Ukulele Chords in C major, Part I: Primary Triads

Posted by on Jun 1, 2021 in Music Theory, Ukulele | No Comments

In this pair of video tutorials, I introduce the 7 essential chords belonging to the key of C major. This will give you the chord vocab to play a wide range of songs on the Ukulele, in C major. Part I focuses on the so called Primary triads – the major chords built on the […]

Essential Ukulele Strumming Patterns, Part I

Posted by on May 23, 2021 in Strumming, Ukulele | No Comments

In this Ukulele video tutorial, I introduce 9 essential ukulele strumming patterns for beginners to learn. These patterns can be used when you play songs. Generally you can mix and match patterns, so you have the choice. You can: stick to a single 1-bar pattern create variations on that pattern combine two 1-bar patterns to […]

Ukulele Chords in C major, Part II: Secondary Triads

Posted by on May 19, 2021 in Music Theory, Ukulele | No Comments

In this pair of video tutorials, I introduce the 7 essential chords belonging to the key of C major. This will give you the chord vocab to play a wide range of songs on the Ukulele, in C major. Part II focuses on the so called Secondary triads – the minor chords built on the […]

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 […]

Jazz Chord Substitution

Jazz Chord Substitution

Enhance Your Harmonies with Jazz Chord Substitution Jazz Chord Substitution – the mere name elicits an aura of mysterious and arcane music theory beyond the comprehension of mere mortals. But in fact it is simple enough. What were are dealing with here is the technique of Reharmonisation – changing the chords of a composition in order […]

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 […]

Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah

Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah

Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah is a powerful rendition of the Leonard Cohen Classic. Jeff’s intricate fingerstyle picking and reverb soaked telecaster tone create his unmistakable signature guitar sound. Combined with his unique vocals and the overall effect is unmistakable.     Jeff Buckley,  Son of the late Tim Buckley was one of the major talents of […]

Latin American Piano Riffs, Part 1

Posted by on Jun 7, 2021 in Latin American, Piano | No Comments

Salsa Montuno & Cha Cha Cha Hi Folks Everybody loves a bit of Latin American music don’t they? No?? Well they should! The rhythms of the music of Cuba and the Caribbean are amongst the most compelling in the musical world and have been informing western popular music for over a hundred years. In this […]

Tritone Substitutions, Part 1

Posted by on Jun 6, 2021 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 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 […]

Altered Dominant Theory

Altered Dominant Theory

Altered Dominants for Guitar: Part 1 – Altered Dominant Theory 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 […]

Altered Dominants for Guitar, Part 2

Posted by on Jun 3, 2021 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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