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Minor 7ths

If you’ve been following these last few posts][2], you had to figure that the next installment was going to be about minor sevenths. I’m not one to spring unwanted surprises on you so so let’s turn our attention to the venerable minor seventh chord and arpeggio.

Dominant 7ths

After looking at major seventh chords, it’s time to get hip to dominant seventh chords, also called just plain old “seventh” chords. While these still have a major tonality, the seventh degree is a half-step lower than the major seventh which gives it a much different character. Let’s dig in!

The Sweet Sound of Major Sevenths

Major sevenths have a bright, sunny and “sweet” sound to them. These are typically found in pop and jazz and are definitely not heavy metal chords! But even if you don’t ever plan on playing a single Steely Dan song in your life, the shapes and sounds can apply to other styles, particularly when improvising.

Mesa/Boogie Cab Clone

Mesa/Boogie recently announced a very slick-looking product called the “Cab Clone”. Equal parts dummy-load, DI box and headphone attachment, the Cab Clone looks like a very cool piece of gear. So what exactly is this thing for? Read on and find out.

Anytune 3.10

Anytune has just updated their flagship app. At this point, Anytune is so mature that you aren't going to see any splashy new features, but a steady improvement in the overall user-experience. But sometimes a seemingly innocuous feature sneaks in that ends being a real game-changer in your workflow. This is one of those releases.

Gibson Memory Cable

Gibson has come up with a completely new way to capture inspiration in a very surprising way. Guess what? It uses a piece of gear you take for granted every time you play.

Coming Soon: Class Dismissed!

Oh man, I am beyond excited about this new project I’m working on. Coming later this summer is a new premium lessonClass Dismissed! which focuses on the Van Halen “power shuffle” style in the vein of songs like Hot For Teacher, I’m the One and Ice Cream Man. There is so much good stuff in here that I almost don’t even know where to begin…

Strange Beautiful Music

I don’t write a lot of book reviews here, but after finishing Joe Satriani’s Strange Beautiful Music, I felt like I had a few words to say about about a guitarist who has been a huge influence for me.

Who likes free lessons? Who likes learning how to play classic guitar solos? If you answered “yes” to both questions, have I got some good news for you!