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Restrictions for the Modern Guitarist

Got very little sleep, this stuff is great Dana, inserting  diatonic intervals beg, middle, end, to one of the 8 basic 4 note pent sequences, and working systematically through all 5 shapes wow!! instant original ideas, phrases, excercises etc. Not to mention doing it through changes  or adding articulations/ rhythmic variations. This stuff really is starting to feel like a launching point to a  whole new realm of ideas, especially for someone who has done your VGT or Beyond Chops and has their visualization down. I could stop the video right here and spend a year just on this part lol.

This morning I have already filled up a piece of sheet music with ideas that I have never done in the last 30 years and I am just scratching the surface, just remarkable.

...........Bob Peiffer

Sometimes we loose sight of the fact that "shredding " is only one component of improvisation and that the true core of any great solo is phrasing ! One of the greatest...multiple award winning,

Jazz educators of our time, Dick Grove, used to say.

" Restrictions are the key to great improvisation"......

After years of working on the many different restrictions available for guitar... each, having spontaneously triggered incredible phrasing ideas while improvising,  I had to agree with this statement and decided that I would bring these somewhat unknown, but highly effective and powerful concepts to the public.

Improv Blocks is a series of modules on different restrictions, the first being 

"Any Two Notes"...I chose this restriction for Module1 because its impact on my playing was, and still is.... absolutely phenomenal. Though its title may sound like a simple approach.... in truth, its simplicity  has opened up so many beautiful phrasing ideas, it is impossible to express. It also has the wonderful effect of feeling that you can be adventurous and create something completely unique at any time ...

Improv Blocks is about another very serious idea as well. Instead of running endless scales and arpeggios,. This cutting edge approach brings everything down to small increments that help you develop your ear, technique, visualization and of course, most importantly, your phrasing. This process has opened up doors that I didn't even know existed. By disciplining myself and working consistantly on these different restrictions.......more and more I have been able to walk away from lick playing and move into a completely different and exciting world of improvisation..essentially... a new way of thinking! .................Dana Robert Rasch



Never find yourself in a rut again with this best-selling course!
This 7 DVD set shows you how to create great sequences using every scale source worth talking about, and discusses the most important aspect of using them in improvisation, "phrasing" You can't afford to miss the unique and absolutely inspirational concepts that Dana brings to help you develop your technique and soloing to new heights !
  • Major and Dominant Pentatonic
  • Major Scale and all Modes

  • Harmonic Minor

  • Melodic Minor / Lydian Dominant

  • Natural Harmonic Minor

  • 8 Note Dom. and Dim.

  • Whole Tone

  • Blues

  • Hybrids

  • Chromatic


Back Cycling For Guitarists

A quick and effective way to learn reharmonization on guitar for Composition, Chord Melody and Improvisational Comping
One of the most concise and comprehensive looks at a topic that can literally change your 'guitar playing' life. If your interests are in Jazz, Fusion or Latin, you can't afford to miss the unique and solid foundational concepts you will definitely find in this course. Mandatory for those want to become well-rounded players.
Dominant Pentatonic
Lesson 1
Dominant Pentatonic
Supplement 1
Dominant Pentatonic
Lesson 2
Dominant Pentatonic
Supplement 2

Dominant Pentatonic - The Series

Explore all 5 shapes of Dominant Pentatonic
Check out this incredibly unique , versatile and exiting shape for guitarists. If you are looking for a new sound and a way to enhance your playing in any style ....THIS IS IT ! You'll learn how to apply Dominant Pentatonic to 
• The I Chord in Major........all Major chord types
• The II Chord in Major......all Minor chord types
• The V Chord in Major.....all Dominant chord types.
Blues? Rock ? Jazz ? Country ? this scale works, and we mean.... 'works GREAT', with all genres !
Dominant Pentatonic
Lesson 3
Dominant Pentatonic
Supplement 3
Dominant Pentatonic

Beyond Chops 2

The one that started it all!
BC II Chapters 1 and 2 cover the introduction to Dominant Pentatonic, Chord Families 4 and 5, The Blues scale Each chapter comes with approximately 100 pages of text and workbook exercises, by Dana Rasch and Dick Grove. Plus new overview DVDs created by Dana specifically for each chapter.
Only physical versions of this product are 
available at this time .Price includes USPS Priority shipping in the lower 48. Discounts are available. Please email Dana for more information including ordering thru PayPal
This final lesson, BC II Chapter 3... includes, a powerful 5 DVD video overview and example set, 85 pages of text and workbook exercises
by Dana Rasch and Dick Grove.
Dana buttons it all up and reveals the core of the VGT concept related to altered harmony.
The Chord Family  5, 6 and 8 connection !
Melodic Contour, Backtracking for Improv
Phrasing with fragments and much more..
Only physical versions of this product are 
available at this time.


Discover the secret within the secret for melodic phrasing
U-Turns gives you 2 hours of "continuous 8's" type exercises that bring 4th intervals into play, opening up an incredibly powerful new freedom to create great phrases that go anywhere you want! 

Learn how to play "continuous 8's" evenly and continuously without stopping. Get beyond your technical stopping points and walls!

Time Works

Get comfortable in any key. No more surprises!
Stop fumbling around in unfamiliar keys. Time Works videos gives you powerful musical practice concepts that completely immerse you in one key. With these videos, you will learn to get comfortable and musical no matter what key the music demands. Each lesson is a completely different exploration, which can then be used in all keys.

Time Works I

Time Works II


Trading 4's

Develop ALL aspects of your playing!

The new T4s are designed from the original Trading 4's "One Shot" text and video, that Dana created in the early 90s, but now includes contemporary new ideas. You will see aspects of real musical ability, that have never been addressed in your practice sessions, develop immediately. Like all of Dana's courses, this will put you on a path of continuous and steady improvement!


Trading Fours is probably the single most effective concept for practicing that a guitar player can develop!

Module 1
Module 2

Melodic Contour

Improvisation for beginning to Intermediate students

If you are a beginner wanting to start improvising on guitar

Dana's outstanding introduction to Melodic Contour is the way to go !

This concept can be applied instantly to any musical situation 

and just happens to be exceptionally fun as well.

Some of the best players in the world use this approach and you will see why the minute you start to work with it.

Melodic Contour is perfect for use in ALL musical styles, and if you're a beginner or intermediate player, it helps develop many other aspects as well, including technique, visualization, interval recognition and more.


One-on-One Skype with Dana!

Learn from the best!

Dana offers hour-long, guitar lessons on Skype. 


The cost is $200 per hour and includes any materials he feels you may need which can be downloaded as PDF's before the lesson. Purchasing four lessons in advance is discounted to $650.00.

Special (small class) rates are available for 2 to 4 students.


Explorations in Pentatonic

The Ultimate Systematic Approach to Developing Technique
A new look at the Pentatonic scale, and a great way to build your chops with Visual Guide Tones’s Explorations in Pentatonic. AKA The Flying Kitten Series is a spontaneous teaching event that includes 3 1/2 hours of instruction and explores, in depth, using Pentatonic over a Rock Groove in different keys and tempos with all kinds of fantastic ideas to give you months and months of great paradigms to work on.