https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLXk1xcvQck What is a Picardy Third and how can you use them in your compositions? RE the thumbnail: Yes. I know. That's the joke.
Easy Chord Changes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1jhvm1XnN4 Changing chords is pretty hard, and is one of the things that puts people off of playing guitar past their first few lessons. It's true that you've got to put the time in, but there is something we can do to make things easier. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1jhvm1XnN4
My Favourite Chord: Stacked 5ths
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkHeKYKZWU8 Today I'd like to introduce you to my favourite chord of all time. Behold: In my mind this chord could actually be any one of 3, depending on which note you decide to be the root: If the deepest pitch is the root then the middle note is it’s 5th, and the higher … Continue reading My Favourite Chord: Stacked 5ths
Basic Chord Theory
In this video is all the basic theory you'll need to understand why chords work and sound as they do. I'm focusing on guitar, but the theory remains the same for all instruments. Learn and enjoy.
Basic Open Chords
A Chord, by definition is a collection of several different notes played simultaneously. Open chords are ones which use an instrument’s open strings. Below are diagrams for the 8 most common open chords to get you started.
Basic Song Structure
Simple guide for going about structuring a song. Below are the chord charts accompanying the video. The video does refer to this video as "Tumblr", which it isn't. Try not to freak out... Example 1 Our first example is the simplest kind of song - it’s one set of chords that repeats. Arguably, most 12-bar … Continue reading Basic Song Structure
Standard Chord Progressions 1: Maj & Min I, IV, V Chord Patterns
The I, IV, V chord pattern is a very common progression, and it is for that reason I will be focusing on it for several lessons. If you have an interest in blues, rock or jazz music, this will form the basis for many songs you will learn, (especially in the case of the blues). … Continue reading Standard Chord Progressions 1: Maj & Min I, IV, V Chord Patterns
Here’s something that’s been fascinating me recently - Quartal Harmony. If you’re at all into jazz or fusion you may already be aware of this idea, if not you might like to use it to embellish chord progressions, or use them as a basis for some unique solos. As I’m still getting to grips with these ideas … Continue reading Quartal Harmony
Barre Chords 2: Root On The D String
There are 2 shapes commonly employed on the D String. I’m only giving you with one shape for each as you should be comfortable, (or getting that way), with the idea of moveable chord shapes. Be aware that these chords are the same collection of notes, but in a slightly different order - This is called a different … Continue reading Barre Chords 2: Root On The D String