Troubleshooting Chord Strumming On the Guitar

Acoustic Guitar, Guitar Chords, Guitar Technique, Practice Methods

Strumming chords is essential "bread & butter" technique for accompanying songs with the guitar, and yet it is suprisingly hard to do well. Here's a short checklist you can run through each time you practice to ensure that you're getting the best possible sound.     Are all the desired the notes ringing cleanly?   […] Read More

Altered Dominants for Guitar, Part 3

Guitar, Guitar Chords, Jazz, Jazz Guitar, Music Theory

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 chord progression. All the examples are in the […] Read More

Tritone Substitutions, Part 1

Guitar, Guitar Chords, Jazz, Music 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 an excerpt […] Read More

Altered Dominants for Guitar, Part 2

Guitar, Guitar Chords, Jazz, Music Theory

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 root would lie on the […] Read More

Altered Dominants for Guitar, Part 1

Guitar Chords, Jazz, Music Theory

Hey Folks I want to do a short series on using altered dominants chords since they seem to be particularly intimidating from a theoretical point of view. This is largely because of the descriptive notation which generates length chord names. Indeed it is often a lot simpler to describe a chord like Ab7#5b9 as Ab7alt. […] Read More

Drop 3 Seventh Chords for Guitar, Part 1

Guitar, Guitar Chords, Guitar Tutorial

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!!! However, in the interest of limiting the torture to merely modest levels of agony, I've […] Read More

Basic Jazz Chords for Guitar

Guitar, Guitar Chords, Guitar Tutorial, Jazz Guitar

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 a meaningful pinch of Jazz to spice up […] Read More

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