LEARN TO WRITE MUSIC ON YOUR GUITAR!
What is harmony?
Harmony combines notes to produce music. In short, Harmony is Music!
WHAT THIS DVD IS NOT
This is not a tutorial on singing or writing lyrics.
WHAT THIS DVD IS
Instead, this video is going to show you how to write music as a guitarist. Starting with the most basic rhythms, you will learn to build melodies and harmonies... which will give you the notes you would use to sing over your songs, or play along as another guitar or instrument section. As you progress, you will learn melodic rhythm and lead passages that you can add to any song. In later chapters, you’ll learn multiple guitar parts, including dual lead guitar harmony sections, (FEATURING Picture-In-Picture (PIP), multi-guitar video).
4 HOURS OF 12-JAM-PACKED-CHAPTERS
CHORD HARMONY - VOICING - OBLIQUE, CONTRARY & PARALLEL MOTION - BLENDING AND CONTRAST - CHORD-SCALE VS. CHORD-TONES - INTERVAL HARMONY - SINGLE GUITAR BREAKDOWNS - METAL, ROCK AND COUNTRY STYLES - DOUBLE NOTE HARMONIES - GUITAR SOLOS - ACOUSTIC RHYTHMS - WALKING BASS LINES - FULL SONG ORCHESTRATION
Lectures 02 through 08 encompass Section 01 of Easy Guitar Songwriting and Harmony. This section was structured with the beginner in mind. It is very basic, yet lays down the foundation for playing and understanding guitar power chord structure. Subjects include power chord harmony, note chart comparisons, playing above the 12th fret, musical voicing, oblique harmonies, contrary harmony, parallel motion harmony and combining motions.
Lectures 09 through 11 make up Section 02 of Easy Guitar Songwriting and Harmony. In this short section, we apply what we have already learned to an alternate note, the F note. This allows us to explore the endless possibilities of power chord harmony, this time applied to the F5 power chord. This section also introduces a distorted guitar, giving us more of a hard rock or heavy metal feel to the music. Subjects covered include oblique, contrary and parallel motion harmony, while introducing the vibrato technique allowing you to slightly alter the pitch of the note being played.
Lectures 12 through 15 give us Section 03 of Easy Guitar Songwriting and Harmony. Here we explore what happens when we combine two basic power chords. In this case, E5 and F5. This section has us playing the extended power chord on 3 strings, rather than 2. It also takes an in-depth look at blending and contrasting notes, focusing on how they help to shape the song. Lecture 15 wraps up section 03 with two very powerful songwriting concepts; Voicing (chord tones) vs. Scales.
Section 05, (lectures 17-21), starts off with Contrary Motion, where both harmony parts move in opposite directions. We also focus on Dissonance. A songwriting technique used to create strong contrast, or an unsettling tension for the listener. Therefor, the first rhythm that we learn in this section is intentionally unpleasant. This lays the foundation for blending, which gives us more “pleasant” options for our harmony notes. This section builds a multi, 4-part guitar composition, starting with the E5-F5 chord progression, Next is the voicing or notes from each chord used as a scale. The first harmony is a slow 3 note melody, or oblique harmony. There is a higher parallel harmony voicing played with eighth notes, topped off with a final contrary motion harmony which descends in pitch. Techniques used include guitar distortion, vibrato and palm mute. Section 05 wraps up with a single guitar breakdown of all 4 guitar parts.
Section 06 builds a song with a conventional rock feel. The rhythm structure is based on G5 and A5 power chords. Using sliding chords, sliding notes, vibrato and palm mutes. The song is shaped using the combined chord voicings to create a rock rhythm, oblique-parallel and contrary motion harmony, then wraps up with a single guitar breakdown using all of the sections in a song format.
In Section 07 of Easy Guitar Songwriting, we explore our first full triad, the E minor chord. Consisting of lectures 27 through 31, Section 07 combines a unique reverse strumming and percussive rhythm pattern to the Em chord, while adding a 3 part parallel harmony section. In addition, we include oblique motion and contrary motion harmony using the Em chord voicing.
Lectures 32 through 38 make up Section 08 of Easy Guitar Songwriting. Our focus here is on the open G chord. First building a rhythm guitar pattern which includes finger (or individual note) picking of the notes within the chord. To add to this rhythm, we include a double note, parallel harmony, along with a contrary motion lead guitar part. Section 08 wraps up with a look at moveable chords and their voicings, for both minor and major chords.
Easy Guitar Songwriting Section 10 introduces the I-IV chord progression using the G and C major chords. Oblique, parallel and contrary motion harmony voicings are employed, as well as a lead guitar solo. Special focus is put on the lead guitar section, which is intentionally meant to be challenging. A note to beginners not to get discouraged if this section appears too difficult.
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