Dana Rasch is most known as the guitar program director for the renowned Dick Grove School of Music in Los Angeles, where he created the guitar curriculum. He also co-created the Dick Grove School Without Walls.
Over the years, I’ve been curious about Dana’s educational material but have only checked out some of his introductory & free resources.
This video is the first one that I studied and am reviewing for the website.
And… all I have to say is… wow!
This is really good stuff.
Dana is clearly a passionate educator and is focused on explaining one concept clearly in the video. He introduces an alternative to our beloved minor pentatonic, the dominant pentatonic and goes on to explain how versatile this particular sound is.
Dana demonstrates the various exercises he recommends to master the fingerings so that you can start to really improvise using these note choices. With Dana, it’s not about licks but about the colors and sounds possible within the tonality.
I personally got a lot of mileage from going through this video. It’s probably the best explanation I’ve seen about using the dominant pentatonic and how it opens up different sounds in melodic improvisation.
In conclusion, I recommend this video for any guitarist who is bored sick of playing the same minor pentatonic licks for years. Perhaps it is time to explore the dominant pentatonic!
Pros: Great teaching, straightforward, no BS video.
Cons: No PDF or written material included.
TLDR: If you want to get new ideas for soloing on the blues, get this video.
You can get this at: https://visualguidetones.gumroad.com/l/rvYxS
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