course for free).
Watch lesson 4 from "3NPS Pentatonic Speed Patterns" and learn how to apply "Linear Freedom" to 3NPS Pentatonics.
In this lesson we take a look at SFS, an amazing system for mastering all fingerings, all positions in all keys for any type of scale, WITHOUT BOX SHAPE MEMORIZATION. Learn how to freely navigate the fretboard in record time.
In this lesson we discuss the uniqueness of the fretboard and how it affects the study of improvisation on the guitar.
Join me in investigating what seems like an "anomaly" in the soloing of many players, that appears when using the Blues Scale.
In this excerpt from 'SFS Pentatonics 2 - Navigating Chord Changes', we talk about the concept of voice-leading, and how we can practice it to gain the freedom to improvise through key changes without interrupting our flow.
In this clip from SFS Pentatonics - Pentatonics Everywhere!, we look at how we can use a seemingly limited system of just 3 string fragments, to move through every fretboard area, instead of being limited to a single box position.
In this lesson excerpt from SFS Pentatonics 2 - Navigating Chord Changes, we learn a very quick way to map the Symmetric Diminished Scale. With this system, you are not blocked into box shapes, but instead you can freely place what I will show you in any fretboard area and any string, taking advantage of SFS (String Fragment System).
In this lesson excerpt from SFS Pentatonics 2 - Navigating Chord Changes, we learn about different harmonic contexts over which we can improvise using the Half / Whole Diminished Scale. We also look at a modified, "half diminished" version of the minor pentatonic scale that we can use over m7b5 chords.
The process of learning to improvise over chord and key changes can be overwhelming for many players. In this post we take a look at a practice routine that can serve as a starting point for organizing your practice sessions when dealing with this challenge.
In this excerpt from SFS Pentatonics 2 - Navigating Chord Changes we deal with a subject that troubles a number of players. I decided to post this on the EMP Blog, so that even if you are not into navigating chord changes right now, you can still share your thoughts on using the “No Pain No Gain” approach when practicing.
The II-V progression is one of the most popular chord sequences, especially in Jazz, and jazz-influenced styles. In this lesson, we look at some practical ways to improvise over II-V progressions, using Pentatonics and Blues Scales.
In this excerpt from SFS Pentatonics 2 - Navigating Chord Changes, we study a process of selecting and applying different scale choices, when improvising over 12-bar blues progressions.
Here's the newer version of this lesson on the new String Systems Blog:
In this lesson we are going to talk about the 2 most popular fingering systems for 7-note scales and modes, and look at the uses, and the advantages and disadvantages of each one.
In this tutorial we look at a shortcut for quickly building diagonal fingerings for the Aeolian Mode, everywhere on the fretboard. This is an application of the String Fragment System, using 3 string fragments.
In this quick video we look at an improvisation tip that can be used to spice up your solos, and that is easy enough to implement almost immediately.
In this first lesson from the Modal Harmony Workshop, we learn the relationship between diatonic chords, and how we can manipulate them to construct convincing modal chord progressions.
In this tutorial we look at a specific application of the String Fragment System (SFS). We use a system of just 2 string fragments to instantly construct a cool type of Mixolydian Pentatonic scale. This system is movable, giving us the ability to play this scale with freedom, in many fretboard areas.
In this quick tutorial we look at standard musical contexts, where the Minor and Major Pentatonic Scales can be used effectively.
In this lesson we discuss how to transition from just playing scales up and down, to making actual music with them.
Here is a cover performance of Steve Vai's 'The Crying Machine' based on the transcription from the Trinity College Grade 8 Exam Book.
A performance of "Fantasie" by S.L.Weiss, based on the transcription from the Trinity College Grade 8 Classical Exam Book.
In this lesson we address something that many guitar players wonder about, and it has to do with bending. More specifically, bending when playing Pentatonic Scales.
In this tutorial we look at a shortcut for quickly building fingerings for the Locrian Mode, everywhere on the fretboard. This is an application of the String Fragment System, using 3 string fragments.
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Let's talk about one of the most overlooked practice elements that can make or break your effectiveness when learning guitar. For guitar students of all levels, the Fun Factor is one of the most important keys to unhindered and enjoyable progress.
In this tutorial we learn the basics of the extremely versatile Economy Picking technique, so that you can start applying it today.
In this clip from the Economy Picking Bootcamp, we discuss an important characteristic of Economy Picking technique: It's a universal technique that can be applied to any kind of melodic line.
In this clip from SFS Modes 2 - Horizontal Connections, we look at a rich diagonal system for playing the Aeolian Mode.
In this post we examine whether learning the notes on the guitar fretboard is a necessity for all guitar players.
The geometric nature of the guitar fretboard causes us to think visually, and usually disregard pitch content. In this video we explore the option of thinking about music in terms of notes, accidentals, key signatures, and all the things that other instrumentalists learn by default.
Guitar players have historically favored a few fretboard positions, and a select few scale shapes. In this video we explore the usefulness of the ability to travel the whole fretboard freely, and discuss some ways you can work toward developing this skill.
The String Fragment System (SFS) is an effective fretboard mapping system that can be applied to virtually everything that can be played on the guitar. But I can't teach everything at once, so please take a couple of minutes to help me decide what will be included in my upcoming lessons, by answering a few simple questions.
In this post we discuss the benefits of practicing over single-guitar accompaniments. Free EMP Guitar Jams package included.
Benefit from practicing over this A Dorian / Minor Pentatonic single-guitar accompaniment. Free EMP Guitar Jams package included.
Benefit from practicing over this Jazzy, Blues in F single-guitar accompaniment. Free EMP Guitar Jams package included.
Benefit from practicing over this moody, E Aeolian single-guitar accompaniment. Free EMP Guitar Jams package included.
Benefit from practicing over this A Harmonic Minor, single-guitar accompaniment on 7/4. Free EMP Guitar Jams package included.
Benefit from practicing over this spacey A Melodic Minor, single-guitar accompaniment. Free EMP Guitar Jams package included.
Pay along to this fun and musical tremolo picking drill, and take your guitar picking skills to the next level.
Tremolo practice can be a total waste of time if not done right. Learn the keys to making the most of this valuable practice tool.
Trade Fours with me and practice over this Blues in G, single-guitar accompaniment. Free EMP Guitar Jams package included.
Here's a tip on how to deal with the number one problem for a great number of guitar players: Finding time to practice.
If you like soloing with Pentatonic Scales, here's what you need to know about using the most popular chromatic approach note in the world, the Blue Note.
Test your guitar improvisation skills with this Parallel Major 7th Chords mini-lesson and backing track. Free EMP Guitar Jams package included.
In this post we discover what defines the relationship between Minor and Major Pentatonic Scales, and look at a practical way to make music using this knowledge.
In this lesson we explore the musical effect of adding Blue Notes to Major Pentatonic Scales, and discover how this relates to harmonic context.
When do you use a Pentatonic Scale, and when do you use a Mode? Learn how these different sounds cross paths in your guitar solos.