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CD'S

Kid's Songs for Grownups Too

"Kid's Songs for Grownups Too" is a set I put together at the suggestion of my wife, Trish, after I complained about the lameness of most of our son's music Cds. She said I should record a collection of Anthony's favorite songs in my own style and come up with something parents could enjoy as well. I had a lot of fun making it and I knew I was on track whenever Anthony would toddle in and dance when he heard me playing through the tunes.

JOE LIVOTI: Kids' Songs for Grownups Too
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Greetings from Galaxy X

An electric, eclectic collection of space age, rockin' guitar pieces. Surf/Jazz/Rock/Metal from an intergalactic standpoint, fueled by strats', teles, acoustics, old analog pedals and any other gear that happened to get in the way. To purchase this CD, or hear track samples, just click on the icon.

JOE LIVOTI: Greetings From Galaxy X
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Late Night at the Kickback Lounge

Late Night is a collection of Jazz and Blues pieces in solo, duo and full band format. The tunes are a compilation of standards and originals. Sweet Gretsch tones, Bigsby and vintage 'verb give the CD a retro, surf-jazz feel.

JOE LIVOTI: Late Night At The Kick Back Lounge
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Ghost Memories

Ghost Memories is a conceptual recording, blending haunting melodies with natural sounds such as waves and storms. The recording features six and twelve string guitars, bass ukelele, cello, recorder linked with natural sounds. It is a complete musical journey with moods subtly shifting from dark and foreboding to radiant and uplifting.

JOE LIVOTI: Ghost Memories
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Christmas at Joe's

An instrumental collection of Christmas classics, arranged for guitar in solo and combo formats

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Books

Complete Scale and Chord Theory for Guitar

This book was written to provide my students with a comprehensive overview of how music theory applies to the guitar. It is not a method book, but a reference geared towards intermediate and advanced players. The book is concise, thorough and clearly written and has been used with over 400 of my private students. It is an excellent reference book for teachers.
The book is available via mail order. It is also available off the shelf at House of Woodwinds in San Ramon.

SECTION ONE: SCALES

MAJOR SCALES,
PENTATONIC SCALES,
TRIADS AND INTERVALS,
PROGRESSIONS BUILT FROM THE MAJOR SCALE,
EXTENDING CHORDS TO THE SEVENTH,
MODES GENERATED BY THE MAJOR SCALE, THE HARMONIC MINOR SCALE,
THE DIMINISHED SCALE,
THE WHOLE TONE SCALE,
THE AUGMENTED SCALE,
THE ASCENDING MELODIC MINOR SCALE,
SCALE USE SUMMARY,

SECTION TWO: CHORDS AND PROGRESSIONS

CHORD FAMILIES,
NOTES ON THE DIMINISHED CHORD,
NOTES ON THE AUGMENTED CHORD,
TWELVE BAR BLUES PROGRESSIONS,
SOLOING OVER BLUES PROGRESSIONS,
II V I PROGRESSIONS,
THE CIRCLE OF FIFTHS,
CHORD MELODIES,
SUGGESTED JAZZ SONG PRACTICE ROUTINE,
BAR CHORDS AND MOVABLE CHORDS,
BASIC MOVABLE INVERSIONS,
TRIAD INVERSIONS,
EXTENDED INVERSIONS (CLOSED VOICINGS),
ARPEGGIO DIAGRAMS,

SECTION THREE: PATTERNS AND WORKBOOK

PRACTICE PATTERNS,
MAJOR SCALE PATTERNS,
DIATONIC ARPEGGIOS,
DIATONIC ARPEGGIOS EXTENDED TO THE SEVENTH,
PATTERNS FOR MAJOR ARPEGGIOS,
CYCLICAL TRIAD PATTERNS,
MODULATING THROUGH THE CYCLE,
II V I PATTERNS,
II V I RIFFS,
DIMINISHED PATTERNS,
II V I RIFFS WITH THE DIMINISHED SCALE,
CHROMATIC SCALE PATTERNS,
WHOLE TONE PATTERNS,
PENTATONIC RIFFS,
EAR TRAINING EXERCISES AND INVERSION CHARTS,
MODULATIONS,
SECONDARY DOMINANT CHORDS,
STRUCTURE AND CADENCES,
TUNINGS,
LIST OF RECOMMENDED BOOKS
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Applications

This book is a follow up to the information contained in "COMPLETE SCALE AND CHORD THEORY", which I've been using with my private students since 1992. 'APPLICATIONS' contains examples to be played. Reading will be necessary for the soloing sections, and students will need some scale and arpgeggio skills to get the most out of this book. INDEX SECTION ONE: CHORDS BASIC CHORD ANALYSIS, BASIC JAZZ CHORD EXERCISES, RHYTHM CHANGES, SHORT FORM CHORDS, I VI7 II V VARIATIONS IN G, II V I IV VARIATIONS IN G, II V Im VARIATIONS IN Em, II V I IV VARIATIONS IN Cm, II V I VARIATIONS IN Db, CHORD SUBSTITUTION, VOICE LEADING AND MOTION, POLYCHORDS, COMMON CHORD TONES, DIMINISHED CHORDS WITH INVERSIONS, CONNECTING INVERSIONS WITH SCALE TONES SECTION TWO: SOLOING DORIAN RIFFS AND PROGRESSIONS, MIXOLYDIAN RIFFS AND PROGRESSIONS, AEOLIAN RIFFS AND PROGRESSIONS, CMA RIFFS, C MAJOR STARTING PHRASES, Cm RIFFS, Cm STARTING PHRASES, G7 RIFFS, 7TH STARTING PHRASES (C7), Mi7b5 RIFFS, V7 ALTERED RIFFS, BLUES RIFFS FOR I IV Vs, II V I PATTERNS - 2 MEASURES, II V I PATTERNS - 4 MEASURES, I VI II V RIFFS IN G AND C, SOLO FOR STANDARD CHANGES #1, SOLO FOR STANDARD CHANGES #2, RHYTHM STUDIES

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How To Teach Guitar - (Or Find a Teacher, Or Learn Guitar, Or Spend Way Too Much Time and Energy Playing and Thinking about the Guitar)

I put this book together after helping some ex-students and guitar playing friends get started with their own teaching. It will also be helpful for self-taught players wondering what skills they should be covering and what they should do next. Students looking to choose or evaluate their own teachers will also benefit by having points of comparison for the skills they are learning.

Introduction
1. Should you teach?
2. Finding students and a place to teach
3. Policies and contracts
4. Setting up your room
5. Getting started: The Game Plan
Chords, Strums and Songs
6. Going forward from the basics
7. The Intermediate Level: Chords
Scales
8. The Advanced Level;
Scales, Theory, Reading and Advanced Chords
9. Adult Students
10. Keeping Records
11. Random thoughts;
Lefty versus righty
Really Young Students
Group Classes
Lesson versus ˜Natural Creativity™
Bartering
Reading vs tab
Acoustic vs Electric
Keeping Students Focused
Personal Issues with Students

12. Appendix
Guitar Lesson Agreement
Materials for Lessons
Sample Teaching Outline
First Lesson; Terminology
Picking Exercises
Finger Exercises
Basic Strums
Brush Strums
Basic Chord Groups
Blues Progressions
E Blues Scale
Sample song sheet
Basic Bar Chords
Recommended Books
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Fingerstyle Arrangements for Solo Guitar

A collection of eleven solo guitar arrangements by noted guitarist and instructor, Joe Livoti. These performance ready arrangements were taken from his recordings, and from his arrangements as heard on Youtube. For intermediate and advanced players. Includes tablature as well as traditional notation and theoretical explanations. Songs included are: Amazing Grace; 2 levels, Love Me Tender, Freight Train; 4 levels, Green River, Help Me Make it Through the Night, The Bonnie Blue Flag, Such Great Heights, Dream a Little Dream of Me, She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain, The Lady is a Tramp, Land of Giants.
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