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2 mistakes- At 05:50 I accidentally forgot Dorian, and the big chart has a type on Locrian, the two chord is missing a numeral!
Modal Interchange, Borrowed Chords, and Modal Mixture all refer to the same concept of using parallel modes – modes that all start on the same tonic. In this video we explore writing chord progressions in C Major, then borrowing the chords from C Minor. We also explore other options, such as borrowing from Lydian or Phrygian, and borrowing from other keys when NOT in major.

This topic goes as deep as your knowledge of the modes. If all you know is Major and Minor, you can still get an insane amount of awesome cool chord progressions just by borrowing between them. However, the more modal knowledge you have, the easier it is to keep track of all the chords available to you in a key, and have a quick and easy way to play or write over it.

Here are the videos that I’ve taught to lead up to this course.

Writing chords in Major:
Writing chords in Minor:
Chords of Dorian:
Chords of Lydian:
Chords of Phrygian:
Chords of Mixolydian:
Secondary Dominants:
Modal Mixture:

And here’s the video on just the borrowed iv chord:

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Linas Orentas
Marek Pawlowski
John Arnold
Christopher Swanson
Marc Bulandr
Bradley Bower
Alvaro Begue-Aguado
Don Watters
Don Dachenhousen III
Patrick Ryan

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Jake Lizzio

After performing in highschool bands and talent shows, I began teaching during my Senior Year in highschool at Crystal Lake South in 2004.

I went on to teach at Piano Trends Music Company in Crystal Lake, and there I began expanding my skills outside of just the guitar and began performing for weddings and private events. After leaving to teach privately, I began recording my students and myself.

This hobby eventually turned into a profession after I acquired the experience and equipment needed to produce quality audio and music. My goal now is to provide the highest quality online music lessons available and within reach to all who are interested.

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Music Theory and Songwriting Course FAQs

Probably! Only about 15% of this course is dedicated to the guitar, while the remaining concepts are taught in a way that can easily be applied to any other instrument. However, since all the theory taught is viewed through the lens of the guitar, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you own a guitar before pursuing this course to finish.
This is not a course on guitar playing or technique, but on theory and songwriting. The only skills you are expected to know is how to read guitar tablature, and the absolute basics of guitar playing (how to fret a note, open chords, etc)
I can confidently say that this method of learning will be more effective and valuable for many types of students. Since there is no wasted time or filler, it is more time-efficient than real life lessons where the teacher or student can get distracted. The printable materials are of a higher quality than most private lessons. And the ability to replay a lesson over and over is invaluable for students struggling to understand difficult topics.
Not quite- my YouTube channel explores more advanced topics without explaining the prerequisites. 95% of the content in this course is totally unique and unexplored on my channel, and is taught in a linear fashion as to make sure you’re totally competent by the end. There are only two lessons that include cross over with my YouTube channel. However, after some lessons, you are directed to specific YouTube videos I’ve produced to help expand on your understanding of the previous topics and to help weave my channel in with the course.
Nope! Once purchased you’ll have access for life, including any additional lessons or worksheets that get added in over time.
Currently, no. But I am working on getting a physical version of the course made instead of digital-only. Stay tuned!
If you are not satisfied with the course content or accessibility, you may request a refund within 30 days of purchase.
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Reach out to me directly on my email and let me know your situation, I might be able to help =)