The Perpetual Beginner – what are color chords?

August 29, 2017
The Perpetual Beginner – what are color chords?

Chords come in a wide variety of flavors or “qualities”. Each one has a distinctive feel or “vibe”, an emotional association that goes with the sound. A simple example would be the contrast between bright, happy major chords and darker, Continue reading

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The top 3 challenges for singers learning guitar, and how to conquer them

August 21, 2017
The top 3 challenges for singers learning guitar, and how to conquer them

Living and working in Nashville, I meet a lot of singers who want to learn to accompany themselves. Even in a music town like this one, where competent guitarists are easy to find, there’s a lot of value in Continue reading

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The Perpetual Beginner: what Bill Withers can teach you about harmony

August 14, 2017
The Perpetual Beginner: what Bill Withers can teach you about harmony

I’ve become a great fan of soul singer Bill Withers in recent years. His songs have always been familiar, but as with many things I’ve come to a new appreciation lately. There’s the voice, of course, and the songs, and Continue reading

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