Video footage of Rock House instructor Alex Skolnick of TESTAMENT teaching you how to map out a minor ii-V-i progression using arpeggios and modes, and how to play a ii-V-I progression in the key of Bb Major, can be viewed below.
Alex is a founding member of TESTAMENT, one of the most influential metal/thrash bands of all time. He is also a member of TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, the popular rock opera whose musical style is described as symphonic rock meets classical music with a touch of metal. In 2002 he began work on the ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO, a traditional jazz band known for their inventive jazz renditions of rock and metal standards. Additionally, Alex is featured on the soundtrack for the hit Broadway musical "Jekyll & Hyde".
In May 2009, production began on the first products in which Alex will share his easy-to-understand method for learning how to play jazz music from a rock guitarist's perspective. Starting from blues, which is the pure roots of jazz, he will examine the commonality between blues, jazz and rock and show how to apply the principals. Students will learn his unique and groundbreaking way of taking well-known classic rock and metal songs and turning them into jazz compositions.
In June 2009, production began on an in-depth look at his legendary metal techniques and his unique scale and modal approach that allows him to cross genres.
"Alex perfectly suits Rock House's mission of finding the best musicians who can teach a diverse set of skills in an effort to help students meet the challenge of developing their own style," said Joe Palombo, executive director of Rock House.
Alex's instructional products will be available in winter 2010 at MI retailers around the world for $24.99. Stay tuned at www.RockHouseMethod.com for information on release dates.
All Rock House instructional products are distributed through Music Sales Corp. 1-800-431-7187.
Each one of Alex's DVDs will come with a FREE tab lesson booklet, iPod ready video and membership to Rock House's lesson support site. This feature, exclusive to Rock House and its partners offers students supplementary support for the lessons featured on the DVDs.