The mission of this website is to provide an alternative source to music education, specifically focusing on ideas and methods to improve the technique, understanding of theory and application of ideas as it relates to the guitar. There is not much here now, but I hope to add frequently and share some of my experience … Continue reading Welcome to Forget About Anchors!
Every scale possesses its own harmonic structure. This structure is what gives each scale a sound that is so unique. Below is a chart describing the qualities of chords that can be found in each scale presented. Notice first, that each scale is listed above, and running along the margin of the left hand side is … Continue reading A Brief Comparative Analysis of Scale Functions Against The Major Scale: Part 1
There are a number of different ways to get from ii7-V7 on guitar and it is imperative that we learn to use them in order to become better at comping. The way I like to learn things like this is to use a single key and spell out the chords to find new paths through … Continue reading ii7-V7 Movement (Part 1)
Western harmony focuses on using different intervals to construct different types of chords. I am going to go ahead and forego an article on intervals and assume that you understand an amount of theory that will allow you to get through this article. The four basic chord types are Major, Minor, Augmented, and Diminished. They … Continue reading Chord Building: Part 1
As a continuation of our analysis of these six scales here is a chart on how one should think about and "spell" each mode as it relates to the seven more typically used modes of the Major Scale. Major Harmonic Major Double Harmonic Major Minor Melodic Minor Harmonic Minor 1 Ionian Ionian b6 Ionian b2b6 … Continue reading A Brief Comparative Analysis of Scale Functions Against The Major Scale: Part 3
The first post we demonstrated the qualities of chords as they relate to one another, now we will take a bit more in-depth look at how alterations in each scale degree present different extensions on the basic chord types. This is one interpretation of how you might use assign each mode to specific chord types. … Continue reading A Brief Comparative Analysis of Scale Functions Against The Major Scale: Part 2