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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

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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?

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Combining the Pentatonic scale with wall shapes to play the blues

Let’s face it—the blues are weird. Your standard 12 bar blues contains three major chords and yet the main scale we use to play over the blues is the minor pentatonic. A minor scale over major chords… a bit strange, no? But that’s part of what gives the blues its unique sound. Ideally, listeners of…… Continue reading Combining the Pentatonic scale with wall shapes to play the blues