My New (Free) Melodic Minor Extraction Lesson Is Now Up On Guitar-Muse

Hello everybody!

The Power of Pentatonic Extraction

I’ve posted a few times about one of the new books that I’m working on, Pentatonic Extractions, and I’m really psyched about how its coming together so far.  It’s going to cover a lot of material in an easy and accessible way and make a great addition to the series.

But you’ll get to see what I’m talking about yourself as the good people at have been kind enough to allow me to adapt some material from Pentatonic Extractions for a lesson on the site.  There’s theory, audio and tab for some ideas that will probably get you shooed of the next open blues jam – but I really dig ’em and I hope you will too!  You can check that out here.

More on that Muse of Guitar

All of the audio examples were recorded with the JamUp Pro app by Positive Grid which is just an incredibly useful app.  I’ll have a full review for that coming up for Guitar-Muse, along with some other reviews, player profiles and interviews.

And For those of you who wish to guit a grip….

Guit-a-grip is going to be serializing chapters from my book, Nothing Ever Got Done With An Excuse, which chronicles the processes and observations I used to release the first four books of the GuitArchitecture series in 5 months.  If you want to get a hold on a project (or a late new-years resolution), this series will definitely help motivate you and keep you on track.  Look for a new podcast this week.

More soon!  As always, thanks for reading!

12-Tone Book Update And A ZT Amps Junior Review On Guitar-Muse

Hello Everyone,

Just a few quick updates here.

First, my 12-tone book is in the final stages of editing.  I’m just cleaning up text and typos and working on the cover design.  I hope to have it out by early February.

Secondly, I just wrote a new review for ZT Amps Junior Amp for Guitar Muse.  You can read that review here.

For anyone interested, I have a series of interviews, reviews, tips and lessons there as well.  You can fin that here.

Or just the lessons below.

And a

Jason Becker Documentary Announcement (and lesson)

Jimmy Rosenberg Player Profile (and lesson)

Alex Masi Player Profile (and lesson)

Vinnie Vincent Player Profile (and lesson)

A Rhythmic Ear Training Lesson with Steve Vai’s Velorum

Pragmatic Guitar Soloing Tips

A farewell to exercises and a warm-up lick

Playing With Spiders (or getting more from the 1-2-3-4)

As always, thanks for reading!


Interview With ZT Amp’s Ken Kantor Now Up on Guitar-Muse

Hello everyone!

This is just a short update of some recent going ons that may be of interest to you.


I have some new articles up on Guitar-Muse and some more on the way:

  • Today’s article is an interview I did with Ken Kantor (ZT Amps).   (You can read it here). Ken really knocked me out with his ability to take complex ideas and articulate them in an accessible way.
  • Part 4 of the  “Evolution of a live rig” series
  • Player Profile / Lesson on Ridgely Snow
  • Player Profile / Lesson on Vlatko Stefanovski
  • Player Profile / Lesson on José Peixoto
  • Interview with bassist/Magic Band guitarist/Jack of all Jacks Eric Klerks
  • reviews, interviews and other lessons in the pipeline.


Rough Hewn Trio is supposed to get mixed before the end of the year, and I just haven’t found a studio I dig/can afford to track the acoustic ep (but I will and it’ll be cool)!

12 What?

Oh man oh man – the 12 Tone Pattern Improv book is kicking my ass, but this edition is going to be really cool.  Look for a lot of guitar-specific applications and some cool ideas.

In other words, a long series of days and nights ahead….hopefully with some good things to show for it.

As always, thanks for reading!


New Jimmy Rosenberg Lesson Up, GM Posts And More Books On The Way

Hello everyone!

Sometimes life throws you some curve balls.  I had planned on getting loads of playing and gigging in and instead, I’m in full throttle writing mode!  There are benefits to that though such as:

  • A new lesson for Guitar-Muse is up online.  This player profile covers Jimmy Rosenberg’s solo on the Flintstone’s theme!  If you want an ass kicking chops intensive piece in the Gypsy Jazz style to work on (as played by a then 15 year old Jimmy!) check it out here!
  • In other GM news, player profiles continue with lessons from the works of Ridgely Snow, Vlatko Stefanovski, Jimmy Rosenberg and José Peixoto.  The current plan is to alternate these every other week  with the Chasing Tone Series.  Part three of the  series should be up next week (in the meantime you can read part one here or part 2 here). Interviews with Ken Kantor (ZT Amps) and Marco Oppedisano (Mechanical Uprising, The Ominous Corner) and a cd review are also on the docket.
  • In terms of writing, last week saw some new things of mine drop.  There’s a book out on Kindle about the state of the music industry (thanks to everyone who’s gotten behind that and to Jzzmchn for the kind review!) and a Pentatonic Visualization pdf for sale either here or on Fiverr.  (Thanks for the positive reviews there as well everyone!)  New stuff is also on the way.  I’m currently editing Nothing Ever Got Done With An Excuse (the time/project management book) and a to be titled book of Music Business Essays.  I’m also working on serializing the Pentatonic Book as a short series of Kindle lessons and then expanding beyond that book into some of the material from the GuitArchitect’s Guide To Pentatonics Book notes that I gathered a while ago.  The graphic editing along on the initial Pentatonic book is tough slogging to try to make it work on the Kindle, but I think I can do it in a way that will be accessible and look good.  The larger GuitArchitecture books will get ported over to Kindle (albeit in a radically altered form) later this fall.
  • Music.  Working on cleaning up tracks on the Rough Hewn Ep, and trying to find the right place to track my acoustic guitar EP.  Work is slated to begin in the next 2-3 weeks for a commissioned soundtrack for Page Of Madness (aka A Page out of Order).  A track of mine is still supposed to come out on Mandorla at some point this fall and Daren Burns told me that he’s releasing the studio Onibaba recording before the end of the year as well.  There should be some other gigs and recording slated over the next few months as well.
  • I’ll be trying to get some of the “other” posts up on GuitArchitecture as well!  I’m aiming for high output before the end of the year!  And I hope to see you there.

As always, thanks for reading!