Premier Guitar Magazine Hungarian Gypsy Minor Mode: Cultivating Jazz Lines from Other Cultures by Jean Marc Belkadi "The Hungarian gypsy minor scale can be seen as a harmonic minor scale with a #4 (or b5). Guitar players such as Jimmy and Stochello Rosenberg and Bireli Lagrene commonly use this scale in jazz gypsy music".
Premier Guitar Magazine Interview: James Valentine (Maroon 5) - Hands All Over. "I started to get together with a great teacher in LA named Jean Marc Belkadi"
Premier Guitar Magazine Building Chops: Left-Hand Strength and Coordination by Jean Marc Belkadi "Legato Exercises for Increasing Left-Hand Strength and Coordination"
Guitar Player Magazine Extreme Sweeping Jean Marc Belkadi's Polytonal Plectrum Pyrotechnics. "The polytonal and bi-tonal licks I’m going to show you are directly inspired by listening to pianists such as Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock, as well as saxophone players like Michael Brecker and Joe Henderson”
Jean Marc Belkadi coached Dweezil Zappa for his Zappa Plays Zappa Tour Full article click here "All in the Family" By Darrin Fox "I also took lessons from players such as Jean Marc Belkadi and T.J. Helmerich. It was like Guitar University here! And I worked with Brett Garsed, who showed me how to incorporate the fingers of my picking hand to get to some of the wide intervals in Frank’s music that I couldn’t get to with a pick. I use that technique to play “Black Page #2.” I also took some lessons from the late Ted Greene to round out my knowledge of chords and harmony.
"The brilliant Los Angeles guitarist and instructor Jean-Marc Belkadi has, as he’s done with so many guitar approaches, refined dozens of cool ways to use pentatonics. One thing he likes his students to explore is stringskipping lines such as Ex. 12. And, as shown in Ex. 13, Belkadi often handles string skips the smart, convenient, “hybrid” way—by plucking the higher string with the picking hand’s middle finger. Notice that this last example has a hemiolic three-against-four pick/hammer/pluck cycle. Keep it in 4/4 (i.e., don’t lose track of the downbeats), and it will retain its jagged, unpredictable sound." page 93
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Sensei to the Stars: You don’t have to be an amateur guitarist to need guitar lessons. Even the pros like a good schoolin’ now and again. And if you’re a professional guitarist, singer, or actor in the Los Angeles area who’s fishing around for a guitar teacher, it probably won’t be long before someone refers you to Jean-Marc Belkadi. Like his mentor, the late, great guitar genius Ted Greene, Belkadi is quickly emerging as one of the most in-demand and respected guitar instructors .... Guitar Player Magazine, Jude Gold
The concept of The Composite Blues Scale for Electric Guitar The concept of The Composite Blues Scale for Electric Guitar is to show the guitarist how to improvise and compose with the composite blues scale over the dominant, major, minor 7th and Minor 7th b5 chords. This is a necessary book to improve the chromaticism and Blues vocabulary by understanding the connection between the chromaticism and the blues scale in different music styles: Jazz, Rock, Funk, Fusion, Pop & Latin.
SWEEPING AWAY THAT BORING LEGATO SOUND Guitar Player Magazine issue P.130 GP’s favorite prodigal son Jude Gold delivered this knowledge. “The easiest way to add zip to an ascending three-notes-per-string scale is to pick only the first note on each string and hammer the two that follow. The problem with this highly legato strategy, though, is that it results in a predictable and repetitive sound. Southern California guitar sensei Jean Marc Belkadi has noticed a clever way to liven things up without slowing you down: Play every third picked note as the first note in an upward sweep of the pick that drops you back down three strings. When you finally reach the highest string (bar 2, middle of beat two), descend back down the scale as shown”.
Maroon 5's James Valentine on the Art of Pop/Funk Guitar
Who is your favorite pop guitar player around town? Blake Mills. He’s incredible. I would say he’s an inspiration, but what he inspires me to do is throw all my guitars into the L.A. River. While I may never be able to play like him, it’s always immensely fun to learn a new lick or voicing and incorporate it into my onstage vocabulary. Whenever I can, I take a guitar lesson from Jean-Marc Belkadi or other guys around town—not just to learn new things, but because lessons keep me playing guitar. I went to a Berklee summer session right after high school in 1996, just to learn more guitar. That’s where I met John Mayer. He won the big scholarship prize—the son of a bitch. That’s why I didn’t give him that amp [laughs]. Article by Jude Gold Guitar Player Magazine Issue
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