Most students of guitar tend to focus their studies on soloing even though 90% of the time they are playing on the bandstand, is playing rhythm guitar. In this Chord Creativity Guidebook from Richard Hallebeek, you’ll learn how to take the scales you already know and create fresh and colorful chords that are simple to apply in any musical style.
"Every player has been in a situation when you are playing live, jamming over one chord, with the soloist is playing multiple choruses of solos, and at one point you have no idea what chords to play anymore. With these concepts and performance examples, you'll be able to create a greater variety in your chord comping, giving you more options and a better insight. I'll show jazz, rock, and blues players how to get more mileage out of their chordal playing."
In this Guidebook, Richard will present and demonstrate a variety of creative concepts, illustrated with performance examples, for building a diverse palette of chords and voicings to comp with in any style.
Each of the concepts is first explained in detail by Richard and is then demonstrated with performance studies using jam tracks. These tracks are the real deal; in many cases they’ve been released on albums by Richard and other world renowned Jazz Rock artists.
"For every topic that I’m talking about, there’s a live example of different songs I recorded throughout the years with (among others) Virgil Donati, Jimmy Johnson, Derek Sherinian, Brett Garsed and Randy Brecker. Those tracks are also included as jam tracks, giving you the opportunity to comp with those world class soloists."
Richard will show you how to create chords out of pentatonic scales along with a variety of concepts for creating chords out of the modes. You’ll also learn how to get colorful sounds using the melodic minor scale as a basis for chords, and use octave shapes with a third in between. You’ll work on chords built of 4th intervals, as well as symmetric scales that will produce diminished chords, amongst other tonalities. Richard will also show you a series of alternative shapes and creative ways to play them. Even within blues and rock tonalities, you’ll learn a lot of inventive options.
Chords in Pentatonic - "Probably every player knows one or more positions of the pentatonic scale and uses those scales for soloing. The good news is that there are some great sounding chords to be found in the pentatonic scale."
Chords in Modes - "You can find some cool chords in your Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian etc. scales. If you know how to solo with these scales, you can also find great chord voicings with the exact same notes. The advantage of doing this, is that you really get to know your modes."
Chords in Melodic Minor - " The melodic minor scale is a scale that can be used over altered chords. These are b7th chords with alterations, like a b7th b9/b13 chord. You’ll also hear this sound on some of those ‘weird’ chords you’ll find in jazz and fusion, like Maj7#5 or maj/min 7th chords. In this scale, you can find many nice chord voicings that you can use over altered chords."
Octaves with a Third Inside - "One cool way of comping is the octave style of Wes Montgomery, but with a 3rd added inside. This style has been made popular by George Benson and countless other players and is worth having under your fingers."
Quartal Harmony Concepts - "One of my favorite voicings that works in any style of music is a chord made up out of 4th intervals. In western music, our chord structures are built upon 3rds. But chords built upon 4ths have a very cool and hip sound."
Symmetric Scale Concepts - "Symmetrical scales are a great way of moving in and out of harmony. And of course, you can also create chords from those scales. We will take a look at the diminished scale and another symmetrical scale that is made out of two half steps and a whole step."
Rock and Power Chords - "Sometimes, there is some complex harmony going on, that’s being played by either the keyboard player or by a guitar player with a clean guitar sound. Complex chords sound great like that, but what if you want to make it sound more rocky and add some distortion to those harmonies? We'll look into a simple but effective way to address this situation."
Blues Concepts - "The blues is the base of modern music and sooner or later you will find yourself playing a blues in one of its forms. We'll be playing an example of a standard jazz blues, using all of the elements we've discussed, to create an interesting comping part."
Harmonizing a Melody - "I'll show you some shapes of chords with different melody notes on top. These shapes will give you the option to harmonize a melody."
All of the key examples are tabbed and notated for your practice, reference and study purposes. You’ll also get Guitar Pro files so that you can play, loop and/or slow down the tab and notation as you work through the lessons. Plus, Richard generously includes all of the rhythm tracks for you to work with on your own.
Grab your guitar and let’s get creative with Richard Hallebeek!