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Learn Haunting, Sad Guitar

This is one of my favourite ways to play guitar. Let the chords take you on a journey into yourself and beyond as we explore some dark, reflective ideas.

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Easy Atmospherics

Creating atmospheric riffs shouldn’t be a torturous affair. This lesson hones in on the 7th position using scale tones from the E Natural Minor Scale and combines that with the open 3rd, 2nd and 1st strings. The result is an idea generator of sorts, great for those wanting to write their own atmospheric music.

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Chords of Darkness, Part 3 – DADFAD Phrygian Dominant

In this lesson we tune to open D minor and explore a haunting voicing which uses the first 4 scale tones of the A phrygian dominant scale.

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Chords of Darkness, Part 2 – 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 1

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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Way of the Dark – Shape Shifting

Many years ago whilst in a Darkwave band, there was a particular song we played that required a looping guitar part to compliment the other other sounds going on. From memory, this was when I discovered that playing an open shape further up the fretboard whilst leaving the open strings intact could sound really cool, and a bit spooky, too.

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