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Chords of Darkness, Part Two – Diminished Atmospheres

Posted by on Jan 18, 2016 in Gothic | Comments Off on Chords of Darkness, Part Two – Diminished Atmospheres

Diminished voicings are a guaranteed way of creating an atmospheric, eerie mood. This particular voicing consists of a C Diminished chord with an E in the bass for added effect.

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Chords of Darkness, Part One

Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 in Gothic | Comments Off on Chords of Darkness, Part One

In the first of a multi-part series on the darker side of chord voicings, we take a look at an ambient-sounding E power chord with the addition of a Minor 6th interval.

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Nice Noise – Mixing Major With Minor, Billy Corgan Style

Posted by on Jan 13, 2016 in Nice Noise | Comments Off on Nice Noise – Mixing Major With Minor, Billy Corgan Style

Today we’re studying an Indie style idea combining mostly E Major intervals with one lone Minor 7th interval for some balance. Because we’re utilizing octave shapes with the low E string, we arrive at a droning sound reminiscent of Billy Corgan.

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Chordal Alchemy – Classic Descending Progression

Posted by on Dec 1, 2015 in Chordal Alchemy | Comments Off on Chordal Alchemy – Classic Descending Progression

This lesson explores a favourite progression of mine from way back to my early days of learning about chords and how they work together. It’s for this reason, I think, that it evokes a deep well of emotion in me every time I hear myself or another musician use it.

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Creative Drop D – Pentatonic Heavy Rock Groove

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Metal | Comments Off on Creative Drop D – Pentatonic Heavy Rock Groove

In this lesson, we’re getting a groove going using drop d tuning and some tasty legato techniques as well as subtle rhythmic variations for some extra spice.

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Post-Rock Lesson – A Beautiful Progression

Posted by on Oct 25, 2015 in Post-Rock | Comments Off on Post-Rock Lesson – A Beautiful Progression

This moody Post-Rock arpeggiation sequence will bring a smile to faces of those that like it a little melancholy and bitter-sweet.

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Acoustic Techniques – Ballad Style

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Acoustic | Comments Off on Acoustic Techniques – Ballad Style

In today’s lesson, we’re focusing on some fairly straightforward embellishments using an open G chord. I’m using hybrid picking, which means to use both the pick and fingers at the same time, but this can also be adapted to use a purely fingerstyle approach, too.

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Punk Techniques – Power Chord Slide Ins

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in Punk | Comments Off on Punk Techniques – Power Chord Slide Ins

Punk strumming can be fun and invigorating. In today’s lesson, we explore a slide in technique as well as some speedy strumming that will provide you with a solid rhythm workout.

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Inverted Major Shapes With Open String Infusions

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Chordal Alchemy | 0 comments

These voicings are heavily reminiscent of Robin Guthrie and create an airy foundation, allowing for more colourful layers to be sprinkled on top.

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A Myriad of Voicings – The Beauty of Open G

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Acoustic | 0 comments

As far as chords go, open G is one of my favorites. It’s got quite a few variations to fit a myriad of moods that can be used in a variety of styles. In this lesson, we’re concentrating mainly on acoustic sounds, with one soft rock riff thrown in for good measure.

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