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You've received a newsletter from me every other day

for the last two weeks...yeah, something's up!


But first, let's recap:


In Part 1 of A Little Story I shared some of my history as far as learning the guitar is concerned. The moral of which is that without a systematic, guided approach to learning music and the guitar, you will remain in limbo, learning by a laborious, time-consuming and random process of trial-and-error to whatever you happen - by chance - to have heard. It is the most inefficient, suboptimal way to learn that exists.


Conversely, if you find a teacher who has a methodology, a systematic approach to the entire history of western music, and knows how to apply it to your instrument, you will save literally decades of time. In just a few years, you will have attained to a level of knowledge and playing that you could not have achieved on your own, even if you worked at it your whole life.


The second part of A Little Story concerned two things: Firstly, the methodology, i.e., the system for applying a thousand years of musical development to the guitar that I received from John Elliott, works in real life. I've proved it over and over in my own life, as did John in his, and hundreds if not thousands of John's students have also proven its effectiveness.


Secondly, the story of the creation of my method book, Vertical Truth: Chordal Mechanisms for the Guitar which owes much to John. As I said, “Basically, I follow John's method, although there is a lot of “guitaristic” aspects to the book that I didn't get from John, simply because he wasn't a guitarist. But the methodology is certainly John's, and a great deal of the content I got from John.”


I emphasized that the book is not designed to be a self-teaching method but requires a knowledgeable instructor. It's basically an outline and leaves all kinds of room for individual application at the discretion of the teacher.


Part 3 of A Little Story concerned my move to an online teaching business model, and the rewriting of my method book that optimizes it for mass distribution via I talked about what I see as the major problem with online lessons, be it a webpage, video, or download, which is the absence of the feedback loop between student and teacher. More on that below.


I announced that Unit 3: Triads will be the first rewritten, reformatted unit of the book published. I let you know that it's a downloadable PDF file – you download it to your computer/phone/tablet/whatever – and it's yours to keep. It is divided into 7 lessons and contains:


  • 32 pages divided into 7 lessons

  • 217 fretboard diagrams

  • 18 music notation examples

  • 24 demonstration video links.


The second week I sent you 3 videos.


The first video demonstrated how triads are used in every genre of music. I demonstrated several tunes in different styles that consist of triads. I responded to the concern of the sheer quantity of the material and the seeming complexity of it by reiterating that that's why the teacher and methodology is so important. The material has been laid out in a logical, step-by-step sequence, with text explanation, fretboard diagrams, and demonstration videos. It's designed to be as “self-teaching” as possible and each step will result in immediate benefit to your playing. You could do just the first lesson out of 7 and walk away from it and still have massive benefit to your playing.


In the second video I demonstrated just that. I taught you two triad shapes – just 2 – and showed you how you can play entire songs with just those 2 triad shapes. Also, for you Rolling Stones fans, I showed how those 2 triad shapes apply to the Open G tuning. BTW: the Stones aren't the only band that uses the Open G tuning – There are many; the Black Crowes come to mind.


In the third video I dealt with a couple of technique issues when it comes to playing the 2 triad shapes I taught in the previous video. I also showed you a couple of screenshots from the PDF file to give you an idea what it looks like – text, notation, fretboard diagrams and so on. I talked about the big picture, not only for the unit on triads but for the entire method. I made the comment that there was going to be a time-limited special offer to site members only.


So here it is:


The price for the download will be $39.00. This is ½ price and available to site members only. That price will be good for 5 days – from 10:00AM Central Standard Time (USA) on Tuesday, March 15 to 10:00PM CST on Sunday, March 20 – six days. After that the price goes up to full price which is $79.00. Even at full the price it's an awesome deal! If you were taking one-on-one lessons from me and we covered the material in this lesson series it would cost you around $250.00 – assuming 3 months to get through the material; most people take longer. But for 5 days only it will be half-price - $39.00.


But's another option!


I'm making a second price-point available; For $99.00 you can download the PDF file and get a 30-minute, one-on-one Skype lesson with me – the guy who wrote the book! This is one of the ways I'm going to deal with the feedback loop issue. The download-with-Skype-lesson option will be available for purchase to site members only until 10:00PM CST on Sunday, March 20, at which time it will be discontinued completely.




A) for $39.00 you get a PDF download on triads that has:


  • 32 pages divided into 7 lessons

  • 217 fretboard diagrams

  • 18 music notation examples

  • 24 demonstration video links.


B) For $99.00 you get all the above plus a one-on-one 30-minute Skype lesson with me.


The button below links to the downloads page for both options: 1) the Download only for $39.00 - or - 2) the Download plus Skype lesson for $99.00. Major credit cards are accepted or you can use PayPal. Downloads Page is now live!

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