51 essential principles for the contemporary guitarist Some guitarists are obsessed with learning all of the whats and whys of music while others focus mostly on the whats without obsessing too much about the whys. Then there’s those who could care less about either. The first group seeks out a more formal music education, the second group leans more towards private instruction or self-study programs, and the third group enters a shed only to pull out their weed whackers.
Creative phrasing approaches for improvisation and soloing. Charles Limb, an otolaryngological surgeon at Johns Hopkins (also a musician), worked with a team of researchers to analyze and map what was happening in the brains of musicians as they played. The study determined that “musicians who are engaged with other musicians in spontaneous improvisation show robust activation in the same brain areas traditionally associated with spoken language and syntax.”
Robbie’s Power Of Five’ approach is zen-like in its simplicity, yet its musical firepower is powerful, sophisticated and wide-ranging. In short, Robbie will show you how to break out of the minor Pentatonic box using the very same minor Pentatonic box —just playing it in a different location on the fretboard.
44 must-know techniques for all styles of contemporary rhythm guitar Great rhythm guitar playing is the unsung hero of ALL popular music. We can all call out dozens of our favorite solos BUT it's the rhythm groove that gets our blood boiling and our feet moving. Can you imagine any AC/DC or Stones tune without Malcolm's or Keith's rhythm guitar part? From Rock to Blues to Pop, Country, Funk and everything in between; rhythm guitar is the lifeblood of all popular styles of music.
Rhythm Architects; you know them well. They've tickled your ears on recordings and blown you away on stage. They play the perfect rhythm guitar part every time. They ice the cake on every tune. Drummers, bass players, keyboard players and vocalists alike love these cats. They always get and keep the gig. They make it look easy and effortless yet you can't quite break down exactly what they're doing or why it works so well. One thing for sure though – you'd give one of your big toes to have those chops.