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.
SoloCraft is a bit of a strange brew for students of guitar. It's a compilation of eleven mini-courses, yet it's focused solely on crafting polished, compelling solos. The curriculum centers on the development of essential skills, while the play-along exercises and application of those skills are designed to spark creativity.
The looper pedal can be used for so many practical applications. It's an ideal learning tool for creating practice backing tracks at any tempo and in any key. You can also use a looper to set up grooves for jamming with friends and work on your soloing and improvisational skills. Many musicians also use the looper to try out pre-production ideas before a studio session or for orchestrating band parts. Artists use the loop pedal live in performance on stage because they can record, overdub, and improvise on the fly or produce backing tracks for a solo gig.
A chord progression is a series of chords that are constructed from scale degrees (usually Major and Minor scales), and then played in succession, usually repeated over and over again throughout a song. Chord progressions have tonal centers and can be thought of as ’modal’ in nature.