One of the biggest lessons I learned from transcribing Mike’s solos was how he used subs to create those Wow! moments in his playing.

Subs are where the band plays one set of chords and you, soloing or comping, play a different set of chords to create tension.

Then you and the band come back together to resolve that tension.

Not only did I figure out that Mike used subs in his solos and comping to create moments that I literally rewound and listened to 100 times in a row, I figured out the exact chord subs he was using in those moments.

In this guitar lesson, I show you one of the most common subs, with exercises, that Mike used in his playing.

Mike Stern is a monster player with a ton of sub vocabulary under his fingers.

Pull back the curtains as you learn how to use the half-step subs in this lesson and add them to your comping and soloing in that cool Mike Stern way.


Click here to learn how to use the half-step subs and add them to your comping and soloing in that cool Mike Stern way.