Thinking Composition With Chords

There’s always a second motive to what I practice and with chords it’s no different. Yes, I’m improving my ability when it comes to playing chords but I’m also working on composition at the same time. Filing away each and every chord sequence and root motion I come up with when I’m working on chords. This is super useful when it comes to compiling music for a recording or an arrangement for a show.

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Lessons from the road – Miami – Chord Inversions part 1

The conditions here in Miami couldn’t be more drastically different in terms of humidity from the desert last week! And in response to a question in the comments section below a chord inversion lesson this lesson, and the next one I’ll post are all about chord inversions with the 7th in the root. Lots of great material to be had from this simple concept!

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Chords for 4 string bass

Are you ready for our next 12 week course to start? well before that happens we’ve got one more member requested lesson for this two week break between semesters. This one’s all about chords for the 4 string bass. We hope you dig the new look of the site, and that you’re finding plenty of videos that you haven’t seen before!

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Chord Changes and Linear Ideas #2 – Part 1

This lesson looks at a Flat 6, Flat 7 to One cadence in the key of Bb, and I take a look at some ideas to help you be prepared for when you come across this pretty common cadence in your playing. From just understanding the various harmonic aspects of the sequence, to what melodic language you can use as a starting point for your improvisation.

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Playing Unconventional Changes

Here we look at a song I wrote many years ago and have been trying to learn how to play it ever since! it seemed like the perfect work study for some changes that aren’t that conventional in their sequence, and it gives you a look inside my process when working on something familiar but still quite challenging.

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