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Why should I learn to play the blues?

Why should I learn to play the blues?

Casey Saulpaugh and Steve Newbrough


3/27/21 

The blues have set roots in many genres, making it a staple for learning and playing guitar, especially for modern players. The blues idiom is classic, timeless, yet still modern and relevant to a high degree. 

 

Every person can relate to the blues: everyone has had days where they felt down, yet optimistic that times of hope and joy are around the corner.  It is the expressive opportunity, the possibilities for sharing your voice that makes the blues appealing for guitar players worldwide. 

 

The blues has been a significant force in music, especially in the 20th century. 

 

Its music has branched into jazz, pop, soul, folk, country, funk, and so many other genres.  It holds simple truths, with deep emotions, and still gets those feet tappin’.  Luckily for guitar players, the instrument lends itself greatly for conveying the blues spirit....

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How can easily I play across the guitar neck? Use the the Diagonal Pentatonic Method!

How can easily I play across the guitar neck? Use the the Diagonal Pentatonic Method!

 Casey Saulpaugh and Steve Newbrough


3/27/21

While many guitarists use the CAGED system to navigate the fretboard with pentatonic scales, the diagonal pentatonic scales can allow a guitarist to break out of those overused boxes. As described below, placing two or three note sets per string can allow a guitarist to use a simpler and more consistent left hand fingering.

 

Like any musician, as guitarists we strive to articulate the musical ideas we hear in our head through our instrument.  However, with multiple strings, scale shapes, and keys, it can seem like there are endless possibilities to playing just one idea.  This can seem promising, but also overwhelming: with so many possibilities sometimes utilizing the fretboard can feel like being lost in a maze. 

 

Luckily, as with any maze, there is a way out, and the Diagonal Pentatonic Method is like having an...

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Why do people have a hard time learning music theory?

Why do people have a hard time learning music theory?


3/20/21
 
Music theory is like chess: it doesn't take long to learn the rules and get started, but its a deep well that you can explore and learn about for a lifetime. Unfortunately, most people who approach music theory get tossed into the deep end before they're ready. Here, we plan to offer a three step approach to not only get started learning theory but retaining what you've learned so that you can use it in song writing, improvisation, or as an aid in performing music.   
 
 
To be clear, only a few of the concepts of music theory are going to be explained in this article. Think of this article as guide to how you can approach a book, or even a teacher, to obtain a working knowledge of music theory.
 
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What concepts do I need to know about music theory?
 
This depends on the type of music that you're interested in writing but there are some...
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