Developing A Player’s Mentality Pt. III: Conquering Doubt

By: Josh Lucas Fear is the mind-killer. What, you’ve never read Dune?  Okay, they may not be exactly the same, I would argue that “fear” and “doubt” are at least first cousins. Doubt feels to many of us like a fear of messing up, or fear of being “seen” in our most vulnerable state. Doubt […]

Prodigy: The Story of How Jason Becker’s Music Changed My Life

By: Josh Lucas It was a snowy and frigid winter night in 1988 that I was born. George Michael’s “Faith” was the #1 album. “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley was in the top 10, and was perfectly innocent for the next 20-25 years, until it was used to prank people on the […]

Developing A Player’s Mentality Pt. III: Conquering Doubt

By: Josh Lucas Fear is the mind-killer. What, you’ve never read Dune?  Okay, they may not be exactly the same, I would argue that “fear” and “doubt” are at least first cousins. Doubt feels to many of us like a fear of messing up, or fear of being “seen” in our most vulnerable state. Doubt […]

Chord Symbols Part 3: Extensions and “Other”

By: Andrew Aycoth Now that we’ve gotten up to the 7th, it’s time to round out this blog series with everything else! Extensions: Extensions, or “upper structures”, refer to notes that extend beyond the 7th, and just like the 7th, they’re referring to scale degrees above the root. The ones you’ll see are 9th, 11th, […]

Chord Symbols Part 2: 7ths

By Andrew Aycoth Download the sheet music here! Okay, so you’ve got the triads and inversions down, but 7’s keep popping up in weird ways.  To be honest, I learned a lot of these first as just shapes for the most commonly represented (or I’d just play the triad as a substitute).  The issue was […]

Chord Symbols Part 1: Triads & Inversions

By: Andrew Aycoth Introduction: A few months into starting guitar, my pianist aunt thought it would be fun to play together.  She pulled out a songbook of pop tunes and picked one I’d at least heard of.  The problem was…I didn’t know what the chord symbols above the staff meant.  To be fair, I was […]