Michael Palmisano

Michael Palmisano

From What's Next

Award Winning GIT Grad, Founder of PRS Sponsored Guitargate.com, 70k+ students worldwide, and Lead Guitarist in What's Next - Voted 5x "Best Band" in Baltimore, MD. I have been playing guitar since I was 5, and gigging and teaching professionally for the last 15+ years. I genuinely love to teach, and my goal is to help people learn the "why" behind the notes, bridge the gap between rhythm and lead guitar, and ultimately use these tools to improvise and get the stuff in your... (more)

Michael currently offers 63 guitar lessons at JamPlay, with 63 intermediate lessons.

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Theory and Improvisation

Finding Your Voice: Improvisation

Join GIT graduate and professional guitar player, Michael Palmisano as he explores his personal approach to improvising on guitar. Relying heavily on his loop pedal, Michael walks through the theory and mindset that goes into playing over chord progressions and crafting beautiful melodies and solos. This is a very hands on course! If you have a loop pedal, a recording device, or a friend to play with, that would really help make the most of it.

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Series Introduction

Michael kicks off his course and explains what to expect from the course, as well as who this course is designed for.

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Why Is Improvising So Challenging?

In this lesson, Michael is going to start de-mystifying improvisation. After walking through the plan for the series, he demonstrates how to outline chord movement with your melodies.

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Everything Exists In Context

Whether you are a solo guitarist, playing with a band, loops or a JamTrack, every melody exists in a context of harmony and rhythm. In this lesson, Michael examines what context is on a fundamental level.

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What Chords Are In A Key?

Understanding what chords fit with in a key is a crucial element to crafting new melodies and harmonies while improvising. Join Michael as he breaks down the formula for chord structure in every key.

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The Triad Skeleton

It's all about context! Chords are the harmony context we are constantly playing in as we improvise. In this lesson, Michael breaks down the structure of what makes a major or minor triad.

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CAGED System Overview

Chances are, if you've held a guitar for any length of time, you've heard of the CAGED system. This system is an extremely handy tool for any improviser. Join Michael as he explains the system and how it can be utilized in this context.

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Your First Scale: The Major Pentatonic

The Pentatonic scale is crucial to improvising in just about every genre of modern western music. In this lesson, explore this scale and get a leg up into using it in your own improvising.

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Your First Improvisation: Major Chord Vamp

It's time to start playing some music! Building off of what we've learned so far, we are going to vamp over a single major chord vamp.

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The Minor Pentatonic Scale

In this lesson we're going to look at the two most common positions used to execute the Minor Pentatonic Scale.

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Improvisation #2: Minor Chord Vamp

We're going to take the Minor Pentatonic theory we shoved into your brain in the last lesson and start making some music with it!

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Exhaust Your Options!

The notes that fit in a specific key, scale, or chord are a small, if significant part of any riff or lick. How are those notes being played? In this lesson, Michael does his best to exhaust all the options that you have when playing those notes.

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Emphasizing Chord Tone

Tired of playing around with one chord vamps? It's time to add in some more chords and work on our first progression!

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Multiple Chords = Multiple Options

In this lesson, Michael continues to expand our horizons by addressing various approaches to creating new melodies over chord progressions.

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Playing Over Chord Progressions: Key Centered Approach

This is the most common approach to improvising and works best for pentatonic and full major scales in diatonic progressions. Join Michael as he demonstrates this popular approach.

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Playing Over Chord Progressions: Chord Scale Approach

Switching pentatonic scales to match the corresponding chord change gives you the chord tones from the chord, embellishments, and - put together - the full 7 note scale of the key. Join Michael as he explores this approach to playing over chord progressions.

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The Full 7 Note Major Scale

Now that we’ve combined our pentatonics, it's time to put them together and review our full major scale.

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Chord Tone Approach - Major Keys

Now that we've learned what it means to put together the key center and scale approaches to playing over chord progressions, we're going to start putting it into practice over with a major scale tonality.

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The Full 7-Note Minor Scale

What about minor keys? What does that mean exactly? Is this a mode? Michael will answer all those questions in this lesson, without getting too crazy with theory.

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Chord Tone Approach - Minor Keys

This lesson focuses on the chord tones of the passing chords, but not necessarily switching scales for each chord. It’s a great compromise, and it’s where most players ultimately end up finding their voice!

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Playing Over Quick Chord Changes

Quick-changing tunes lend themselves to a more percussive key-centered approach, where slow tunes provide more opportunity for playing the changes. Join Michael as he discusses and demonstrates varied approaches to playing over quick changes.

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The Art of Chord Pairing

The chords that come before and after have something to say about the current chord! As Michael demonstrates in today's lesson, you can choose to say as much or as little as your want about them.

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Do I Have Your Attention?

Writing and improvising melodies is just like telling a story. Join Michael as he explores his approach to capturing and maintaining the listener's attention with peaks and valleys.

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High vs Low Pitch

Saying what you want to say in different registers has a different effect, and is something you should strive to utilize.

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Slow vs. Fast

Varying your tempo and picking attack speed can be a great way to add drama to your improvisation, and really gets people's attention!

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Intensity - More vs Less Notes

More can be less, but it can also be more... at the right time. A constant fluctuation of intensity is a super effective technique - especially for extra long jams.

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Volume - Soft vs Loud

You can start soft and finish screaming... Or the opposite. Or go back and forth! Take a look at this option for a more varied, interesting sound.

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Melodic vs. Harmonic

Often an overlooked tool amongst guitarists, but commonplace in the improv community is the interplay between the song’s melody variations and lick-based improvisation.

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Telling Your Story

Every tune has a story - even the ones without lyrics. Your goal as an improviser is to tell YOUR version of the song’s story.

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Song Analysis: Nobody Knows You

You like what you like... But WHY? What makes one artist resonate more than others? If you spend time finding out how your favorites tell their story, it will help you become a better storyteller of your own.

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Series Conclusion

We've come a long way in this series! Join Michael as he wraps up the series and gives some closing advice for what's next.

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Rhythm Guitar

Practical Rhythm Guitar

Learn how to be a reliable guitar player with your band mates! Join Michael Palmisano as he walks us through a myriad of genres and practical advice for being a solid band member. From when the rhythmical "hit" is to when to use triads, this course will leave you ready to hit the stage like a rock star!

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Series Introduction

In this first lesson, Michael gives as an overview of what he will be teaching in, "Practical Rhythm Guitar."

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Feeling The Beat

In this lesson, Michael begins laying the groundwork of his course by teaching you how to feel the beat in a song.

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Feeling the Off Beat

In this lesson, Michael continues laying the groundwork of his course by teaching you how to feel the off beat in a song.

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Feeling the Triplet

In this lesson, Michael continues laying the groundwork of his course by teaching you how to feel the every third, or "Triplet," beat in a song.

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Subdividing in 16th Notes

In this lesson, Michael shows how deep groove comes from accentuating the 16th notes and the triplets, or pieces of each.

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Counting in the Band

In this lesson, Michael explores some of the issues that arise when starting a song, and how hearing the songs melody or chorus and hearing the subdivisions will keep you in time every time.

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Open Chords

In this lesson, Michael outlines the idea of primary chords as the open chords or the starting point of rhythm and harmony.

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Power Chords

In this lesson, Michael talks about the two main kinds of power chords, and how they are meant to be in the front of the mix and the driver of the tune. Often riff based, these power chords are how you must push with the drummer.

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Movable Chord Shapes

In this lesson, Michael explores the most common voicings of barre chords. These include major patterns 1, 2, 3, 4, minor 2, 4, and dominant 1, 2, 4, 5.

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Major Triads

In this lesson, Michael shows how the triad is the key to achieving proper guitar arrangements. In this lesson, he focuses specifically on the major triad.

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Minor Triads

This lesson builds upon the lesson before it. Michael continues to introduce the idea of triads and inversions, state their incredible importance in arrangements, and focus on minors.

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Diminished Triads

In this lesson, Michael continues to introduce the idea of triads and inversions, state their incredible importance in arrangements, and focus on diminished triads.

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Arrangements - Primary Part

In this lesson, Michael expands the concept of multiple instruments and the guitarist's role by practicing alternating strumming in open positions and barre chords.

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Arrangements - Middle Parts

In this lesson, Michael explains the concept of middle parts of a tune, and explain why they're important- triads are the key here.

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Arrangements - Horn Parts

In this lesson, Michael explains the function of horns in a mix, and how it’s very common for guitarists to play these.

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Matching the Bass Line

IN this lesson, Michael demonstrates how sometimes, especially in blues and reggae, it makes sense to have a matching bass part. This is almost never the primary part, but adds to the overall groove thickness.

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The VMP

In this lesson, Michael explains the concept of pedal sounds, and how it can add to the groove and the mood of a song.

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Voice Leading

In this lesson, Michael demonstrates how to connect triads in progressions to match bass lines.

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The Blues

In this lesson, Michael explains common blues forms and chords.

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Blues Tones and Songs

In this lesson, Michael explains the difference between clean and dirty blues tones.

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Funk

In this lesson, Michael explains the common feel of funk.

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Funk Tones and Songs

In this lesson, Michael explains how to get that funky feeling with your guitar and what artists and songs to listen to for inspiration.

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Country

In this lesson, Michael explains what it takes to get that country feel.

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Country Tones and Songs

In this lesson, Michael explains how to get that country feeling with your guitar and what artists and songs to listen to for inspiration.

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Rock

In this lesson, Michael explains common rock chords and sounds.

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Rock Tones and Songs

In this lesson, Michael explains how to get that classic rock sound and which artists and songs to listen to for inspiration.

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Reggae

In this lesson, Michael explains the basics of rhythm in reggae music.

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Reggae Tones and Songs

In this lesson, Michael explains how to get a reggae tone and which songs and artists to listen to for inspiration in this genre.

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The Ballad

In this lesson, Michael explains common ballad themes.

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The Ballad Tones and Songs

In this lesson, Michael explains how to get that classic ballad sound and which artists and songs to listen to for inspiration.

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Jazz

In this lesson, Michael explains common jazz chords and sounds.

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Jazz Tones and Songs

In this lesson, Michael explains how to get that jazz feel with your guitar and what artists and songs to listen to for inspiration.

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Soul

In this lesson, Michael explains the basics of rhythm in soul music.

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Rock

Your Jam Band Toolkit

The Jam Band genre has turned into the center of extended improv and creativity when it comes to guitar playing. From bands like the Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band, and Phish, we have heard some of the most interesting and amazing long form solos over the course of the last 50 years. You may ask yourself - how do I get my playing to that place? Knowing a bunch of scales and arpeggio exercises doesn't always cut it in this genre. The key to keeping your long solos interesting is to learning how to create melodies. Michael Palmisano brings his vast guitar knowledge to the table to teach you subtle yet effective techniques for creating melodies to build your solos around.

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30 Essential Jam Band Licks

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