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229 | Play ANY stringed instrument
how to be a multi-instrumentalist
August 09, 2023
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Musicians who can play multiple instruments are amazing, right? Even the name “multi-instrumentalist” sounds impressive. So it seems their supreme talent must be equally impressive.…

But the truth is, that’s not so.

Virtually all instruments in the western world are based on the same underlying patterns. And this is definitely the case with stringed instruments in particular.

This video explains in detail:

And the following diagrams go with the video, where you can see how to play these 8 popular instruments:

When you get down to it, all 8 fingerboard are just subsets or variations of the standard guitar:

At first glance, the guitar fretboard may look like a scrambled pattern of notes. But based on the instrument’s standard tuning, the strings create a very orderly matrix.

Specifically, each string forms a chromatic scale sequence … while every fret follows a circle-of-fifths arrangement.

And this intersection of horizontal strings (chromatic scales) and vertical frets (circles of fifths) results in an an interlaced framework of notes:

This matrix of harmonically related notes informs how to play scales, modes, chords, and progressions in all keys on the guitar (which I explain is more detail in other posts — and in the full music theory course playlist).

But here, the point is that the layout of notes on the guitar is totally logical — again, based on the instruments standard tuning.

But what’s really cool is that this same relationship between the chromatic scale and circle of fifths also informs how the notes on various other stringed instruments are laid out. Because each fingerboard sits at a similar 9or somethings the same) intersection of horizontal and vertical patterns....

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278 - Easy Trick to Play Piano Chords

How do musicians move around the piano keyboard so quickly? And how do they know which notes to play in a progression?

Let's look at the underlying patterns that guide your eyes, mind, and hands to play chords on the piano with ease -- in any shape (or "inversion" ).

Join the live stream -- Monday, March 25 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern:
https://youtube.com/live/UQvloeRZGKU

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Lesson 19 update & Supporters stream peek

Hey there, everyone! Lesson #19 is coming along, and I want to give you a quick update-- The text is written. I've spent the weekend creating illustrations. 100 of 126-ish are done. We just wrapped one of our weekly supporters streams here. (Weekly? Yes, with things wrapping on the course soon-ish, we are kicking those up to weekly. That starts now. THANK YOU for being here, supporters.) If you'd like a peek at what the supporters streams like, the link to today's stream is here: https://youtube.com/live/4HnquM6Qriw

Hope your week gets off to a good start. Talk soon!

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Open Hour Q&A - Saturday, April 20

Hey -- I'm answering your questions and hanging out via live stream Saturday, April 20 at 9:00 a.m. Mountain. (Ask any questions Live or post them on Locals in advance.) This Open Hour is for supporters. THANK YOU!

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281 | The Beatles - Glass Onion (music theory)

The Beatles' song, "Glass Onion" from the White Album is one of their best tracks. It has a distinctively tense sound that gets stuck in your head. So let's look at this tune through the lens of music theory to see how John Lennon wrote this chord progression.

https://youtube.com/live/N4cFE4sbC3w

To play along with (and pick apart) this song, here are the chord diagrams for each section:

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Open Hour Q&A - Saturday, April 13

Join me for this week's Open Hour Q&A live stream Saturday, April 13 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern.

No planned presentation -- just answering questions and talking music theory.

If you can’t join this week’s Q&A, post your questions here in advance.

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