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You don’t have to be an amateur guitarist to need guitar lessons. Even the pros like a good schoolin’ now and again. And if you’re a professional guitarist, singer, or actor in the Los Angeles area who’s fishing around for a guitar teacher, it probably won’t be long before someone refers you to Jean-Marc Belkadi. Like his mentor, the late, great guitar genius Ted Greene, Belkadi is quickly emerging as one of the most in demand and respected guitar instructors ... more here in Guitar Player Magazine
GP’s favorite prodigal son Jude Gold delivered this knowledge. “The easiest way to add zip to an ascending three-notes-per-string scale is to pick only the first note on each string and hammer the two that follow. The problem with this highly legato strategy, though, is that it results in a predictable and repetitive sound. Southern California guitar sensei Jean Marc Belkadi has noticed a clever way to liven things up without slowing youdown: Play every third picked note as the first note in an upward sweep of the pick that drops you back down three strings. When you finally reach the highest string (bar 2, middle of beat two), descend back down the scale as shown"
The Composite Blues Scale for Electric Guitar / 60 mp3
The concept is to help you play more efficiently the composite blues scale over the dominant, major, minor 7th and minor 7th b5 chords. This is a necessary book to improve your blues vocabulary by understanding the connection between the chromaticism and the blues scale in different music styles: Jazz, Rock, Funk, Fusion, Pop & Latin.
with Michael Jackson's Producer
Great Guitar Session at The Legendary Marvin's Room in Hollywood
Offset tricks. You can play a composite blues scale over other chord types, too. The trick is knowing how to offset the scale root in relation to the chord root in relation to the chord root. (It can be tricky to work out these associations, so be patient and go slowly.) For Instance, over a minor 7th chord, play the composite scale located a fourth higher. To improvise over Dm7 (D-F-A-C or 1-b3-5-b7), for instance, you’d play a G composite blues scale (G, A, Bb, B, C, Db, D, E, F). Notice how, in addition to Dm7’s chord tones, the G composite blues scale offers G, Bb, B, Db, and E. If you relate these notes to Dm7, you get the 4 (G), #5 (Bb or A#), 6 (B), 7 (Db or C#), and 9 (E). EX.4 is a G composite blues line played against Dm7. Guitar Player article here
Jean Marc Belkadi uses the 10-13-17-26-36-46 Regular Slinky Custom Gauge 2221 Ernie Ball Nickel Wound Guitar Strings - Made in USA
In 2017 Author, Composer: Jean Marc Belkadi co-wrote "White Linen" (featuring Cyhi The Prynce) with singer songwriter Mike Posner, Mat Musto (aka Blackbear), Cydel Young and Peter Hortaridis, this song produced by American hip-hop duo Mike Posner and Blackbear is from their studio album Mansionz.
JMB with Mike Posner
Jean Marc also plays guitar on "Nobody Knows" (Mansionz) composed by Mike Posner, Musto and Soren Bryce
Jean Marc Belkadi was invited to perform a hilarious guitar solo in "Swing States" (2017) directed by Jonathan Sheldon. "Swing States is a comedy about "A bohemian Seattle DJ uses his on-air charisma to create a fictitious conservative radio personality becoming an overnight sensation" you can rent the movie on Amazon or Netflix.
James Valentine invited his guitar instructor Jean Marc Belkadi in the Ernie Ball series documentary "The Pursuit of Tone" directed by Haven Lamoureux and produced by Dustin Hinz
"Ernie Ball highlights Maroon 5 guitars and songwriter James Valentine. Experience the story behind James' sonic evolution from his start Lincoln Nebraska, to the world's largest stadiums with one of rock's most successful bands, Maroon 5". You can see the full video Here