|By JMB. Just about every guitar player in the world knows how to play
the simple, three-note C chord in Ex. 1. But far fewer guitarists realize that
because this triad’s root, 3, and 5 (C, E, and G, respectively) all reside within
the same octave, it’s a perfect example of close harmony. Why is this little fact
even worth knowing? Because, if you understand close harmony, then you’re
one step closer to understanding open harmony...
The harmonic climax of the 12-bar cycle, whether they’re opening or
closing a tune. So why do most guitarists only bother to learn a small
handful of them? Truth is, you can crack open a treasure chest of hip
turnarounds by simply spending a few moments experimenting with the
ones you already know. And here's three you definitely want to know....
|Guitar Player Chops builder Column
by Jean Marc Belkadi Perfect Fourths
are easy to find on the guitar. Just strum
the open strings in standard...
Session Column featuring: Jean Marc Belkadi
"The next time you're looking for a way to juice up
your blues lines, try this..."
Chordal Kung Fu By Jean-Marc Belkadi, Jude Gold | Guitar Player Magazine
Sharing musical examples inspired by Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, George Benson,
Pat Metheny, Kevin Eubanks, Grant Green, and several other jazz legends, Belkadi
hopes this Master Class will help GP readers gain insight into the under-documented
art of soloing in two, three, and even four-part harmony. “
What is the logic behind these techniques?” Belkadi asks rhetorically.
“Is there a system I can learn? How does it work? Which chords can I use and why?
What is the mentality being employed? Can I use my comping skills within my solos?..
|Fatten Up Your Lead Licks by Learning the Lost Art of Soloing With Chords
As a guitar instructor at GIT in Hollywood, California, I’m thrilled to report an
exciting trend: Young guitar students are increasingly into playing again.
That’s not to imply there weren’t still throngs of kids hungry to learn
adventurous guitar styles during the height of the grunge, nü-metal, and pop
punk eras, three arguably uninventive, ....
by Jean Marc Belkadi Okay, guitarslingers, enough’s enough. For decades,
funk bassists have been having heaps of fun with this whole “slap/pop” thing, and
we guitarists—a typically me-oriented bunch not known for being generous with the
spotlight have, for some inexplicable reason, politely let our four-stringed brethren
have this flashy style all to themselves. Well, it’s time we finally grabbed a fat slice of
the slap/pop pie, especially because a slapped guitar yields astonishingly cool
textures that bassists simply can’t match .....
Jean-Marc Belkadi's Polytonal Plectrum Pyrotechnics"
The polytonal and bi-tonal licks I’m going to show you are directly inspired
by listening to pianists such as Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock, as well
as saxophone players like Michael Brecker and Joe Henderson,” says Belkadi, ...
The examples Belkadi shares can be used in rock, jazz, fusion, even shred metal,
and they all have a cool, modern sound. And, thanks to sweep technique, they can
each be played quite fast... by Jude Gold
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Blue Moves by JMB
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blocks of nearly all
melodic improvised lines..
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