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Guitar Lesson – September 4th, 2009

Teacher

I decided to try a new instructor.  A friend of mine (who appears in my Jam Session post) is taking bass lessons from Kit Ruscoe who is also a guitar instructor.  I’m not switching because I have a problem with my other instructor, Bruno Pelletier.  I actually think he is a great instructor.  I’m switching for a couple of reasons.  First, since I’ve only seen one instructor, I’d like to get an idea of another instructors style and see if it’s a better fit for me.  And second, even though Bruno is a great jazz guitarist and instructor, he’s not quite as up on the current rock/blues scene (he didn’t know who The Black Keys were).  And as much as I would like to play jazz, playing blues and rock is what I’m after.  Admittedly, at first I was specifically looking for a jazz guitarist as an instructor because I thought they would make better instructors when it comes to music and guitar theory.  But Kit seems to have a good mix of theory (he’s actually classically trained) and rock expertise.

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Jace Everett – Bad Things

Bad Things


If you watch HBO’s True Blood, then you know the opening song, Bad Things by Jace Everett.  Actually, if it weren’t for True Blood, I wouldn’t know the song at all.  I thought it was a cool sounding guitar song, so I thought I’d give it a try.  I thought it might be a bit more advanced than my current level and I was right.

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Gibson ES-175SP Pics

Gibson ES-175SP

Here are some pictures of my Gibson Custom Shop ES-175SP.  I wrote about the guitar previously and talked about how it’s a unique ES-175.  Unlike most Gibson ES-175’s, this one only has one pickup.  The finish on this model is a custom finish and not like other ES-175 sunbursts as well.

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Jazz Progression In F And Bar Chord Positions

Bar Chords


I’ve been working on a quick Jazz progression in F my instructor gave me to practice.  The goal with this progression was to teach me bar chords Major, Minor, Dominant 7th and Minor 7th positions with roots on the 6th and 5th strings.
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Dan Auerbach – Trouble Weighs A Ton

Dan Auerbach Keep It Hid


This is the opening track to Dan Auerbach’s solo album Keep It Hid.  Dan of course is the guitarist and lead singer of The Black Keys.  It’s a great album and if you like The Black Keys you should check it out.  Actually, you should check it out even if you don’t like The Black Keys because it has a different feel.

The song is pretty straight forward.  Mostly G and C chords with a few D’s thrown in and a brief appearance by the Am chord.  There is a capo on the second fret.  You can find the tabs for the song here.

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