Four-Note Chord Voicings
—Play Guitar Like A Pro—
Build a repertoire of skills that can be applied to any style of music like pop, funk, rock, blues, singer-songwriter etc.
Learn the essential extended chords you need to comp like a pro while building on your rhythmic knowledge, with lessons on swing, bossa nova and fingerstyle strumming—all in the context of popular songs and jazz standards.
Mondays 7pm-8pm ONLINE
SEPT. 12th to DEC. 5th, 2022.
(Registration now closed)
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Course will be held online
Wendell Ferguson (former participant) talks about Four-note Chord Voicings
"Steve is the real deal, a Toronto treasure."
For those of you who may be thinking of upping your guitar game, or introducing guitar to some budding rock stars, I can't think of anyone I'd entrust that to better qualified than Steve.
Awesome guy, great teacher, uber-skilled. – Ian T.
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What Steve Briggs says about the Four-Note Chord Voicings course
" When guitarists are ready to expand their chord vocabulary, it’s important to remember that it’s not enough to just learn the chord shapes. You must also put these chords into context. When you study how they are commonly grouped together, then you can begin to develop strategies for negotiating your way through all the standard chord progressions.
The good news is that there aren’t as many different combinations as it may initially seem.
Also there are multiple song examples for any chord progression combination. In this course, we will play through standard song examples with the chord diagrams clearly written in on your chart. This provides your context, and also it’s a very engaging method for teaching these chord shapes.
I have found that an effective way of learning is to frame something new as not really new but a variation on something you’re doing already. With this in mind, each week we will introduce a new chord type or concept while also building on all the recent additions to your chord vocabulary. We are focusing on only the most common chord shapes and progressions, and you will be able to identify and read through chord charts.
And of course meeting and playing with other fellow musicians is a plus!"
Four-Note Chord Voicings
Intro to Harmonized Major Scales | Maj7, Min7, Dom7, Min7b5
Intro to the Circle of Fifths
Intro to Maj6, Min6, Maj9, Min9
Intro to Diminished Seventh Chords
Intro to the 3-6-2-5-1 Turnaround and Altered Dominants
Intro to Tri-tone Substitution and Descending lines in Minor
Intro to Ascending Lines in Minor
Intro to Three Note Shell Shapes
Intro to Spread Dominant 7th Triads
Bossa Nova (Finger style & Strum)
Using four note chords in Popular music
More Bossa Nova and Pop review
- A guitar, and a desire to learn
- Time allocated for personal daily practice between classes
- Knowledge of barre chords
- Finger dexterity (able to move from barre chord to barre chord with ease)
- Knowledge of the notes on the fretboard, particularly fifth and sixth strings
- Prior theory knowledge is an asset