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Five Tips For Writing A Jazz Song On Guitar

Five Tips For Writing A Jazz Song On Guitar

Take the plunge into writing jazz songs on guitar with these tips from guitar teacher Samuel B.... Although jazz guitar is a formal discipline, you can mix it into your repertoire of original songs without formal training. Here are five easy ways to do this: Include Triads In Your Songs Triads (three-note chords) are your most accessible ally. There are two basic ones. I refer to the first one as the “L.” It looks like this:   Although it can be strummed, the “L” chord sou … Read More

Five Tips For Writing A Jazz Song On Guitar
Take the plunge into writing jazz songs on guitar with these tips from guitar teacher Samuel B.... Although jazz guitar is a formal discipline, you can mix it into your repertoire of original songs without formal training. Here are five easy ways to do this: Include Triads In Your Songs Triads (three-note chords) are your most accessible ally. There are two basic ones. I refer to the first one as the “L.” It looks like this:   Although it can be strummed, the “L” chord sou
5 Reasons Why Songwriters Should Collaborate
This article was originally published on Soundfly and is being shared as part of Songwriting Week! Join the conversation on social media (#SongwritingWeek) for even more tips, articles, and resources.   So many musicians and songwriters stress the importance of collaboration. But without knowing how collaboration could benefit your work, why would you share an idea you’ve spent countless hours thinking about, only to open yourself up to criticism? As it turns out, all those advice
Feeling Stuck? Try This Fun Piano Exercise [Printable]
Struggling with a particular piano piece? Don't stress. It may just be time to take a step back and get your bearings. Read on as Spring Lake, MI piano teacher Val L. shares a piano exercise to try...   So you’ve been trying to learn a challenging piece of music for an upcoming piano recital or event, but there are still some parts that just seem to fall apart. If you are following the typical routine of playing it over and over, and making the same mistakes over and over, why not
Guitar Scale Hacks: How to Jazz Up Any Scale & Start Improvising
Many beginner musicians want to learn to improvise on the guitar, but just don’t know how to start. In this guest post, Greg O’Rourke from fretdojo.com teaches you three easy tricks that will supercharge your guitar scales and bring more life to your solos.   Have you ever tried to improvise on the guitar and it sounds like you’re just running scales up and down the fretboard? Look: Regardless of what style you want to improvise in, only knowing the scales isn’t enough. H
Easy Violin Music for Beginners and Beyond
Playing some familiar tunes is one of the first things you may pursue when learning a new instrument. You might start the violin thinking it will be years before you can play the music you want, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn that many familiar favorites are available as easy violin music. Simplified sheet music makes it easier than ever to move from bland scales and exercises to pieces you actually recognize. Add these pieces to your repertoire early on and you’ll return to them a

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