The Melodic Triads Study Group is an online study resource I have put together to help other guitar players and musicians around the world break free from feeling trapped by scales, running changes with chord tones and arpeggios, and constant riff memorization. Instead we focus on developing our ear, understanding the anatomy of melody and the relationship between melody and harmony beyond Chord Scale Theory, and using the absolute fundamentals of music to play even the most complex ideas.
CLICK HERE if you would like to read what some of our students have to say about the study material and to watch videos of them improvising, comping, and playing chord melody with our ideas.
If you'd like to learn more about the study group itself and the resources you can access online from your computer and your mobile device, you can CLICK HERE to read more about it.
Our Bootcamp programs are part of our Melodic Triads Study Group but can be used on their own as well. In the study group, we look at how to transcend scales, arpeggios, and running chord tones by starting from a different perspective. We begin with the triad and build up from there.
The method is built upon the philosophy of the legendary pianist, Bill Evans:
"I think the problem is... that music students tend to approximate the product. Rather than attacking it in a realistic, true way - regardless of how elementary - but it must be entirely true and entirely real and entirely accurate. They would rather approximate the entire problem than to take a small part of it and be real and true about it."
The first step in The Melodic Triads Study Group is for the student to work through what I call, The Essentials. This is a set of four basic fundamentals of music - starting with the most basic, triads, and each step building on the last. You can learn every step of The Essentials by watching our free Melodic Triads demonstration video and then signing up for our free Intro To Melodic Triads Course. If, at that point, you want some direction to help you practice these steps and develop a strong musical foundation for yourself, then our Bootcamp programs will be perfect for you. They break down The Essentials into the four steps and use weekly assignments to help you focus and move through the material so you can advance on to our more complex and hip ideas and applications for jazz improv and comping.
Even if you're not interested in becoming actively involved with our Melodic Triads Study Group, having a strong foundation built on the fundamentals of music will always prove to be helpful, so these programs could prove to be invaluable if you want to put in the work.
If this sounds like something you want, I recommend you begin with the Melodic Triads demo video and the Intro To Melodic Triads course. Both are free resources and will set you up perfectly to take advantage of our Bootcamp programs. CLICK HERE to get started with the free demo video.
If you've already worked through The Essentials in the past and want to jump into a Bootcamp program, CLICK HERE to read more about what you can find inside each one.
Are you struggling to get consistent, steady progress from your practice time? Are you unsure what to work on and how to stay focused on accomplishing your music goals?
Then our results-driven, assignment-based Online Coaching Program could be perfect for you.
If you are looking for someone to point you in a healthy direction and hold you accountable to living up to your potential and growing towards your musical goals, this is an exciting option. While it doesn't give quite the same level of deep conversational back and forth that you can get during a Skype lesson, it does give you regular assignments with personalized feedback, which yields solid practice habits and consistent growth and is more affordable than Skype lessons.
Due to time constraints, I am only able to work with a limited number of musicians. If you think you might be interested in our Online Coaching Program, you can CLICK HERE to learn more about how it works.
If you really want to dig in and work on any element of your music, there really is no better option for online study than to setup a one-on-one lesson using Skype. This will allow us to work on the tiniest and most subtle issues in your playing, to get into deep and philosophical conversations about the nature of music and the big picture, to discuss specific questions you may have where I can talk about the answers as well as play musical examples.
If you want to learn more about Skype lessons and how they work, CLICK HERE to read more and see if you want to setup a session with me.
We all know that money can be tight for musicians. Whether you're a music student, or a gigging professional, we have plenty of free resources for you to take advantage of that don't cost a penny.