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The lessons increase in difficulty as you progress building on one another. Includes over 11 hours of video lessons with discussion, explanations and examples, close up fretboard demonstrations, all rehearsed slowly by measure then by section. Includes M4V* video, printable PDF in tab and notation plus MP3 practice tracks for some lessons.
The introductory lesson includes discussion of the methods and theories of fingerstyle arranging. Learn how to harmonize the major scale with chord voicings of just the tonic chord. Study 3 string groups that produce 30 different voicings.
Lesson two studies minor chord voicings. Most songs are written in major keys experience voicing minor chords with the home key scale moving above it. Use the Dorian mode voiced over minor chords in three different string groups.
Part three works on chromatic scales voiced over dominant chords. More chromatic melody is found over dominant chords than any other chords. Learn how to generate 44 different chord voicings using 3 shapes.
Lesson four, now use what you’ve learned to play the chord melody to the ever popular standard, "The Way You Look Tonight.”
Part two includes five lessons and begins with triads in three string groups, each group voiced with the root, 3rd then the 5th in the soprano voice. Diatonic harmony is essential to chord melody and fingerstyle and it starts with triads.
Lesson two is a chord melody to the popular Beatles' tune, "Here, There & Everywhere." This arrangement specifically demonstrates diatonic harmony in action.
Lesson three works through triads with open voicings and 7th chords with open and closed voicings.
Lesson four examines voicings unique to jazz and useful for fingerstyle arranging. 15 different illustrations include quadrants (4 note chords) of stacked 4ths, triads of stacked 4ths and 5ths plus tight harmony 2nds with 3rds and 4ths.
Use what you've learned to harmonize the Beatles classic, Eleanor Rigby in quadrants of 4ths to give the tune a modern jazz sound.
In part three, the first lesson works on "Counter Lines" that is lines other than the melody that are within the chords and also connect the chords. They're used in chord melody and fingerstyle to fill in the dead air when the melody is suspended.
Lesson two shows examples of harmonizing a melody using contrary motion with a new arrangement of the intro and verse of The Way You Look Tonight using counter lines and contrary motion.
You won't need your metronome for lesson three! Learn Autumn Leaves in a rubato style and playing jazz counter lines in answer to the melody. Joe Pass was the master of this technique. By adding jazz lines in between the melody your arrangements will be interesting and have more of a jazz sound.
Part four includes two lessons that cover reharmonization. In the first lesson discusses using II V tritone substitutions. This concept will help you utilize jazz harmonies in your arrangements
Continuing with reharmonization, we discuss tonality and how it can be delayed or reaffirmed to bring a new dimension and a new set of chords to your arrangement. Also discussion on back cycling through the cycle of 4ths and how it can be used to change the harmony and make it more interesting. Explore resolving and deceptive cadences, delayed resolutions, more tritone substitutions with many music illustrations.
Part five includes three lessons that cover adding bass lines. and turn arounds
Introducing the bass line. In lesson one Rich will demo a variety of different bass line treatments and explain how they work under the support of the harmony.
In the second lesson you will study walking bass lines with examples from actual tunes. This will help you see the interaction between the bass and the melody.
Last we incorporate walking bass line and transform a chord melody into a fingerstyle arrangement. This lesson revisits the the chord melody arrangement found in lesson 3B, The Way You Look Tonight and adds the walking bass lines.
Turn Arounds are the chord progressions found in the last two bars of the first verse of most standards and many pop tunes. The chord progression leads the listener back to the starting of the second verse. Rich gives the most common turn arounds and then offers ideas to embellish the progression that can lead to 100s of playing possibilities.
Exploring intros, Learn how finding key parts of a song can server as an intro or even as an ending. Also how improvising on those key parts can make a nice intro as well as an interlude. And discuss how transposing those sections can be effective and add interest to the arrangement. Finally Rich shows some favorite intro chord progrssions to establish the tonality and mood of the song.
The last element of your arrangement that the audience hears is the ending so having a great ending will leave the listener fulfilled. In the final installment of this Fingerstyle Arranging series Rich gives you his thoughts and ideas on how he creates endings for his arrangements and demonstrates several actual endings. He also discusses several methods in creating your endings including deceptive cadences, chords moving around the cycle of 4ths, jazz substitutions, restating key phrases, resolving cadences then moving to new tonalities, and using intros as endings.