HV Trio PointCounterPoint review/feature in JAZZIZ Magazine Fall Issue!


Proud to be endorsing Island Instruments!

Here are a couple of demos of the Island Headless Traveller:

Harvey Valdes - PointCounterPoint out now!

Downtown Music Gallery says:
"Right from the gitgo, this trio is off and running. This is a solid
power trio, tight and invigorating. This is jazz/rock at its best! … sort of a garage version of Mahavishnu Orchestra." -BLG

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My interview with Prepared Guitar is now up!

check it out here: Prepared Guitar



In my twenty plus years of playing, Ive found that the key to fluency and fluidity on the guitar is clear visualization of the fretboard. You can develop this through a practice routine that integrates your musical ear, your hands, and your visual sense. As you develop fluency on the fretboard, you will unlock a greater freedom, confidence, and creativity within your playing.

The guitar is a harmonically complex instrument, so my focus is on expanding your chord knowledge through a horizontal approach to playing. When you are clear about note placement, it becomes possible to harmonize any note across the entire neck. Chordal playing starts to have a melodic feel and the idea of soloing expands exponentially.

I take a fun, yet outside the box approach to teaching the following:

Note recognition, single string scales, harmonized scales, intervals, dyads, triads, chord progressions, chord substitutions, counterpoint, theory and more.

Of all that is listed above I place the most emphasis on improvisation. To that end you will learn many creative techniques for soloing that take you beyond the common scale approach and into intervallic, motivic, and chromatic approaches.

I'm available for private lessons in New York City and SKYPE for distance learning. Please contact me directly for rates.

Also, If you are looking to expand your improvising skills, increase your choices for chord voicings, and to push your muscle for melodic invention, join me in my TrueFire Sherpa Online Classroom, FRETBOARD FREEWAY! click here for more info!


You can also join me in my 8 week workshop on improvisational chromatic concepts in Chromatic Expansion! click here for more info!