How to Transpose Music

This is a topic that can seem a little overwhelming to many musicians, including those that even play transposed instruments! The good news is that like most music theory, it’s not as hard as it initially appears. The bad news is that if you play a transposing instrument you are the one that will have to learn this, as a good portion of musicians these days play blissfully unaware in concert pitch. However, that’s not to say all students of music shouldn’t learn the basics of transposing. If you have any interest in composing music, even as a bedroom laptop music producer, knowing how to transpose will make your music sound that much better.

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Learning Popular Chord Progressions

Learning Chord Progressions

As we were studying intervals you may have noticed a lot of song examples for each particular ascending or descending step quantities. After the intervals, we started stacking notes on top of each other to get chords. Once again, we realized there are only so many ways to stack these notes before we start repeating them. Our next step is to put these chords together in ways that appeal to our ears and moods. We are going to learn chord progressions. In some cases, they follow very similar rules, just as the first or root and fifth note fit well when played together so do the first and fifth chord. And like intervals and chords, it isn’t an incredible amount to have to remember either. 

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Beginner’s Guide to Effect Pedals

The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Effect Pedals

Setting out on a journey into the world of electric guitars is one of the most joyous life experiences one can have. After covering all the basics and learning techniques to improve your guitar skills, you’re all set to explore this world by finding out just what this instrument is capable of. One of the biggest advantages of electric guitars is the versatility of tones that you can get. This is thanks to the numerous technological achievements and the development of guitar effects.

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Music Theory: Advanced Chords – Sixth, Ninth, Eleventh, Sus Chords

Learning Chords

Advance Music Theory Chords

If you think back on what you have learned about chords from lesson 1 and lesson 2, so far everything is about the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th degree of the scale. We study these first because they are the most pleasing to the ear, and therefore most of the chords we hear. Chords are also built with every other degree of the scale and the same concepts and rules apply. Next we will take a look at some sixth chords; you should already know which notes will be flattened or raised. 

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Music Theory: Diminished/Augmented Triads and Seventh Chords

Music Theory

We last left off with major and minor triads, where the third was the deciding factor for the final chord. In both cases the root and the fifth remain the same. When we raise or lower the fifth, we get into augmented and diminished triads. Recall a major chord Is a stacked third, first a major third and then a minor. And a minor chord was the exact opposite, a minor third and then on top of that a major third. What happens when we stack two minor thirds on top of each other? We will get a diminished triad. In this lesson, we will talk about Diminished/ Augmented Triads and Seventh Chords

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Music Theory: Introduction to Chords – Lesson 1

If you want to get a solid grasp of chord theory, you have to start from the beginning. A great starting point is with the Introduction to Chords. Chords are built on specific spaces or intervals in a musical scale. In Western music the smallest interval is the semitone, that is the same as one key distance on the piano or one fret on the guitar. Before we start analyzing multiple notes it is best to learn the basic sounds of each main interval in the chromatic scale. 

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10 Techniques That Will Improve Your Guitar Skills

Improve Your Guitar Skills

How to Improve your Guitar Skills

Once you get into the world of guitar, you’re hooked for life. You’ll be spending years practicing, learning new songs, buying and tweaking gear, and maybe even writing your own music. Of course, everyone has different ambitions – some plan on becoming professionals, others only want to jam at home, and some are only looking for a creative outlet. But whatever the level of playing that you’re at, you’ll always be striving to sharpen up your guitar skills. But this is easier said than done.

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Classic Rock vs Modern Rock: What’s the Difference?

Classic Rock vs Modern Rock - What's the Difference?

Classic Rock vs. Modern Rock: The Debate of a Lifetime

Looking at the history of the 20th century, music played a huge role in different cultural evolution all over the world. After World War 2, western countries began spreading their cultural influence around the globe. But technological advancement of the era brought more than the spread of culture. Music was changed by these innovations, and the development of electric instruments gave birth to a new genre known as rock ‘n’ roll.

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How to Prepare For Your First Music Gig

While playing for your enjoyment might be fun, the real fulfillment comes when you get the chance to share your talents, skills, and even your original music with the rest of the world. After playing for a while, may it be a few months or a few years, you’ll have the desire to perform and share all the emotions you get from your music. And yes, this means with someone else other than the imaginary stadium audience you’ve played to within your four walls. Sounds like it’s time to get your first music gig.

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Top 10 Electric Guitars for Beginners

Sitting back and watching some of the guitar greats like Jimi Hendrix, B.B King, George Benson, Eric Clapton and many others that we cannot begin to mention here, deliver hair raising performances on their electric guitars, you suddenly catch the guitar fever and learning how to play this obviously amazing instrument becomes a passionate goal of yours. Now you want to jump into learning the guitar so you can play like your icon. We know that feeling because many of us have experienced it.

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