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6 Issues Already!

Welcome back to the sixth issue of my weekly newsletter.

Seems like just yesterday I announced my return to the newsletter scene --- and now we're on issue #6.

I hope you've been enjoying these weekly insights, tips, and advice. So far, we've received thousands of replies and I thank you for those!

Like others, you'll enjoy this issue too. My feature article will hopefully inspire you. It's a story I've never told until now.

There's also a few lessons on passing chords (something I've been getting a lot of questions about), chord inversions, altered voicings, an "Ask Jermaine" section covering major 2 chords, and a throwback lesson on how to play in minor keys.

Also, unless you've been under a rock, you' probably heard about my latest song learning tool. In fact, I built this tool several years ago but never revealed it to the mass public... until now. Only certain inner circle members have used it and after so many rave reviews, I decided a couple weeks ago to offer it to the world! You can go check it out a free video I made about it here.

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   "The Ear Doctor"

When One Door Closes, Another One's Destined To Open
by Jermaine Griggs

When I was young, my mom was told I'd probably never walk properly.

I was severely bowlegged. I don't know if it was full blown Blount's disease (as that tends to get worse with time whereas bowleggedness tends to straighten out as children develop), but it was bad.

I wore braces. I even had surgery where they break your... Read More>>>

My Favorite Chord Inversion Revealed
by Jermaine Griggs

When it comes to chord voicings and inversions, you have many options to explore. And as your chords gets bigger, the possibilities only expand!

Remember my simple definition of an inversion: It's simply a different way to order the notes in a chord. More specifically, every note gets its turn on the... Read more>>>
Passing Chords - Use These Chords Almost Anywhere
by Jermaine Griggs

Today, I want to cover passing chords. It's a topic I get asked about often... but it's a simple concept once you understand it.

Passing chords help you get to and from main chords in your progression. They may or may not be in the key you're in. They are like connecting devices, making your music more interesting...
The Key To Playing Altered Passing Chords
by Jermaine Griggs

Yesterday, we discussed how to use diminished passing chords a half step lower to transport us where we want to go.

Today, we're going to cover how to use passing chords a half step HIGHER than the target chord. The only difference is we're not using a diminished 7 chord this time. We're going to use an altered
Ask Jermaine
Ask Jermaine: "What Are Major 2 Chords?"
by Jermaine Griggs

Since I skipped a week of Ask Jermaine, I'm back with another one -- this time, regarding major 2 chords. This question from Obinna Peter:

"I would like to ask this question that has been torturing me for a while here. What does this means for example: Eb major 2 or Eb 2? I know recently u taught about sus2 & sus4 which I really understood very well. But what are these Eb major 2 and Eb2 chords?"

My answer...

Every week, I rummage through our years of archived articles and dig you up a gem. Enjoy!

Here's a method that's helping beginners play in minor keys overnight
by Jermaine Griggs

Having trouble playing in minor keys? You'll literally laugh when you figure out how simple it is to play minor scales and all the chords that correspond to them, once you know your major scales! Read more>>>
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Hear & Play Wednesday Weekly
Issue 6 - February 23, 2011
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