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Category Archives: Music Lessons
Guitar International Magazine has just published my article “Jazz Improvisation: Licks as a Learning Tool” on their website. This article provides a method for getting the most from pre-composed licks as a model of jazz improvisation.
As any student of music is surely aware, there is a virtually unlimited number of instructional resources available, often for free, online. Even when I was learning guitar, I relied heavily upon a number of websites for tablature, playing exercises, … Continue reading
I’m just putting the finishing touches on my new instructional program the Mike Op Music Beginner Guitar Series! Hopefully this online guitar course will be available for purchase before Christmas. Here’s what it’s all about: This eight-part program is intended … Continue reading
Another new mandolin lesson is now available under the Sample Lessons on this site. Here we have a three part lesson dealing with melodic variation, using “Bury Me Beneath the Willow” as our model. Enjoy!
This is a mandolin lesson on the topic of melodic embellishment. The tune “Nine Pound Hammer” is used as a model through three successive variations. Tablature, notation, and analyses is provided in the pdf files. The audio examples are midi … Continue reading
A two-part lesson consisting of text and video is now available for free online! The tune being taught is James Alley Blues. The written lesson including tabs and analysis is available at wholenote.com The video lesson is available on my Youtube … Continue reading
One of my primary interests in teaching and studying music is the relationship and dynamic that develops between the student and teacher. As a teacher it is my responsibility to ensure that I guide my students toward a working knowledge, … Continue reading
I am currently offering private guitar, banjo, and mandolin lessons in Ko Samui, Thailand. I am also available for correspondence lessons via Skype or individualized instructional videos.