7th Chords for Guitar – Part 1

Drop-3 Seventh Chords for Guitar Howdy there you plunkers! It’s time to dust off the old Jazz box and prepare to launch yourself upon that excruciating voyage of musical discovery par excellence – that’s right, it’s time to learn your Jazz chords in all inversions! Specifically, we’re going to be focusing on Drop-3 7th Chords […]

Roleplaying for Guitarists

Posted by on Nov 12, 2019 in Guitar, Musicianship | One Comment

(or 101 things you can do with a guitar) Hey folks…I’m back again and I’m here to tell you about all the wonderful things you can do with a guitar! Seriously…aside from music you can employ it for a variety of manual tasks such as improvising a hammer, a cricket bat or even going as […]

Edelweiss

This haunting version of Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s Sound of Music classic Edelweiss captured my attention when it was re-purposed as the eerie introduction for the televesion adaptation of Phillip K Dick’s “The Man in the High Castle” I was so impressed that I decided to learn it, but I noticed that all the version I […]

Rockabilly Ballad Rhythm Guitar, Part 1

Posted by on Nov 6, 2019 in Guitar, Guitar Tutorial | No Comments

Muted Arpeggio Strums Hey folks…staying again in the 50s vein, I have your next rhythm installment! In this episode we’re going to learn a classic R-Guitar technique – what I have dubed the (palm) muted Arpeggio Strum! Despite the awkward name, this little baby is great for those 1950s ballad situations where our teenage hero […]

Basic Jazz Chords for Guitar

Adding some Jazz Colour to Your Guitar Playing Howdy Again…this is starting to become habit forming…This week on the KNSounds – installment one of my multi-part mini-epic on Jazz-a-matizing your playing. Now…I know what you’re thinking: “Jazz is well hard!” (and if you’re not thinking that you’re wrong!). But that doesn’t mean you can’t add […]

Using the Guitar Pickup Selector

Using the Guitar Pickup Selector

The Gentle Art of Using the Guitar Pickup Selector (or how to make your bassplayer happy!) This is a slightly tongue-in-cheek post, but I thought it might be informative. As resident bassist in New River I am constantly engaged in the bitterest acrimony with our guitarist (in my capacity as musical advisor) regarding the gentle […]

Alternating-Bass Fingerpicking

An Introduction Hi folks If you’ve ever listened to the likes of Chet Atkins, Davey Graham or the like, you’ve probably found yourself confounded by the torrent of simultaneous notes underpinned by a pounding alternating bass….well my friends, “fret” no more (ahem!) because I’ve finally pulled my finger out and provided a detailed tab for […]

Altered Dominants for Guitar, Part 3

ii-V-Is using the ‘C’ & ‘E’ CAGED shapes Hi folks Welcome to the third lesson in my jazz guitar series on using altered dominant dominant chords. I’m getting down to business in this lesson and demonstrating how to apply the altered dominant chords in the keys of D minor and D major, using the ii-V-I […]

Tritone Substitutions, Part 1

Posted by on Oct 30, 2019 in Guitar, Guitar Chords, Jazz, Music Theory | No Comments

Basic Theory Hi Folk, and welcome back for more lashing of red hot theory. This week I’m going to delve into the arcane mysteries of the dread “Tritone Substitution”, a diabolical techique where an innocent dominant 7th chord is substituted for more diabolically satanic alternative…ahem! Sorry…little musical joke – if you want the scoop, here’s […]

Altered Dominants for Guitar, Part 2

Posted by on Oct 29, 2019 in Guitar, Guitar Chords, Jazz, Music Theory | One Comment

Shapes in the ‘E’ Position Hi Folks Welcome to the second installment in my series on altered dominant chords. Last lesson I introduced you to the basic theory of altered dominant chords. In this lesson I demonstrate the most common chord shapes for the guitar, limiting myself to the ‘E’ type CAGED position (where the […]

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