https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9b9PEd44D4 I sit down with 12Tone Videos to talk about their journey towards becoming a YouTube content creator and share advice for musicians and composers. 12Tone's Channel: https://www.youtube.com/12tonevideos You can also listen to this interview as a podcast - check out ep2 of the LTGuitarist podcast: Spotify Google Podcasts Breaker Anchor Overcast
https://youtu.be/5WGc4GheNRo This is a fun, (well, fun for a specific kind of person), exercise which will help familiarise you with chords and scales and how some of the more complex chords can be constructed. Essentially we're adding a Common Tone to a sequence of chords and seeing how that note affects each chord.
OK, but... er... why? I developed this concept back in the day when I really wanted to sound like Guns 'N' Roses, but obviously couldn't. So, why don't I just leave this concept in the draw-full of awkward teenage crap? Actually, it's super-useful if you ever need to parody a particular band, or if you've found work … Continue reading How to Create Music Like your Favourite Bands
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.
2nd video about the Circle Of Fifths, this time focusing on it’s uses within songwriting. For reference, I've included the diagram below again. Part 1 can be found here.
In this lesson I examine how the Circle Of Fifths is created, and offer some ways to commit it to memory. Below is a printable image of the Co5s, I strongly encourage you to print it out and put it somewhere you spend ages looking - above your bed, next to a bathroom mirror, etc. … Continue reading Circle Of Fifths Part 1: Creation
In Jazz we like to say that each chord plays a particular role within a scale. The job of the I chord is pretty clear - it’s what we want to hear the most, no matter what comes before it we need this to feel satisfied at the end of a piece. The V, (or … Continue reading Standard Chord Progressions 2 – The II V I
Remember back when your teacher, (possibly me), told you that the deepest pitch in a chord should be its root note? Yeah, that was a lie. Sorry. It’s a good general rule though, because we like to hear root notes in the bass of a chord. Using other notes … Continue reading Chord Inversions 1 – Intro
(Occasionally spelt “Lochrian” by awkward people) The modern Locrian is interesting. It exists more as a theoretical entity, but derived just the same as the other modes. It’s very seldom used in music, as there’s not much in it that listeners want to hear, but it does exist and can be applied nonetheless. Moreover, if … Continue reading The Locrian Mode
Mixolydian is the fifth mode of the Major Scale. It's often referred to as the Dominant Scale, because it is built upon the 5th degree of the major scale. That’s also where we get the name for Dominant chords, which are a major triad with a flattened 7. And that’s all there is to it, if we take … Continue reading The Mixolydian Mode