Read more in our series on music teaching for guitarists.
The next lesson in Music for Guitar series goes on September 14th and gives you an in-depth look at the difference between a songwriting technique called ‘in-between’, which is often referred to by guitar teachers as an improvisation or free-form guitar solo, and a songwriting technique called a ‘written jam’, which is the songwriting part of a song and is not improvised.
When it comes to songs that use these two different chord types, it makes sense that the songwriting part uses more advanced chords than the improvisation part and the songwriters’ part is actually pretty easy to learn by someone just starting out.
In the songwriting part of a song we use a lot of different chord shapes, and we use these shapes a lot more than if they were written in some more familiar shape we all know.
The songwriting part of the song, is a lot like the guitar solo technique of ‘written jam’, since a songwriter uses these shapes a lot more than we do when we improvise, by playing shapes we already know or by reading notes on a piano.
This is important because it is important to play a lot of shapes so that your own chords will sound good. When you don’t do this, a lot of the chords and sounds we use in songwriting will sound off and not exactly what we want to hear, since they don’t sound like what we play on the guitar.
If you’re not comfortable playing chords and sounds like what the song is about, you can always add more shapes that we all know and use as our own chords.
The next lesson in this lesson is the chord structure of the song ‘Stadium Arcadium’ from A Perfect Circle’s album American Beauty.
In the song we used 2 different chord shapes and the first was an advanced one, called a ‘piano chord’, or an Em7 chord, and the second was a standard chord which we all know and use in jazz.
It is important to know which sound the chord is for so that you know what kind of notes to play in different positions in your playing. This is the reason why all our lessons about how to play chords go on top of a jazz chord chart, so you get all the chords in a lot more detail.
The next lesson in this series will teach you what the song is about and how to do it in a songwriting way, since
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