Numbers As Intervals In Music

A lot of times, when referring to an interval, people will refer to it as a Number instead of the actual note. The example is that A B C# D E F# can be written as 1 2 3 4 5 6. This is effective because it easily allows you to change keys and transpose. […]

Tension Chords

Using tension in your chords is very effective. Music (and life) is all a series of tension and release. So to play a chord that is outside of a key signature, it creates tension, which makes your ear NEED to move to the resolution chord – which is usually the tonic, root, or ‘one’ chord.

Flavor Chords

Using basic chords might be all that is called for – but what if you wanted to add color? What about piano? Well, look no further! Here is a quick overview (pun intended) of the basic idea of adding flavor to your chords via sus, fourths, sevenths, and extensions.

Half Diminished Chords Explained!

Notice the double Flat 7th interval – this is the only difference between a Diminished and a Half Diminished Chord. What are Half Diminished Chords? Half Diminished Chord are built on this harmony: R b3, b5, b7. So in the key of C major the notes would be: C Eb Gb Bb What are Diminished […]

Augmented And Diminished Chords!

Augmented and Diminished Chords allow you to create tension in your music. Rather than simply using Major and Minor triads, you can flatten the third, or fifth intervals, and create ‘movement ‘ in your chords. Tension leads to release, and that’s how 7th Chords work, too! So watch this below and learn about these chords […]

Inversions Explained!

Inversions in music are the idea of ‘flipping’ two notes around. So in stead of the intervals from C to G (which is 5 notes away – C D E F G) you simply invert that creating an interval from G to C (which is 4 notes away G A B C) Inversions follow the […]

Percussive Barre Chords (1 Of 3)

What’s great about the guitar is that you can generate so many amazing sounds and emotions from it. One of those techniques is using your pick hand to create a Percussive effect. Creating a percussive effect sounds great over Barre chords, although they are difficult to play at first. But when mastered, they create a […]

Class 18: Double Stops

What are Double Stops? Double Stops are playing two notes together in harmony to the song. Steve Vai, Al Di Meola, and even Slash of Guns and Roses frequently use double stops in their solos, and song writing. John Petrucci even uses Double Stops when practicing his alternate picking. It helps to know How to […]

How To Harmonize A Song!

To understand Harmony, you must first understand Intervals. After you write the melody, use intervals (usually within the key signature) to give it a hip feel. Harmony can be in intervals of fifths, fourths, sevenths, outside the key, inside, etc. The thing is – anything goes! What are Intervals? Intervals are the distances between two […]

Class #17 A And E Chords Explained!

This is from my week 17 of my Revision 3 show! How to play Guitar A and E chords! Well I did an earlier episode about beginner chords C, F, and G a few months ago. Since you have them down (right?!) then we can build on them! So to learn these chords it may […]

Seventh Chords On Guitar Explained!

Seventh Chords in music are important because they add a new level of harmony to your work. This new harmonic element allows you to play more styles of music, sounds, and techniques. We all know a C major chord consists of the notes C-E-G. But with a C major 7 chord the notes are now […]

Creating Major And Minor Chords

This Post written by James Dellay. To learn more about him follow him on Twitter! Creating Major Chords Creating Major Chords using the R/3/5 idea.Root/3rd/5th is the algorithm to create Major chords,The Root is the key you are playing in, in our case A Major, the 3rd is the 3rd alphabetic character in your key, […]