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New Guitar World DVD: 100 Chords You Need to Know

Sure, Guitar World and GuitarWorld.com have posted countless stories about the chords, licks, riffs and general info you need to know to be a solid player—but a brand-new Guitar World DVD collects years of experience into one tidy (and inexpensive) little package.The DVD is called 100 Chords You Need to Know—and its title pretty much sums it up perfectly.You instructor on the disc—which is... …

Using Double-Stops and Add-2 Arpeggios to Create “French Horn Fifths”

Continuing our previous two lessons’ exploration of the add-2 arpeggio, I’d now like to show you another neat thing you can do with this elegant-sounding four-note entity, and that is to play it as a pair of double-stops, or two-note chords, to create a classical-style sound that has been nicknamed “French horn fifths,” which brings to mind that instrument’s regal quality and also some of the... …

The Blissful-Sounding Major Add-2 Arpeggio

Last month, we explored the somber-sounding minor add-2 arpeggio, also known as minor add-9, which is simply a minor triad arpeggio with a second, or ninth, added on top or sandwiched between the root and the minor, or “flatted,” third, resulting in a four-note entity, spelled 1 2 b3 5.Using the theory-friendly key of A minor to demonstrate, I offered more than a dozen different two-octave... …

MADD Men: The Minor Add-2 Arpeggio

Last month, I offered a guitar adaptation of the theme from The Walking Dead, which is based on a repeating melody built from a minor add-9, or minor add-2, arpeggio.As a follow-up, I’d like to now explore that cool, somber-sounding arpeggio in greater depth and show you a bunch of different places to play it all over the fretboard, using the theory-friendly key of A minor to demonstrate. Minor... …

How to Play the Theme from 'The Walking Dead'

In our previous lesson (March 2017), I offered an original jazz solo, a significant part of which features the use of what’s called a minor add2 (or minor add9) arpeggio, which I had superimposed over various complex chord changes to outline their upper-structure harmony while shifting the same compact four-note shape up and down the neck on the top three strings, using what’s known as parallel... …

A David Gilmour-Style Approach to Beethoven's “Moonlight Sonata”

Continuing my two-guitar arrangement of the first movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata,” I now present its sparse, haunting melody, which I play in a classic hard rock lead style inspired by David Gilmour’s lyrical wailing on such Pink Floyd songs as “Shine on You Crazy Diamond,” “Time” and “Comfortably Numb.” ... …

Adding Tension to the Minor Jazz-Blues Progression

Continuing our exploration of the minor jazz-blues progression I introduced last month, I’d like to now show you some cool variations on it that are sometimes used by jazz musicians and feature added chord changes and spicier harmony and voice-leading. ... …

The Minor Jazz-Blues Progression

A favorite progression of mine, and many jazz musicians, to solo over is what’s known as the minor jazz-blues progression, featured on such jazz classics as John Coltrane’s “Mr. PC.” and “Equinox,” “Stolen Moments” by Oliver Nelson and “Footprints” by Wayne Shorter, as well as, for those old enough to remember, the original “Spiderman Theme Song” from the late-Sixties animated TV series and, in... …

Double-Time Soloing Over a Laid-Back Groove 

Continuing our exploration of jazz-blues, in this lesson, I present an example of how to craft a solo over a swing-eighths feel played at a moderately slow, laid-back tempo and tastefully shift into a higher rhythmic gear, using what jazz musicians refer to as a “double-time groove,” meaning predominantly 16th-note rhythms, as if you were playing eighth notes at twice the tempo. ... …

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