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  1. Wow! Watch this! It really opens your eyes - aka mind? - about what notes and solos you can make over chords. Thanks Steve. I'll get my looper going straight away.
  2. Kirk Fletcher is absolutely fantastic and so much fun. I caught him on one if his videos a few years ago - talking about blues guitar sounding like a horns section etc. I tried to copy it note/chord by chord. Really worth having a go.....but hard work. Since then I have tried to get to see him whenever he's is on tour here. He is inspirational to watch live .....he just enjoys it so much. See him in a small club if you get the opportunity. Seems to have upped his weekly (daily?) videos during lock-down. As matonanjin says, not so much guitar lessons as talking about all his influences and types of music and playing. Just great to watch and follow-up whatever he's been talking about. Brian
  3. Thanks Steve. I seem to recall the earlier one too - so long ago?!!! Good to watch and great to see Steve's working notes. Blimey!
  4. I found this series really good and to be honest I am exercising regularly with it and to some extent still working on it. It adds so much and I am using to to learn the fretboard more. So it takes time and needs committed working on - for me. I am generally a picker using the thumb and first two figures for the triads and it works fine for learning the shapes and the notes in the fretboard. I am however keen to improve my pick technique so I am do more of this too. I find the triads needs a restricted attack - tighter wrist? rather than what I would call strumming. But that may just be me!
    Brilliant as ever. The support from Steve in these difficult times just keeps on coming and is such super quality. On top of the fantastic triad series - which I am still working on (honest Steve !) - I approached this as a little 12 bar diversionary relief.....But again it has given me loads of great stuff to work on. And now it's down to me and structured practicing.....and I am getting a better player day by day. Thanks Steve, for your continuing efforts , you and your sessions are much appreciated. PS missing those impro 12 bar sessions with guests. But the looper is a fine reserve. Brian
  5. Wow, thanks for putting this topic and the link up, which I have shared to friends. I thought I was such a wimp moving from 10s to 9s - "not strong enough wrists for barres etc". But I have liked them on my strat and electro-accoustic. In my mind was always thinking I would perhaps make it back to 10s. Not now! By the way I use Roto Sound. Do you know them? Made just down the road from me in the UK. Great strings.
  6. Great lesson. Although it moved quickly over some things it was really interesting and made me think musically and get trying things on my guitar. It's great when Steve gives us the "trade secrets". In particular, the jazzy arpeggios over chords using the 3rd. Just to make sure I got it right, say over C major was it Em, over C minor Emajor, and over C7 was is it Em b5? It was so interesting to see the flattened 5th of the minor third chord was the 7th of the dominant chord. Never really understood why and how flattened 5ths worked before. Am I right? Brian
  7. Thanks Neil. He's got such a relaxed easy voice and style. Where did you find them? Any links?
  8. Wow Ian, I am jealous! I am keeping it free in my diary - just in case, but you seem to be a lot further down the road. We did Nashville to Memphis and then Clarksdale in 2017. Best holiday ever.....went to Gruhns and met Greg etc (everyone regarded that as a real high point) but sadly missed out on meeting up with Steve. That was the only downside. What about the new flights direct to Nashville from London? Brian
  9. Many thanks Diane. You made it sound absolutely fantastic. It's as good as any sales pitch and just makes you want to be there. Ah, if only...…..
  10. I particularly like the variety and range of guests and sessions Steve provides. The breadth of guitarists and musicians that come along are always very interesting and often open up ideas that I frequently follow up. I could easily be just focussing on blues and jazz, but Steve’s sessions open up loads of new things and ideas. Also, the variety of interactive sessions with Greg; George Gruhn, discussion about guitars, music theory, and playing with others – Will Macfarlane comes to mind, keeps the whole thing fresh and stimulating. Where else would you get this? Also, I must say Steve never uses the sessions to promote long term funding commitments like many other sites do, almost from day one! Somehow Steve always seems to promote supporting me in what I am doing, and not pushing me in any one direction. I personally like this ....and I know I can always ask Steve for advice etc. I am concerned however about how Steve finances for all this. I would like to do more to support Steve and what he does. Is buying the odd course/exercise really enough? I particularly like Steve's weekly impromptu comping with guests. They are always uplifting. My aspiration is to be able to do that well with others I meet and play with. Steve's and guests enjoyment of these sessions is just fantastic to watch but also acts as encouragement to me. I would love some sessions on this. I also like Steve’s sessions on listening to the songs – adding to it and not trying to dominate, and looking for smarter ways of playing the chords (like a Nashville pro would!). I enjoyed the jazz fretboard work out. As a Brit I feel I miss out with the live sessions - OK I could stay up late! I also would love to get to one of the gatherings - Summer or Autumn but that would take a lot of forward planning. One day!
  11. This ones beginning to keep me awake at night!  I thought I knew my sevenths.....but what's the difference between a minor 7th and a dominant 7th.  Initially I thought we were talking about the major triad with the 7th added. So that would be an B or Bb added to the (major) C triad. Is the dominant and minor 7th's  additional note the Bb but the underlying triad is major for a dominant 7th and minor for a minor 7th?    

    1. Steve Krenz

      Steve Krenz

      Brian,

      Here's the scoop!

      Major 7th chord (i.e. Cmaj7, Fmaj7) = 1 - 3 - 5 - 7 or C - E - G - B

      Dominant 7th Chord (i.e. C7, F7) = 1 - 3 - 5 - b7 or C - E - G - Bb

      Minor 7th Chord (i.e. Cm7, Fm7) = 1 - b3 - 5 - b7

      Hope this helps!

      - Steve

       

       

  12. Brian, you obviously like Peter Green.  You might want to look at this month's Guitar Techniques magazine.  The cover article is about Mr. Green.  I actually haven't studied the article but it looks interesting.  And your being in the UK it isn't as expensive as it is for us here in the US!  :/

    Ron

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    2. matonanjin

      matonanjin

      Dang, I forgot about my own link!!!!!:$   I was going to listen to it and record the Wes Montgomery show and my wife got home, we had dinner, settled in in front of the TV and I complete forgot about it!

      I really like Guitar Techniques.  A great magazine of lessons without all the hype and silliness and advertising of other magazines.  It's obscenely expensive for us here in the US but I think worth it. I subscribe to it and Premier magazine and I'm going to let the Premier subscription lapse.  Let me know what you think of the Peter Green article.

    3. BrianG

      BrianG

      Hey Ron, thanks for the tip on the mag.  It's really good and the stuff on Peter Green is well worth a read. I have so many guitar books that I try and steer myself away from new magazines on the basis that I should get down to read and apply what I already have.  But you may have changed my mind on this. And it's printed here! 

      I think Peter Green and the real first version of Fleetwood Mac is really under appreciated - well ...in the UK - and he was absolutely fantastic.  A bit sad to him now though.....but he's still around.  More recently Peter Green was at the O2 Arena (Greenwich, London)  for the Stevie Nicks/Lindsey Buckingham incarnation of the band's tour.   Sadly watching and not playing. 

    4. matonanjin

      matonanjin

      I saw him (Peter Green) on a YT video with Santana playing Black Magic Woman.  It was sad.  He looked incoherent.  A really sad occurrence what that "trip" did to him.  I hope to learn to play his Supernatural one day.

      Glad you like the article.  I think Guitar Techniques is the only magazine worth subscribing to.  But, yes, I have so many piles of learning materials that I will never get to it's embarrassing.  Including back issues of GT.  I am currently working their article on the Blues Scale from December.

  13. Happy Birthday, Brian!

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