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Navigating Sound Balance in Group Performances
How to Solve the Puzzle
I embarked on research into arranging and orchestration. After dedicating seven years to this endeavor, I authored a textbook titled “El Arreglo Un Puzzle de Expresion Musical.”
From this exploration, I came to the realization that accompaniment had been largely overlooked and underdeveloped. This raises the question: why has this area received so little attention?
Crafting Distinct Guitar Accompaniments with the Groove
Master the Art of Guitar Accompaniment
A Fresh Remix
I’ve recently produced a revamped version of the track “Don’t Start with Me,” featuring new vocals reminiscent of Dua Lipa’s style, along with an entirely new guitar accompaniment that spotlights this transformation.
Though I have a deep fondness for this song, upon listening, I discerned the need for an enhanced and more defined harmonic guitar accompaniment.
The vocals exude sweetness and groove, prompting the chords to envelop them, accentuating each of her notes with enhanced beauty.
Upon comparing with the original track, you’ll notice that the song’s cohesion centers around the drums. Extract the drums, and the vocals become solitary. Additionally, while the original guitar in the track is pleasant, it lacks the desired level of grooviness.
How do you create a groovy guitar with loud chords that wrap the vocals?
A New Way of Creating Rhythm
How do you Create a Groove on the Guitar?
In my online guitar course, you’ll learn to master the 6-step technique I apply to orchestration methods.
The knowledge of voice leading, ostinato pedals, etc., is available to anyone. However, knowing how to use them to create rhythm and ensure clean vocals is not.
My online “Master the Art of Guitar Accompaniment” courses assist you in developing skills through six steps.
If you can follow these six steps and are satisfied with the final results, go ahead. Do not continue reading; let me know how this tip improved your playing.
But if you need guidance, a guitar teacher to help you learn, please take the opportunity and join my guitar courses.
The knowledge we’ll work with includes open and closed triads, ostinatos, pedals, ascending melodic lines – arranging and orchestration techniques focused on using knowledge to create groove.
Want to know if you’re ready for this course?
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The Six Steps
These are the six steps you will learn in my online guitar course. It takes about 8 weeks of studying to get to this point.
Sing the song’s melody and groove using your hands or muted strings.
For this step, you’ll need to have already developed independent left and right brain aural coordination. If you can’t do this, don’t worry – my online guitar courses will help you master this skill easily. It’s enjoyable.
Sing the melody, feel the groove, and select your guitar shapes.
To accomplish this, you’ll need to master approximately 47 guitar chord shapes. Believe me, it’s not that challenging; it takes just a few weeks, especially if you find joy in the learning process.
This step is more demanding, yet if you flow with the groove, it’s highly rewarding. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the guitar sounds that emerge from your mind – they were concealed, waiting for the right moment.
Repeat step two, but decide how to play the chords:
- With one note
- With two notes
- With three notes
- By adding long or short pivots
- And/or with ostinatos, pedals, stepped melodic lines.
Enhance your guitar’s melodic lines with pivots for added variety and groove. At this point in the course, you’ll have practiced creating compelling grooves with pivots on the top, middle, and inner notes of your chords. This step is genuinely enjoyable and incredibly musical.
Refine your lines and fill in where necessary with chordal notes that define harmony from a vertical perspective.
Play and savor the enjoyment.