Newsletter February 2020
This is it! The final lesson in the Unique Chord Voicings series. And once again, I could have divided this up into at least two lessons instead of one, but chose not to because I'm anxious to finish.
Up to now 99% of all the chords we've covered have been in root position, i.e. the root is in the bass. This lesson is on uniquely voiced 1st inversion chords - that means the 3rd is in the bass...aaand there is the implication for another whole series of lessons: Uniquely Voiced Inversions. Hey! That's ANOTHER 2-and-a-half year series. NOT! At least not now. In the meantime...
Unique Chord Voicings, Lesson 32 has explanatory text, 99 fretboard diagrams and an 18-minute video.
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All previous Unique Voicings lessons can be accessed FREE by Site Members from the FREE LESSONS page in the Members Only area of the website.
Over the next few weeks I will put all 32 Unique Voicings lessons into a single PDF and then make it available for download.
When I published the first lesson in this Unique Voicings series on April 11, 2017 (!?!) I envisioned 6 or 7 lessons. LOL! That's basically all there was in the original book published in 1999. Once I started into the formatting of the lessons on the website I realized I'd spent the last 20 years intuitively working out the possibilities and implications (primarily on the gig) merely hinted at in the book.
So the last almost-3-years has been a process of codifying what I had worked out on the gig for the last 20 years, based on the book I wrote in 1999.
I love the codifying process...but I'm done for a while! Between just two lesson series, Concepts for Basic Improvising and now Unique Chord Voicings, I've chewed up over 5 years of lesson give-aways in the monthly newsletter.
For the foreseeable future, the free lessons in the monthly newsletter will be one-offs, or very short series. In addition, I want to make them more accessible to beginners and intermediate players.
I have ideas, of course, but I would also like to hear from you; what would you like to see me do?
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P.S. To those of you who access this month's lesson or the teasers above, you'll notice I'm using my beloved Martin MC28 acoustic. I usually use an electric for the lessons but the type of guitar in use is irrelevant to most of what I teach. I've had several people notice the prevalence of the electric guitar in my teaching videos and ask about acoustic lessons as opposed to electric lessons; that's a false dichotomy to me. I teach and play the same content no matter what the guitar make/model happens to be. Nevertheless;
To explain my attitude about why guitar make/model is a secondary issue to me see, I Can Do Anything With Anything.