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Chords and their Symbols pt.1 - Readin', writin' and makin' them chords.
Chords and their Symbols pt.2 - Bigger, scarier chords.
Slash Chords - Didn't mean to superimpose on you.
The Rules of Chord Construction - Start building some chords.(11/02)
Guide to Proper Voiceleading - What does Bach and Robert Johnson have in common?
0pen String Chord Voicings - Put some air in your chords.
Everything About Dominant Chords - Where they come from, how to make 'em.
The ii - V - I Chord Progression - Playing the perfect ii - V - I, the cornerstone of jazz.
Scale Harmonization - Learn how to build your own chords from the lydian scale.
Reaching for the Unreachable Chord - No pain no gain.
The Tritone Sub - No big deal really. Ne
What is Jazz - A look at Jazz harmony. More of your questions answered.
Harmonizing 7th chords - 7th chords from individual scale patterns.
Thinking out of the Cage - Stepping out of the CAGED system.

Walking Basslines - Do the job yourself.
DADGAD - Discover this alternative tuning.

Improvisational Theory
Building the Perfect Scale - Formulas on how to make 'em and how to use 'em.
The Complete Improvisation Guide - Every trick under the sun.
Superimposing pentatonic scales - Using the oldest scale known to man in some new ways.
Intervalic Lines - Breaking the Tertian paradigm.
Open-String Hybrid Scales - Incorporating open strings into your solos.
Arpeggios - How to make them and use them. (01/06)
Arpeggios pt. 2 - Save yourself from humiliation (12/09)
Breaking Scale Pattern Paradigms - Learn new scale patterns. (04/10)
Playing Over Multiple Tonal Centers - Using cycles to practice and compose. (06/11)

Song Writing
Song Writing Primer - Step by step guide to good song writing.
What is Good Music to You? - I had to think a bit bout my answer to this question.

Modes of the Major Scale
The Modes of the Major Scale - Don't make such a big deal about it (the dorian mode).
The Exotic Phrygian Mode - Dark and moody, put some spice in your solos.
Avante! The Lydian Mode - Bright, modern and angular, shoot for the stars.
The Mixolydian Mode - Smooth and slick, jazz up your playing.
Developing a Modal Practice Routine - And a Q and A about the modes and practice.
Developing a Modal Practice Routine pt.2 - More questions answered.

Modes of the Melodic Minor Scale
Introducing the Modes of the Melodic Minor Scale - Getting started on the altered mode.
The Lydian Dominant Mode - Jagged, the mode that rubs.
The Locrian #2 Mode - Just plain better than the strait locrian scale.
The Lydian Augmented Mode - The melodic minor scale's version of the lydian scale.
The Dorian b2 Mode - The phrygian scale's cousin.

Other Scales
The Half/Whole Diminished Scale - Perfectly Symmetrical.
The Whole Tone Scale - Bambi dissolves into symmetrical infinity!

For Beginners
Playing the Blues - Where it all started.
The Major Scale - Getting started with scales and improvisation.
Sequences and Patterns - Building chops using math.
Reading Standard Notation - If you are serious about being a musician, better get to it.
The Art of Practice and the Practice of Art - Your practice routine.
Identifying Intervals pt.1 - Understanding the building blocks of music.
Identifying Intervals pt.2 - On to 9ths, 11ths and 13ths.
Targeting Chord Tones - If you can't do this, you are in big trouble!

Playing For Life - Surviving as a musician.
The Soldier of Fortune - What it takes to be a studio player.
The Shapes of Things to Come - Releasing, promoting and marketing your own CD.
The Spirit of the Guitar - Where it came from and how it got here.
Where do you go From Here - What to practice and who to listen to.
Ears - Developing your greatest asset.
Recording Your Own Independent CD - "Shapes of Things to Come" Pt.2, recording.
Podcasts and Internet radio - How you can use the internet as a marketing tool.
Guitar Effects pt.1 - Effect categories, order, loops and introducing the Fuzz Box.
Guitar Effects pt.2 - Treble Boosters, overdrive and distortion.
Guitar Effects pt.3 - Modulation Devices.

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The Empowered Musician

"The Empowered Musician" - Learn the steps you need to take to make music your career. Subjects include: building and maintaining your website, recording and releasing your own music, marketing on a tight budget, selling from your site and through internet retailers, digital distribution, royalties, publishing, personal finance and more. This book will pay for itself with one CD sale. Available at lulu.com >>>

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