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Michael Valeanu

@michaelva · guitar · New York

Paris born guitarist/composer/arranger/teacher based in New York city.

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In this eight bar example I was trying to find lines that would still express the chords without sounding too "arpeggio-like" or "too vertical". … More…

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Here's Episode 4 of my Rhythm Changes Mini Series … More…

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In this example I have tried to use open triads in Bars 2 and 3. Baiscally a Do triad over G7b9, then a regular Cm open triad in root position and a Co triad over F7b9.… More…

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Here's Example 2 from my Rhythm Changes mini series that focuses on the "A" section of that form.… More…

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Here's the first example of my mini series on the "A" section of a Bb Rhythm Changes.… More…

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Third and last episode of the D minor lick with contrary motion.… More…

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This is episode 2 for the contrary motion lick slices series I've started last week.… More…

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For those of you who follow my profile here you know I've been working on some classical music and particularly Bach's music ( transcriptions available in my courses )… More…

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This past winter I posted an excerpt of me practicing this piece in my living room - a clean and complete version of this piece is now available in the "course" section of my profile. Here is how it looks… More…

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The first movement of JS Bach's Cello suite in G major is one of the most infamous piece of the western classical music repertoire and simply just a wonderful piece of music. … More…

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This is an arrangement of Fauré's "Apres Un Reve".… More…

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From a practice session over Charlie Parker's "Donna Lee". When I practice a tune I like to just play over it for a while until I can improvise a convincing solo version while keeping good time and connecting… More…

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Here's an idea over A Phrygian - or more exactly Phrygian dominant scale. The phrase is composed of two groups of sixteen notes : one group of 11 and one group of 9.… More…

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Reading through or, in this case transcribing Bach's music is always a learning experience. Everything is just always so perfectly balanced and yet never boring or redundant. I used the Arthur Grumiaux… More…

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This is the first half of an arrangement for solo guitar of French composer Gabriel Fauré's "Après Un Rêve". The piece was originally written for piano and voice. A lot of versions have also been recorded… More…