Friday, September 30, 2016

Open Position Power Chords, Pt. III – Shuffle Rhythms

In the June and August posts open position power chords were introduced and then utilized in a 12 bar blues pattern using a quarter note strum pattern. This month we’ll take this concept to the next level by introducing a shuffle rhythm that can be played using each of the three open position power chords. 

 The shuffle rhythm is played using eighth notes – however for ease of execution students should be using down strokes. The rhythm and pattern are the same no matter which chord the player is using, what does change is the string. 

Next month we’ll add the next step in utilizing power chords and shuffle rhythm.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Open Position Power Chords, Pt. II – 12 Bar Blues

In the June post students were introduced to open position power chords. This month we’ll be plugging those chords into a standard 12 bar blues that students can utilize them.

There is no need to get fancy right away as a straight ahead quarter note rhythm will suffice until students are comfortable with the progression. Using a 12 bar blues for open power chords is a great way to start jamming with students – solo as they lay down the rhythm or add a second rhythm part on top. Next month we’ll take these open power chords to the next level!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

A Journey to Guitarland with Maestro Armadillo

This month I wanted to fill you in on a new children’s book that hit the shelves recently which was written by my friend and colleague Thomas Amoriello Jr. The book is entitled “A Journey to Guitarland with Maestro Armadillo" and is a wonderful introduction to the guitar for youngsters, especially those who like music. 

Inside the book readers are transported to a wondrous place called Guitarland where everything from homes to cars can be shaped like guitars! Their tour guide of Guitarland is Maestro Armadillo - a flying V toting, rock ‘n’roll t-shirt wearing armadillo. The book is not only entertaining, but educational as children learn about the parts of the guitar and how the it works. It is also beautifully illustrated with water color artwork by street artist James J. Kelewae. 

Finally, the book has a “who’s who” of the guitar world lending their name to endorse the book – Brian May, Jennifer Batten, Steve Hackett and Michael “Kidd Funkadelic” Hampton. If you’re looking for a children’s book to get your little ones into the guitar or even read to young students pick up a copy!