Using Chord Qualities to Convey Emotion

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Learn Music Theory with Free Resources

Learn Music Theory with Free Resources

If you have questions about what parts of music theory will be useful for understanding and learning modern music, look no further than the following list of free educational downloads and materials.

First of all, chords and harmony are essential building blocks for great music.  So, below are some links to PDFs, guitar tab and chord diagrams that either relate to chords, common progressions, general harmony and scales or illustrate ways of using this information in the real world:

Common chord progressions:
1-5-6-4 in 12 Keys
Diagrams – 12 Bar Blues (G)
Tab – 12 Bar (G)

Chord theory, triads and extensions:
7th Chords in G Major
Cheat Sheet – Triads in G Major
Chord Qualities (3rds) in G Major
Chord Scale Inversions in G
Example – Upper Structures
Rootless 7th Chord Voicings

Scales and keys:
12 Major Keys
G Major Scale
G Minor Scale

Melody theory:
Tab – Chord Tone Melody (G)
Tab – G Dominant Arpeggio
Tab – G Major Arpeggio

Guitar fretboard theory:
Fretboard Notes

So, I’ve studied music theory academically and skimmed off the cream to get at the most essential insights – that’s most important because it saves you time!  Furthermore, the downloads above are the same materials I use in private lessons to explain music theory concepts.  Plus, these resources help provide hands on practice and application that will advance any students’ understanding of musical design and construction.

In addition, the  materials linked here are free and available to share (with friends, band members and students – no restrictions!).  If you have any questions, email me :).

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Solo in Any Style of Music

Podcast Episode 1

Summary:
Learning to improvise a guitar solo in any style can be a challenge.  But, it’s easy when you understand 3 things: chord tones, color tones and chromatics.  This podcast episode examines these 3 “tone types”.  You’ll also learn some innovative ways to use harmony and melody to solo in any style of music!  You’ll get a concise explanation of what harmonic progressions really are – a melody factory!  So, Subscribe to the podcast and start listening!

Target Audience:
This episode is useful for band leaders, solo musicians, composers and songwriters. The concepts here are useful for any instrument, but the examples are played on guitar.

Episode Length:
The length of this podcast episode is 28:05 minutes.

Related (other Music Protest items):
Music Protest has 2 great video lessons on our YouTube Channel.  We’d recommend studying these lessons as well.  They’ll help develop a deeper understanding of the concepts in this podcast episode.

Support Files:
This episode uses real-life examples and it will be more fun and make better sense if you download the support files for free here so you can follow along on your instrument.  Also, please join our mailing list (to get more free downloads).