Implied Tonalities (Guitar Lesson)


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Chris Liepe

Implied Tonalities

Chris Liepe delves into the world of implied tonalities. This lesson details how a single arpeggio can be implied over various chordal sounds.

Taught by Chris Liepe in Rock Guitar with Chris Liepe seriesLength: 25:40Difficulty: 4.0 of 5


Lesson 12: Implied Tonalities

This lesson focuses on taking some of the arpeggio and chord shapes we've worked on in this series and applying them over different tonal centers or chords. For example, you could play an A Major arpeggio over an A Major chord, but what would happen if you played an E Major arpeggio? What would the resulting "chord" or tonality be? To figure this out, you must look at the note makeup of each individual tonality (the A Major and the E Major), take the key signature and tonal center in to consideration, and then combine the notes in each chord. You'll then be able to look at the combined sound and decide whether it might be cool to try in a solo.

So, an A Major chord has the notes A, C#, and E. An E Major chord has notes E, G#, and B. If we're calling the A chord our "1" chord and are in the key of A Major, then we define the E chord using the A chord and not the other way around. So, in the key of A Major, the notes E, G# and B would be the 5th, 7th and 2nd (or 9th). When combined with the A chord, we have a total chord makeup of Root, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 9th. The implied tonality when playing an E Major arpeggio over an A Major chord is an Amaj9 which, again, if we're playing over the "1" chord, is quite nice sounding and interesting. This lesson demonstrates a number of examples of finding cool ways of applying this way of thinking in order to create fresh sounds in your playing.

Here are the examples covered in the lesson:

Ex 1: C major arpeggio played over an Am chord, or even an "A" root creates an Am7 tonality.

Reasoning:
An Am chord: A, C, E (R35) C Major chord: C, E, G (define those notes in terms of an "A" root and you get: 3, 5 and b7) so total, we have 1, 3, 5, b7 ... a m7 tonality

Ex 2: G major arpeggio played over an Am chord creates an Am11 tonality.

Reasoning:
Am : A, C, E. G Major: G, B, D or 7, 9, 11 for a combined tonality of 1, b3, 5, b7, 9, 11 or an Am11 tonality

The crux of the idea is that each note means something different depending on what is behind it. Understanding this concept takes a lot of time, but helps you apply what you know in a huge variety of ways. If you are unfamiliar with some of the shapes playing in this lesson, make sure you're up to speed on the previous lessons in this series. There isn't any new playing, per se... just a new concept to apply to positions you already know if you're following this series.

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bunkybunky replied on March 22nd, 2012

I searched this site and the net, and can not find a G5 pedal tone. Could you please add one to the suplemental content or backing tracks. In fact it would be nice to have a full array of pedal tones in all keys with majors minors and 5 chords. Thanks

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied on March 22nd, 2012

Tracks of this nature should be up within the next month or so.

bunkybunky replied on March 22nd, 2012

Awsome topic, and a very well taught lesson. Loved it!

siegbsiegb replied on January 23rd, 2012

Thanks for introducing these concepts. Its rarely mentioned, yet so important in making sense of music.

GuitarLibManGuitarLibMan replied on January 21st, 2012

Really cool lesson!

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied on July 21st, 2011

Many more to come

jets42689jets42689 replied on July 20th, 2011

wooo i thought this series was over

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Lesson 12

Implied Tonalities

Chris Liepe delves into the world of implied tonalities. This lesson details how a single arpeggio can be implied over various chordal sounds.

Length: 25:40 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
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Chris Liepe offers up some insight into his past. Hopefully this lesson will help you further your own goals as a guitarist.

Length: 11:42 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only

About Chris Liepe View Full Biography Chris Liepe was born on September 17th, 1981 in Portland OR. His first instrument was piano which he pursued until discovering his love for the electric guitar in high school. He became fans of such groups as Soundgarden, Collective Soul and U2 inspiring him to start singing, songwriting and helping others in their musical endeavors with teaching, co-writing and album production.

Having moved to Colorado with his family, he began gigging, recording and teaching in a number of music stores as well as out of his apartment until deciding to pursue music full time. He moved to Denver, CO to complete a Bachelors in Music Technology and was then hired on by Sweetwater Productions, a division of Sweetwater Sound and one of the largest, most successful recording studios in the Midwest.

Chris spent nearly 4 years at Sweetwater as a producer, recording engineer, studio musician and writer. During this time he had the privilege of working with many artists including Augustana, Landon Pigg, Jars of Clay, and Mercy Me. He also wrote for and played on numerous independent albums and hundreds of radio/TV commercials.

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