Thursday, November 14, 2019

Lessons

Beginner Music Theory: Learn the five essential chord shapes

Once you pick up the shapes of the famous five—C, A, G, E and D—you’ll be able to play almost any chord.

Chord Clinic: Chord Sequences

This month, we look at ways to get creative with just a guitar and chord sequences. Rod Fogg steers the ship of harmony through the dark waters of dissonance.

Chord Clinic: Triads & Pedal Notes

Triads are some of the simplest chords playable on a guitar, but move them around over a pedal note and things start to get really interesting.

Chord Clinic: Powerchords – Two note tricks

Remove the third from your chords and you get the appropriately named powerchord, a staple of rock, punk and pop music. Here's how to beef up your playing using only two notes. 

Chord Clinic: Slash Chords – Descending Basslines

Introducing a few new progressions with descending basslines that will bring a Motown feel to your chord sequences.

Chord Clinic Part Four – Root Manoeuvres & Slash Chords

So far, we’ve looked at adding interesting notes to chords – suspended seconds and fourths, sevenths and added ninths. Here, we move on to altering the bass note of a chord to something other than the root.

Chord Clinic Part Three: Seventh chords

Seventh chords can evoke dreamy or unsettling emotions, as exemplified on George Harrison’s Something or David Bowie’s Life On Mars. We unravel the real value of the seventh…

Chord Clinic Part Two: Sus Chords

Suspended chords can create an ethereal, hypnotic feel, and are a valuable addition to your chord vocabulary. In the second instalment of this series, we delve into the world of the ‘sus’ shapes…

Chord Clinic Part One: The Basics

No matter what your level of ability, there’s always room to improve. First, let’s go right back to basics…

Tuition: Clean Sweeping Part Three

Give your sweep-picking techniques a final polish as we wrap up our tutorial series with this trio of ascending and descending six-note patterns.
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