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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Best Japanese Songs of the Decade (2010’s)

Best Japanese Songs of the Decade

We have reached the end of another decade! The past 10 years has been an interesting transition for music. In the West, Auto-Tune music died, Justin Bieber became cool (at least for short period), Bruno Mars made funk music funky again, then we were introduced to Billie Eilish…

Say what you will about her, but she has a strong following. But I digress, let’s talk about some of the Best Japanese Songs of the Decade (2010’s)!

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The Beginners Guide to the Saxophone

The saxophone has been through a bit of a roller coaster ride in the realm of popular music. Ever since the technological explosion of recorded music, it has made its mark on a variety of musical genres. The heyday of the sax is quite potentially the 50’s and 60’s period. During this era, the saxophone was blowing the lid off bebop and heavily used in the rock n roll that took the world by surprise.

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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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What the Funk is Funk?

We want the funk, gotta have that funk…  

Ok, that’s true, almost everyone loves the funk. Even if they say they don’t, just watch their foot tap and body move when it plays. But what is funk exactly? What does it take to tear the roof off the sucker?

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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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