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Athena Symphony 5 in G-Sharp Minor

My “Athena” Symphony 5 in G# Minor is now available on CDBaby, iTunes & Spotify.  It’s a 4 movement traditionally tonal symphonic work rendered with virtual orchestral software.

CDBaby

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/christopherschlegel12

iTunes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/athena-symphony-5-in-g-sharp-minor/id1261405947

Spotify

 

 

Enjoy!

 

Major Notes In Minor Pentatonic

I’ve been working on updating this series of GT tutorials on spicing up blues licks.  The central idea is to use the minor pentatonic boxes we know and love as guitarists, but to target chord tones.  This means that you can use those familiar pentatonic boxes as a visual reference, but to add spice by targeting major chord tones from the dominant seventh chords in the standard 12 bar blues changes.

This works well because it’s one of the reasons “blues” sounds like it does: the use of minor notes in a primarily major harmonic context.  So, in order to make our blues sound better, we should incorporate major notes into the minor scales when we play melodic lines!

Notice that if you play the major third of the A major chord along with the A minor pentatonic scale, then you immediately get an distinctly “bluesy” sound.

GT recently made some of the lessons in this first tutorial free to view!

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=217

Here’s a demo of the play along!  Enjoy!

Robot Overlords at the Disco

2017 is the year of the robot.  Or at least my robot album.  I’ve already posted some of my robot songs.  I’ll repost them as I get ready to release the album.  For now, here’s a new video of my robot at the discotheque.  Enjoy!

 

New Electric Guitar Album!

New album! Electric Guitar! Available now! iTunes & Spotify soon!

 

Here’s the first track, “Clear The Decks!”  Enjoy!

New Jazz Guitar Tutorial & Free Blues Lesson

My newest GT tutorial covers four different ways to approach a fundamental jazz guitar technique, a turnaround with a walking bass line.

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=2148

I also published a brief lesson on my YouTube channel covering a fundamental blues lick.

I cover that lick and it’s many applications in more depth on GT.

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

Enjoy!

Symphony 4 in F Major “America”

Symphony 4

Symphony 4 in F Major “America” is now available on iTunes.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/america-symphony-4-in-f-major/id1091577305

And, of course, CDBaby!

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/christopherschlegel7

 

New classical guitar album

Last year I played a lot of classical guitar. My primary goal was to reshoot about 100 of my classical guitar curriculum video lessons for GuitarTricks.com. These were lessons I did 5-10 years ago, but needed to be upgraded to HD vid, better audio, general production specs.

So, a lot of my studio time in 2015 was spent playing, rehearsing, filming, recording, editing classical guitar music! While my focus & chops were up to the task, I worked on the parallel, secondary goal of recording some of these pieces to release on an album.

Ten pieces made the cut. And this is the resultant album. Enjoy!

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/christopherschlegel6

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Harmony Guitar Series Completed

I recently published the fourth tutorial in a series on harmony lead guitar parts. I show how to harmonize major scales & melodies, as well as minor scales & melodies. I cover the basic types of contrapuntal motion: similar, oblique and contrary. As usual there are lots of backing tracks in order to get hands on experience playing along with the various parts and doing it yourself!

This video is an example of what I’m teaching in these tutorials. I did this as a demo when I was planning the tutorial.


You can find all four tutorials in the series at Guitar Tricks! Enjoy!

Harmony Guitar Series 1 Part 1
Harmony Guitar Series 1 Part 2
Harmony Guitar Series 2 Part 1
Harmony Guitar Series 2 Part 2

Practical uses for arpeggios

I’ve had several conversations recently related to arpeggios, triads, inversions, scale harmonization, various practical uses for all of those. So I did a quick vid about it for fun! Enjoy!

Beethoven “Adagio Cantabile”

I recently finished filming a tutorial on this piece.  So, while it was fresh in mind & fingers I recorded another performance to post on my YouTube channel.

I plan on publishing the complete tutorial on Guitartricks.com later this year.  So far this year I’ve published HD reshoots of all my beginner classical material including: an introduction to the style, proper posture & technique, left hand technique overview, right hand technique overview, single string sight reading exercises, simple melodies & a beginner Sor study piece.

This is a link to my GuitarTricks.com instructor page.

Guitar Tricks lesson catalog

Go learn how to play classical guitar style!