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Guitar 6 School of Music welcomes you to the Guitar Trix & Tips Blog. This blog was originally intended for my students that I teach privately. It was suppose to be a place where they can come to read lesson material that I taught over the years. The lessons would be posted as blog and to be used as reference for them just in case they forgot or lost the material that I gave them in their private lesson. Since I’m posting these lesson blogs on the internet I invite anyone that is interested in learning about beginner, intermediate & advanced lesson information that will help them in their studies of the guitar. After all, the internet is public domain and I don’t mind sharing the information that helped me and my students learn and master the instrument. This blog will be for newbie’s and for advanced players alike. I’m sure there will be students out there that will find what I have to offer helpful and others might not find so helpful. The world is a tough critic and a hard one to please. I hope the majority of people will find these lesson blogs, useful as a study aid in which will help them achieve mastery over the guitar. Other topics that I will blog about: method books, guitars, gear, amps and much more. I will give my opinion of only the best books or gear that has helped me become a better player. I hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by.
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Configuring Zoom for Music Lessons
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Ever since the start of the Covid 19 music teachers have been switching to online teaching. I’m sure the switch from live one on one to the virtual classroom must have been hard. For those music teachers and students who have not yet made the move to online music lessons I’ve compiled a list of materials you need and certain configurations you need to make in Zoom. Hopefully all these recommendations will make your first time online teaching experience run more smoothly.
1. Desktop computer, laptop or even a smart phone: The faster the device with a great sound card is preferable but not necessary when starting out. Work with what you have and upgrade to a better and faster computer when you can financially afford it.
2. Buy a good quality microphone: A good quality mic will ensure you are getting a clean and clear sound and will make sure your getting great sound quality. Either a good USB mic or one you can plug into an interface. Below are some examples you can purchase one online.
3. Interface: The interface is an important one to get. More so for a music teacher than the student. Most students who are beginners won’t be interested in spending a lot of money on equipment. Most likely the student will only be using their stock sound card and USB mic that they just plug into the computer or laptop. Some students might just rely on their android or i phone for the lesson. So the sound quality on their end might not be the greatest. For the music instructor who has a large clientele base is definitely worth the investment. The interface will allow you to mic your guitar or piano in a more professional manner and achieve a studio quality sound. Here some links to affordable interfaces that you can purchase online.
Both teacher and student should do step #4
4. Zoom Configuration: Both parties should take the time to configure your audio setting in Zoom. This will give us the best sound quality and get rid of any delay in sound. It also will allow us to perform or jam in real time. To configure Zoom please follow the instructions in the 2 pictures below.
Go to your Zoom Settings which is indicated by the grey wheel on the right hand side and click on Audio. Once you are on the Audio page, click on the Advanced Tab in the bottom right hand corner.
Under Audio Processing: Disable Suppress Persistent Background Noise and Suppress intermittent Back ground Noise.
Leave Echo Cancellation on Auto
You can download zoom from the following links:
the program from the provided link for Desk Top: https://zoom.us/download
Download for android phone: Zoom For android
Download for i phones: Zoom for Apple
In the last lesson blog we talked about using some of the most common scales, arpeggios and minor pentatonic scales that can be used over a basic B flat jazz blues.https://guitartipsandtrix.blogspot.com/2019/06/how-to-solo-over-basic-jazz-blues-part-1.html In this lesson we will talk about how we can spice up the blues by implying chord substitution and what scales we can use over these substitutions. Most of the substitute chord changes will either take place at the last measure or the last 2 measures of each line. Keep in mind that these soloing ideas will work over the basic changes or the advanced chord changes of the blues (Charlie Parker style blues or Bird Blues). Even if the rhythm guitar, piano or bass player does not play these subs they should still sound good. It will create some tension and release, it should give your lines a more sophisticated jazz sound. Have and fun and happy practicing.
Step 1: Simplify your thinking by simplifying the chord changes. The picture below will demonstrate on how you should think. Less thinking means you get to concentrate on the creative side of the brain. For more on drawing from the creative side of the brain read my article: The Right Brain Effect Will Help You Improvise With Ease
Step 3: Start learning some of the scales ideas and inserting them in measures 4, 8 or 12. Start of off by implying the simple harmony and by the 2nd or 3rd chorus you can start employing some of the substitution ideas into your lines. Use them sparingly going back and forth from simple to advanced lines. You will have a variety of ideas to choose from and it will give your playing style a more sophisticated sound.
Review the last lesson before you move on to the ideas below:
When comping you can play the 1 chord in measure 4, the 6 chord in measure 8 and the V chord in measure 12. Or you can experiment with replacing it with the tritone substitute which are the chords in brackets.
In the last blog we talked about the basic scales, minor petatonics and arpeggios that we can place within the jazz blues form when improvising. The list below is a guide of what scales you can insert in measures 4, 8
Soloing ideas: Measure 8= Bb7 F melodic minor= Bb Lydian b7 for the #11sound, B melodic minor= Bb Altered scale for the b9, #9 and #5 sound
E7 Tritone sub= B melodic minor for the= E lydian b7, F melodic minor= E7 altered for the b9 #9 #5 sound. Notice how B melodic minor and F melodic minor work over both Bb7 and E7
Minor pentatonic ideas:Db minor pentatonic works over Bb7 it gives you the altered sound. On E7 it gives you the 13th, root,9th,3rd and 5th
Tip: add the 3rd of Bb7 D to the Db minor pent. I find it outlines the chord and sounds better
1/2 whole diminished ideas: use the Bb 1/2 whole diminished scale: it gives you the b9 #9, #11, natural 5 and 13th
Arpeggios: Bo7,Do7, Fo7 and Ab07
Dominant 7 arpeggios: Bb7, Db7, E7 and G7
Soloing ideas: Measure 8= G7 Ab melodic minor= G altered for the b9 #9 and #5 sound, D melodic minor= G lydian b7 for the #11 sound
Minor pentatonic ideas: Bb minor pentatonic works over the G7 It gives you the altered sound. On Db7 it give you the 13th, root, 9th and 5th Tip: add the 3rd of G7 B to the Bb minor pent. I find it outlines the chord and sounds better
1/2 wholle diminished ideas: use the G 1/2 whole diminished scale: It gives you the b9 #9 #11, natural 5 and13th sound
Arpeggios: Abo7, Cbo7, Ebbo7 (Do7), Fo7
Dominant 7 Arpeggios: G7, Bb7, Db7, E7
Note:All these scale ideas also work over the tritone Sub Db7
Soloing ideas: Measure 12= F7 C melodic minor= F Lydian b7 for the #11 sound, Gb melodic minor = Gb altered scale for the b9 #9 and #5 sound
Minor pentatonic ideas: Ab minor pentatonic works over F7: it gives the altered sound. On B7 it give you the 13th, root,9th and 5th
Tip: add the 3rd of F7 A to the Ab minor pent. I find it outlines the chord and sounds better
1/2 whole diminsihed ideas: use F 1/2 whole diminished scale: It give yous the b9 #9 #11, natural 5 and 13th sound
Arpeggios: Ao7, Co7, Eb07, F#o7 Dominant 7 arpeggios: F7, Ab7, Cb7, D7
Note:All these scale ideas also work over the tritone Sub B7
The Diagram and video below illustrates my thought process when soloing over a Bb Jazz blues.
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