GUITAR TECHNIQUE 005: Mastering the Melodic Phrase

May 27, 2018:
Mastering the Melodic Phrase

 NEW  This unique Creative Guitar Studio course  explores exercises for increasing dexterity and coordination between the hands. The goal of the course is to increase awareness, mobility and control.

Lesson five of Guitar Technique is focused on exposure to unique sound and the affect that can have on technical ability. The lesson is designed to help players recognize the different ways that a melodic phrase can interact with chord changes. Examples include the study of situations applied over; Natural Minor, Modal Interchange, Secondary Dominant and playing within the Shuffle feel.

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PART ONE:  In example one, the progression takes a common key of "A Minor," harmony and focuses on the use of repeated up-beat rhythmic punches off of the "and" of the beat of two. The goal is to target into the feel of the up-beats when performing the melodic line.

Example two studies the application of harmony that functions with chord changes operating across parallel keys. When this happens, chords are introduced from outside of the existing harmonic structure. We study one of the most popular of these situations (referred to as, "Modal Interchange").

Exercise three applies a popular harmonic technique used in ballads for styles like; folk, rock, gospel and country. This technique is called, "Secondary Dominant" chord application. It can be technically challenging since the harmony is so disconnected from the underlying key center.

Exercise four focuses on locking in on the unique rhythmic feel of playing music in Shuffle Time. The shuffle rhythm can be confusing for many players due to its off-balance sub-division.

Shuffle artificially sub-divides the beat so that a delay is felt off of the down-beat. The groove is still felt as a triplet across the measures, however there is a separation between the first attack and the last.

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