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  1. Improvisation can touch every part of playing

    Thank you! I think so too. It's interesting how differently one can play with same amount of skills and knowledge but in different state of mind and etc. This tells me that robots will not replace us as a musicians.
  2. Wicked fusion guitar in Instagram collaboration

    Thank you! The backing track and drums were made by Hi! Thank you for answer! Backing track and drums were made by Rosalvo Melo and i made my part with Garageband.
  3. Hi! Although I sometimes find it hard to categorize my playing to jazz, I have to admit that getting understanding on jazz theory has helped me a lot with composing. Here is one example a miniature composition that uses several different scales. Despite that I recognized those scales while composing I tried to follow musical means as a priority. I hope you like it! Kindest, Mikko
  4. Hi! If you wonder what would you play in christmas party, here could be one option. i made arrangement of Jean Sibelius' Christmas carol "En etsi valtaa, loistoa". It's about 100 years old but still beloved christmas song in Finland. The lyrics are about praying world peace and happy christmas both for rich and poor. There is first verses played in normal speed and then slowed with notation and tabs. I hope you like it! Kindest, Mikko
  5. Wicked fusion guitar in Instagram collaboration

    Thanks! What means VST?
  6. Hi! I pumped into drummer in Instagram and had a chance to make some wicked guitar parts on his backing track. This was interesting challenge for me to imagine the sound world to someone else's song. I strongly recommend for everyone this kind of collaborations every now and then. In addition that it's fun but this is one of the ways to jump out of the safety box. Kindest, Mikko
  7. Hello! Years ago one Finnish guitar guru showed me idea where you could practice arpeggios by using circle of sixths instead of fifths. After this I saw same idea in Ted Greene's videos. I made little riff that maybe some day hopefully will be longer, maybe a song. I used mainly here circle of sixths that goes: A-F#m-D-Bm-G-Em-C-Am and then out of circle G-F-G7. The circle will normally continue after Am and eventually consist all keys. In this video I play 4 times the riff and improvise a little after that with this circle of sixth's idea. I hope you like it. Kindest, Mikko
  8. Hello! Have you got influences to your compositional work from movies, pictures, poems, books etc.? I was just watching a documentary about parallel universes from Netflix and straight after it made little solo with the mood of the documentary in mind. I have used to compose with imaginary pictures but this was new to me. Kindest, Mikko Here is the video:
  9. New ideas for Blue Bossa?

    Hi! I was playing one day this almost over played jazz standard Blue Bossa. I wanted to try maybe something different approach on it and made kind-of-smooth jazz backing track. So here is something that i came up with: I hope you like it. It would be nice to hear if you have any kind of new ideas for this song. Thanks!
  10. Hi! Here is little idea I wanted to try. I guess locrian #2 scale is usually played over m7b5 chord. In this video I played D loc #2 on D dorian backing track (Dm7) and hopefully did find new sounds to me. It would be nice to hear what kind of ideas you have with this scale. D locrian #2: D, E, F, G, Ab, Bb, C (6. mode of F melodic minor) kindest, Mikko
  11. Hi! Here is a lesson video about playing fast licks in a style of jazz blues. This video series isn’t meant to be the fastest guitar playing in Youtube at all but my personal journey in practicing faster lines in different styles and I want to share it with you. Although playing faster lines isn’t the main thing in one’s playing, I think it’s good to develop ability to play quick melodies to add little pepper in the soup of improvisations. Nylon stringed guitar isn’t the most optimal choice for me to play like this but it was still good practice. I hope you find some use of these examples. Kindest, Mikko
  12. Smooth Jazz Solo

    Hello! Here is little sunday smooth jazz solo. Hope you like it. Kindest, Mikko
  13. Hi! I'm not specialized in slapping and tapping with guitar but somehow I feel that this song is very natural to play with this kind of playing style. It can be played as a solo number for the audience or as a accompaniment in duo situations. I hope you get something out of it! Kindest, Mikko
  14. Hi! I have had some problems with Caravan's A part where there is this long dominant 7 chord vamp. Sometime when improvising ideas kind of run off with the fast tempo. So I decided to make some licks that come from other angle and hopefully this will help me get solos more interesting in this part. If you think that these examples would help you be free to contact me and ask for tabs. Kindest, Mikko
  15. Gypsy jazz 8th note lesson

    Hi! Here is little idea that might help for example in gypsy jazz improvisation. Idea here was to compose constant 8th note line for songs and then practice them as good as possible. After this could note durations and different dynamics be changed for more musical result. Maybe this can be good method for cultivating personal lines too. Kindest, Mikko
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