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Theory and Improvisation

As guitarists, we tend to memorize shapes without ever really knowing why. The goal of this course is to provide guitarists with the fundamentals to “see” the skeletal structure of the chords and scales they already know, in order to unlock new shapes and sounds. Horace Bray delivers an all-encompassing course on triads; one of the cornerstones of unlocking melody and harmony across the neck.

Lesson 1

The Power of Three Notes...

As guitarists, we tend to memorize shapes without ever really knowing why. The goal of...

Length: 1:48
Lesson 2

Closed G Major Triads...

Horace gets right to it teaching closed G major triads in all three inversions. You start...

Length: 5:03
Lesson 3

Closed G Major Triads...

Horace continues his teaching on the closed G Major triads. Just like the previous lesson,...

Length: 3:29
Lesson 4

Closed G Major Triads...

We continue on the closed G Major triads. Just like the previous lesson, you will learn...

Length: 4:00
Lesson 5

Closed G Major Triads...

And finally, we move to the 3rd, 2nd and 1st strings to finalize our movement across the...

Length: 4:16
Lesson 6

Closed Triad G Major...

Now that you have learned the G major closed triads across the neck and in all inversions,...

Length: 9:07
Lesson 7

Open G Major Triads...

Horace teaches the open G major triad groupings with exercises and examples. Unlike the...

Length: 6:04
Lesson 8

Open G Major Triads...

Horace continues to teach the open voicing G major triads and the root, 1st and 2nd inversion....

Length: 7:24
Lesson 9

Open G Major Triads...

And lastly.. you guessed it, triads on the final top strings. Hopefully by now you are...

Length: 4:41
Lesson 10

Major Arpeggio Etude

Horace provides a short etude on how to practice connecting the different shapes of the...

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Lesson 11

Closed A Minor Triads...

It is time to start looking at minor triad voicings. To get started, Horace will teach...

Length: 3:10
Lesson 12

Closed A Minor Triads...

Lesson 12 picks up the A minor closed triads, now starting on the 5th, 4th and 3rd string...

Length: 3:22
Lesson 13

Closed A Minor Triads...

We move to the next set of strings, with the 4th, 3rd and 2nd. By now, you will start...

Length: 3:17
Lesson 14

Closed A Minor Triads...

Lesson 14 picks up the A minor closed triads, now starting on the 3rd, 2nd and 1st string...

Length: 2:52
Lesson 15

Minor Arpeggio Etude

Finally we use another etude to practice connecting these shapes, and more importantly,...

Length: 7:02
Lesson 16

Open A Minor Triads...

As you did previously, lesson 16 looks at open voiced triads, this time for A minor. Learn...

Length: 4:26
Lesson 17

Open A Minor Triads...

Lesson 17 continues your learning of the open A minor triad voicings. Learn the root,...

Length: 2:57
Lesson 18

Open A Minor Triads...

Are you seeing the patterns? Moving to the 4th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st strings, we will again...

Length: 3:07
Lesson 19

Minor Arpeggio Exercise

Now that you have learned the A minor open voicing triads, we transfer that knowledge...

Length: 5:28
Lesson 20

Closed Triad Pairings

Lesson 20 starts to look at harmonic movement between chords. Using the G major and A...

Length: 8:08
Lesson 21

Open Triad Pairings

Just like the previous lesson, you will now be looking at triad pairs for the open voicings...

Length: 6:08
Lesson 22

Change One Note!

Horace introduces the concept of making a single note change to the triad formation to...

Length: 1:53
Lesson 23

G Major Clusters for...

Now that Horace has gone over the 1, 3, 4 cluster in the previous lesson, it's time to...

Length: 6:17
Lesson 24

G Major Clusters for...

We pick up the 1-3-4 cluster learning that you started in the previous lesson. Learn the...

Length: 4:06
Lesson 25

G Major Clusters for...

We move to the next set of strings, with the 4th, 3rd and 2nd. By now, you will start...

Length: 4:07
Lesson 26

G Major Clusters for...

Lesson 26 picks up the 1-3-4 cluster learning that you started in lesson 25. Here, we...

Length: 4:14
Lesson 27

G Major 1-3-4 Arpeggio...

To start off, Horace will discuss the 3 note groupings for chords 1, 3 and 4 as well as...

Length: 7:41
Lesson 28

G Major Open Clusters...

We take the concepts learned in the previous cluster lessons, but this time from an open...

Length: 5:45
Lesson 29

G Major Open Clusters...

Horace provides another example of how landing points function within triads.

Length: 4:32
Lesson 30

G Major Open Clusters...

A final example demonstrating this concept. Refer to the provided tab to navigate the...

Length: 4:11
Lesson 31

Open Cluster Landing...

Now that we have looked at closed and open cluster voicings in the previous lessons, Horace...

Length: 3:48
Lesson 32

A Minor 1-b3-4 Arpeggio

Horace discusses the 3 note groupings for the 1-b3-4 A minor arpeggio. Just like lesson...

Length: 6:30
Lesson 33

A Minor Clusters for...

Now that Horace has gone over the 1, b3, 4 cluster in the previous lesson, it's time to...

Length: 4:55
Lesson 34

A Minor Clusters for...

Lesson 33 picks up the 1-b3-4 cluster learning that you started in the previous lesson....

Length: 4:25
Lesson 35

A Minor Clusters for...

We move to the next set of strings, with the 4th, 3rd and 2nd. By now, you will start...

Length: 3:35
Lesson 36

A Minor Clusters for...

Lesson 35 picks up the 1-b3-4 cluster learning that you started on Lesson 33. Learn the...

Length: 4:22
Lesson 37

Open A Minor Altered...

In lesson 37, we take the concepts learned in the previous cluster lessons, but this time...

Length: 4:45
Lesson 38

Open A Minor Altered...

We continue to work on the 1-b3-4 open cluster examples. Horace provides another example...

Length: 4:27
Lesson 39

Open A Minor Altered...

In lesson 39, you continue to work on the 1-b3-4 open cluster examples. Horace provides...

Length: 4:51
Lesson 40

Open A Minor Altered...

Now that we have looked at closed and open cluster voicings for A minor, in the previous...

Length: 2:08
Lesson 41

Combining Elements and...

In lesson 41, Horace wraps up his triad based series with a look at the G major and A...

Length: 9:19
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Learn more About Horace Bray

Born on December 24th , 1991 in Los Angeles, California, Horace Bray began playing drums at age 10 but later picked up guitar at age 14 when he was living in St. Louis, Missouri. His first guitar teacher was Corey Christiansen, who he studied with privately for a year. Bray cites Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck as his earliest guitar influences before discovering jazz through his lessons with Christiansen. “I was really into Grant Green and Wes Montgomery early on, then got deeply into Kurt Rosenwinkel in high school,” he recalls. Born on December 24th , 1991 in Los Angeles, California, Horace Bray began playing drums at age 10 but later picked up guitar at age 14 when he was living in St. Louis, Missouri. His first guitar teacher was Corey Christiansen, who he studied with privately for a year. Bray cites Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck as his earliest guitar influences before discovering jazz through his lessons with Christiansen. “I was really into Grant Green and Wes Montgomery early on, then got deeply into Kurt Rosenwinkel in high school,” he recalls. Bray was involved in an after-school jazz program run by Jazz St. Louis and was a part of their top group taught by guitarist Rick Hayden. “I chose to leave Missouri for college because I needed a change in my life and a kick in the ass to push me to get better,” Bray says. In 2010, he enrolled at the University of North Texas, where he played with the UNT Jazz Singers, the Four O’Clock Lab Band, the Two O’Clock Lab Band and the One O’clock Lab Band (as the first undergrad guitarist in 15 years to hold the guitar chair in that prestigious group) before graduating in 2015. “My time at UNT was good and I met a lot of great musicians and people there,” says Bray. “Being around people like professors Ed Soph and Stefan Karlsson was really inspiring.”