Guitar Modes. Why are they such a mindf#ck? Despite the huge amount of information about understanding modes of the major scale, it’s probably one of the most confusing subjects in music theory. But when it comes down to it, you only really have 3 questions about them…
Learning music theory is for the most part thought of as complicated and painful that takes decades of learning. But its not (if somebody explains it well). If you’re one of the “been playing for 10 years but never bothered to learn Music Theory” types, then this one is for you.
What is this secret chord number system? You’re hearing people talk about “One, Four, Five” chords progressions. And you’re seeing chords written as I, vi, ii, V, I. What the heck are they talking about?
Budding songwriter who wants to start writing your own songs? While some songwriters take a words-first, approach, many prefer to start with a chord progression to serve as the framework for the song and melody. So how do you know which chords to use in which order? Is there a formula for creating chord progressions?
Understanding guitar chords can hard because beyond the basics there are lots of long and complicated chord names. Exotic chord names strike fear into the hearts of guitar players (both beginners and intermediates alike) because they seem complex and difficult to understand. As it happens, demystifying complex guitar chords is not that hard, if you know how to decode them – so let’s cover some basics then move on to helping you decode.
Following the previous post on guitar chord construction in this article we’ll look at chord exensions. Extended chords are often avoided by the self taught guitar player firstly as the names of chord extensions can be a little intimidating but more significantly, many find it difficult to understand just when and where these extended chords can be applied.
Ever wondered how musos at jams communicate with eachother in the moment? If they are strangers, how do they all know to do that stop in verse 1, or when to get really quiet, or what if one of them is crazy loud and needs to turn down? Is it just instinct or is there something else going on? This guide should clear things up.
Almost every novice player starts out playing guitar using open chords. This makes chords fairly easy to play from a practical point of view but many players experience confusion around understanding chord construction later on.
You've plucked up the courage to go to your first jam night or open mic but there's a shit tonne of things related to perfoming live that you don't know about.
Stagecraft is knowledge only gleaned from years of playing to audiences: dealing with gear issues and learning from on-stage mishaps.
Here are my first time jam tips…
When I began playing around with chords I found that some sounded better together than others. Instead of randomly hunting for these chords, let’s explain the underlying framework to help you find the groups of chords that work best.