Brian Turner

Brian offers Private Guitar Lessons to guitarists of all abilities at very reasonable prices. Whether you are a beginning, intermediate or advanced guitar player, let Brian Turner coach you in his private studio located inside Humble Music Center, Humble, Texas. He has students from all over the area: Atascocita, Kingwood, Huffman, Porter, Houston, Spring and beyond. Brian can take you to the next level in your playing with a lesson plan that is made just for you according to your needs. Contact Brian Turner at 281-354-4456 or e-mail brian@guitarlessonsbybrian.com. Skype and Face Time Guitar Lessons Online So, you do not live close enough for private guitar lessons? No problem, private lessons are now available using Face Time or Skype. Face Time is available for mac users while Skype is available to everyone. Skype is a free download at Skype.com. Learn one on one as if you were in the same room taking private guitar lessons. The worksheets and assignments are furnished via the website and emails.

Django Reinhardt New York City Festival – Dark Eyes

Tommy Emmanuel live Guitar Boogie Amazing Grace

Essential listening: Steve Hackett (Genesis Revisited World Tour 2013)

Essential Listening: Yes – Yours is no disgrace live 1972 (Yes songs)

10 Tips for Driving in Puerto Rico

I visited my family in Puerto Rico this summer and had a wonderful time. Several friends also visited. I tought it would be a good idea to share some driving tips for my friends wanting to visit the wonderful island Puerto Rico. (I may exaggerate a little. I’m just having fun).

1. A stop sign is like our yield sign. If you stop you may get rear ended.
2. A red light is like our stop sign. You may want to stop, but, if there is no traffic, you can keep going.
3. When driving on narrow roads in the mountains, your only responsibility at curves is to blast your horn as a warning. It is everyone elses responsibility to clear the path.
4. If you park at a curb painted yellow there is a good chance you will not be ticketed. Most Puerto Ricans feel the risk is worth it.
5. There are two passing lanes on the highways. The left lane and the shoulder of the road.
6. If a policeman is behind you with flashing lights, do not be alarmed. You do not need to pull over. He is just reminding everyone he is a policeman, and he has cool flashing lights on top of his car.
7. If you have something you want to tell everyone, it is perfectly fine to mount a 2000 watt PA system on top of your car and drive around the neighborhood broadcasting to everyone in a five mile radius.
8. If you need directions, everyone is very eager to help you. But, you may want to bring a pen and paper to write down all the details. If they don’t know the directions, they will find someone who does.
9. If you have car trouble, don’t panic. It’s not a big deal.
10. Wave at everyone you see while driving. It’s the nice thing to do.

Workshop on Lead, Melody, and Improvisation

The essence of lead, melody, and improvisation can be reduced to three elements: the major scale, the arpeggio, and the blues scale. Within these three elements, we find countless variations. The other essential scales can be found within them. When learning these elements, not only will you be playing great sounding riffs but also we will be examining what is occurring theoretically, exploring such concepts as scale and chord construction, intervals, and other essential elements for mastering the guitar.

What do I need? A guitar and a pick. BE IN TUNE before class. if you do not know how to tune, ask someone to help you before the class begins.

What do I need to know? You should know a few chords at least. If you are a total beginner you are welcome to watch.

How long is the class? One hour.

What is provided? The material will be pages from the instructors book. You are not required to buy the book. He will provide a web page where you can access the materials for free. However, the book will be available if you want to purchase it. For workshop students, the discount price is $15. The regular price is $25.

How To Play Guitar By Brian Turner

 

 

Essential Music Documentaries

 

Ocean 1976-1979

A Recording of Brian with Ocean in 1977

I have a ten year old student named Asher. Asher is very enthusiastic about learning to play the guitar. Thanks to his grand parents and parents, he is very familiar with The Beatles catalogue. One day I asked him to do some research to find out which Beatle played the hot flamenco intro to The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill. He did his research, and told me that none of The Beatles played the intro (it was a trick question). The intro was on a recording (a loop) on an instrument they used called a mellotron (although a studio player did the recording for the mellotron maker. His name remains a mystery). Asher was intrigued with the instrument. I told him I owned one in the 70s. Well, that is half true, because I owned half, and Tommy Fisher, who was the singer/songwriter of the band, owned half.

I began reminiscing about the 70s when I was with the band Ocean. I am the worst about keeping old recordings. I have them, but they are in a sack or in the bottom of a box somewhere. So, I went the easy route. I called my old friend Tommy. He was happy to burn me some CDs of our recordings. We met for lunch and reminisced about the good o’ days.

Tommy played guitar and sang as I did. When we bought the Mellotron we didn’t have a keyboard player. Tommy suggested his nephew, Danny could learn. He was 15 or 16 at the time. He learned very fast and took to it like a fish to water. Tommy had a four track Teac reel to reel recorder. We recorded many songs over the next two years.

THE  SONGS:

Brian talks about Valley Of Decision:

This song reveals where my head was in 1977. Musically, I had been listening to progressive rock such as Genesis, Pink Floyd, and Yes. That is quite evident in the style of the song. I had a Gibson  SG that had only one pickup. We called it my ” bendable buddy” because I was always bending the neck and abusing it for effect. I used a Marshall half stack amplifier. I used those for all the tracks on the song.
At the time, I was trying to find myself spiritually. Like many young men, when they get interested in reading The Bible, I started reading The Book of Revelation, which is the last and most enigmatic of all the books. It is probably a good idea to start a book at the beginning instead of the end. I really knew nothing about theology or eschatology (I still don’t know much). Nevertheless, The Book Of Revelation  was the inspiration for the lyrics.

Brian Turner – guitar and vocals (lower voice)
Tommy Fisher- rhythm guitar and vocals (higher voice)
Danny Macfarland – mellotron and synthesizer
Virgil Anderson – drums
Al Acton – bass
Backing vocals – Trevor (Ace) Ben Feltner, Renee Feltner, Karrie Stefflen, Tanya Peacock, Virgil Anderson
Sound and lights- Trevor (Ace) Ben Feltner

Valley Of Decision
music and lyrics by Brian Turner

 

 

Tommy talks about View of Image:

When I wrote View Of Image, I too was searching spiritual things. In the quake of dawning (lyrics of the song) was the creation of the world by God. In the distant mood of light, God is light and he created the world. Have you ever heard the story is the Word of God. Have you ever heard the glory is God and in the wake of the night you will have wisdom, Is when you awaken out of your sin and discover God has been calling you all along. The storms are the storms of life and the peace is what God gives you when you turn to him. In the new day is when you’ve turned to him. Then you’re searching for a new way of life in a city of lonely structures you will not stand alone. And the last part in the new beginning you see a new way of life, all the things that the world forgot, and you see the earth that could be, to succeed what you were doing when you were lost.

Back then, I was pretty ignorant of spiritual things. So, I was just expressing it the only way I knew. That’s why I rewrote the song with more direct words and more accurate spiritual subject. And I changed the last part in the new beginning to be the kingdom of God coming.

Tommy Fisher- guitar and vocals
Brian Turner – guitar
Danny Macfarland – mellotron and synthesizer
Virgil Anderson – drums
Al Acton – bass

Brian talks about View Of Image:

I used my Gibson EDS 1275 double neck guitar for this intro. I slap could myself for selling it. I used my bendable buddy on all leads.

View Of Image
Music and lyrics by Tommy Fisher

 

While talking to Tommy I said, we may not have made the “big times” but, Lord knows we tried. Tommy was quick to point out that out of all the singers under the same management that we were under,  are all dead now except him, in fact, they all died young. Our manager was Tommy’s sister, Bonnie Lloyd, and a great manager she was! She managed to get us signed with Charles Stone and Cobblestone Productions. At the time we were with him, they also had Queen, Thin Lizzy, and Rick Nelson. But Charles Stone, before forming his own Productions call Cobblestone, was with Concerts West. He handled all of Elvis’s production. He was personal friends with Elvis and even had a TCB necklace that Elvis gave him. Rick Nelson was killed in and airplane crash flying to a gig in Dallas that we had shared with him the previous year.

I was with Ocean from 1976- 1979. Those few years have so many memories. We were a group of young men with big dreams. We worked hard. We rehearsed and recorded almost everyday. Tommy, Danny, and I do not see each other often, but we have created a bond that endures. Al and Virgil left town many years ago and we haven’t seen them since.  Out of the five members, four of us were baptized into the christian faith by an evangelist named Dennis Evans in a cow tank in his front yard. The years in Ocean paved the paths for where we are today.

 

Pictures of Ocean

 

 

Black Water, Cinnamon Girl, and Going To California

What does Black Water, by The Doobie Brothers, Cinnamon Girl, by Neil Young, and Going To California by Led Zeppelin have in common? All three songs were played on the guitar in double drop D tuning. To achieve double drop D tuning we tune both E strings, string 1 and 6 down to D. This is a great open tuning that is used by many acoustic players.