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There is a new page on my website for the Quail Studios Music and Lead Sheets book.

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No Hang Out this week!
My wife and I have got to go see my son and his fiancée this weekend. They are getting married in November so there are things to talk about, music to play, plans to make, and people to meet. I've never met the bride's mother before except over Zoom. 

We will have a great Hang Out next weekend, on Saturday, in the morning. I'll make a post next week.
Have a great weekend.
Be safe!
Hal

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Capricho Arabe by Francisco Tárrega
A while ago I posted a recording of me playing Capricho Arabe by Francisco Tárrega over at Patreon. In this video I played along with that recording trying to match what I did. The reason I did this is because this is a very difficult piece to begin with and getting a good recording with the video camera running is not possible since I haven't played this piece at all for a couple of months. I have a student learning Capricho Arabe and he needs a recording to listen to.
You will see that this video has freeze frames throughout. It's not your computer freezing, or a problem with the upload, or with my video editor, I actually did this on purpose. My wife thinks this is weird. I thought it was cool. I'm just trying something new here. I'll make guitar lesson videos about this piece later and then you will see the intricacies of the piece if you are interested. This video is designed to have the recording out there for people to listen to, not to show them how to play the piece.
Capricho Arabe is in Drop D tuning. 
I was introduced to this piece by a student when I was teaching at a drug rehab in Saint George, Utah, back in 2005. I taught there from 2000 to 2012. This particular student was a recovering addict. 
He had been working on this piece and was about half way finished with it when his drug habit engulfed his life and almost killed him. I had to learn this piece to teach it to him so that he could finish it. This gave him focus and something to think about instead of the pain of getting over his drug habit.
Capricho Arabe is a level 9 piece on a scale of 1 to 10. It is not a beginner piece by any means although anyone could learn parts of it and begin their journey. I've never been able to get a student past measure 25, or about 2 minutes 15 seconds into the piece, without them having a solid foundation to work on.
This means 
  • good fingerpicking technique
  • the ability to play barre chords
  • and the ability to stretch a bit with the left hand.
Hal Stead
https://youtu.be/2eob_GPePMc
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Hang out today on Rock Out LoudThis week was the start of local lessons for me and I literally fo...

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Tears In Heaven - Karaoke
This is a solo guitar version in the key of Eb. Pure guitar accompaniment no frills.
https://youtu.be/KKYm93Hd6Yw
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First Position Chord Chart
This is the essential chord chart that you need to have. This chart will be in the new edition of the book coming out soon.

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Here is the lead sheet for The Way I Am

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The Way I Am - Guitar Lesson
https://youtu.be/4lg9h-MN6TU
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Here is my daughter Shannon singing The Way I Am. I'm backing her up, of course.
https://youtu.be/TgZgt9ba2Aw
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Zoom hangout this morning at 10 AM MDT. Here is the link. Hal Stead is inviting you to a schedule...

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Scar Tissue - Red Hot Chili Peppers cover
The guitar lesson of this song was released 6 years ago. I'm working on getting covers of all the guitar lessons that I've released on the channel. People seem to like them and they help you to understand how I play the song solo.
By the way, I just updated the Quail Studios Music and Lead Sheets book. Go to the pinned post and then follow the link to my web page to get the book.
Cheers!
Hal
https://youtu.be/4xWuVZ2-PHU
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Changes To Virtual Lessons
Hello everyone,
Yesterday I posted a video explaining how I do online lessons. But guess what, there is another option to Zoom and Cleanfeed for online lessons that I just discovered this morning.
It's called Rock Out Loud
https://rockoutloud.live/login
They claim that the audio experience is superior to Zoom and there are tools that I can pull up onto the screen as we have a lesson.
Also, I can use the tools that I have created for my students right there in the lesson too.
I'm going to sign up this morning and start using it today and see how it goes.
Here is a video that explains to teachers how it works.
https://youtu.be/y50okxt3ezs?t=100
This video starts at 1 minute 40 seconds so it skips the sign-up process and goes right to an example of what the teacher and students sees.
Here is another short video showing the audio differences between Zoom and Rock Out Loud
https://youtu.be/QNamYMog-L8
Take care,
Hal
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Saturday Hangout Location May ChangeHello everyone, It looks like there is another option to Zoom...

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My first theory book:

Basic Principles of Music Theory by Joseph Brye

Here is the Amazon link,
This is funny because the book is $919 on Amazon.
I'll be updating my book to teach these concepts as we go along.
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For anyone interested in private lessons with me here is a video that I made exaplining how this works.
https://youtu.be/Cj4BZBL1okM
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Making a page for you to access my book. SubscribeStar is a little hard to navigate sometimes so ...

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How Sweet It Is Guitar Lesson
https://youtu.be/7dy6Ehedy_Q
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How Sweet It Is James Taylor, Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye actually wrote this song but for me the inspiration for the guitar part comes from James Taylor's version.
The bass part on the Marvin Gaye version is great so don't miss listening to that too.
More later,
Hal
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Zoom meeting in 14 hours! Hey everyone! How are you doing tonight? I was eating dinner with my wi...

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Here is a longer strumming video.
https://youtu.be/bZ7dcbNKnqk
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Here is the guitar lesson for Lie Before You Leave
https://youtu.be/gA0sTp_7dus
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Just a quick post before I go see my son in Nevada.
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Here is a short video that shows a basic 4 beat strum. Ukulele players call this the "Island Strum"
https://youtu.be/dIv5zCZDAB8
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D Chord update on Snow by Red Hot Chili Peppers
There was a question about how to play the D chord in the Intro of Snow by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. This request came from outside of SubscribeStar. Some of you may have the same question.
Hal
https://youtu.be/cjp5unX2jNE
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Zoom August 21, @ 10:00 AM MDTTomorrow is Friday, Take note - This is a different day than we usu...

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Here are the triads played in order in the key of C and A minor. Learn to play, and sing them and you will develop your ear.
https://youtu.be/2D21zF77d1M

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