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  • This Month's Live Streaming Guitar Lessons: TUESDAY FEBRUARY 4TH - BRAZILIAN JAZZ GUITAR WITH DUOVERSAL. Brazilian guitarist, Paulo Oliviera brings his exciting duo to give a taste of Brazilian Jazz guitar. Paulo will show how to arrange songs on guitar and show his amazing chord and harmonizations. SPECIAL LEARNING SERIES: TRIADS! FEBRUARY 11th, 18th, and 25th. Steve Krenz will be teaching a special three week series on Major, Minor and Seventh Triads. Learn these helpful forms and how to use them to break out of open position playing and take your chord and fingerboard knowledge to new places. Watch LIVE on our Guitar Gathering YouTube Channel. It's going to be a great month! Learn all you can!

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  2. Tuesday February 25th, 2020 Topic: TRIADS: Seventh Chord Triads 7pm Central Time US You can watch the lesson HERE. It's been a tremendous series on Triads. This week we will finish it up with Seventh Chords! These "seventh" triads will add some funk to your playing and create some classic blues progressions. If you missed the first lesson on Major Triads you can watch it here. And you can download the FREE 10 page book of examples, forms and progressions HERE. If you missed the second lesson on Minor Triads you can watch it here. And you can download the FREE pdf of examples, forms and progressions HERE. This week we will continue with Seventh Chord Triads - their inversions and chord patterns. It's sure to be a great live lesson! There will be music, laughs, giveaways and more. I look forward to seeing you there! Watch on our Guitar Gathering YouTube Channel HERE - Steve
  3. All the best with s5 Dan! Remember , the metronome is your friend and there's nothi gthing wrond with reviewing past sessions. N.
  4. I’ve decided after two months or so of Session 4 I’m going to move on. I can play all the songs and exercises in the main book. The bonus resource exercises are more challenging and I can play most of them in time. The few I’m have trouble with I’ll use as warm ups. Sessions 5 and 6 should be easier since I’ve been strumming chords for a long time. I feel like it will be a good refresher on technique. Ready, set, go! DMF
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  7. Thank you, Steve! Now that i am focused on triads I keep discovering new things and easier ways to accomplish the sounds I want! ...trying to burn in those patterns...
  8. Following @Steve Krenz advice, I have started to pay much more attention to moving my fingers off the fretboard and trying not to let them touch when schifting between chords. This gets me a long way already trying to avoid string squeaks. Today, I also bought an old fashioned pumice stone to reduce the callouses on my fingertips. I know this does not sound very rock and roll, but I noticed after the pumice stone treatment a further reduction of unwanted squeaks when playing. My problem is getting solved. Wim.
  9. Thanks Sam. Learn all you can! Sorry about the fire hose! -Steve
  10. This is truly helpful... It's concurrently helping me be more familiar with the notes along the fretboard. Woodshedding time!
  11. Let me mention something on string lubricants and oils... While their marketing may make claims to "improve your speed" and "reduce string noise", I have not found any of that to be true. -Steve
  12. Very happy with these New Triad lessons. Clearly explained even though it's a fire hose 😉 Thx Steve 0 0
  13. Thank you all for the great list of books. If I may add another book to the list, one which I have read a few years ago and seems to remain in my mind. Brain Rules for Aging Well: 10 Principles for Staying Vital, Happy and Sharp by John Medina. Brain Rules for Aging Well I can recall how the author characterizes the changes in the brain as we age and how to become self aware of those changes. This in turn helps us to better understand how we can improve our behaviour in social settings.
  14. Back to my favourite place 🎼🏠🎼 Wim.
  15. You held the secret in your hands all along. Back to the woodshed for you. 🎸
  16. I experimented with Triads before. Your deep dive lessons have inspired me to spend a few weeks to really lock down those forms. Thank you! 

    1. Steve Krenz

      Steve Krenz

      I'm so glad you're learning and that this series came at a good time for you.

      Keep Going!  Learn all you can!


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    Looked through the books listed in your original post (January 2018, edited). Anyway, I just ordered "The Practicing Mind." The author's journey and mine are similar; guitar player returning to piano as an adult, etc. It's easy to forget the journey and want immediate results especially when technology provides so much available at our fingertips. He even discusses this very thing in the book.
  18. These triad lessons have such great application in group play. I play in different ensembles where it is important to look around and find where other people are playing their guitars to find a place where they are not. Triads are a terrific way to find a voice in the mix when coupled with the appropriate space and rhythm of the song. Arpeggiating , playing only on the snare 2 and 4 , sliding into the triad position , finger plucking etc, all can add unique character to the song when others are playing bigger or open chords. I seldom play more than 4 note chords in these groups and sometimes even condense down to a 3rd ( or minor 3rd) and a 7th dyad just to be present somewhere in a quieter tune. Important stuff to learn for group play. The easiest way for me to learn them was to just break down the bigger chords into smaller pieces, and as Steve said, know the roots. Great lessons here from Steve! Greg
  19. Thanks, Steve. I thought I could buy the solution (other strings, lubricant), but realize now that I will have to work it out in the practice room 😀 Wim.
  20. Tony, About a year ago, Steve had a live lesson on this topic: In the dropdown section of the video, there is a link to download the charts: https://www.dropbox.com/s/au3mtfgebbaplhb/Capo and Transposing Chart.pdf Wim.
  21. Wow, very cool I will never forget this now& thank you for spending the time to educate! Thanks! Dave & all the rest of your guitar family!
  22. It's the down up to work on here. In session 5 and beyond you're strumming, then comes barre chords and palm muting (which you seem to do now)
  23. @Eracer_Team-DougH Thanks for the elaboration! I get it now... Direction dictates picking pattern. To summarize; My pinky finger should be resting on the pickguard when playing strings 1 to 4 (EBGD), and on the high (thin) E-string to be able to reach strings 5 and 6 (AE). In doing so the palm of my hand isn't resting on the guitar's body but is rather floating over the strings. I think I get why eighth notes require alternate picking now. Thanks!!
  24. Thanks Steve, I just copied this and put it in with the minor triads print outs. I know you said this before and I should have remembered it.
  25. Well- that sucked all the air out of the room! 😇 P....P.....P
  26. Ahhh.... String Squeaks - the curse of playing wound strings. WHY DOES IT HAPPEN? When you rub your fingers along the wound strings (usually the 2nd-6th strings), the ridges on your finger rubs against the ridges on the wound string and it causes the squeak. Notice how your fingers don't produce a squeak on the 1st or 2nd string because those are not wound strings. HOW CAN I MINIMIZE IT? Avoid sliding your fingers across the strings when you change chords. When you play a chord put the pressure down onto the fretboard to get the note or chord and then, after the note or chord, remove the pressure straight up without shifting one way or the other. You have to be much more careful when you shift between chords. Don't keep your fingers against the strings when you shift. Make sure they are not touching the strings as you shift. So, why doesn't Tommy Emmanuel squeak as much? Because he's Tommy Emmanuel and he is VERY good at not rubbing his fingers on the strings when he shifts between chords. Practice shifting between chords by moving your fingers completely off the fretboard and not letting them still touch as you shift between chords. OTHER FACTORS Certain types of strings can certainly make squeaking more pronounced. But, overall, the issue is more about paying more attention when you are shifting between chords to not have your fingers make contact with the strings. You can always use flatwound strings and you will not squeak at all. BUT, your sound will sound very muffled because it is the winding on the strings that makes the strings sound sparkly from the higher frequencies. I hope this helps. It takes practice. You'll get better at it.
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