Extending Chord Selection in Major / Minor Keys

Chord Substitution, Composition, Jazz, Music Theory, Musicianship

  This chart (click to download) demonstrates the full range of chords available in a given major or minor key using the technique of tonicisation (temporarily establishing an alternative tone centre within the key – a “mini-modulation” for a short duration). This technique is used extensively in Jazz and Classical music to expand the range […] 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

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