How to navigate on your guitar fretboard: the Tom Bukovac methode

One of the great things that came out of this pandemic is that the fabulous musician that is Tom Bukovac started to make videos on his YouTube channel. Don't worry if you don't know him yet, I personally discovered him on this occasion. All these videos are really interesting. He often starts with an improvisation

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Paul Gilbert was one of the headliners of Guitar Summit 2019, he gave a great concert and hosted two masterclasses like the one you can see below. You can see him expose a simple and great idea to move a shape around the neck of the guitar. The principle Take a pattern of 2 or

When Pascal Vigné and Saturax play Joe Satriani

On June 23rd 2018, The Guitar Channel / La Chaîne Guitare organized in Paris a masterclass about Joe Satriani music and guitar playing with on of the great Satch specialist in France, the one and only Pascal Vigné (www.pascalv.com) who was accompanied by Saturax (www.saturax.fr) another young musician into Joe's playing. Several songs were played, here are

Instagram gem - Horace Bray jazzy groove transcribed by Kevin Davis

Instagram is a social network full of exceptional musicians. Horace Bray (@horacebray.music) is one of those. This Instagram gem particularly attracted my ear when I watched it because Horace uses an unusual chord progression (at least for me!): Em7 / EbM7 / Dm7 / DbM7. This chromatic descent is fascinating, especially when you see what

Master the 5 positions of the pentatonic scale in a 5 fret zone

In this lesson the exercise (or the torture, especially at the beginning) that Simon Ghnassia proposes to do has the goal to help you assimilate thoroughly the 5 positions of the pentatonic scales. The goal is to play all the pentatonic scale positions (in minor in this case) by changing position at each chord with

Down to the Waterline - Dire Straits - Chord chart for the solo

Huge Dire Straits fan and admirer of his guitarist singer Mark Knopfler, the first albums of the band particularly marked me, especially the first and Communiqué, the second. Sultans of Swing is probably one of the songs I've worked on most (and it's still the case today!) But also Down to the Waterline whose solo

Tomo Fujija explains Mixolydian mode on Instagram

Tomo Fujita is an active musician on Instagram. I highly recommend to follow him on his account @tomojustfunky because he often posts very cool clips with a high pedagogical value. Here's an example below where he talks about the Mixolydian mode with an example easy to implement.

It's a 2 chord vamp: F/G (F chord with G on bass) and Ab/Bb (Ab chord with a Bb on bass)

To play Mixolydian on the first chord, you play the C major scale. On the second, you play Eb major scale.

Improvising with quarter notes only by Bruno Pelletier-Bacquaert

We are continuing our series on “Blues For Alice” with a little improvisation exercise. Yes, we are finally going to improvise freely! However, the one and only restriction is that we are going to use quarter notes only... The challenge is to generate a flowing, uninterrupted, sequence of quarter notes-- while still outlining the changes.

Now, before you start wondering why anyone would want to do that, let me explain that it is just an exercise.

“Blues for Alice” by Bruno Pelletier-Bacquaert – Arpeggio study

We are continuing our series on “Blues For Alice” with an arpeggio study. All of the arpeggios played here are ascending. Note that we are not playing all of the arpeggios in this particular study: since there are so many ii-Vs in sequences, I chose to only play the 3rd of most Dominant 7 chords.
Blues for Alice (Part 5/6) - An arpeggio study

I wrote some diagrams above the music notation to indicate optional fingerings for some of the lines.
This study should give you some ideas for creating your own lines while improvising.

“Blues for Alice” by Bruno Pelletier-Bacquaert : 4-note groupings

We are continuing our series on “Blues For Alice” with the 4-note groupings. What we call 4-note groupings are simple patterns that are used to outline a chord progression.

“Blues for Alice” by Bruno Pelletier-Bacquaert – Comping study

Comping means “to accompany”.

“Blues for Alice” by Bruno Pelletier-Bacquaert – 3 note voicings

We are continuing our study of “Blues For Alice” with 2 simple comping studies.

“Blues for Alice” by Bruno Pelletier-Bacquaert – Introduction

“Blues For Alice” is a great Charlie Parker tune. It is a 12-bar Blues, but it moves through a lot of ii-V sequences. That modified version of the Blues is usually referred to as “Bird Blues” changes.
Blues for Alice (Part 1/6)

The lead sheet shows the fingerings I use. Keep in mind that those are only suggestions.

All 7 Diatonic Arpeggios in Major Key by Bruno Pelletier-Bacquaert

This exercise will have us play through all of the arpeggios of a same tonality.

Playing in and out of position (part 2/2) by Bruno Pelletier-Bacquaert

Here's the second part on the Playing In and Out of Position theme (part 1 is here).

Playing in and out of position (part 1/2) by Bruno Pelletier-Bacquaert

Here's the first video of a two part series on the Playing In and Out of Position theme. When we first learn our Major scales, we are generally told to practice them in position. We visualize certain shapes all over the fingerboard and that helps us play more efficiently, more smoothly.

Comping Study for Jazz Blues in F by Bruno Pelletier-Bacquaert

Comping means “to accompany”. In our case, it implies that those chords can be used when accompanying a soloist who is improvising over a Jazz Blues chord progression.
Comping Study for Jazz Blues in F

Each diagram represents a full measure, except when slashes are written above the chord—in which case those slashes represent the number of beats for that particular chord. The circled dots are optional replacement bass notes.

All of the chords have the root in the bass, except for the diminished 7th chord used as a substitution for the D7 chord.

Jazz Chronicle - Guitar Chromaticism by Bruno Pelletier-Bacquaert (@BrunoPelbac)

How can we make our playing more colorful, more jazz-sounding? Let’s use some guitar Chromaticism!

Using Chromaticisms simply means adding extra notes to our melodies, our arpeggios, or our scales.

In coordination with David Wallimann who created Guitar Playback, I am happy to announce that we are starting a collaboration with The Guitar Channel by offering a free backing track pack to all the Backstage Pass subscribers. I had the pleasure to do an audio interview 2 years ago with David to talk about his book about mode. You can listen to the full interview here.

Content of the pack

  • 5 backing tracks in different styles
    • Beck is Back
    • Aelian Thoughts
    • Blues in G
    • Fusion Funky Vamp In G Dorian
    • Fields Of Joy
  • 5 PDF with details on what to play on each backing track
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Thanks for checking out this sampler Guitar Playback backing track pack! These five jam tracks are meant to provide you with excellent quality musical beds to develop new musical ideas in various genres. Check out the included PDFs for scale diagrams and improvisation tips.

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Zane Carney masterclass in Paris - The Guitar Channel

Here's part 3 of the Zane Carney masterclass given in Paris on May 25th 2015.
What to expect in the masterclass

In-depth talk about music theory
What to play on the V chord
Several full pieces of music played
His approach to composition
How he practice with and without the guitar
His theory about relative pitch
The story about his upcoming Jazzica signature model with Hofner
A full demo of his travel pedal board

Zane travel pedal board

Until the next masterclass, keep on playing the guitar!

Pierre.

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Zane Carney masterclass in Paris - The Guitar Channel

Here's part 2 of the Zane Carney masterclass given in Paris on May 25th 2015.
What to expect in the masterclass

In-depth talk about music theory
What to play on the V chord
Several full pieces of music played
His approach to composition
How he practice with and without the guitar
His theory about relative pitch
The story about his upcoming Jazzica signature model with Hofner
A full demo of his travel pedal board

 

Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar!

Pierre.

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Zane Carney masterclass in Paris - The Guitar Channel

Zane Carney was in Paris as part of his 1st solo european tour. Unfortunately he had no date for a concert in France (hopefully next time!) but he was super enthusiastic to give another masterclass at Guitars Addicts like last year.
Watch the full 2.5 hour of the masterclass with a Backstage Pass
The masterclass was recorded in video with 2 HD cameras and high quality sound and is available for the Backstage Pass owners.

Zane Carney masterclass in Paris - The Guitar Channel

Here's part 1 of the Zane Carney masterclass given in Paris on May 25th 2015.
What to expect in the full 2.5 hour masterclass

In-depth talk about music theory
What to play on the V chord
Several full pieces of music played
His approach to composition
How he practice with and without the guitar
His theory about relative pitch
The story about his upcoming Jazzica signature model with Hofner
A full demo of his travel pedal board

Until the next interview, keep on playing the guitar!

Pierre.

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Zane Carney masterclass in Paris May 25th 2015

Zane Carney is back in Paris to host a second masterclass during his 2015 european tour. Last year edition was a huge success so we decided to do it again this year.
Zane Carney Masterclass Monday May 25th from 7pm to 10pm
At Guitars Addicts (98 Rue du Chemin Vert, 75011 Paris) - 30€
By the way you can watch the full 2 hour recording in HD of last year masterclass with the Backstage Pass.

Zane is a guitarist who has been with John Mayer for a while and also pursuing his own solo career.

Mattias IA Eklundh masterclass in Paris at Metal Guitar

Right before the Freak Kitchen concert in Paris, Mattias Eklundh was at Metal Guitar for a showcase/masterclass. The full recording is available below in 3 videos.

Skype guitar lesson with Bruno Pelletier-Bacquaert
First Skype guitar lesson with @brunopelbac: I loved it!

We see more and more offers of guitar lessons via Skype, I admit I was ​​one of the skeptics until I tried it with Bruno Pelletier-Bacquaert. Bruno is a pro Jazz guitar player based in San Francisco. He is French but is fully bilingual. In fact he teaches in a music university.
My goal for this Skype guitar lesson
My personal taste is definitely Rock so my goal in taking a lesson with Bruno was not to make me a Jazz musician but to expand my musical vocabulary through Jazz.

The admission of failure
It had been years since I played badly intro of this fabulous piece from Creed.

Here’s the fourth part out of four of the 2 plus hour masterclass Zane Carney gave in Paris at Guitars Addicts on June 25th, 2014.

The first part is here, the second here and the third here.

Enjoy,

Pierre.

Here’s the third part out of four of the 2 plus hour masterclass Zane Carney gave in Paris at Guitars Addicts on June 25th, 2014.

The first part is here, the second here and the fourth here.

Enjoy,

Pierre.

Here’s the second part out of four of the 2 plus hour masterclass Zane Carney gave in Paris at Guitars Addicts on June 25th, 2014.

The first part is here, the third here and the fourth here.

Enjoy,

Pierre.