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by Hristo Vitchev

In this short harmonic study I present to you one of my very favorite chordal workouts that targets (in a very intense way) the development of new harmonic vocabulary, chording technique and fretboard navigation.

In Volume 1 I will be concentrating on the standard “Rhythm Changes” harmonic progression and exploring its many different voice-leading possibilities available to us on the guitar. There are 4 different studies included here that can give you a good sense as to how I like to structure my practice when learning a new tune or working out a standard harmonic passage. Each study should be performed as a slow arpeggiation exercise first where the chords are played by layering each note one at a time in a rubato (freely) fashion so our ears and fingers can have the chance to absorb and internalize the specific voice-leading and its sonic texture. Once familiar with the chordal vocabulary of each study our goal is to try to play the etude “in time” and in a faster tempo where the voicings are sounded in a piano-like style (all pitches articulated at the same time). 

Materials Included: Harmonic Crossfit Volume 1 - "Rhythm Changes" study (PDF file - TAB and Standard Notation). "HD Video" of All Examples and Studies (at tempo and slowed down). Backing Tracks.

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by Hristo Vitchev

Part 11 features a great and fun way I use to expand my chordal dictionary which consists of selecting a traditional chord voicing I am very familiar with to start a harmonic sequence which will finish on the same voicing but an octave higher (staying on the same string group/string selection as the first chord). The chordal bridging between these two octave-apart chords will be produced by trying to discover what other voicings (for the original chord I selected) could I derive in a stepwise manner by simply concentrating on the voice-leading and what I think sounds the most beautiful within each particular transition.

Once I come up with a final sequence I like, my objective will be to practice it very slowly and meticulously so I can remember and play it in the same manner that I would play a scale. I simply remember how many elements I have used to construct my chordal bridge and what physical chord shapes represent each one of the different elements.

These bridges can contain from 2 all the way to 7 elements or in certain cases even more (especially if you desire to have very intricate inner voice movements in your voice-leading).

Materials Included: "Altered Bridges" chordal study (PDF file - TAB and Standard Notation). 40 mins. "HD" Video Masterclass.

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