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Vocal Coaching and Piano Lessons

Michael "Hooks and Grooves" Rhine
guitar, bass guitar, vocals, drums, piano, recorder. 
(Equipment list)

Contact Information: 770 979-7958 (land), 770 598-5695 (cell) or
last updated: 12/09/05


Michael has played music since the mid-sixties working through many diverse styles in over 30 different bands. Due to the improvisational nature of his musical endeavors, Michael is comfortable in blues, rock and jazz idioms. After studying classical and jazz guitar at the University level, he pursued private teaching while working in the Midwest as a professional musician. Considering himself an "aural artist" (not just a musician), Michael brings an eclectic blend of rhythms and techniques to "New Territory". Influences are many and diverse: Jimmy Smith, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, John McLaughlin, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, Eric Clapton and The Allman Brothers.

Current bands: New Territory, Whoopin' Cranes and miscellaneous jazz stand in gigs.

Click here for tunes I sing

Click here for a listing of tunes I like to play and do as solo guitar.

Click here for a sample of my playing...and Melissas exquisite singing!

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Playing Tips and Trix
 When I was younger these bits of information  could have saved me a lot of time.  I hope they work for you.

Keep in mind I had about 10 years of playing 6-10 hours a day (at various stages) and experience in bands.  Here are the steps I took to play solo jazz guitar:

1.      You simply must have these “4 note, mobile position” chords under your fingers. 

2.      This chord substitution concept sheet would have saved me 20 or so years.

3.      Memorize standard “jazz” tunes: 12 bar blues, 32 bar show tunes, etc… This puts steps 1 & 2 to work for you.  I have 4 Chuck Sher Real Books. These are great because of the accuracy and best of all the musician/composers get royalties.  I started with “The New Real Book”. The “Standards Real Book” is an excellent place to start too. Of course there are several “under the counter” real books that were created by various Berklee students back in the early seventies. 

4.      Have patience with yourself.  This is a journey not a destination. It may take years for the muscle memory to develop let alone the ability to remember 300-500 tunes. Good players probably know thousands of tunes. However, anyone can memorize various parts of a piece of music. Here is what you need to remember for each tune:

1. The title, author(s) and year of the tune
2. The history of the tune
3. The “form” (12 bar, 32 bar…3 four bar phrases?, 4 eight bar phrases or 2 sixteen bar phrases?

4. The chords in the form
5. The melody
6. The lyrics


Remember, all of us will be at varying stages of progress for each tune at any period of our lives.

Lemme hear from you if this is of value.  I hope it saves you time in “getting to the music”.

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