Decoding More Chord Symbols (7ths, Tensions, Alt Chords)

This is the next video in this two-part mini series on chord symbols. If you've ever been confused when seeing "C7#11" or "E7#9" then this is the video for you. Adding one more third interval to our triads, the 7th note of the scale, give us a 7th chord. These 4 note chords have more possible...

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Decoding Chord Symbols (Triads, Sus, Add)

Without a system of understanding chord symbols, these markings on our music can be quite convoluted. Understanding what the symbol is trying to communicate is key, and in this short, two-part video series, I make sense of the musical hieroglyphics. We'll start with the basic triads, sus chords...

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Fractal 3 Block Challenge!

Find the preset here... https://www.mathewdale.com/freebies

Is it possible to create a fully featured preset with only 3 blocks in my FM3? Here's the parameters: clean, drive, and lead tones, rhythmic delay, ambient delay and verb, and minimal gaps and pops between scene changes. I get the most...

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If you feel stuck in the box, try this!

As a guitar teacher, one of the most common questions I get from my students is, "How do I play up and down the neck?" Really, the question should be, "How can I stop relying on scale shapes for improvising and how can I express myself more freely?" More scale shapes is not the answer. Learning...

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My most VALUABLE skill

Being able to arrange and play solo music (aka chord melody) has really allowed me to find my own voice on the guitar. In addition to finding a lot of work as a soloist, learning to play this way greatly expanded my knowledge and understanding of the fretboard, and all guitarists can benefit...

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Setting up an in-ear mix

In-ear monitors can feel a lot different when first using them, but having a systematic way to build a mix can get you ahead of the curve. I give foundational principles behind creating an in-ear mix as well as take you through cover band and modern worship scenarios for using in-ear monitoring....

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Everything you NEED to know about in-ear monitors

If you are thinking about going the in ear monitor route, it’s important to make sure your expectations match reality. What are the benefits or the challenges of using in-ears? Is there really a big difference between universal and custom molds? Would you really be using an IEM system for...

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This made music MUCH Easier

If I were to say the words, "Circle of Fourths" or "Circle of Fifths" you'd probably be halfway asleep by the time the words finished leaving my mouth. But, this is THE MOST important tool we have to visualize how music actually works. From Miles Davis to John Mayer to Gloria Gaynor let's use...

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I HATED FRFR until I learned this...

An Audio Professor once told me, "All speakers suck- it's just to what extent." At the time, I had no idea what he meant, but after years of guitar playing, tone hunting, audio snobbery, and a healthy amount of gear acquisition syndrome I also found that to be true. And there is no other type of...

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Make your own foot switch!

Here's a fun DIY project that is incredibly practical. This simple switch can be used for a myriad of functions and if you saw my last video on Fractal switches, you'll know that I like using this as a "Stand-in Switch." If you are feeling crafty, make one too! Here's the parts list...

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You need to check out this Mark Knopfler lick!

It seems like Mark Knopfler is always full of musical surprises every time I listen to him. In today's "A Closer Look" I break down a single phrase with many layers, and I discuss what we can all learn beyond just the notes...

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How to use PEQ

Parametric EQ is fantastic for polishing and fine-tuning guitar tones, but it’s less of a guitar effect and more of a pro-audio tool, which can be confusing. In today’s video I will share with you my personal strategies for using parametric EQ.

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