America The Beautiful

Composed by Samuel A. WardPerformed by Sebastian Gomez Today, let us remember the brave men and women who have fought, struggled, and died for the freedoms we enjoy. In our prosperity and leisure, let’s not forget or take for granted the sacrifices made by those who help to keep out lives safe; those who today…
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The Guitars *Holy Grail*

By. Sebastian Gomez The Pentatonic Scale. The most revered and treasured pattern to all guitarists. Many of us know it… but few really know it’s power. On the guitar, the pentatonic positions are easy to memorize, but too often they lead to robotic and lifeless playing. Today all that changes! There are a lot of…
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How The Addams Family Taught Me Guitar!

By. Sebastian Gomez Today I got a story for ya’ll. When I was first learning guitar I remember being envious of piano players. They never had any issue finding notes since they are nicely color coded; natural notes (C – D – E – F – G – A – B ) are white keys,…
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The Musical Mood Ring

RE-HARMONIZATION! – it’s quick and easy way to spice up a piece of music. What is re-harmonization? For simplicity, we can define it as swapping the chords in a song with new ones to create a different sound. This technique is used often in jazz music and can seem overly complicated.

3 Essential Flamenco Guitar Building Blocks

By. Sebastian Gomez Most people when they think of guitar they imagine two different things: shredding solos, or fast Spanish style acoustic! Today’s we’re looking at the latter, and the 3 building blocks that’ll put you on the path to fast Flamenco playing! If you haven’t read my post on the P.i.m.a. naming, check that…
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3 Finger-picking Hacks for Every Beginner

By. Sebastian Gomez Last week we looked mapped out our fingers to the guitar using the P.i.m.a technique. Today’s hacks are geared towards learning the notorious Travis Picking technique. What is Travis Picking you ask?? Think of any Folk tune, specially from the late 60’s and early 70’s; songs like Dust in the Wind or…
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The P.i.m.a. Guitar Trick

With the Spanish P.i.m.a. trick, finger-picking goes from being a mystery to a reality any guitarist can play!

Music: The Best Anti-Anxiety Medicine.

By. Sebastian Gomez How do you (personally) deal with anxiety? Maybe you hit the gym, drink some hot tea, binge watch the newest Netflix original, or (if things are looking really bleak) the classic paper bag technique. Well science suggests that you should add a musical instrument to your daily dose of anti-anxiety activities. Dr.…
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Hildegard Von Bingen: The Musical Saint

By James Stovall No figure in the history of music blends musicology with faith as poignantly as Hildegard Von Bingen (1098-1179), sometimes known as Sibyl of the Rhine. She was a twelfth century German Benedictine Nun who defies all modern preconceptions of the stereotypical religious of the Middle Ages. In 2012 she was formally canonized…
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This Song is Killing Me

Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa (1560-1613) was a late renaissance Italian nobleman, lute player, composer, and murderer. In music he is particularly remembered for his chromatic harmonies that were ahead of their time. Indeed the eccentric qualities of his music would not be embraced for three hundred years, chromatics not coming into their own until the Late Romantic Period.