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Hey, Hey, it’s the Monkees!

One of the reasons I play guitar is that I was inspired by watching the Monkees TV show.  I can still remember being 7 years old, tuning into those reruns & thinking it would be the greatest thing in the world to live in a beach house with bandmates, play music & have zany adventures every day.

 

Kalamazoo Amp

This was my first amplifier!  I got it with the matching electric guitar (which I sadly no longer have) when I was 12 years old.  It’s been stored in disrepair for decades.  It’s up & running again just like new.

 

Recently I also got an old Fender Bronco amp.  So, I also made some demos using it!  Enjoy!

 

Boss Katana Amp Demos

I got a Boss Katana 50W amp!  I made some demos of the various tones, settings, effects.  All the way from clean jazz.

To funky blues.

To crunch tone rock.

Here’s the whole playlist.  Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLlnl5iWw43icBvpfQQUpzkOKfLncd-bL

 

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!

 

Working On Duke Tunes

These are the first two demos of a new project I’m working on.  The idea is to play old jazz standards in a blues trio format: Strat, bass & drums.  I might even sing a few!  For now, these first two Duke Ellington tunes are instrumentals.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

Fast Blues Lick Lesson

Here’s a short lesson on sequencing pentatonic minor in 3s to use as a fast blues lick.

I have in depth GT tutorials on playing this pattern across the fretboard in all 5 pentatonic boxes.

Major pentatonic
https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=722

Minor pentatonic
https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=185

Enjoy!  Play more guitar!

 

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!

 

Rise

When I finished writing and recording “Prometheus” in 2013 I had a few unused melodies & ideas left over.  They became the beginning of the compositional process for “Rise”.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/rise/id1180714168

Once again, the focus is on long, heroic melodies & epic themes done with electric guitar & rock instrumentation!  But this time there are six pieces & the
storyline is more abstract.  Each one of the six tracks is titled with one word that conveys a concept to move the stereotypical story arc forward.

There are 3 melodic themes used in this long introductory piece.  They are interconnected, or integrated, by means of being modulated through different keys, worked through variations & played at various dynamic levels.

The 1st track of “Rise” is “Struggle”.

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 Album

I’ve just released a new album of jazz guitar standards!

Jazz Guitar.indd

Christopher Schlegel ‘Jazz Guitar’

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/christopherschlegel9

Eight of the tracks are solo chord melody arrangements.  The final two tracks have bass and drum accompaniment for a change of pace.

On my first jazz guitar album I went overboard on virtuoso arrangements.  I used every idea and trick I could think of to play!  On this new album I tried to be more concise and keep to a straight forward rendition of the tune.

However, the song selection was the same as last time.  I picked ten timeless standards from the Great American Songbook, Tin Pan Alley, Broadway stage & film musical.

Cheek To Cheek (Berlin)
After You’ve Gone (Creamer, Layton)
Misty (Garner)
I’m Beginning To See The Light (Ellington)
She’s Funny That Way (Whiting, Moret)
Over The Rainbow (Arlen, Harbur)
Satin Doll (Ellington)
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Martin, Blane)
Love Is Here To Stay (Gershwin)
They Can’t Take That Away From Me (Gershwin)

I hope you enjoy the tunes!