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Artist website: www.dominicmiller.com
What makes this video great and what can you learn from it?
- simply a great song with evocative lyrics that tell a story, and harmony supporting the melody
- subtle use of vibrato also works on chords
- how to switch between fingerpicking and strumming for variety
What can you learn from the article?
- the difference between close-voiced and open-voiced triads
- how to construct open-voiced triads
Takeaway: On a purely guitaristic level the main take-away are the open-voiced triads. By learning the handful of shapes you'll gain a great musical tool for your own songwriting because you'll have a different, more open sound in your musical toolbox. Definitely worth the effort!
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Just listen to this version of Sting's "Shape of my Heart" to hear the truism in action. It's sparse, yet complete and there really is nothing missing.
Guitarist Dominic Miller, Sting's musical companion for many years is also the co-writer for this track. As usual, he delivers excellent guitar work.
Open Voicings For An Open Sound
What's truly noteworthy (pun intended) is the highly effective use of open-voiced triads. A concept which works exceptionally well on guitar. The idea is to spread out the notes of the triad beyond an octave.
Let's take the 1st chord of the song as example: F#miContinue Reading...