Sometimes I Play For Fun, Sometimes For Misery

When my friends and I get together for lunch, coffee or whiskey, sometimes they'll ask what I'm...

Posted by Frank on June 27, 2024

The Chicago Run

I've shared most of these stories before with friends or online, but I thought it would be fun ...

Posted by Frank on May 2, 2024

Depth

"How long should I practice every day?" Don't ever ask that. Certain questions have no answers....

Posted by Frank on March 17, 2024

Meet The Parents

Music theory is probably a bigger part of the craft of Jazz than it is of classical musicians. ...

Posted by Frank on March 14, 2024

Blues

"Now see here, son, if you're going to continue to live rent free in this house, you are going ...

Posted by Frank on March 10, 2024

Reading Part 1

"How's your reading?" Now, how do you even answer a question like that? It's not like tennis wh...

Posted by Frank on Feb. 28, 2024

Reading Part 2

Reading was the last thing I got together, because I came to it late. I know many guitarists wh...

Posted by Frank on Feb. 28, 2024

70

And now I've hit 70, threescore and ten. Bottom line: I am grateful. Grateful for family, frie...

Posted by Frank on Feb. 28, 2024

Finding Your Voice

This is what it's all about. The goal is to express yourself in a way that only you can, and in...

Posted by Frank on Dec. 17, 2019

Student Questions #1 "Tunes"

Q: How do you approach learning tunes? If you know tunes you can work, simple as that. You c...

Posted by Frank on Dec. 12, 2019

College Music Theory-What's in a name?

My students at various Colleges over the years all used to grouse about their music theory clas...

Posted by Frank on Nov. 25, 2019

Can You HEAR It?

As the years go by I notice the changing of the generations in subtle ways, especially through ...

Posted by Frank on Feb. 12, 2014

Learning the guitar: It’s Complicated

You know the guitar is complicated, and so do I. There are different ways to do everything, and...

Posted by Frank on Feb. 8, 2014

Learn how to play the Minor 7(b5) Chord Lesson

Also called "half diminished," this is the most important chord in jazz because it is used so m...

Posted by Frank on Nov. 24, 2013

Learn how to play the "6/2" Major Scale Lesson

For most students this major scale fingering is the most familiar. Be sure you are familiar wit...

Posted by Frank on Nov. 5, 2013

Learn how to play the "6/4" Major Scale Lesson

This scale is played in several different ways, but learn it like this and you will avoid all k...

Posted by Frank on Nov. 5, 2013

Learn how to play the Diminished 7 Chord Lesson

These fingerings work well with each other and interact with the basic 7th chords in my other v...

Posted by Frank on Nov. 4, 2013

Learn how to play the "5/4" Major Scale Lesson

One of the more common major scale fingerings....

Posted by Frank on Nov. 4, 2013

Learn how to play the "5/2" Major Scale Lesson

All these scale fingerings are important if you want to be able to play through the chord chang...

Posted by Frank on Nov. 4, 2013

Learn how to play the "4/2" Major Scale Lesson

Once learned exactly as shown, these major scale fingerings work well for reading and improvisa...

Posted by Frank on Nov. 4, 2013

Learn how to play the Major 7 Chord Lesson

Begin amassing your vocabulary of chords for jazz with the Major 7. Learn to play it and to go ...

Posted by Frank on Nov. 1, 2013

Learn how to play the Minor 7 Chord Lesson

Minor 7 chords. If they're good enough for Carlos Santana, they're good enough for me and good ...

Posted by Frank on Nov. 1, 2013

Learn how to play the Dominant 7 Chord Lesson

Many play their Dominant 7 chords as a barre chord, and it sounds too muddy. Learn a couple of ...

Posted by Frank on Nov. 1, 2013

The Cycle of 4ths (part 2) Lesson

This second part about practicing the cycle of 4ths involves alternating strings....

Posted by Frank on Oct. 8, 2013

The Cycle of 4ths (part 1) Lesson

If you're interested in learning jazz guitar (or any style of guitar), it's important to learn ...

Posted by Frank on Oct. 7, 2013