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Live Streams
10 May 2021

There's a certain ambiguity and guessing of notes on the Guitar neck that often holds us back as Guitarists. In this webinar; Dion will take you through the best way to memorise these notes, including concepts such as octave shapes and one extremely handy online tool. As a result; you'll feel much more comfortable and confident grabbing those chords and scales all over the neck with no guessing game.

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Live Streams
10 May 2021

You've probably heard the saying 'they have a great touch on the guitar', but what does that mean? In this webinar, Thomas will show you how to achieve 'the touch' through the use of vibrato and legato techniques to replicate the smooth flow of the oldest musical instrument in the world: the human voice.

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Live Streams
10 May 2021

The idea of "Jazzing up your Blues" is a subject often misunderstood by developing improvisers. A great way to try this is to take your old faithful pentatonic shapes and transform them into something much more unusual sounding, using carefully placed chromaticism. Dion will take you through some of these concepts in this webinar, including some licks in familiar shapes to really supercharge your pentatonic soloing.

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Live Streams
10 May 2021

Expanding on your open chord playing is much more simple than you may realise. We don't need crazy new chord shapes, just a few simple embellishments to inject some new colour into your old reliable chords. In this webinar, Thomas will show you how to add easy embellishments to your open chord shapes, explain when and how to use them, and show you how you can find new embellishments yourself.

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Live Streams
10 May 2021

If you are looking for ways to expand your sonic palette, the dorian mode may be just what you need. In this webinar, Thomas will explain what the dorian mode is, show you 5 different licks from the mode, and teach you where and when to use them.

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Live Streams
10 May 2021

The guitar is an amazing instrument in the sense that we can use both a pick and our fingers to generate different sounds and feels - but why not both at the same time? In this webinar; Dion will guide you through some handy and highly functional hybrid picking ideas to help breathe new life into your picking game.

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Guitar Lessons
3 May 2021

In this lesson Jarrod covers the melody from the Gypsy Jazz standard Lulu Swing. This tune uses a repeating motif that gets very slightly modified to tastefully follow the chords in the backing, and give us a nice chromatic run!

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Guitar Lessons
26 April 2021

In this lesson Jarrod teaches you how to play the rhythm part of the Gypsy Jazz standard 'Lulu Swing'. You'll cover some great movable chord shapes and the distinctive Gypsy Jazz strumming pattern 'La Pompe'.

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Guitar Lessons
19 April 2021

This is a very tasteful Major Blues Scale lick that will work really nicely in a country style - with some bends thrown in for good measure!

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Live Streams
15 April 2021

Have you ever found yourself "blanketing" one scale whilst soloing? Perhaps you'd like to breathe a bit more life into your improvisation? In this webinar; Dion will take you through a few concepts to get your foot in the door of soloing over chord changes. We'll talk about combining Major and minor pentatonic sounds, as well as using arpeggios to find chord tones to really bring your solos to the next level.

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