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Postings - January 2013:
Composing with Modal Harmony | Slash Chords - No More Mystery | Blending Chromatic Lines | Diatonic Chord Progressions |

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January 04, 2013:
Composing with Modal Harmony

All too often musicians get stuck during songwriting because of the familiarity they have with their favorite chord types. Branching out into new chord shapes can be great, however there is another approach. By applying a few modal ideas during songwriting we can introduce a larger perspective into our composing and have a lot more fun in the process. Watch the video lesson to find out more and Download the FREE MP3 JamTrack and PDF lesson handout for the practice examples.

SONGWRITING: Composing with Modal Harmony

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January 11, 2013:
Slash Chords - No More Mystery

Slash chords, (the notation of having a lettername followed by a slash symbol, followed by another lettername, i.e., G/B), designates a chord played with an alternate bass-note. Often mis-understood, these chords can either be inversions, or short-hand notations for chords difficult to name with a standard chord symbol. Watch the video lesson to find out more and Download the FREE MP3 JamTrack and PDF lesson handout for the practice examples.

GUITAR THEORY: Slash Chords - No More Mystery

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January 18, 2013:
Blending Chromatic Lines

Chromatic lines are always fun and interesting to place inside of a melody and during solos. However, it is important to be careful that the lines which are created hold true to the original quality of the musical style. If the chromatic ideas presented do not retain the aspects of the original style, they might sound odd, or out of place. Watch the video lesson to find out more and Download the FREE MP3 JamTrack and PDF lesson handout for the practice examples.

IMPROVISATION: Blending Chromatic Lines

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January 25, 2013:
Diatonic Chord Progressions

Diatonic Chord Progressions are practically the bread and butter of the progressions found in mainstream music. From Pop and Country, to Folk and Rock N Roll, the chord progressions that stay within a harmony are used most often in common musical styles. This video lesson breaks down the theory and application of these progressions to help players of all levels better use and apply Diatonic Harmony. Watch the video lesson to find out more and Download the FREE MP3 JamTrack and PDF lesson handout for the practice examples.

RHYTHM GUITAR: Diatonic Chord Progressions