Tag Archives: Robert Johnston
As an advocate of musical literacy, I believe that a little bit of know-how in this area can go a long way. Performing your music live and capturing it in a studio environment are two entirely different animals.

In the Studio with Robert Johnston: Part 1

As an advocate of musical literacy, I believe that a little bit of know-how in this area can go a long way. Performing your music live and capturing it in a studio environment are two entirely different animals.

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Changing chords quickly is one of the most challenging aspects of guitar playing if you're a beginner. One of the bad habits that I refer to in this video is "Building Chords From Scratch". This is a huge "no-no" and, without proper guidance, can set your progress back years....

SMG Guitar Lesson #20: Beginner Exercises Part 2 of 3

Changing chords quickly is one of the most challenging aspects of guitar playing if you’re a beginner. One of the bad habits that I refer to in this video is “Building Chords From Scratch”. This is a huge “no-no” and, without proper guidance, can set your progress back years….

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In this lesson, we'll cover Locrian mode, based on the seventh degree of the major scale. In this post I will show you how to play a Locrian scale, an exercise to help you while improvising in Locrian mode, as well as a couple of examples of Locrian chord progressions that you can jam on.

SMG Guitar Lesson #18: Locrian Mode

In this lesson, we’ll cover Locrian mode, based on the seventh degree of the major scale. In this post I will show you how to play a Locrian scale, an exercise to help you while improvising in Locrian mode, as well as a couple of examples of Locrian chord progressions that you can jam on.

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The Mixolydian mode that we know today is very different than that of the Greeks. Modern day Mixolydian mode didn't begin to take shape until around the middle ages through various translations, mistranslations, and alterations at the dawn of Gregorian chant.

SMG Guitar Lesson #16: Mixolydian Mode

The Mixolydian mode that we know today is very different than that of the Greeks. Modern day Mixolydian mode didn’t begin to take shape until around the middle ages through various translations, mistranslations, and alterations at the dawn of Gregorian chant.

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The fourth mode of the major key is the Lydian mode, and is named after the ancient lydians who were at their height of power around 600 B.C. The Lydians were the first people to use gold and silver coins as a form of currency, so it's no wonder that this mode sounds so rich and exotic.

SMG Guitar Lesson #15: Lydian Mode

The fourth mode of the major key is the Lydian mode, and is named after the ancient lydians who were at their height of power around 600 B.C. The Lydians were the first people to use gold and silver coins as a form of currency, so it’s no wonder that this mode sounds so rich […]

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The Phrygian scale  is named after the ancient Kingdom of Phrygia in what is now part of modern day Turkey. Phrygian mode tends to sound somewhat exotic due to it’s unique scale structure. Let’s say we’re in the key of G Major, which contains the notes G, A, B, C, D, E, and F#....

SMG Guitar Lesson #14: Phrygian Mode

The Phrygian scale is named after the ancient Kingdom of Phrygia in what is now part of modern day Turkey. Phrygian mode tends to sound somewhat exotic due to it’s unique scale structure. Let’s say we’re in the key of G Major, which contains the notes G, A, B, C, D, E, and F#….

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