Troy Van Horn
My obsession with playing guitar began in about 1983. In the intervening 30 years (!) I’ve kept active by performing live (progressive metal to songwriter pop), recording albums with numerous bands, playing studio sessions, and contributing music to independent and commercial video and film projects. But what I’ve done more than anything else is to teach.
During more than a decade as a fulltime professional instructor (giving an estimated 10,000 lessons – they really add up … ), I had the opportunity to hone my craft and sharpen my skills in ways which nothing besides total immersion could offer. Over the past few years, as life has led me in other directions, I’ve taken on students once more – not as a job, but as a passion.
Lesson #5: Intrepid Arpeggios - Violins
This video lesson presents arpeggio examples transcribed from violin works by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Felix Mendelssohn. The patterns are demonstrated and framed by applicable chords with suggestions of guitar based application. In addition to sweep picking, techniques such as string skipping and hybrid picking are employed and discussed.
Lesson #4: Intrepid Arpeggios - Add 9 Array
This video lesson presents a series of broad and intricate sweep arpeggios sometimes spanning five positions. The distinctive diatonic patterns are demonstrated, discussed and put to use in crafting an illustrative lick, as placed in the context of the key.
Lesson #3: Intrepid Arpeggios - Nines & Elevens
This video lesson presents arpeggio variations comprising colorful extended chord forms. Their shapes are demonstrated and complex sounds presented against appropriate chordal backdrops. Potential practical applications and appropriate performance techniques are also introduced.
Lesson #2: Intrepid Arpeggios - Harmonic Minor Sweeps
This video lesson describes and displays an arpeggio variation with a harmonic minor flavor, a modified form which possesses an exotic essence when applied as directed. The clip features tips on technique and a demonstration of the pattern’s sound.
Lesson #1: Intrepid Arpeggios - Suspended 2nd Shapes
This video lesson outlines and demonstrates suspended 2nd arpeggio forms. These variations have an open and versatile sound and can be applied in multiple theoretical and practical manners. Included are tips on how to efficiently play the patterns and demonstrations of their sound in various harmonic climates.
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Winner + Final Results Announced!
TrueFire's Next Top Guitar Instructor:
1. Robert Renman (38% of total vote)
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3. Runner-Up: David Wallimann (14% of total vote)
4. Andrew Wasson (7% of total vote)
5. Andy Collins (6% of total vote)
6. Asael Ben Tzroya (5% of total vote)
7. Gregory Bolomey (4% of total vote)
8. Troy Van Horn (3% of total vote)
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