Monday, July 22, 2019

Tag: Composition

Music Composition for Beginners 3: The “I-IV-V” chord progression

By understanding the patterns behind this common chord progression, you can play them in other keys, or create your very own ones.

Music Composition for Beginners 2: Major, minor and dominant 7th chords

An introduction to major 7th, minor 7th and dominant chords, and how to deploy them while you play.

Music Composition for Beginners 1: Major, minor and power chords (Part...

An introduction to chord formulas and how to form power chords, major chords, and minor chords.

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…
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