Today's studio visit came from a 70s-era Fender Precision bass

Big fat neck (like P-basses had back then) and a big meaty sound. Cool huh?

Today’s studio visit was a 70s-era Fender Precision bass.

Big fat neck (like P-basses had back then) and a big meaty sound. Cool huh?

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Thanks to Artists In The Plus for the 2013 Online AITP Music Festival!

Thanks to +John Voshell and everyone involved with +Artists In The Plus for the amazing on-going Online Music Festival! You guys are killin’ it.

I had a fun time last night playing in the studio. If you’re so inclided, you can catch my wee-hour finger-wiggling antics at 2013 AITP Online Music Festival–Rob Michael

Man, these hangouts have come so far over the past couple of years: Stereo sound, great-looking video… Wow. Congrats to +chee chew and the +Google+ Hangouts team for the magic that you’ve shared with the rest of us.

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Thanks to +John Voshell and everyone involved with +Artists In The Plus for the amazing on-going Online Music Festival! You guys are killin’ it.

I had a fun time last night playing in the studio. If you’re so inclided, you can catch my wee-hour finger-wiggling antics at 2013 AITP Online Music Festival–Rob Michael

Man, these hangouts have come so far over the past couple of years: Stereo sound, great-looking video… Wow. Congrats to +chee chew and the +Google+ Hangouts team for the magic that you’ve shared with the rest of us.

#CertifiedAwesome   #WhatsWithallTheseHashtags

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Ready for their close-ups

Silly kids clowning around before the family photo session.

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Serenading the all-important grapes of the Napa Valley

Wine is serious business out here. It seems like a mixture of science, art and superstition is used to extract the highest quality product from this magical place.

Hip chords, polyrhythmic interplay and spontaneous melodic conversation seems to be what the wine doctor ordered for these lucky grapes.

If the wine that I sampled is representative of their methods, they have a winner.

So, what's the view from your office looking like today. ;-)

#Napa #Winery

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A private concert for a table of two. Also, Auto-Awesome, how I love thee.


My most challenging & gratifying video I’ve made to date


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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