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Applied Knowledge...

Welcome to the 9th issue of my weekly newsletter.

This edition is absolutely filled with tons of next-level techniques, concepts, and strategies. But information, alone, is only half the battle. It must be applied.

So as you read through my musings, look for immediate opportunities to apply what you're learning. After all, we only retain 5 to 10% of what we read. We retain 70% of what we "DO" and, surprisingly, 90% of what we "TEACH" to others (who'd think writing about music daily is helping ME more than it's helping you?). That's how it works!

If you can find opportunities not only to apply what you're learning but teach it to others, explosive growth follows!

Also, after tons of updates to my new Song Robot software, it is finally time to increase the price. So if you haven't invested yet, don't wait too much longer.

Song Robot is my new song learning tool I just released. In fact, I built this tool several years ago but never revealed it to the mass public... until now. Only certain inner circle members have used it and after so many rave reviews, I decided a month ago to offer it to the world! You can go check out a free video I made about it here.

Don't forget to comment! I love to ongoing feedback.

Enjoy this issue and I'll see you next time.
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   "The Ear Doctor"

A Lesson On Pacing Yourself
by Jermaine Griggs

So my wife, Sarah, is part of this exercising group called "Stroller Strides."

It's a group of moms who workout with their young children in strollers. After researching the company, they have about 1200 franchises around the world.

Three times a week, she meets up at the park down the street and the moms work out for about an hour doing cardio and strength training. Since Jadyn is in school and Brendan (our 3-month old) is still too young, Layla, our 1 year old, gets to enjoy the experience with just her and mommy. Read More>>>

Who Else Wants To Learn A Fancy Altered Chord Progression?
by Jermaine Griggs

In this lesson, I'm switching things up a little bit.

Warning: This isn't for beginners. These chord progressions will require a "stretch" -- multiple octave playing. But nevertheless, it's good to feed the brain with what is to come (hopefully in the near future).

Today, I want to talk about altered minor chords and altered dominant chords... Read more>>>
Here's A Quick Way To "Open" All Your Major Chords
by Jermaine Griggs

This lesson will be short and sweet.

There are many ways to play chords.

You can play them exactly as written in root position, first, and second inversion... but this gets boring.

Or you can choose to be more "stylish" with your chord voicings. One of the ways you can switch things up is by understanding "open" voicings...
The Day I Crushed My Thumb Into 3 Parts
by Jermaine Griggs

I remember like it was yesterday.

I was 12 years old and my mom had just bought me my first "real" keyboard. I don't recall much but I do remember being at Guitar Center all day long as she master negotiated the lowest deal possible. It was like we were buying a car.

By the end of the day, we walked out of there with a new keyboard, amplifier, stand, bag, sustain pedal, and cords -- all for the price of just a keyboard!

Prior, I had a radio shack keyboard. Don't get me wrong, it did the job and along with my grandma's antique piano, I had more than enough to...
"Jermaine, You're A Killer!" Says Tina
by Jermaine Griggs

"Jermaine, You're A Killer!" Says TinaI got this comment from subscriber, Tina, that I want to share with everyone. She flat out called me a killer!

(Not that kind of killer). Read what she has to say below... Read more>>>

The Secret To Modes
By Jermaine Griggs

In your playing, there comes a time when you start getting into soloing and improvisation... and one place to start is "modes."

Every major scale comes with 7 modes. At first glance, they can appear intimidating: Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, Locrian.

These are greek names to describe each mode of the scale. They sound harder than they are to play, trust me! Let's get started... Read More>>>

Ask Jermaine
Ask Jermaine: "What Are Minor-Major 7 Chords?"
by Jermaine Griggs

This week's question is about "minor-major 7? chords and comes from Amy S in Phoenix, AZ:

"Jermaine, I've heard of major and minor 7 chords but I just heard someone say minor-major 7 and thought they were joking until I realized this chord really exists. Do you mind shedding some light on it?"

My Answer...

Every week, I rummage through our years of archived articles and dig you up a gem. Enjoy!

Improving -- inch by inch...
by Jermaine Griggs

A must-see video! Al Pacino, in "Any Given Sunday," gives a motivational speech that's applicable to every part of life. Speaks for itself... Read more>>>
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Issue 9 - March 16, 2011
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This thing keeps getting better! Another Song Robot Update!
by Jermaine Griggs

Check out this 5 minute video of me

And remember, if you've already invested in it, you get lifetime updates for free.

Just open the program and it should say a new update is available. If not, then you need to log into the digital center with your e-mail and dob to pick up latest update (then after that point, the software will look for updates every time you run it).

If you haven't joined the group of proud Song Robot users, what are you waiting for? :-) Click here for more information.
detailing the latest changes to Song Robot.
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