Ulrich Peise

Simple Dexterity Finger Stretch Guitar Chord Movement Exercise

I will be putting out a series of short guitar video lessons for slightly advanced players. The first lesson is a simple dexterity finger stretch exercise, using one and the same chord shape, but moving it up and down the fretboard.

The base chord shape here is a simple A5 Power Chord. But we add one more note, the 9th. This adds tension and makes for a dark yet soothing sound. But I guess everybody hears things differently. Anyway, start off with playing the base chord.

The Joe Pass Trio – Eximious

Eximious, The Joe Pass Trio

Today, I’d like to talk about the next gem in my Joe Pass record collection. We are talking about ‘Eximious’ by The Joe Pass Trio. Well, the latter term can mean a lot of things, but for this specific record,  the three am combo is comprises of Niels-Henning Orstedt Pedersen, Martin Drew and the one and only, Joe Pass.

Count Basie – Kansas City 6

I was thrilled when this album came in the mail today. “Count Basie – Kansas 6” showcases how well these six outstanding musicians – all renowned capacities in their own right – engage in a breathtaking interplay, or as much more eloquently described in the liner notes below, an ‘amusing exchange’.

Memorizing Dominant Chords for Beginners

C7 3rd fret guitar chordIf you have listened to any music, you have definitely heard dominant chords played.  They are very common in jazz music and other genres.

A dominant chord contains a number after it, such as “7” (example C7).  Identify the dominant chord by the following:  7, 7th, other numbers such as 9 or 13.  The “dom7” symbol is also used.

In essence it can be remembered as the chord that has just a number after it; no minor or major.  

Quist – Trigger Album Review

Quist Trigger Album ReviewGuitarist and composer Quist, with his 2017 release ‘Trigger’, forced me out of wheelhouse and comfort-zone relative to the genres I am typically more comfortable with. And the thought of trying to write-up a review of this album intimidates me a little bit, admittedly. Because it is tremendously difficult for me to make references and comparisons to other acts. Quist’s approach to song-writing and guitar playing is unique to me, or at least distinctly different.

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