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FOUR Guitar lessons for the price of ONE (which is free)

I teach musIc students all over the world via +Google+ Hangouts all the time. You can find more info on that here: http://goo.gl/oMekx6

This lesson is aimed at the intermediate-level jazzer, so don't be intimidated if this seems to advanced. Don't worry about all the fancy music terminlogy. I teach all levels of guitar in all styles and we all speak the same language.

Times are tough and everyone is looking for a deal. To that end, I’m offering-up this little morsel of jazzy vocabulary.

The (half-step/ whole-step) diminished scale is arguably the most flexible harmonic and melodic device available to the improvising musician. We talked about this great device before  in terms of using it chordally so I thought I would explore some melodic applications.

The diminished scale is a symmetrical scale that is nothing more that alternating half-steps and whole-steps. Due to this construction, anything derived from diminished harmony can be transposed up or down in minor thirds and you never leave the scale.

In this video, I play the same phase in four different ‘keys’ over C13b9 – Fm progression: a common V-i. All four of the variations offered here can be equally used over A13b9 – Dm, F#13b9 – Bm or Eb13b9 – Abm. If you’re careful with the final note, you can also resolve the like to major chords.

I think that really makes this a 32 for the price of one… I’ll let you work-out the math. Fingerings for this lesson can be found here:  http://goo.gl/S1pRX

Want to study with me privately? You can–from anywhere in the world via my Online Guitar Lessons. (http://goo.gl/oMekx6)

Guitar Lesson w/ Rob Michael: Diminished Scale

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My wife and I were married 14 years ago today

In all our years together (23 in total!), I have never composed a tune and dedicated it to my wife Stephanie. Today, that has changed.

This brand new celebratory, yet nostalgic-feeling piece, reflects the journey that our lives have traveled thus far and looks forward to years to come.

You are invited to share in our day.

Happy Anniversay..

#blogsofaugust

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Events, Lessons, Concerts, Recording Sessions, New Music Releases all under one roof….

Events, Lessons, Concerts, Recording Sessions, New Music Releases all under one roof. The AtmosMusic Mailing list is where it comes together

I try to limit most of my G+ activity to experiences that I can share here on the internet. But there is a lot more going on than that. If there is one singular source, a central location for a Secret Society of extreme musical happenings, it would have to be the recipients of my newsletter via my mailing list at http://eepurl.com/vuoSD

The benefits of joining are several: I don’t sell my lists, I never spam anyone, if you love the newsletter, it’s easy to share, if you hate it, it’s easy to unsubscribe from with no ill-will instilled.

This photo was taken by +Alex Lapidus  this past Saturday night during a +Rob Michael & The Atmos Trio gig. I love black and white photos. It makes everything seem so classic. Like old Blue Note album cover. Circle up Alex, he’s a good egg.

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Right now is the best time for Online Guitar Lessons

Whether you’re an intermediate guitarist trying to decipher charts from your school’s music program or a professional player looking to expand your musical vocabulary, you’re ready for some one-on-one private guitar instruction, right? Problem… the commute is a little far. Not anymore! No matter where on the planet (or beyond) you are, we can do lessons! You just need a webcam, computer and high-speed internet.

How Online Lessons Work

You’ll need a computer with a webcam and high speed internet.
The most common way I do this is right here via +Google+. Connect with me and we can schedule to a lesson in a private Hangout!

The Hangout technology is really wonderful. I have a ton of play along things for us to work with. My methods are organized, concise and efficient. Payment is through PayPal. (http://goo.gl/6qX3jB)

Contact me via the comments here or send me a private message here and we'll get those fingers moving.

Are you ready? Let’s do this!

#blogsofaugust #onlineguitarlessons

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Happy Birthday Leo Fender

My life would almost certainly be quite different without you Leo. Thank you.

Pictured here is the late sixties-era Deluxe Reverb amp that I use in my teaching studio as well as the Strat that I've played since the latter 80s.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_Fender

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Played a super-fun gig at the beautiful Brassfield Winery in Clearlake CA yester…

Played a super-fun gig at the beautiful Brassfield Winery in Clearlake CA yesterday.

It was 100 degrees in the shade, but my guys are smiling and cool as ever.

Vince Littleton played drums (and sounded great). Vince plays with the awesome (and very successful) Neil Diamond Tribute band SuperDiamond (http://superdiamond.com/). Our gig was a little more low-key than Vince's usual rock-star accoutrements.

Jack Hines, with whom I've played many times over the years was holding down the low-end.

These guys are pros. That means everything is easy: the hang, the music…the whole gig.

Where I come from, we call that #LivingtheDream.

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