As musicians, it's important to keep our creative options open. But those options can be overwhelmed by not seeing how everything fits together.
We live in a world of "chord players" and "lead players". But in reality, these two elements - harmony and melody - come from the same musical place.
Once you see and hear the intrinsic connection between these two elements, the whole fretboard opens up in front of you.
What was once an overwhelming jumble of notes becomes a clear musical roadmap with various destination points.
You begin to see and hear music as a mixture of related colours and tones, whether harmonic or melodic.
Your ears become more sensitively responsive to the subtle nuances of music and your creative intuition can truly take over.
This course is the culmination of the above process - on one level, making the connection between chords, arpeggios and scales and translating that on to the neck. But more than that, seeing the big picture of what makes music work.
We have to start somewhere. We have to walk before we can run.
The purpose of this course is to lay the foundations you need for accompanying music, whether improvising, jamming in a band or writing a lead part for your own song.
The most logical place to begin is to study how notes relate to one another, both by ear and eye. That means learning to relate what you hear to what you see on the fretboard (and vice versa).
For example, a triad is made up of three musical elements. It's the basis of the "major sound" and "minor sound" in music.
We first lay the foundations - the triadic roadmaps - allowing us to play both major and minor fluidly across the neck (not just in those same old open/barre chord positions). I show you how to break these patterns down so you can finally see them clearly and approach them in different ways.
We then move on to sevenths, building up our harmonic and melodic options. We learn what really creates the distinction between major 7th, dominant 7th, minor 7th etc. but also how they share "colour tones" derived from related scales.
These are all sounds you'll hear in music, and we get to know them on an intimate level so we can instantly recognise them by ear.
We'll learn what creates the "light" and "dark" in music. Yes, even major can have a "dark" sound!
We'll learn what creates different emotional responses in music, even just by targeting a single note as our destination.
We'll learn how the triads we started with exist in some unexpected places and how knowing them means we can play colourfully over chords, almost without thinking.
But as well as triads, we'll explore other harmonic options, such as dyads and how they're just another way to colour the musical landscape you're playing over.
Finally, we'll be taken through the process of connecting keys and chord progressions with arpeggios and scales, so you can both identify progressions on the fly and accompany them with purpose.
Above all, this course is designed to awaken a specific part of the musical brain. Once it's tapped into, amazing things start to happen. You start to see and hear things you didn't before. That's the real power of this course - a fruitful marriage of ear training and a more integrated, spatial awareness of the neck.
Most other guitar courses are made on a "publish and forget" basis, perhaps with minor tweaks every now and again.
This, however, is an evolving course. I will be adding to it regularly and invite you to be a part of the ongoing conversation that makes this course the very best of its kind.
If you need something adding or clarifying, let me know. I'll also be adding new elements over time and expanding on the existing material. Think of this course as a lifetime membership of something that will grow and give you years of valuable material.
With just 20-30 minutes per day on this course, you can expect to see continual improvement in how you see and approach the guitar neck and a growing understanding and appreciation of music.
As a thank you for purchasing Chord Connections, I'll also include access to other donation based courses I offer across this site. Integrate them into your practice sessions gradually and as you see fit.
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