The Modal Alchemist completes Robbie's trilogy of courses focused on the modal approach for identifying tonal centers, building chord progressions, and crafting compelling solos over virtually any progression. In Modal Expose, Robbie showed you the seven modes that live within the seven notes of a major scale. He then revealed how major, minor, dominant and diminished arpeggios and chords are built from those seven notes and modes within that key. Using Robbie's simple "modal" formula you learned how to quickly grasp the underlying harmony of any chord progression. To ice the cake, Robbie showed you how to apply your newfound understanding of modal harmony to improvise melodic lines seamlessly across any set of chord changes, in any progression, in any key.
Robbie Robertson was once asked why he waited 11 years after the breakup of the Band to release a solo project, and he replied, "I wasn't so sure I had something to say." One can hear a bit of this thinking in Robertson's self-titled solo debut; it's obvious that he didn't care to revisit the country- and blues-flavored roots rock that had been his bread and butter with the Band, and at the same time Robertson seemed determined to make an album that had something important to say, and could stand alongside his legendary earlier work…
SoloCraft is a bit of a strange brew for students of guitar. It's a compilation of eleven mini-courses, yet it's focused solely on crafting polished, compelling solos. The curriculum centers on the development of essential skills, while the play-along exercises and application of those skills are designed to spark creativity.
Sit next to Grammy winner John Paterno while he explains to you, step-by-step, how he mixed Robbie Williams' hit song: "Don't Stop Talking". Through this amazing 3 hour journey John starts from the foundation of the rhythm section and offers priceless insights on how he recorded the sessions and then he walks you through his choices of plug-ins and analog hardware to process over 60+ tracks.
The looper pedal can be used for so many practical applications. It's an ideal learning tool for creating practice backing tracks at any tempo and in any key. You can also use a looper to set up grooves for jamming with friends and work on your soloing and improvisational skills. Many musicians also use the looper to try out pre-production ideas before a studio session or for orchestrating band parts. Artists use the loop pedal live in performance on stage because they can record, overdub, and improvise on the fly or produce backing tracks for a solo gig.