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The “no music theory” introduction to exotic chords and how to use them

At a certain point, you want to expand beyond the standard guitar chords such as C, D, E minor and the like. You may get out on the web and read about chords that have names and numbers after them, like G 13, C 9, or A augmented. I’m referring to these chords as “exotic”…… Continue reading The “no music theory” introduction to exotic chords and how to use them

learning · practice

5 Steps to learn a song perfectly. (Or at least almost perfectly.)

We’ve all been there. You get excited to learn a new song and dive right in. As time goes by – maybe a lot of time – you get frustrated and give up before the tune is really presentable. Getting a song “just right” takes work. A lot of work. Learning songs perfectly requires time…… Continue reading 5 Steps to learn a song perfectly. (Or at least almost perfectly.)

composing · Uncategorized

Are music aesthetics learned or innate?

In the world of music psychology, you often hear discussion about our sense of aesthetics, our perception of musical beauty. People offer various theories as to why we find certain aspects of music attractive or not. Often, for instance, it’s postulated that appealing melodies duplicate the human manner of speaking. These melodies don’t just offer…… Continue reading Are music aesthetics learned or innate?

improvising · practice · soloing

What should you think of when playing music?

I wonder whether this is the most important question for a musician to ask. Finding the answer could be the difference between a lifetime of middling, stilted playing and one of real, consistent virtuosity. What do I even mean here? Let me attempt to add context by first quoting a recent blog post of mine…… Continue reading What should you think of when playing music?