42 Unique Ways To Play 1 Chord

In this lesson we’re going to explore how you can take one chord and play it in many different unique ways. In the previous lesson on triads and inversions, we learned how to form the major and minor triad and play inversions on the first three strings. You can read that lesson here. Here’s a brief summary of that lesson. The Major Triad The Major triad is made up of the 1, 3 and 5 of the major scale. For example, the C Major triad contains the following notes: C - E - G The minor triad is made up of the 1, b3 and 5 of the major scale. For example, the C minor triad contains the … [Read more...]

Making Chicken and Corn Soup with the Dorian Mode

In this lesson we’re going to make soup. Musical soup of course. A delicious soup of the dorian mode variety. But first, let’s talk a little bit about scales and modes in general. The Problem with Scales/Modes: The problem with scales and modes is that they can be hard to use musically without a clear sense of direction. It’s quite easy to learn to play the mode (shape, notes, theory etc.) but how do you make it sound cool? Playing the mode from one octave to the next sounds ok, but a little boring and predictable. So what can you do? Play as many notes in random order as long as the fit … [Read more...]

Intervals on the Guitar

Intervals in pitch refer to the distance between two notes. For example, the notes B natural and C natural are a semitone away from each other. The notes B natural and C# are a tone away from each other. These properties are not specific to guitar, as the notes B and  C are a semitone away from each other on any instrument. While it is possible to refer to intervals purely as a measure of tones and semitones, more commonly they are given specific names based on their relationship within a scale. Observe the following list … [Read more...]