A different approach to harmonic applications on guitar and developing a modern chord vocabulary.
Complete course with step-by-step lessons and practice examples.
Course filmed with 6 cameras for the perfect angles.
111 of 117 of our members have given this their approval.
Download tabs, helpers, JamTracks and docs included with lessons.
John March, a long time student of the late Ted Greene and a self-proclaimed "chord addict", opens up a fresh way to view the guitar fretboard. A different way to think, introducing the idea of how chords work and how to develop a “vocabulary”.Begin the Course
Welcome to this fresh new look at understanding the guitar fretboard as a whole! John March, a long time student of the late Ted Greene, introduces himself and his guitar series.
Take a new look at the fretboard and learn where to find a voicing that works. There are techniques that simplify the fretboard and steps that can be taken to find the chord you are looking for.
It's time to learn what makes up a dominant chord and understand what extensions are. John covers simple movements and his overall viewpoints on how to best apply dominant sounds.
When applied to music, the term "color" usually refers to various extensions and alterations within chords. John demonstrates how he adds color to chords in order to change the overall tone and mood of a piece.
What is an inversion and how does it generate chords? Well it's time for John to lend his talents and techniques to break this topic down in a very easy manner for anyone to understand.
With a quick recap of inversions, John now discusses geometry vs. geography on the guitar and how each factor is used to create a whole new harmonic vocabulary. Shifting registers and octave displacement are used to generate new voicings.
John dives deeper into the topic of simple note movement. This lesson covers topics like shifting register, bass development, and finding the best way to create new chord options.
Continuing on with chord voicings, John now demonstrates how to take what has been taught already to the next level. Some examples include how to play advanced jazz material over blues sounds.
John now provides more insight into the relationships between intervals and how the colors can vary depending on how the notes are used - whether in a full chord, small solo, or lick.
Now it is time for John to take the detailed concepts he has taught so far and apply them directly to certain chord shapes. This first "chord" lesson will touch on dominant 7th shapes.
John expands on his Chord Alchemy series with different concepts and practical applications to carry you further down the road of becoming a chord master! This video gives you a clue as to what you can expect in Chord Alchemy, Part 2.
Kicking off part two of this series, John gives direction as to where we're headed, including looking at the four basic elements of music and choosing your own path moving forward.
A big part of visualizing and committing these concepts to memory is doing the physical work of neck mapping. In this lesson John explains what that is and gives you your first neck mapping assignment!
There's always a different way.... a different way to finger chords, that is! John opens us up to the idea of alternate fingerings in this lesson, and why you want to explore this path in your playing.
In this lesson, John explores the D chord, taking the basic shape that we all learned early on in our playing, and twisting it into the coolest possible inversions and voicings!
In this lesson John creates different sounds by exploring the intervallic relationship of notes to the root note of a chord.
Having a good ear is not just based on natural ability. There are steps you can take and exercises you can do to train your ear. In this lesson John gives you an exercise to start training yourself to recognize certain key intervals in music.
Earlier, John explored moving higher notes in chords against a consistent root note. Now the opposite: moving the lower notes in a chord while keeping the higher notes consistent. This makes for some very colorful chord voicings!
The way you group strings goes a long way to determining how colorful your chord voicings can be. Certain close intervallic colors can only be achieved through odd fingerings using "big stretches". John explores a number of these "big stretches" in this lesson.
John shows us yet another great technique for generating options in your playing. Superimposing chromatic triads over the same bass note gives you chord tones that you might not have thought of otherwise!
Of course, all of this discussion and chord knowledge only comes together when using it in context. In this lesson, John explores what that means and how it can generate even more chordal options.
Taking the application process a step further, John now explores what we've learned so far in the context of chord sequences.
John continues applying our new found knowledge to chord sequences, this time using the I-Dominant-IV sequence.
John takes a look at even more sequences, bringing out the melodic content from the chords.
A very simple trick to expanding your chord tones is adding chromatic approach chords. John shows us how to do this in the most effective way.
Now, John takes a turn in Chord Alchemy towards the blues. The blues provides us with a consistent structure to apply all the explorations thus far in Chord Alchemy!
John continues to look at the blues, this time exploring dominant 7th chords. Specifically, how to draw out the melodic content to give your voicings more color and purpose in the context of the blues.
Now, a recap of some key ideas so far in Chord Alchemy 2. This should help solidify some concepts and techniques to help you move forward through the last part of the series!
The blues can range from very simple to quite complex. In the next two lessons, John takes us on a journey from very "inside" sounds to jazzy colors that lie "outside" the norm.
In this lessons, John continues to take the blues from and "inside" sound to and "outside" sound, exploring all manner of colors and voicings!
Working in open strings when you can gives your voicings a much wider range of color and timbre. In this lesson, John shows us some of his favorite ways to use open strings.
Let's Start. Together.
Setup your account and explore our courses, teaching tools and resources.Get Started
Great explanation of chords and their construction. Always good to think differently about approaching this topic. Excellent lessons
I like his approach. I can see his trajectory and look forward to future lessons while enjoying the current exploration. Fav teacher so far
I really want to learn this stuff, but find it may be impossible for me. I will keep at it.
Instructor seems both very competent and very passionate.
Love it! Looking to add creativity to the basic progression. Perfect. Well done.
Nice teaching style. Interesting concepts/ideas.
Teacher and content are great very helpful
The first time I saw John was live at the live summer event. I wasn't sure how the Star Spangled Banner was going to be presented. John captured my imagination and I'm still between Phase 1 and 2 but I'm really excited and enthusiastic about
This guy knows what's up. I'm excited for this course. Rare to find a teacher who truly wants you to develop your own artistic voice.
this lessons help me to understand more the chord chamestry book.
This seems like a great lesson to take me out of a "playing rut." Easy to understand, and versatile lesson.
your an absolute genius !