Melody Is the Key
We’ve all heard that the key to improvising beautifully is to focus on melody, as opposed to riffs, scales, or theoretical constructs. No one disagrees with this, but very few of us actually practice it. Heading into my lesson with jazz guitar wizard Bruce Forman, I knew that he would tell me his mantra: “Just…
A Simple Trick for Improving Your Blues Solos (Video Included)
What separates great improvisers from the rest of us mortals? Structure. Whether based on intuition or on a solid foundation in music theory, all masters of improvised music display the ability to structure their solos. By structure, I mean that the solo is not just composed notes from scales, but of phrases. Each phrase is…
Recording a Blues EP in India
The following events took place in late December of 2013 when I visited India with some friends I made while living in Nairobi. At that time, I worked at the UNHCR by day and led the house band in a local blues club by night. You can scroll to the bottom and press play to listen to…
What’s the Magic Behind Quilter Amps?
Thanks for stopping by my site. Check out the video below to hear my latest album, recorded live with my Quilter MicroPro running clean effects in an A/B set up with my Trainwreck Express clone. The secret is out about Quilter amplifiers. Guitarists seeking reliable tube tone in a compact and lightweight package have eagerly…
Don’t Play Stuff that Sounds Bad
Many years ago, someone came up to me after my band finished its set and told me: “You sounded great on that last song!” I was shocked, because I had just limped through the roughest part of the set. The song in question was Peg by Steely Dan, a song that to this day I can barely play. I…
How To Improve Your Phrasing
If you picture the solo as a story, the musical phrases are the sentences that convey the information necessary for the story to have meaning.