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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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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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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DON'T make this big mistake with modes

Modes are an often confusing topic. Not only do we feel the need to learn them because someone on the internet said we should, but when we do learn them, they are taught in such a way that doesn't make much sense. If your first lessons with modes read "Learn Modes on the Guitar" or was...

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Intervals Are Easy!

Intervals can be a very confusing topic when it comes to theory because most teachers make it needlessly complex. Counting half-steps and memorizing "what interval is how many of the half-steps" is not only the long way, but also NOT the way musicians think of intervals. Really, the secret is...

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Music Theory is Easier Than You Think

If you can count, you can be a music theory master! It's no joke, either. Music theory boils down to 2 concepts: counting and definitions, with a heavy emphasis on counting. In this video, I show you how really understanding the major scale, and counting out the notes paves the way for...

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How to *Really* Learn Your Major Scales

More often than not, learning major scales starts with a lot of memorization around a circle of fourths (circle of keys) followed by tricks to get the "right" answer, but what's missing is the "why". Pop on your theory hats to take a journey on how to really master your knowledge of major...

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Guitar TAB vs. The Staff

Is the staff the clear winner? With TABs so accessible should we give them more credit? Do either actually make us better musicians or better guitar players at the end of the day? This video explores the pros and cons of each and a clear message to what the ACTUAL best way to learn music is...

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