Mike Keneally obviously doesn't like to be labeled -- he's a bandleader and bandmember, a rock and jazz fusion player, and also an outstanding guitarist, vocalist, keyboardist, and percussionist. Taking up keyboards at age five, Keneally's life changed when he moved from New York to California in 1970 and heard Frank Zappa for the first time at age ten. Woodshedding for the next 15 years as a self-taught guitarist, Keneally formed a band called Drop Control in his hometown of... (more)
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Join Mike Keneally in a retrospective of his music over the past 3 decades. His work with Frank Zappa, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Dethklok and others have heavily influenced his own original compositions creating a truly unique mash up of eclectic styles.
Mad scientist guitar player for Frank Zappa, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Dethklok and others brings a retrospective artist series to JamPlay. Draw on his experience as a "first call" band leader and musician, learn how to put old licks into a new context, and learn to play passages of many staple Keneally songs that span his lengthy and diverse career!
Mr. Keneally looks at an excerpt from one of his original songs "Dee 'n' A" and presents quite the musical workout for both the right and left hand. Have fun! There's a lot more to come!
Mike teaches some key licks from the instrumental interlude to "Cause of Breakfast" off of his 1994 album <i>Boil That Dust Speck</i>. Be prepared for some wicked string skipping and interesting harmonic dissonances! See Mike play the whole song <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmAUUU4lYQg"> HERE!</a>
Mr. Keneally continues with part 2 of 3 on the "Cause of Breakfast" interlude. Get an idea of the crazy, yet calculated compositional ideas that went into this solo and learn some classic sounding licks used in an unconventional context!
Put all the pieces together and play the entire interlude as a whole. Be sure to check out the complete song too! Mike dives deeper into the process of stream of consciousness writing and talks in greater detail about the subtleties in this arrangement.
Keneally teaches the verse to his song "Dee 'n' A" and illustrates how you can play a constant bass line at the same time while playing counterpoint melodies and rhythms. There's only ONE guitar track here, folks!
Mike Keneally details his process for developing and executing musical ideas over a chord progression that never seems to repeat by looking at the solo section of his tune "Dee 'n' A" . Put your thinking caps on!
Odd times and odd chords mixed with blazing open string licks comprise the recipe for this section of Keneally's "Ugly Town," a song from his very first album called <i>Hat</i>. This is a great exercise for the mind and the fingers!
Welcome to the first of many lessons where Mr. Keneally takes a 'standard- sounding' lick and shakes it up! He creates some truly intriguing sounds with a familiar phrase by changing the harmonic context and by tapping into the modes.
Mike Keneally screws up a typical country lick based on 6ths. By keeping the rhythm the same or similar, Keneally pulls it out of country and into progressive or blues. It's amazing what changing the intervals around will do!
Mike Keneally takes a classic Hendrix sounding lick and substantially screws with it. Take some of the same Jimi flavors and inject new notes and a new context. You'll have something totally new with a familiar flavor!
Mike Keneally takes a lick that is traditionally used in a 12 bar blues progression and re-harmonizes it with two very interesting chord progressions. Play the same lick but it takes on a completely different vibe over new chords!
He's done it again. Take a very standard A minor pentatonic lick and royally screw it up! Add some whole tone flavors. Work in some double stops. This is another wonderful example of familiar phrasing being used for new and unique sounds!
Make a familiar pentatonic run sound like a whole new animal. Harmonize with it. Harmonize against it! Grab a buddy and try it together!
Mike Keneally's dissonant yet soothing fingerpicking is displayed in all its glory here in this passage from his album "Boil That Dust Speck". You'll not only give your hands a work out, but you'll also learn a cool melody that is interwoven between some unconventional chords.
Keneally turns up the dissonance and the tempo as he teaches another passage from this unfamiliar, yet familiar sounding tune. Enjoy!
We have an alternate tuning and multiple melodies going on at the same time! Good fun! Learning material that tests your rhythmic and melodic sense at the same time will help you look at your songs with a big picture mentality.
Clean pentatonic riffing is the name of the game with this '90s tune from Mr. Keneally. Get in the groove and stay in it! Play it with others or by yourself! This is a great exercise in playing rhythm and lead at the same time.
Get both hands warmed up with this 3 octave major scale drill. You'll stretch your fret hand and work on getting it sync'd with your pick hand. Try it in different keys and with different scales. Start slow and work to more challenging tempos. Just make sure you're keepin' it clean!
It's easy to slide. It's not easy to slide over and over again targeting specific notes at a constant tempo while skipping strings. That's what this exercise works on.