Musical IQ Question #27: Which of the following musicians was most likely to be found jamming with his buds, blowing improvised solos, until the wee hours of the morn? A) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, B) Charlie Parker, or C) Ravi Shankar. If you answered A, B or C then you would be 100% correct because they were all brilliant improvisors in their respective genres. Yes, Mozart along with J.S. Bach, Handel, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt were all renown improvisers as are all of the great Indian Raga players. In fact, you'd be hard pressed to find a genre that did not embrace improvisation. So, whatever style you play, you MUST learn how to improvise. There's no 'best' way to do that but Charlie Parker offered some sound advice; "Learn everything, then forget it all."
Dispelling hundreds of years of myths and conjectures, it wasn't until 1996 that DNA testing determined that the world-renown Cabernet Sauvignon wine was the offspring of a natural cross-pollination between the Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc grape vine dating back to the 17th century. Naturally, wine aficionados would agree that cross-pollination is a good thing.
You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension – a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You've just crossed over into the Verheyen Zone.
Carl Verheyen is probably best known as guitarist for Supertramp, and has also performed with Richard Elliott and Joe Jackson, among many others. An active studio musician, Verheyen has done work for television shows and commercials as well. His first album as a bandleader, 1988's aptly titled No Borders, demonstrated his skills in a wide variety of styles from jazz fusion to rock to country, and included an appearance by celebrated axeman Allan Holdsworth on one track.
Supertramp's lead guitarist and top studio musician Carl Verheyen's unique intervallic style has a fiery originality. In this program, he pulls you out of the "up-and-down-the-scales" rut and into some truly modern lines. Guiding you through dozens of major, minor and dominant lines, Carl will get you improvising with wider intervals, and your playing will open up!Carl Verheyen is a world-renowned guitarist whose work can be heard on many of the biggest records, TV shows and movies released in the last twenty years.
This all-new DVD is the long-awaited follow up to Carl's immensely popular video Intervallic Rock, and shows you a new set of innovative techniques to improve and spice up your playing. Learn the secrets behind Carl's unique style, including creative ways to develop lines, a fresh perspective on bending and vibrato, and a modern intervallic approach to building chords. Forward Motion also highlights Carl's inventive warm-up exercises and practice methods, completing this invaluable journey into the creative process of a true guitar genius.
Carl Verheyen is an L.A.-based session guitarist, who was also a member of Supertramp; he has his own band called the Carl Verheyen Band. Verheyen has authored many instructional books, including Improvising Without Scales, as well as Studio City, a collection of articles written for the magazine Guitar for the Practicing Musician from 1996-1999. In 1996 Carl won the LA Music Awards category of Best Guitarist. Verheyen is a high-demand session guitarist in Los Angeles, possessing and exhibiting many musical styles. His first solo album was entitled No Borders; his follow up, Garage Sale, features his own vocals. 1998's Slang Justice, Verheyen's third release, was the first time he toured to support one of his records.