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How to Play 7th Chords on the Guitar

How to Play 7th Chords on the Guitar

7th Chords are essential for any guitarist learning to play jazz. While there are literally tens of thousands of possible combinations, you really only need to know 8 basic shapes to get started. In this video blog post, I’ll walk you through how to play 7th chords on...

Solfège Syllables & Kodály Hand Signals

Solfège Syllables & Kodály Hand Signals

When singers learn new music, we tend to rely on finding our pitches on a piano. But how about when all we have is our voice and no other instrument? As singing musicians, it’s important that we have a helpful system to use when learning new music without another instrument to play notes for us. One of the most common methods is called Solfège, an order of syllables that allow musicians to sight-read music a capella.

Songwriting 104: Song Forms Explored

Songwriting 104: Song Forms Explored

Note: this content was originally featured in the 7 Day Songwriting Challenge – a course created by Jamey Cummins and Alex Ballentine at Eastside Music School. We’ve made it free with the hopes that curious songwriters might learn something new. If you find this post...

Songwriting 103: All About Lyrics

Songwriting 103: All About Lyrics

Note: this content was originally featured in the 7 Day Songwriting Challenge – a course created by Jamey Cummins and Alex Ballentine at Eastside Music School. We’ve made it free with the hopes that curious songwriters might learn something new. If you find this post...