Monthly Archives: July 2008

Chromatics Explained!


Chromatics in Music are when notes are walked up in half steps. Watch this video for more information. To understand half steps in music yo only need to look at a piano. Notice how it has both white and black keys. This is important, because as you walk up the notes, you’ll notice that it all a series of half steps.

One minor challenge is going from E to F – that’s a half step, but now notice that the next half step is to jump from F-F#. So you’ll quickly learn that some half steps jump from letter to letter, while others jump from G to G# or A to A#.

Top And Bottom! Put An End To It!

The strings on the guitar are EADGBE. Notice how there are 2 E strings. One is thick and the other is thin.

But when someone refers to the top of the guitar they are referring to the string closest to the floor (the thin one). On the contrast, the thick string, which is closest to the ceiling, is the bottom of the guitar. I see my students constantly get these mixed up, and feel its an important lesson for everyone. Watch the tutorial below:

The Guardian Newspaper Features Me – Wow!

OK, this is cool. The Guardian Newspaper featured yours truly.

Here’s the Link to the Feature Article


Leonie Cooper, the editor, got in touch with me through my Youtube channel – of all places :) So I did my best to answer all the questions – which were kind of interesting.

Here, below, is the article mentioning me. He chose 10 Youtube channels, I’m the 8th one down. It’s not in any particular order.

There’s also a Video Archive of all my tutorials!

Thanks guys, more to come!!!!!

Strumming Patterns – Break The Habit!

The best way to learn anything is to simply break the habit. If you play jazz, then learn country. If you play folk, then write dance techno music.



The same goes for Strumming Patterns. The most effective way to master strumming and give your songs some ‘zazzle’ is to simply try new patterns, and break the habit.

Would You Buy Necklaces From This Guy?

Would you buy Necklaces from this Guy?

I love learning about marketing and how things become successful (or fail). This gus was quite the rapper. And he seems to have his ‘stint’ down pretty well. I always like seeing people like this, because they make me happy. It breaks the norm!

We bumped into him at the Pearl Jam concert, and his necklaces were rather plain, but he marketed them pretty well!

Chord Functions! 1M 2m 3m 4M, etc.

What are Chord Functions?

OK, so you know the major and minor scales perfectly, and all of your chords. But what now? how can you put them together to write songs? Well, use Chord Functions! Basically, you build chords off of the notes in the scale. So it looks like this:

1 MAJOR
2 minor
3 minor
4 MAJOR
5 MAJOR
6 minor
7 diminished

When I walk up a C Major Scale (C D E F G A B C) I’m only playing one note at a time. But if I were to make chords off of those then I’m building it off of their Root-Third-Fifth intervals (R-3-5).

Here’s an example of the chords in the Key of C MAJOR:

The C chord in the key of C becomes C E G making it C MAJOR
The D chord in the key of C becomes D F A making it D minor
The E chord in the key of C becomes E G B making it E minor
The F chord in the key of C becomes F A C making it F MAJOR
The G chord in the key of C becomes G B D making it G MAJOR
The A chord in the key of C becomes A C E making it A minor
The B chord in the key of C becomes B D F making it B diminished

Notice how the E chord in the key of C is E G B. This makes it a minor chord because the 3rd interval is flattened. Meanwhile, the E chord in the key of E is E G# B (Notice the G#) It now becomes an E MAJOR chord because the 3rd interval is NOT flattened. This is because the key of E has 4 sharps in it, one of them being the G#.

Can I build Chords off different Keys of a major scale?

Absolutely! One thing to remember is that the the MAJOR-minor-minor-MAJOR-MAJOR-minor-diminished pattern will ALWAYS follow the same pattern in every key. The only thing that changes are the notes/chords. So simply just plug and play.

Here’s an example of the chords in the Key of E MAJOR:

The E chord in the key of E becomes E G# B making it E MAJOR
The F# chord in the key of E becomes F# A C# making it F# minor
The G# chord in the key of E becomes G# B D# making it G# minor
The A chord in the key of E becomes A C# E making it A MAJOR
The B chord in the key of E becomes B D# F# making it B MAJOR
The C# chord in the key of E becomes C# E G# making it C# minor
The D# chord in the key of E becomes D# F# A making it D# diminished

Understand it now? If not, watch the video above a few times, and you’ll get it!