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Ken Murray demonstrates Tremolo technique

January 31, 2017

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Ken Murray demonstrates Tremolo technique for Altamira Guitars
To view the full range of guitars visit AltamiraGuitars.com.au
and use code “digital pill” for special discount
Click > HERE < to download a pdf of the lesson

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Guitar: double your chords (Doug de Vries)

September 28, 2012

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Doug de Vries gives a lesson on how to doubble your chord output when playing jazz on the guitar. Using the standard “All the things you are” he quickly demonstrates how to add interest and contrast to your accompaniment using this simple technique.

Click > HERE < to download a pdf of this lesson

Have a listen to Doug’s music on iTunes
Doug de Vries


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Sax: tuning the registers (Leo Dale)

August 24, 2012


Leo gives a sax lesson on how to keep the various registers of the sax in tune. Using the interval of the 6th and some handy tips he picked up from studying J. S. Bach’s cello suites.

Click > HERE < to download a pdf of the lesson

Listen to Leo’s music here
Zebra Crossing - Zebra Crossing - On Safari

ZEBRA CROSSING: Zebra Crossing

Leo’s website

And then there’s all the Oxo Cubans albums on iTunes

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Sax: stratospheric sax gliss (Dean Hilson)

August 18, 2012


Dean explains how to slide effortlessly into the altissimo register of the sax in one long continuously ascending note.
Click > HERE < to download a pdf of the lesson

Listen to Dean’s music here

The Pearly Shells

Zydeco Jump

The Vanguards

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Guitar: walking bass (Tim Nikolsky)

August 1, 2012


Tim Nikolsky demonstrates how to do Walking Basslines on Guitar. Tim has been performing with the vocalist Margot Leighton for the past 13 years and has developed a unique style of playing in this musical duo incorporating the whole rhythm section on guitar. The technique of walking bass on guitar is also a great way to accompany other instrumentalists and soloists. Here he demonstrates the secrets of good accompanying on guitar; and breaks down his approach to walking basslines on guitar – step by step.

Click HERE to download a pdf of the lesson

Visit Tim online here

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Sax: chromatic warmup (Anton Delecca)

June 18, 2012


Anton Delecca explains the uses of chromatic scales in jazz improvisation and as a warm up excercise for sax. In this video, Anton describes three excersices for warm up that improve tone and dexterity and are very useful to enliven passages of improvisation.

This video works together with a pdf of the lesson available here

Visit Anton website

Anton’s album is available on iTunes
Anton Delecca Quartet

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A list of the gear I use to shoot these videos

November 30, 2011

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I was at NMIT today talking to the music students about how to make good videos to go with their music and someone asked me to post a list of all the equipment I use and recommend for shooting videos. For more info on making videos, be sure to check out the excellent site about low cost video gear dslrfilmnoob.com

Keep in mind if you don’t want to buy all your own equipment and learn how to make videos from scratch, here’s some info about my services thirdeyevideos.com

Canon 5D mkii and a 550D camera with Magic Lantern software installed
Canon 50m f1.4 lens and 16-35mm f2.8L lens (also consider the Canon 50mm f1.8 if you’re on a very tight budget)
Manfrotto tripod and video head
Haier 7 HLT71 external video monitor

The audio gear I use depends on the job. I’ve listed the gear linked to a video shot with that gear
Nothing but the camera’s built in mike
Rode videomike
Azden 305LT Single Channel Wireless lapel mike
Small portable recording set up that includes Rode NT1a, AKG C3000, Classic old ribbon mike from the sixties plus Motu 828Mk11
Zoom h4n recorder – no link for this one but it is part of my set up.
Sound is mixed back at my studio
Except if someone else records and mixes the sound and I only film, like this video

Final Cut Pro X, good video editing with very good sound mixing tools built in
iMovie is great for basic editing if you are on a budget but its sound EQing, mixing and mastering facilities are poor
Logic studio for post sync sound videos

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Sax: bebop scales (Paul Williamson)

June 28, 2011


Paul Williamson explains the uses of bebop scales in jazz improvisation. In this video, Paul’s first post for Digital Pill, he describes the construction of bebop scales, jazz articulation, the use of a metronome and how bebop scales place the chord tones firmly ON the beat to create an “inside” sound in improvisation. The video together with the pdf download explain the uses of bebop scales over major, dominant and minor scales.

Click the links below to download a pdf of each of the lessons
Lesson 1
Lesson 2
Lesson 3
Lesson 4
Lesson 5
Lesson 6

Listen to Paul’s music here

Paul playing with Way out West on myspace

Way Out West – Old Grooves for New Streets available from iTunes

Way Out West - Old Grooves for New Streets

and from CDbaby

WAY OUT WEST MELBOURNE: Old Grooves for New Streets

And last but not least check out this footage of Paul I shot at the gig

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Accordion: bellows shake (Dave Evans)

June 27, 2011


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Dave Evans explains the uses of the accordion bellows shake. In this video, Dave describes the uses of the double and triple bellows shake in jazz, zydeco and cabaret music. He includes detailed instructions about how to perform the shake as well as techniques for adding accents to play with the rhythmic aspects of accordion.

Listen to Dave’s music here

Dave playing with the Band Who Knew Too Much on myspace

The Band Who Knew Too Much CDs available here

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