Four-Note Chord  Voicings

—Play Jazz Rhythm 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.

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Course will be held online.

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"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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Full price of the course is $540 (CAD)

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!"

 

Sample Syllabus

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

Pre-requisites

- 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