Oh! Susanna (Guitar Lesson)


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Peter Einhorn

Oh! Susanna

Now that you've taken a look at combining all the techniques of chord melody playing, it's time to start applying it further. In this lesson, Peter demonstrates musicality while playing. You'll learn to play the song "Oh! Susanna".

Taught by Peter Einhorn in Chord Melody with Peter Einhorn seriesLength: 9:31Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


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gharringtongharrington replied on November 28th, 2012

Peter Splendid series. I can see the relationship among the melody note, the chord composition (1,3,5 notes), and the respective integral of that chord shape as I practice chord to chord, say on Susanah. But, have I already missed the ‘Rosetta Stone’ instruction that is the code to understanding how to know how to transpose the right chord/chord shape for ANY melody note? So far, that escapes me. Or, is that ‘aha’ moment still to come in later scenes? I heard you say that be the end of the series we should be able to harmonize the melody of any tune. I have lots of tunes in simple C from piano song books. My goal to be able to harmonize those melody notes.

gharringtongharrington replied on November 27th, 2012

Got Jingle Bells down, Susanah next but looking forward to those diminished chord sounds in Johnny This is the sweet cocktail guitar style/technique/sound I was looking for. Thank you.

Chord Melody with Peter Einhorn

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Peter Einhorn takes a look at chord harmonization in this lesson series. Instead of the more traditional method of harmonizing the bass notes, he teaches a reverse method to harmonizing the melody.



Lesson 1

Series Introduction

In this lesson series, Peter Einhorn is going to be discussing harmonization based off of melody notes. Most traditional learning for harmonization utilizes the bass notes. As a result you'll gain more...

Length: 6:00 Difficulty: 0.5 FREE
Lesson 2

Learning Melody

To get you started in your chord melody journey, it's first necessary to learn a few melodies. In this lesson, Peter provides instruction on melody using the 1st string for which you'll be harmonizing...

Length: 5:20 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 3

Scales

In order to harmonize a melody and create chords, you need to know what scales you're using. In this lesson, Peter discusses harmonization using the major, Dorian and Mixolydian scales.

Length: 8:57 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

Transposing Shapes

In this lesson, Peter discusses how the shapes you've learned for the G major scale can be transposed or used in other keys. You will also start harmonizing scale tones in the second scene.

Length: 10:29 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Using Pivot Fingers

So you've learned the basic chord melody shapes and you're wanting to apply that to music. How do you get from one shape to the next? In this lesson, Peter discusses and demonstrates the use of pivot fingers...

Length: 6:46 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 6

Combining Techniques

Now that you've learned how to harmonize chord and scales tones and connect chords, it's time to start putting those techniques to use. In this lesson, Peter demonstrates these techniques as applied to...

Length: 11:09 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

Oh! Susanna

Now that you've taken a look at combining all the techniques of chord melody playing, it's time to start applying it further. In this lesson, Peter demonstrates musicality while playing. You'll learn to...

Length: 9:31 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

Chromaticism

In the eighth lesson of his chord melody series, Peter discusses the use and harmonizing of chromatic notes. You'll then put these concepts to use and learn the song "When Johnny Comes Marching Home".

Length: 13:37 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

Go Tell It On The Mountain

In this lesson you'll learn the song "Go Tell It On The Mountain". Peter uses this song to discuss and demonstrate relative keys and how they apply to playing in the chord melody style.

Length: 9:31 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

St. James Infirmary

Delivering on the promise made in the lesson introduction, Peter demonstrates how to play "St. James Infirmary" in the chord melody style. He also introduces the shuffle rhythm which is needed to play...

Length: 8:53 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only

About Peter Einhorn View Full Biography Peter has performed and / or recorded with Joe Lavono, Jimmy Cobb, Steve Swallow, Placido Domingo, John Abercrombie, Steve Kuhn, Eddie Daniels, Roland Hanna, Walter Booker and many others.

Peter has honed his teaching skills from 20 years of service at the National Guitar Workshop, 10 years teaching guitar students and ensembles at Bard College in N.Y., and, to this day, maintains some private students. As a professional jazz & latin musician in New York City and Miami he has played in many top venues. His work at the Metropolitan opera in New York City over a period of three years should be noted. He has written for network television (NBC, ABC)) and for video (History Channel) and has over 25 scores to his credit. Peter has performed and / or recorded with Joe Lavano, Jim Hall, Steve Swallow, Placido Domingo, John Abercrombie, Steve Kuhn, Eddie Daniels, Roland Hanna and many others. Peter is licensed in Instrumental Music, K-12 in New York State. His guitar improvisational instruction books; "Introducing the Dorian Mode" and "Introducing the Mixolydian Mode", are currently available from Alfred Publishing. He lives in Woodstock, NY with his wife and two children.

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