Make Your Music Say What You Mean
In this series, we'll explore various concepts, strategies, and techniques that will equip us to write more exciting and interesting licks, parts, and compositions.
In this lesson, we’ll explore the unique sonic signatures of various forms of parallel harmony!
Get Rid of The Root
In this lesson, we’ll explore the utility found in getting rid of the root note in our lead parts!
Alternative Power (Chord) Sources IV
In this lesson, we’ll be tweaking the typical power chord formula ever so slightly in the name of harmonic complexity!
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Part Writing: Transitional Chords
In this part-writing lesson, we’ll explore the transitional chords that we can play between actual changes to give our harmony some more movement!
Tasteful Tension V: The Duplicitous Dominant
In this fifth installment of the series, we split the difference between chords to create some useful harmonic pull!
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Alternative Power (Chord) Sources III
In this lesson, we’ll take a look at a simple tweak we can make to the typical power chord formula in the name of versatility!
Here's the accompanying PDF with all the shapes!
Alternative Power (Chord) Sources II
In this lesson, we’ll examine a power chord alternative that replaces the traditional fifth harmony with a major third inversion!
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Swiss Chords II
In this second installment of “Swiss Chords,” we'll be focusing on a re-arranging of the typical power chord harmony!
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Tasteful Tension IV: 1 Over 6
In this fourth installment of Tasteful Tension, we’ll be layering triads to smooth the change to a minor chord!
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An Octave Alternative
In this lesson, we’ll explore a great alternative to the traditional octave shape that we can use to create unique rhythmic textures!
Harmony the Easy Way
In this lesson, we’ll explore an easy strategy for composing simple harmonies for single note lines!
Alternative Power (Chord) Sources
In this lesson, we’ll examine an alternative to power chords that we can use to cover any major or minor chord!
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Tasteful Tension III: The Static Seventh
In this installment of the series, we’ll be using a major seventh interval to its full effect!
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Tasteful Tension II: 6 Over 4
In this video, we’ll explore the benefits of layering different chords to create unique textures!
In this video, we’ll discuss why no player, regardless of genre, should ever be afraid of accidentals!
Swiss Chords is a series in which we’ll examine some useful, dynamic shapes that utilize muted strings to create extra dimension and texture. This lesson features a muted D string, and is a great alternative to other forms of chord-based playing!
Here's the accompanying PDF with the shapes used in the video!
Tasteful Tension I
In this lesson, we examine a great way to add extra zazz to the dominant chord in a progression, making our resolutions that much more satisfying!
Part Writing: Non-Adjacent Dyads
in this lesson, we’ll examine three useful examples of two note chords on non-adjacent strings that we can use for creating space, texture, and harmonic nuance in our part writing!
Here's the accompanying PDF with an explanation of all the shapes!
Two Notes To Rule Them All
In this video, we'll examine the immense part writing mileage that we can get out of the root and fifth of any key, so long as we can find them on the fretboard.
The Most Useful Shape You'll Ever Learn
In this video, we'll examine the truly useful GBE first-finger barre shape and its derivatives, discussing how we can form each chord in a typical major scale from one simple base.
Part Writing: Using Open Strings
In this video, we'll be examining some ways in which adding open strings to your parts can add a sense of thickness, continuity, and constancy.
Here's the accompanying handout!
Part Writing: Odd Rhythmic Groupings In 3 Easy Steps
In this video, we'll examine a simple and effective way to write parts that use an odd number of notes, giving your music an increased sense of complexity, sophistication, and tension.