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.

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 […]