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  • This Month's Live Streaming Guitar Lessons: TUESDAY FEBRUARY 4TH - BRAZILIAN JAZZ GUITAR WITH DUOVERSAL. Brazilian guitarist, Paulo Oliviera brings his exciting duo to give a taste of Brazilian Jazz guitar. Paulo will show how to arrange songs on guitar and show his amazing chord and harmonizations. SPECIAL LEARNING SERIES: TRIADS! FEBRUARY 11th, 18th, and 25th. Steve Krenz will be teaching a special three week series on Major, Minor and Seventh Triads. Learn these helpful forms and how to use them to break out of open position playing and take your chord and fingerboard knowledge to new places. Watch LIVE on our Guitar Gathering YouTube Channel. It's going to be a great month! Learn all you can!

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  1. Tuesday February 25th, 2020 Topic: TRIADS: Seventh Chord Triads 7pm Central Time US You can watch the lesson HERE. It's been a tremendous series on Triads. This week we will finish it up with Seventh Chords! These "seventh" triads will add some funk to your playing and create some classic blues progressions. If you missed the first lesson on Major Triads you can watch it here. And you can download the FREE 10 page book of examples, forms and progressions HERE. If you missed the second lesson on Minor Triads you can watch it here. And you can download the FREE pdf of examples, forms and progressions HERE. This week we will continue with Seventh Chord Triads - their inversions and chord patterns. It's sure to be a great live lesson! There will be music, laughs, giveaways and more. I look forward to seeing you there! Watch on our Guitar Gathering YouTube Channel HERE - Steve
  2. Thanks Sam. Learn all you can! Sorry about the fire hose! -Steve
  3. Let me mention something on string lubricants and oils... While their marketing may make claims to "improve your speed" and "reduce string noise", I have not found any of that to be true. -Steve
  4. I experimented with Triads before. Your deep dive lessons have inspired me to spend a few weeks to really lock down those forms. Thank you! 

    1. Steve Krenz

      Steve Krenz

      I'm so glad you're learning and that this series came at a good time for you.

      Keep Going!  Learn all you can!

      -Steve

  5. Ahhh.... String Squeaks - the curse of playing wound strings. WHY DOES IT HAPPEN? When you rub your fingers along the wound strings (usually the 2nd-6th strings), the ridges on your finger rubs against the ridges on the wound string and it causes the squeak. Notice how your fingers don't produce a squeak on the 1st or 2nd string because those are not wound strings. HOW CAN I MINIMIZE IT? Avoid sliding your fingers across the strings when you change chords. When you play a chord put the pressure down onto the fretboard to get the note or chord and then, after the note or chord, remove the pressure straight up without shifting one way or the other. You have to be much more careful when you shift between chords. Don't keep your fingers against the strings when you shift. Make sure they are not touching the strings as you shift. So, why doesn't Tommy Emmanuel squeak as much? Because he's Tommy Emmanuel and he is VERY good at not rubbing his fingers on the strings when he shifts between chords. Practice shifting between chords by moving your fingers completely off the fretboard and not letting them still touch as you shift between chords. OTHER FACTORS Certain types of strings can certainly make squeaking more pronounced. But, overall, the issue is more about paying more attention when you are shifting between chords to not have your fingers make contact with the strings. You can always use flatwound strings and you will not squeak at all. BUT, your sound will sound very muffled because it is the winding on the strings that makes the strings sound sparkly from the higher frequencies. I hope this helps. It takes practice. You'll get better at it.
  6. Dave, Great question and I knew when I talked about it last night that there would be some confusion on it. So, here we go. I'll try to make this as concise as possible. The Question: Why is the V chord in a minor key a dominant 7th? Shouldn't it be a minor? The Short Answer: Yes, technically the V chord in a minor key should be a minor chord. BUT, dominant 7th chords work so great at leading to other chords that we use them to lead to minor chords just like we use them to lead to major chords. The Longer Answer... Let's go on a little music theory journey... THE HARMONIZED MAJOR SCALE If I harmonize a major scale in triads you get this... I - iim - iiim - IV - V - vim - vii dim If I harmonize a major scale in four note chords (sevenths) you get this... Imaj7 - iim7 - iiim7 - IVmaj7 - V7 - vim7 - vii half-dim7 RELATIVE MAJOR AND MINOR KEYS Each major scale derives a key signature that is also shared by it's relative minor key. For example, a C major scale and A minor share the same notes and same key signature. They are the same combination of notes. A C major scale is C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C and an A (natural) minor scale is A-B-C-D-E-F-G-A. (The same pitches, just starting on different notes.) THE HARMONIZED NATURAL MINOR SCALE With this in mind, I could harmonize an A minor scale and it would end up with the same combination of chords as the harmonized major scale - just starting on a different note. Because it starts on a different note, the harmonized minor scale would be this... im - ii dim - bIII - ivm - vm - bVI - bVII or Am - Bdim7 - Cmaj - Dm - Em - F - G - Am (The same chords as the harmonized C major scale - just starting on A and named in relation to A.) So, the five chord is a minor chord. Playing chords like this sounds very modal and medieval. DOMINANT CHORDS ARE GREAT! LET'S USE THEM IN MINOR! So, along came some wild monk in the middle ages that said to himself... "Hey, these new fangled Dominant 7th chords work great going to major chords. Let's try using one to go to a minor chord!" So, he scratched out his Gm chord on his parchment and wrote in a G7th and promptly put it in front of a C minor chord. (He relished his forbidden musical concoction and somehow he escaped being burned at the stake for being a heretic.) A NEW HARMONIZED MINOR SCALE WAS BORN... Just changing one chord - substituting in a V7 for the vm, the new minor chords became... im - ii dim - bIII - ivm - V7 - bVI - bVII Then came along a fancy new version of the natural minor scale came along and it was called the Harmonic Minor Scale! in C it would be C - D - Eb - F - G - Ab - B - C We love this new leading tone (B) which resolves so well to C! So, that's my humorous take on why the V chord is still major in a minor key. Learn all you can! - Steve
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    The 9 page PDF book for lesson 2 of the special teaching series Triads. Let me know how it works for you and if you have any questions. Just comment below. Learn all you can! - Steve
  8. Dear Steve

    Thank you for your offer to email me the pdf file for your first lesson on triads.  Could you also go ahead and send me the other two pdf files as well?

    here is my email address:   noslowski@comcast.net

    Thanks again

    Jake

    1. Steve Krenz

      Steve Krenz

      Jake,

      The second one on Minor chords should be done by tomorrow and the last one will be available next week.

      I'll email you the first triad PDF.

      Learn all you can! - Steve

  9. Topic: TRIADS: Minor Triads Download the PDF that goes with this lesson HERE Minor Triads - their inversions and chord patterns. Watch on our Guitar Gathering YouTube Channel HERE - Steve
  10. Revster, Great question about why I didn't include the lower forms on string sets 3rd - 5th and 4th-6th. Here's the short answer. I'm a sucker for worksheets and could have gleefully added another 10 pages of exercises using the lower forms, but here's the deal. Closed voicing triads done in lower registers start to sound muddy making it hard to distinguish the notes. While, the lower voiced triads might be helpful in recognizing a few shapes and patterns, other than that I haven't found that they are used much in actual playing as chords. So, I decided to just focus on the upper string forms. But the helpful thing is that the major triad shapes on the 3rd-5th strings are the identical shapes for the same chords on the 4th-6th strings. (This is because the relationship of the tuning of the strings, in the interval of a fourth, is identical on all of the strings, 3rd-6th.) The lower the register that you play in the wider of the intervals needed to sound good. Hope this helps. Learn all you can! - Steve
  11. Hey gang, Let me know how this works for you. Learn all you can! - Steve

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