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  1. 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
  2. Hello This time wanted to share something different I have used to. I have started to make videos of Finnish nature with Bulgarian tambura (guitar and mandolin relative instrument) playing. The idea is to take instrument somewhere new place and start to improvise or play composition. Then it's recorded in that place with the mood of that atmosphere. This the fourth video of this idea. Here is little bit about this mysterious place: The pond of Kruunuvuori tells romantic and dark story. In these conditions this rare natural water lies in a valley 8 meters above the sea level and is surrounded by solid rock. Villas around the area were owned by Germans untill the defeat in WWII. After that these fine buildings and its domain where moved to Soviets. In 1952 Olympics multi-winner Emil Zátopek was housed by people in Kruunuvuori and he showed some running around the pond for the people. In the late 60’s there was found a body in the pond and he/she was killed by hits to his/her head with a blunt object. Every now and then I return to this pond and admire its remarkable magic. This time I took my instrument and recording equipment with me. Sat down the dock, picked some notes and let surrounding do the work. I hope you will enjoy this little trip! Kindest, Mikko
  3. MikkoKarhula

    Impro idea: circle of sixths

    Thank you! Yeah I think so too. There is some kind of surprising moment happening all the time with this circle. I love it but it's still bit difficult for improvising to me.
  4. Hi! Here is mini lesson for beginning guitarists. I hope you like it! Kindest, Mikko
  5. Hi! When practicing new instrument or new style I have found excellent aid to learn classical etudes. Playing bach's preludes or Paganini's caprices puts one in situation where one have to check out really detailed hand positions. This instrument (Bulgarian tambura) is little bit mystery in playing technique-wise for me. So i thought this would be good help for it. I have made transcription of this etude and it works well on guitar too (same tuning). So if you are interested check you tabs/notation from this link: http://mikkokarhula.wixsite.com/mikkokarhula/mikkokarhula
  6. Hi! Here is very easy mini-lesson for plectrum picking. I hope you like it! Kindest, Mikko
  7. Hi everyone! I made little classical influenced etude that turn out to be practice piece for muting, string-skipping, polyrhythms and arpeggios at same time. I hope you like it! Let's see if I have chance to make tabs for it. Kindest, Mikko
  8. Hi everyone! Here is my first release from my first album. Normally I play ethno jazz and similar music but this time I have let myself compose anything that just comes out. Surprisingly it came out as some kind of a dance music that I haven't done EVER! Album will be on Spotify as the first song. I hope you like it! All the best for you! - Mikko
  9. MikkoKarhula

    Isn't She Lovely Fingerstyle Lesson

    Ok! I think you can't see these Instagram videos if you are not in it.