Ukulele Chords in C major, Part I: Primary Triads

Posted by on Jun 12, 2022 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 […]

Ukulele Chords in C major, Part II: Secondary Triads

Posted by on Jun 1, 2022 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 […]

Essential Ukulele Strumming Patterns, Part I

Posted by on May 26, 2022 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 […]

Transferable Skills on the Guitar, Part I

Posted by on Jun 24, 2022 in Musicianship | No Comments

(or how to own on the guitar in record time)   Hey folks…it’s me again…time to settle down guitar in time with a nice cup of tea and a biccy and listen to my words of wisdom… No but seriously… today I want to have a chat with you all about the usefulness of transferable […]

Analysis of Stella by Starlight

Posted by on Jun 23, 2022 in Jazz, Jazz, Jazz Standards, Music Theory | No Comments
Analysis of Stella by Starlight

An Analysis of Stella by Starlight In this lesson I am going to do an Analysis of Stella by Starlight, a harmonically sophisticated Jazz Standard which forms a cornerstone of “The Great American Songbook” In order to dispel some of the confusion surrounding Stella by Starlight,  I’m going to compare the tunes original changes with the […]

Rockabilly Ballad Rhythm Guitar, Part 1

Posted by on Jun 22, 2022 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 […]

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 […]

Jazz Transcription Resource

Posted by on Jun 20, 2022 in Musicianship | One Comment

Greetings fellow music lovers. As you no doubt know, or should do if you’ve been learning jazz, transcribing, learning and analysing the solos of the greats is one of the best ways to get your improv skills cooking. However in my experience a lot of people seem to get put off attempting this – perhaps […]

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 […]

Latin American Piano Riffs, Part 1

Posted by on Jun 17, 2022 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 […]

▶ ‘Songs For Acid Edward’ by Mr.B The Gentleman Rhymer (Official Music Video. HD) – YouTube

Posted by on Jun 16, 2022 in Pop Music, Ukulele | No Comments

The unmistakable skills of Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer provide an inspiration to ukulelists everywhere… Originally posted 2015-06-18 22:18:44.

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 […]

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