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A Salute to my Master: Klaus Flenter

By accident I stumbled upon some information about my teacher from back than: Klaus Flenter, one of the greats when it comes to chord melody jazz guitar playing in the Netherlands and beyond.The first video is a trio version of the song Green Dolphin Street.

If anything I will always remember Klaus as the one that solidified my love for chord melody guitar playing and what a joy to see my old teacher going on like this and like on the next video where the trio plays Misty.

Klaus, my old master, thanks for all the great stuff you taught me over the years at the Conservatory in Rotterdam and even now when looking at these videos.

Students Happy with Lessons via Skype

The guitar lessons via skype turn out to be a real blessing. It beats the impersonal video and makes it possible to enjoy a lesson at your convenience without having to leave the home but with the advantages of being tutored face to face.

Here’s what one new student said:

It works and it great!!! In a fortnite another one. Highly recommended folks!!

Book now as places are sort of limited.

Thoughts on play along tracks and metronomes

I get regular questions as to whether to use a play along track or a metronome.

I guess it depends somewhat on the purpose: both are equally capable of helping you with your time. At the same time however when it comes to using it for the purpose of improvisation, I generally prefer the metronome. While having the whole band behind you, for instance using Band-in-a-Box or play along CD’s may seem great, I generally find that they are a limitation to my imagination. I can’t help but feeling that when it comes to improvisation practice: less is more. More than once it seems like the play along tracks direct you in a certain direction. So, I would generally prefer a metronome.

At the same time however, I realize that it may well not be that easy to hear the harmonic structure of a song and improvise on that especially when you are starting out. I guess that is where I’d go for using a midi file or band in a box file with just the bass or bass and drums.

Thinking Outside of the Box: Steve Vai on the Creative Process

Last night by accident almost I stumbled upon the YouTube Channel of Steve Vai here >>> to be amazed by all the videos with such incredible guitar playing. But that actually was not what amazed me most. I was really blown away by the new band String Theory and the set up with two violin players (one traditional and one electric).  It is yet another example of how THINKING OUTSIDE OF THE BOX  really frees up for new possibilities and sounds, in this case due to the two violins.

Don’t you just love the way these instruments blend together, I know I do and what’s more. I have been writing new music and felt like arranging it with so that my very talented cousin could play his violin in there but was not sure how to get it so that it would be more than just an intro and than over and done. Than you Steve for opening up my world of possibilities again. At the same time: it meant two scores in the fireplace and back to the drawing board. Normally I’d be sad about that this time I am excited!

Here is another be blown away from the same band. Love those incredible harmonies.

I remember well how much I enjoyed my holiday in Bulgaria years ago staying in the ancient city of Nessebur and its beautiful people and how could I forget our stray dog that followed us around everywhere and would be there in the morning waiting for us. When seeing the video below which deals with Steve Vai’s creative process I started wondering if I had missed something there.

The most important lesson in here is I guess for me is: DO NOT STICK TO WHAT YOUR FINGERS ARE TELLING YOU BUT TELL YOUR FINGERS WHAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO DO. I remember well how I wrote some music for my good friend Michael Pokocky but could not play it that point (actually studying to get it fluent), it was the very same thing!

Have fun playing and writing.

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Chord Scale Companion for Commonly Used Keys in Worship Music

Major Scales

SCALE I II III IV V VI VII
C C(maj7) Dm(7) Em(7) F(maj7) G(7) Am(7) Bo (min7b5)
D D(maj7) Em(7) F#m(7) G(maj7) A(7) Bm(7) Co (min7b5)
E E(maj7) F#m(7) G#m(7) A(maj7) B(7) C#m(7) Do(min7b5)
F F(maj7) Gm(7) Am(7) Bb(maj7) C(7) Dm(7) Eo(min7b5)
G G(maj7) Am(7) Bm(7) C(maj7) D(7) Em(7) F#o(min7b5)
A A(maj7) Bm(7) C#m(7) D(maj7) E(7) F#m(7) G#o(min7b5)

Minor Scales

For the minor scales the above translates to the following (parallel) minor scales:

  • C  ==> A minor
  • D ==> B minor
  • E ==> C# minor
  • F ==> D minor
  • G ==> E minor
  • A ==> F# minor

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NEWS – NOW GUITAR LESSONS ONE ON ONE VIA THE NET – NEWS

Living too far away to drive to guitar lessons, or just want the occasional lesson at the convenience of your own living room or music room or actually even your bedroom (provided you have internet connection there), consider one on one live lessons via skype.  All it takes is you, your guitar (an amp if applicable) a web cam and microphone. Besides skype I am looking at alternatives like yahoo messenger and msn messenger.

This may just be the solution for younger students that do not want to be traveling in the evening hours or where other commitments make it more convenient to stay at home while still receiving instructions.

Just email me, and you’ll be receiving firther instructions on payment and we ca book a lesson at a time that works for both off us. Payments are accepted via bank transfer/electronic payment, paypal and/or credit card.

Contact me for more information >>>