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Posts by Andrew Bishko
From international tours to your screen of choice, Steve Nixon brings Grammy-level expertise to free lessons in jazz, blues, pop, country, and more.
Iona’s Dave Bainbridge talks musical influences, the universality of blues, Gospel, and Celtic music and the benefits of learning multiple instruments.
Modal improvisation sounds intimidating. But this simple improv trick puts those mysterious modes to work to offer you an easy way to create awesome music
When the polka party turned surreal, my confidence was shaken. By sharing my story, I found that I am not alone! And that I’m gaining confidence after all.
Modal improvisation sounds scary and hard. Though it’s loved by monsters like John Coltrane and Steve Vai, modal improv can be very easy, fun and beautiful.
It seems like the shortest words have the longest definitions. When we look closer into the common word “beat,” we open a Pandora’s box of musical meaning.
Compare the Lydian and major scales and awaken your sense of tonal gravity. Both Lydian and major reveal the nature of historic change past and present.
We may learn the Major scale as the most basic and fundamental – but there is good reason to consider the Lydian scale as the “sun” of the musical universe.
Most western music relies on a steady measured pulse. See what happens when the metrical safety net disappears in these passionate examples of free rhythm.
Wouldn’t you love to be one of those guitarists who can play any song, entirely by ear? You can learn to do it too, if you focus on these four areas.
Melody and the bassline are similar in some ways and sometimes easy to confuse. Fortunately there are some differences too. Learn 4 ways to tell them apart.