Major Scales

The major scale sound is the most common scale sound in the music of the Western World. The word scale means a ladder of notes and in the case of major scales that ladder is made up of distances of tones and semitones. A tone is the distance of 2 frets and a semitone...

Christmas Songs and Secondary Dominants

Every year before the Christmas season I use some favorite seasonal songs to teach the concept of the secondary dominant chord and do ear training. Christmas songs are perfect because everyone knows the melodies and melodies indicate harmony. Many of you will already...

Triads and Inversions

Over the last few decades Pop guitar styles have leaned more toward the ubiquitous power chord and overdriven amps and less toward the intricacies of solo guitar and harmony, melody and voice leading . For the player that wants to discover the inner workings of the...