By Mark Hanson It was fun to read about Sting studying scores of French Impressionist composer Maurice Ravel (“Bolero”) for new harmonic and chord progression ideas. In this article we’ll study a chord progression you may not have seen: a dominant 7th chord resolving down 1/2 step (G7 to F#, or D-flat7 to C, for instance) — the “Augmented 6th” progression. First, here’s a fundamental harmonic movement to understand: You all know that V7 chords (“dominant 7th”) resolve regularly to the I chord (“tonic”): G7 to C, for instance. They also resolve effectively up to the vi chord of the […]
In a major key, combine the ii chord with the key’s leading tone. Voila!
Mark Hanson’s first live, in-person concert in 17 months is broadcast this Friday, August 6, 2021, at this url: https://www.wilsonvillearts.org/summer-performance-series The show was presented and filmed July 16 at Meridian UCC in Wilsonville, Oregon, in front of a well-spaced ‘crowd’ of about 25 enthusiastic people. It’s (almost) all original music from a fingerstyle guitar master. Good to be onstage again! Viewable after the Premiere, too!
Dealing with Sore Fingertips!
Timeline/Contents for “Music Theory for Guitarists” video.
A “Top 10” accolade for Mark’s guitar solo “Go Tell It On the Mountain”!
Memorize your guitar pieces more effectively!
You can very successfully move a “C”-shape up the neck! For fingerstyle guitar one of my favorite chord shapes in standard tuning is “C.”
Mark Hanson’s Six-Shape Neck Visualization Method – the “A” shape.
Earlier I wrote about my “six-chord” neck visualization method, with two chord shapes anchored on each of the three bass strings. The advantage of knowing this is to gain access to a different range of melody notes on the treble strings while fretting the root note in the bass. Let’s start with the fourth string. You all know the first-position, end-of-the neck D shape, with the root note as the open fourth string. This fingering is “in front” of the root note – meaning the fretted notes are at a higher fret position. This shape, of course, can slide all […]