In this video we will be exploring what the chromatic scale is and how to practice it on the guitar. The chromatic scale is a 12 note scale that includes all the notes within the octave. This will include natural notes and accidentals. So for example, we can play the E chromatic scale starting […]
The Milonga is an Argentinian musical genre. It is similar to Tango but is generally played quite slowly and generally in 2/4 time. It originated in the Rio de la Plata areas of Argentina, Uruaguay, and Brasil. Milonga has a syncopated beat, consisting of 8 beats with accents on the 1st (sometimes also 2nd), 4th, 5th, […]
This flamenco piece was written by Paco Pena and appears on his 1987 album Azahara. It’s a Guajiras which is a flamenco form or Palos which is based on the Cuban Punto Guajira Cubana. Basically it’s a 12/8 rhythm which comes back to a rhythm that looks like this: If you would like a more […]
I will be posting a video tutorial on this piece soon, in the meanwhile here is a performance of this beautiful waltz I recorded over the weekend. It’s called Se Ela Perguntar by Dilermando Reis. Follow me @sergioguitarist to get my latest news!
Here’s a new piece I wrote called Rio! I will be releasing sheet music for this soon, available to members. Hope you enjoy! Follow me @sergioguitarist to get my latest news!
The Mixolydian mode is a useful scale mainly for playing over blues and dominant 7th chords. It is similar to a major scale but has a flattened 7th degree. Let’s look at an example, you can improvise over a C7 chord using a C Mixolydian scale. The chord tones in C7 are C […]
Latin Jazz includes jazz music that is written in a Jazz style. These pieces usually take the form of Bossa Novas, Sambas, Cha-Chas, Mambos, and more. Here are some common jazz chords found in Latin Jazz Guitar Pieces. Minor 7 This minor 7 chord is part of the Minor Chord Family (there are 5 chord […]
These are the main differences between a classical and a flamenco guitars: Type of Wood Classical guitars are built to have a wide tonal and dynamic range. This is because classical guitar music requires lots of tonal variation like sweet, warm tones or harsher bright tones and it often requires very quiet dynamic or very explosive […]
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Classical Gas is an iconic fingerstyle piece written and recorded by Mason Williams in 1968. It was originally called Classical Gasoline but due to a publishing error, it was shortened to Classical Gas. Interestingly Williams was not known as a musician, more so as a comedy writer for the show The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour […]