Archives For December 2014

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If you mix, recognizing frequencies is probably the most valuable technical skill you can develop. With that in mind, here’s a product I love and have been using for years.

Quiztones is an ear training app for audio engineers. Quiztones scores you on a number of listening tests designed to improve your ability to recognize specific frequency ranges. The simplest is a series of sine wave frequencies, choosing from options at least an octave apart. The most challenging is a +5 dB EQ boost on an audio track you choose from your library, or the built-in instrument samples in the Quiztones library. All quizzes consist of ten multiple choice “questions” and are scored out of 1000. Continue Reading…

http://www.guitarchalk.com/2014/11/guitar-and-contemporary-worship-melody.html

http://www.guitarchalk.com/2014/11/guitar-and-contemporary-worship-melody.html

The full title is Worship Guitar Chord Structures and Melodies: Triadic Improvisation Workshop. That’s a hefty title introducing an equally heavy topic, but the payoff is huge: great melodies. Who doesn’t want that?

The post is lengthy, so don’t attempt to read it on your phone. It contains chord diagrams and tablature, making it easy to follow along with your guitar. It walks through how to develop melodies based on the chord structure of a song by starting with three note guitar chords (triads) as a roadmap for improvisation.

This is a critical bit of understanding in musical improvisation. From a jazz theory perspective, every chord can be seen as a scale waiting to take shape. Visualizing these scales as they relate to the underlying chords helps provide the vocabulary for musical improvisation and melody making. Continue Reading…