Author: Emre Sabuncuoglu
Would you like to make your music vibrate with the pulse of life? In order to move the soul, music must reflect life itself, celebrating life’s joys and mourning life’s sorrows.
Vibrato, a method of slightly varying the pitch of your guitar, brings your music to life by employing specialized left-hand techniques to cause a string or strings to vibrate at a varied pitch.Continue reading Use Vibrato to Make Your Classical Guitar Music Come Alive
by Ed Haas
The blues has influenced almost every genre of music. All the great guitar players of our time have been influenced to some degree by the blues. The music theory involved in playing the blues is rather simple, but the feeling that can be applied to playing the blues is what makes it so popular.
The 12 bar blues progression:
If you want to learn how to play blues, you need to know the 12 bar blues progression. Just as its’ name implies, it is made up of 12 bars (measures) of music. the 12 bars just keep repeating. The most common chord progression would be the I, IV, and V chords of the key that you want to play in.Continue reading You Can Learn How To Play The Blues
Taking blues guitar lessons online can improve your playing
No matter how many bands there are in the world, there always appear to be new acts — which means the amount of people picking up the guitar is always on the increase.
With so many people wanting to learn how to play blues guitar, it looks as though the number of new bands and solo musicians will continue to rise. As they influence more budding musicians, it doesn’t look as though the number of guitarists will ever dip.
Discover your hidden potential with online blues guitar lessons
There are obviously many different styles of music that appeal to listeners, but one of the most popular styles is electrified music that makes people want to dance, sing or shout. Rock ‘n roll may be the most popular of these styles, but there are many other great styles. One of the best genres of electric guitar music is “the blues.” Continue reading Learn Blues Guitar Online
If you have any interest in modern rock, heavy metal or all the other forms of ‘power’ music then you have definitely heard guitar power chords in action.
They have been used almost exclusively by punk and grunge bands for years.
It’s a curious fact that in musical terms a power chord is not actually a chord.
Chords are made up of 3 or more notes while a power only has 2 notes. Despite this fact they have become a staple of modern rock and heavy metal music.Continue reading The Secret To Mastering Guitar Power Chords
While most students want to know when to play certain notes and chords, it’s equally important to know when not to play. For example, I had a student who knew how to improvise and play in the New Age style. What he didn’t know how to do was to allow for breathing space. I tried to teach him that you don’t have to play note upon note but allow for some pauses.
Eventually he got it. He learned how not to rush and that the pauses between notes are as important as the notes themselves – especially in the New Age style of piano playing. Listen to pioneer New Age piano player Steven Halpern to get an excellent idea of this. Steven literally defined “breathing space” for music. His music floats in the air. It is pure improvisation and, if you listen to him play, you’ll find that it’s one of the easiest styles to play in.
He let’s the spaces in between the notes work for him. There’s definitely no rushing here. It’s very trance inducing and calming. To play in this way, you need to be very much IN THE PRESENT and listen for what’s to come. There’s no planning or forethought here except maybe to choose a Key or Mode to play in. Then you just improvise.
The spaces between the music are as important as the music itself. In fact, without the spaces, you wouldn’t have this style. The spaces define the style of music. A lot of New Age pianists emulated Halpern and you can’t do better to learn how to master the art of silence than by listening to him.
About the author: Edward Weiss is a pianist/composer and webmaster of Quiescence Music’s online piano lessons. He has been helping students learn how to play piano in the New Age style for over 14 years! Visit us now for a FREE piano lesson! Also,check out the author’s online piano lesson “Oriental Sunrise” to get another good example of “breathing space.”