Guitar Messages by Mike Oppenheim

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  1. Mike Oppenheim (931)
    Instructional Forum · 1 Hits · 4/18/2013 3:55 AM
    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 h...(more)
  2. Mike Oppenheim (931)
    Instructional Forum · 14 Hits · 3/12/2013 4:47 AM
    I'm in the process of starting up a monthly newsletter for my activities at The newsletters include personal updates, album and book reviews, music articles, and free and exclusive guitar, banjo, and mandolin lessons, on...(more)
  3. Mike Oppenheim (931)
    Instructional Forum · 1 Hits · 3/12/2013 4:45 AM 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 a...(more)
  4. Mike Oppenheim (931)
    Instructional Forum · 5 Hits · 3/11/2013 8:47 AM
    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...(more)
  5. Mike Oppenheim (931)
    Building/Repair Forum · 2 Hits · 1/6/2013 11:34 PM
    Just to put it out there for future troubleshooting, open string buzz is usually an issue with the nut. Even if its not buzzing against a fret, it may be buzzing against an uneven groove in the nut, which can also cause strings to tro...(more)
  6. Mike Oppenheim (931)
    Building/Repair Forum · 1 Hits · 1/6/2013 2:36 AM
    Hard to know without seeing it, but that doesn't sound like that's a truss rod issue. At a point, the truss rod can't be loosened anymore, and you would've know if you got there. Do you actually see the strings contacting the first fret? Do they...(more)
  7. Mike Oppenheim (931)
    Theory Forum · 13 Hits · 1/4/2013 7:18 AM
    If you're still having questions about roman numerals, root, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and calculating key signatures, I recommend "New Perspectives on Music Theory" by Charles Van Riper. It's an easy book to read, it's appropriate for beginners, and it ma...(more)
  8. Mike Oppenheim (931)
    Instructional Forum · 25 Hits · 1/2/2013 11:37 PM
    Guitar International Magazine has just published my article "Jazz Improvisation: Licks as a Learning Tool" on their website. This is an instructional article providing a method for getting the most out of licks as a model of improvisation. You c...(more)
  9. Mike Oppenheim (931)
    Instructional Forum · 7 Hits · 12/12/2012 12:30 PM
    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...(more)
  10. Mike Oppenheim (931)
    Instructional Forum · 9 Hits · 12/11/2012 2:53 AM
    If there are any mandolin players, I've just posted a new lesson to my website on embellishment and beginning improvisation in bluegrass and old-time styles. There are two lessons on the topic. One uses "Nine Pound Hammer" as the model, the othe...(more)
  11. Mike Oppenheim (931)
    Instructional Forum · 22 Hits · 12/11/2012 2:31 AM
    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...(more)
  12. Mike Oppenheim (931)
    Theory Forum · 6 Hits · 12/1/2012 8:17 AM
    Here is a link to lesson dedicated entirely to generating chords from known shapes. I think it answers what you were asking, probably in excessive detail.
  13. Mike Oppenheim (931)
    Theory Forum · 4 Hits · 11/27/2012 10:16 AM
    If there's nothing on this on wholenote already, I'll write a lesson dedicated to chord voicings and how to alter them to create new chords in the next week or two.
  14. Mike Oppenheim (931)
    WholeNote Forum · 6 Hits · 11/27/2012 1:42 AM
    I'm not sure which ear training site your speaking of, but I've never had trouble with this one: