Harmonic Evolution (Chordal Explorations Over the Changes of "Bright Size Life" by P. Metheny)
In this harmonic study I present a concept I really like to use for my voicing vocabulary practice on the guitar which I call "Harmonic Evolution." It consists of carefully studying a tune and learning to navigate through its harmonic landscape in many different chord density levels. I usually start exploring the voice-leading possibilities of a progression with "2 note" harmonic structures and then slowly expand to "3 and 4 note" choices as well. Each one of these density levels presents us with different sonic colors and textures as well as a different sonic weight.
Here you will find three different chordal etudes written over the changes of the great Pat Metheny song "Bright Size Live" that have been carefully designed to showcase the unique possibilities of each one of the harmonic density levels described earlier.
"Harmonic Evolution" chordal study (PDF file - TAB and Standard Notation).
HD Video/Audio of the presented chordal etudes.
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"Harmonic Evolution" chordal study (PDF file - TAB and Standard Notation). HD Video/Audio of the presented chordal etudes. Backing track.