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Mastering Chords and Harmony

Posted on September 9, 2012

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  • September 9, 2012

    Joe Bear

    Daryl’s an amazing player, extremely knowledgeable, and clearly conveys advanced concepts. However, I need to quibble with his definition of a ‘minor 7 sus 2′ chord on several areas. Most importantly, his example does not have a third in it. As such, it is neither minor nor major. Further, the grouping of 1 3 5 7 2(9) is usually referred to simply as a 9th chord. Take away the third, and I’d generally refer to this as as a sus 9.

    Of course I guess this just drives home his point that the same chord may have many names depending upon context. However, in reading minor 7 sus 2 off a head sheet, I think most jazzers would add an explicit minor 3rd.

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    • September 10, 2012


      Me quibble, too. Also the chorus is nice but kind of muddies the water. Theory is important if you want to get poly tonal. Anyone that can count can figure the music…most complex is a 13th which BS & T used in Spinning Wheel or E7 (+9) to A13 on down to G. The poly stuff is funny cause you can play 1,3 & -7 in the left hand [in “C” 2nd sp bass clef & 3rd sp “E” & Bb on top of same clef & play Eb (C7+9) in treble, or Gb (Cb9,11+), or last but not least A (C13b9) & use pentatonic on these? Anybody tried?
      If Houston hadn’t cared about theory Armstrong wouldn’t have walked on the moon. I do enjoy the playing online now though. Check out Steve Khan’s website…tons of transcribed solos with various artists including him.

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    • January 7, 2013


      man i just wanna play guitar. all that technical stuff is clouding up the music. it’s cool that your a music professer, but it’s way tooo complicated

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      • October 21, 2013

        bob hall


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  • September 9, 2012


    forget all the gibberish and show the chords in a melody…I don’t know, or care to know all the technical names for the stuff! ….to much technical jargon only confuses me.

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  • September 9, 2012

    Jet Pack

    That guitar sounds real purdy, but not sure the lesson applies to most players comprehension. One could take those chords and jam out a little sumpn’ though.

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  • September 10, 2012


    He is a great teacher. He can explain things in a very non-technical way. I like how he shows the chord in the major form, then drops it to the minor to hear the difference. Great chord inversions too. Just wish I had time to practice.

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  • September 10, 2012


    I would also refer to that as ‘the police chord’. Giant steps are what you take, walkin on the moon’. da da da dm7sus2

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    • September 21, 2012


      Yeah, that’s right! Love that progression.

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  • September 10, 2012


    How could you go wrong? You have chord diagrams, which allow you to test his theory.

    You have different modes to work with.

    I like the sound of his axe.

    You could only benefit from this course.

    I would almost call it amazing.


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  • September 14, 2012

    my guitaring progress is always trampled upon by an insecure man who has just smashed my 8th guitar it is soul destroying but i will not give up on the one thing that makes me feel proud of myself but hey i need a new one it took me twelve months to pay of the last one boohoo it will come again no victim here the more they take from me the more determined i become to play this instrument sam who says believe in yourself…dont let the bastards get you down..rihanna…

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  • September 18, 2012


    I think it would be nice just to show the left hand finger work close up and just remind us the chord he is going from to the chord he is going to and just to remind us a bit of the context first instead of going to it cold in our busy lives!.

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  • October 21, 2013


    I bought 2 of Derryl’s videos and can’t get through either of them…. His voice is so mono tone that I’m nodding off in no time.

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  • October 29, 2013


    This must be String Theory? I never did understand Quantum Physics! ;)

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    • July 14, 2014


      Like every lesson I’ve looked at over many years, this does not inspire me to part with money. No one seems to want to try and explain WHICH chord fits WHERE and WHY, or they go through chord progressions without giving a song name or anything to identify the pattern. Why can’t someone just go back to basics?

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