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Basic Guitar Chords Series

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In this weekly update I thought it would be fun to give you a little tour of my recording studio. I also want to  tell you about something new I’m trying out this week – I’m releasing  a series of videos that I created this week. But before we get into that let’s go take a sneak peek at the place where the magic happens…

 Link: Basic Guitar Chords 1

Tour Of My Recording Studio

So, as most of you know I’m a recording artist with 7 of my own instrumental CDs. Even though much of my CDs are recorded in a larger, professional studio the beginnings happen right here in my own small studio. “Recording can be a lot of fun and having my own equipment gives me a chance to experiment and try different things out before spending the big bucks”.

​Most of my music starts as an idea that I get when I’m relaxing, practicing guitar, walking in nature or even in the middle of the night from a dream. I’ll usually record the idea on my iPhone so I can remember it. Then I’ll bring the idea into my studio, also known as The Cave, and began recording things on the computer.

A lot of the time I’ll record the chords first, then go back and record a melody. It’s not a straight line. I’ll usually go back and change the chords, then change the melody, and so on until I get something that sounds right to me.

Finally I’ll start adding other instruments to get an idea of what I want the other musicians to play.

Basic Guitar Chord Series

This week I’ll launch a series of lessons for beginners called Basic Guitar Chords. If you’re just starting out, or you’ll like a refresher you’ll want to catch all 5 videos. Today I’ve released the first video, and I’ll release another each day on YouTube for the next 4 days. You can get updates by subscribing to my YouTube channel.

As always I’d love to hear your comments. Let me know what videos you’d like to see that will help you on your guitar learning journey.

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  1. As a musician msleyf, there’s a very logical explanation for these relationships. Most rock and pop songs are based on blues chords that use a standard progression: the one, four and five of a scale. [This is not rocket science to figure out: I count on my knuckles as a mnemonic device. Start with the main note of the progression, add a letter to every knuckle. The last two knuckles are the 4 and 5.]If E is the main note of the progression, the four is A.In the key of B, E is the four of the progression, so F is the five.In the key of A, E is the five so D is the four.In the distribution above, F, D and A account for 96 to 97% of the observations. So one interpretation of the data: 96 to 97% of pop songs are based on a one-four-five chord progression.

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