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Jingle Bell Blues Tutorial

Last year I made this little video. I got a lot of positive feedback, so I released it as a single & made a tutorial for Guitar Tricks.

Watch!

Listen!
http://www.cdbaby.com/christopherschlegel5

Learn!
http://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=1994

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Harmony Guitars Tutorial Series 1 Part 1

I’ve recently published the first in a series of tutorials on how to play harmony guitar parts.

http://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=1965

This tutorial series is about creating and playing two part harmony guitar lines in rock style music. This is often one guitar part playing a melody, lead or solo part that is harmonized by a second guitar. Major scale harmony will be used to explore the basic types of contrapuntal motion: similar, oblique and contrary.

We’ll discuss the basic ways to create melodies and harmonize them. Then we’ll create several melodies and harmonize them in different ways, using different intervals, types of motion and timbres. There will be lots of backing tracks so you can get experience playing along with the various parts and doing it yourself!

Earlier this year I posted a demo video while I was working on the ideas & materials that would become this tutorial series.

Enjoy!

Greasy Lizard

This is a demo of a funky blues tune I’m working on called “Greasy Lizard”. I’m using a patch on my Zoom Multi-FX pedal that combines a Mu-tron and Octaver into my Reason Amps Bambino on Stack mode.

This tune has lyrics which will be on the final version when I finish my upcoming blues album.

Enjoy!

More Blues Style Rhythm & Lead

My latest GT tutorial is more on combining rhythm riffs & lead licks.

http://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=1937

This particular riff is the one I used in this vid.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4mRAQHiO2I

Enjoy!

Star Spangled Banner

If you start learning this one now, then, you’ll be ready to play it by Independence Day!

http://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=1325

This tutorial is beginner level single note melody arrangement of the ‘Star Spangled Banner’.  I also have another, more advanced version for electric guitar.

http://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=1386

And for students with more traditional music tastes, here is a solo classical arrangement.

http://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=1431

Finally, I did a total face-melting version for fun with my Strat for this month’s video blog.  Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vApCViXkLo

 

Harmony Guitars

I’ve been working on a series of tutorials covering harmony guitar parts.

The entire series is going to be about creating and playing two part harmony guitar lines in pop-rock style music.  This is often accomplished by one guitar part playing a melody, lead or solo part that is harmonized by a second guitar.  I cover the basic theory of melody and harmonization in major and minor key tonality.  I’ll cover the basic types of intervals & contrapunctal motion used.  I’ll also show how variations in tone & timbre play an important aspect with overdrive tone, clean tone, different pickups.

Every lesson will be culminate in a musical example that the student can play along with in order to put the ideas into practice with a working application.

In the process of preparing for shooting this material I did several demos.  This month’s video blog is one of those demos!

This is a technique I learned from listening to Deep Purple, Queen, and other rock bands that played wonderful harmony guitar parts!  I used this technique to an extreme degree in my “Prometheus” symphony of Stratocasters.

https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/christopherschlegel

Enjoy!

Symphony 1 in C Major “Odyssey”

In 1994 I decided I wanted to write symphonic material. I scribbled ideas in wire bound score books and I worked out melodies and basic harmonies on piano and guitar. I played all of these raw ideas on an electric keyboard with MIDI cables ported into an Atari 1040STE running Cubase. By 1996, I had gradually worked the ideas into the form of my first symphony: Symphony 1 in C Major.

Over the last two decades the raw MIDI data of this work has moved to multiple updated computers, sequencers, multiple updated versions of keyboards, improved sound cards and modules, soft synths and finally the Garritan Personal Orchestra sound samples being used in the current rendering. I’ve been living with the music as an unfinished project for a long time.

The notes have remained the same. They’ve finally been given the beautiful form they deserve to be heard.

The digital image is another beautiful design by my dear friend, Viking graphic artist, Klaus Nordby.

Cover Design by Klaus Nordby

Cover Design by Klaus Nordby

https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/christopherschlegel2

I am officially publishing this music today, April 13th, for a very special reason.

This is the birthday of my late grandfather, George J. Schodroski.  He encouraged me in my musical passion. In the late 1980s he was the first person to inform me of a new, developing technology he’d read about called MIDI. He told me I should definitely look into it. I am very grateful that he was able to hear some earlier renderings of this music. I am also grateful I was able to tell him that this work is dedicated to him.

I hope you enjoy my first symphony.

Symphony 1 in C Major “Odyssey”, dedicated to George J. Schodroski, self-made, bootstrapping, life-long, active-minded American, beloved grandfather, poet and fellow lover of beautiful art.

Trill Drills

First new GT tutorial of the new year!  If you combine a hammer-on and a pull-off you’ve got the beginning of a trill.  A trill is a musical ornamentation technique that consists of rapidly alternating between two notes.  In this tutorial you’ll learn some exercises that can help building your trilling technique.  We’ll systematically work each finger into the routine.

http://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=1829

I used my red Strat with the maple neck for this one.   Here’s a screen shot of the backing track play along video.   Enjoy!

Trill Drills Screen Shot

Jingle Bell Blues

My final video blog entry of the year is a fun bluesy romp through a holiday classic. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDi5r0IbLcs

I also published the third installment of my Bread & Butter Blues Licks series.

http://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=1808

The first two are here:

http://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=1614
http://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=1646

Enjoy!  Safe & happy holidays to you & yours!  See you next year!

Morning Guitar Warmup Session

A lot of guitar students ask me how I warm up.  This is a typical morning warm up session.  After a cup of coffee, I run through some basic chords & scales.  Then I goof around with some tunes or song parts to get warmed up for work!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RW2eCYUGZRE

I’ve covered all these exercises in various tutorials over the years.  The chord inversions are here:

www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=148

The pentatonic scale sequences are here:

www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=185

The minor & major scale sequences are here:

www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=928

www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=929

A few of those type exercises will get you warmed up in no time!  Enjoy!