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Lesson requests?

I'm just seeing what people are looking for from this site. I'm looking to add some more lessons on topics that may be overlooked. My background is in fingerpicking, bluegrass/old-time, and jazz. Any requests on these topics?

I currently have a lesson in the works on modal improv using So What? as a model. I've also been doing beginner/intermediate introductions to bluegrass style embellishments and solos for my personal website. I could do a similar thing for fingerstyle blues embellishment.

Do these topics appeal to anyone? Or are there other related topics you want to see addressed?

Thanks for the feedback, hopefully I can fill in some gaps for you!
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12/11/2012 10:50 PM

Inactive Member wrote:

Beginning jazz. Would like to understand what is happening.



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12/11/2012 10:53 PM

Stephen Polito (608) wrote:

Jazz is just a Major Scale, messed up on purpose!



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12/12/2012 11:23 AM

Randy Hano (12149) wrote:

Pick up Miles Davis' Kind of Blue. This album is one of the best ways to start listening to jazz as it modal, very good listening and a great way to begin learning basic jazz lines.



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12/12/2012 12:30 PM

Mike Oppenheim (931) wrote:

I agree that Kind of Blue is a good starting place and very accessible for the new listener/beginning jazz player. I'll try to get my lesson on So What? up in the next week or so. It's difficult to write a beginner jazz lesson because it is such a massive topic, involving seemingly complex chords, chord progressions, scales, rhythms, and improvisational grammar. That said, I'll brainstorm and see what I can come up with. I might also go through the existing lessons and see what might be good starting points. I'll post back here when there's some progress!





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12/13/2012 11:09 AM

Randy Hano (12149) wrote:

Kind of Blue is a place as it is modal jazz. Along with that of which you already know Mike is that a few tunes are based over the 12-Bar Blues progression. While the changes are the same, the feel and phrasing is different.

As for where to stretch next would be for Andy to get a Real Book and work on simple tunes such as Blue Bossa followed by Autumn Leaves. With these songs the student should work on chord arpeggios and work on connecting them as well as learning basic chord voicings. Just my 2 cents.



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3/10/2013 8:16 AM

Antonio Rosa (6847) wrote:

I'm backing this request! Thanks, Andrew!
Antonio

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3/10/2013 8:09 AM

Antonio Rosa (6847) wrote:

Yes, Mike. Thanks.

I have a similar background on fingerpicking and bluegrass, but far from your level, of course.
I'll suggest some ideas, may be you can use some.

In fingerpicking I would like to take my playing to the next level, which I think consists on making my own variations of the tunes. I sing a little bit and usually I sing a verse or verse-chorus and play a solo. My solos are most of the times around the melody.
My idea to develop further would be trying to do the chords in other regions of the fretboard and see what comes out in terms of playing in these new positions.
If you could make a lesson on how to make new variations, it would be very interesting. If you use some known fingerpicking songs like Freight Train, Banks of the Ohio or some other simple tunes it would help.

In flatpicking bluegrass I would like to learn how to improvise. How to get started on it. Something more pratical than the advise "learn as many fiddle tunes as you can", which of course I think is correct...

Also in jazz. How to get started playing over chord changes, with a jazz sound. Would like to come out of the pentatonics trap. Let's say (I've posted a question here about it) you have a standard blues progression I7-IV7-V7 to solo over but you want to make it sound as jazz, not blues. How could you suggest I do to take it progressively step by step from blues to jazz?

Thanks, all the best
Antonio

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3/11/2013 8:47 AM

Mike Oppenheim (931) wrote:

All of those are great ideas. I will write up some lessons addressing those topics, starting probably with the fingerstyle variations. I've actually begun posting my lessons on my own site, as I've found a notation program more to my liking than the sequencer available here. I'll post a response to this message once I have something new for you.

Thanks for the feedback!

Mike



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3/11/2013 3:51 PM

Antonio Rosa (6847) wrote:

Thanks, Mike.
What's your site address?
Cheers,
Antonio



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3/12/2013 4:45 AM

Mike Oppenheim (931) wrote:

http://mikeopmusic.com

Some sample lessons are on another site, but the links are all at the address posted. Sometimes there are issues downloading (from the filehosting service I use), but if something doesn't come up, just shoot me an email and I'll get it up and running for you.

Best,

Mike

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4/18/2013 3:55 AM

Mike Oppenheim (931) wrote:

Next month's Newsletter will feature at least one guitar lesson, most likely on fingerstyle ornamentation and arranging. Not sure if the other lesson will be for guitar or mandolin, but I'll keep you all posted! If you'd like to sign up, visit http://mikeopmusic.com

Thanks!

Mike