Chord Chemistry 101 (Introduction) by Keni Lee Burgess (Page 1)

Chord Chemistry 101


by Keni Lee Burgess

Note: These lectures are intended to clarify and suppliment my instructional videos CDs. Series 5 (4 string Cigar Box Guitar) will directly reflect the examples presented in these lectures, but due to the fact we are working in Open G Tuning, CD 2 and CD 4 are also applicable.

This series of lectures on musical theory is applicable to any tuning or any stringed instruments regardless of the number of strings on the instrument. For educational purposes, I will use Spanish Tuning (aka Open G Tuning) as a standard, and cite examples played on a 4 string fretted Cigar Box Gutiar. The guitar is tuned from low to high D g b d. I am using strings D g b e from a standard pack of medium strings. For reference purposes, the strings are numbered 1-d, 2-b, 3-g, 4-D The thinnist string is closest to the floor.

Open tunings basically reduces the instrument into a one key instrument. The scales, chord progressions, and musical theory are clearly displayed across the fingerboard (like a piano) unlike a conventionally tuned standard guitar that uses a compromised tuning to facilitate playing in all 13 keys.

The goal of these lectures is to provide a firm foundation in building, understanding the organization, and use of basic chords. It is my opinion, that learning this information will provide an opportunity to study the fingerboard in a step by step process that will reveal how chords are connected together to arrange songs. Using the Major Scale as a reference point and learning to see the fingerboard as one interconnected whole will make this process easier.

I would strongly suggest, after reading the lecture, pick up the guitar, and find all the information on the guitar for yourself. Feel free to read ahead, but most of the real learning will take place as you continue to apply and experiment with the information.

Note: These pages will be constantly edited to improve clearity of instruction. Your questions and feedback are greatly appreciated.

Enjoy, Keni Lee

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Comment by Keni Lee Burgess on August 18, 2010 at 11:36pm
This series of lectures is available on CD 5. Click below to purchase:
Comment by Keni Lee Burgess on March 9, 2010 at 5:19pm
Thank you Gary for your response. Glad to hear you are enjoying the instructional CDs. These lecturers will roll at an easy pace, so take your time and enjoy.
Comment by Keni Lee Burgess on March 8, 2010 at 9:42pm
Thank you for your comment. I look forward to your feedback. Enjoy.
Comment by Tim Latham on March 8, 2010 at 9:10pm
I look forward to following these lectures. Thanks for your time in advance.

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