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Speaking of Harmony
8 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
Speaking of Harmony - Ep.65 | 2021 Album Launch
Hi everyone, it's here! the 2021 album launch - My newest record upright is out and I couldn't be happier! Lots of work went into this and I will share a bit of that with you all here. But if you want the full picture you can only see it when you get the special edition CD (links below), with an array of exclusive content designed only for this release. I really hope you enjoy the album!! let me know what you think! ➡️ GET THE NEW ALBUM ➜ https://go.gabrielsantiagoproject.com/ ➡️ Listen ANYWHERE ➜ https://ffm.to/uprightalbumlaunch
30 minutes | Jan 30, 2021
Speaking of Harmony - Ep.64 | Chord Duality
Why do these chords sound so good? That's a great question. In this episode I'm gonna attempt to answer that - by looking at this particular chord and how it works differently for different contexts. So many cool outcomes can be explored here however you look at this chord. Fun! Let me know what you think!
24 minutes | Dec 28, 2020
Speaking of Harmony - Episode 63 | Anatomy of a Song - All I Need Jacob Collier
You asked, you shall receive! a deep insight on the All I Need Challenge by the great Jacob Collier. That's what we are covering on this episode of the podcast, in the anatomy of a song series. A full breakdown on what my approach was blowing over these changes, few tips on how to deal with those chords and some insights on groove as well. Fun Times! Let me know what you think!
21 minutes | Dec 25, 2020
Speaking of Harmony - Episode 62 | Anatomy of a Song - Christmas Time is Here
A lot of you have asked: How did I Orchestrate Christmas Time is Here, the gorgeous Vince Guaraldi classic! That's what's gonna be answered on today's Podcast Series, Anatomy of a Song! I'm gonna dive in the process of recording the arrangement, orchestration choices, form, flow, drama and things like that. I hope you get a lot of info from this episode. Let me know if some other questions come to mind, I'm happy to address them. Enjoy!
36 minutes | Dec 22, 2020
Speaking of Harmony - Episode 61 | Walking Bass
All right, some of my Patrons at Patreon (and some of you guys in the comments as well) have been asking me about walking bass for the past couple weeks after the straight ahead jazz Christmas songs videos I posted recently, This is a more comprehensive breakdown of how I approach walking bass lines for guitar. For me it's all about the bass! I'm showing a lot of the fine details I use while creating lines like that. Let me know if that was valuable info for you guys and let me know if you have more questions, I'm happy to address them. Enjoy!!
17 minutes | Dec 20, 2020
Speaking of Harmony - Episode 60 | Anatomy of a Song - Upright
All right gang! Here's the new podcast episode, another Anatomy of a Song one where I do a full breakdown of the just released new single Upright. Enjoy!
27 minutes | Dec 4, 2020
Speaking of Harmony - Episode 59 | Anatomy of a Song - Giant Steps
Playing Giant Steps on guitar was always quite a challenge for me. The "go-to" tune when it comes to master your technique, harmonic and improvisation skills. Having played it so much and for so many years, I slowly developed a really far out take on this classic with my group back a few years ago. When it was the time to record my then new album (named "Connections"), this arrangement was a perfect fit for the kind of recording I was doing at the time. So for this new podcast episode, I'm doing a breakdown of the arrangement, per request from some of you guys. First of all, I'm sorry for this REVERB FEST hahaha I've made a mistake while tracking this and the reverb got printed into the tracking.. 🤦🏽♂️ So you will be hearing me basically talking within a bathroom haha I apologize. there's also a few other versions here at my YouTube channel (a solo guitar one and a few live performances) that I'm linking here as well. I hope you enjoy this one and let me know what you think in the comments! ➡️ Guitar Solo Version ➜ https://youtu.be/m-k9-HWfumM ➡️ GS4 Live Version ➜ https://youtu.be/BQTKNZIxLXQ?t=3054
19 minutes | Nov 20, 2020
Speaking of Harmony - Episode 58 | Anatomy of a Song - Displaced Tiles
You have been asked for more anatomy of a song videos and here we go - You ask you shall receive! On today's episode of the Speaking of Harmony Podcast we are going to take a look at my composition "Displaced Tiles", really breaking it down and going through the compositional process and how things developed naturally. I really hope you guys liked this one, let me know what you think in the comments! ➡️ Listen to Displaced Tiles on Spotify ➜ https://spoti.fi/2UWE101 ➡️ Get the leadsheet ➜ https://bit.ly/2HlZfRG ➡️ Watch the Official Video ➜ https://youtu.be/pzBxjtzioEs ➡️ Watch the Live Version ➜ https://youtu.be/MIMuYBTd8iw ➡️ SUPPORT ME ON PATREON ➜ https://www.patreon.com/gabrielsantiago
31 minutes | Nov 7, 2020
Speaking of Harmony - Episode 57 | Anatomy of a Song - Gimme5
How's a song composed? So many processes, many possibilities that are hard to quantify. With this Anatomy of a Song, I'm breaking down the process behind the composing of my latest single, Gimme5, who was officially released yesterday. I'm sharing the initial thoughts, the first glamour of an idea, how it gets developed and turned into a concise piece of music and how it gets explored and further developed during the recording process. I'm also releasing a really awesome bundle where you get both the high res track (and Mp3 version as well) plus the lead sheet with all the voicings written out the way I play AND the super fun part - I'm also including all the playalongs I'm using in this video: The Demo I used to present the tune to the musicians at the recording session (minus the guitar part so you can play along) and the solo section play along in both version (the recording length and the practice extended length one) so you can really stretch and practice these changes and really master them. Sounds like fun right? let me know your thoughts in the comment section!
19 minutes | Nov 2, 2020
Speaking of Harmony - Episode 56 | Improve your Fluidity
I get asked all the time about fluidity and transitioning throughout the fingerboard with ease and on a smooth way. In this episode of the podcast I go into showing a strategy you can use to improve your fluidity on the instrument and improve the way you develop your lines and the harmonic progressions you have to deal with on a tune. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
15 minutes | Oct 31, 2020
Speaking of Harmony - Episode 55 | Implied Harmony
In this episode of the podcast I address a common concept that I use to create harmony without the vertical aspect of the chord structures - What I call Implied Harmony, when the notion of harmony is achieved by way of only layer against the other, through any kind of voice movement (parallel, oblique etc) or also via repeated/ostinato figures, which can also imply harmony as a result of its movement. Do you guys utilize that approach on your harmonies as well? let me know in the comments!
14 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
Speaking of Harmony - Episode 54 | Top 5 Mistakes on Samba Guitar
In this episode I talk about the top 5 common mistakes I see guitarists do while playing samba on guitar. Those are very foundation-based ones and I believe with some better understanding of the fundamentals of the style they can be easily corrected. Have you guys encountered some of these in your playing? How are you working on them? Let me know in the comments!
16 minutes | Oct 25, 2020
Speaking of Harmony - Episode 53 | Avoided Notes
You've probably read somewhere that you should avoid certain notes while playing certain chords or avoid landing in a certain note while working on your scales right? Yeah, we all heard that. But as I don't get tired of stressing, it's all predicated on CONTEXT. Context matters. And that's what we're covering in this video - displaying examples that sort of go against this presupposed idea that you should avoid this chord or that note. I think it can be a great conversation starter. What do you think guys? Leave your thoughts in the comments!
15 minutes | Sep 1, 2020
Speaking of Harmony - Episode 52 | Come back & Gift
In this episode I'm showing these two chords - both subdominants - which have the same notes and the exact same voicings and are labeled differently. Enjoy!
6 minutes | Aug 28, 2020
Speaking of Harmony - Episode 51 | Come back & Gift
I'm back! Yes! it's great to have the podcast back in action after a considerable hiatus. I'll be doing a few episodes during the week, instead of the daily intense routine from before. I'm now involved in so many different things that there's just not enough time for all of it. To celebrate all the support and feedback I've received recently (yes, watch the episode to find out what happened), I'm giving you guys a GIFT - a full lesson I recently filmed on a super famous and fun Brazilian song (surprise title uh?). I'm also making available a PDF with full transcription (notation +TABS). Just clink on the link below to have access to both! I really hope you enjoy it and don't be shy to comment and give suggestions on topics for me to cover here. I'm looking forward to read them! ➡️ FREE BRAZILIAN GUITAR LESSON ➜ https://bit.ly/2FZgC9H
19 minutes | May 5, 2020
Speaking of Harmony - Episode 50 - Non-Harmonic Tones | Anticipation & Retardation
In this episode I talk about two non-harmonic tones closing out this mini-series of my mostly used ones. This time I'm covering both anticipation and retardation. I show the differences between them, applications and most commonly used scenarios, also the difference between retardation and appoggiatura as well as the variation I call "articulated retardation". Enjoy!
15 minutes | May 4, 2020
Speaking of Harmony - Episode 49 - Non-Harmonic Tones | The Escape Tone
In this episode I cover another frequently used non-harmonic tone: the escape tone. I show most of the instances in which it appears and different ways you can apply it. Enjoy!
19 minutes | May 3, 2020
Speaking of Harmony - Episode 48 - Non-Harmonic Tones | Appoggiatura
In this episode I address one of my favorite non-harmonic tones: The Appoggiatura. I show the different ways one can use it, how it opens up so many possibilities for creating countermelodies, generating melodic material. I also show how one can incorporate the idea into creating entire appoggiatura chords, really expanding the harmonic possibilities in a progression. Enjoy!
11 minutes | May 2, 2020
Speaking of Harmony - Episode 47 - Non-Harmonic Tones | Passing Tone
In this episode I continue to talk about non-harmonic tones. This time I address the passing tone, with some examples and different ways you can utilize it. Enjoy!
14 minutes | May 1, 2020
Speaking of Harmony - Episode 46 - Non-Harmonic Tones | Neighbor Tone
In this episode I address a real important subject, Non-Harmonic Tones. I did briefly talk about it before on past episodes but not in a detailed manner. In this episode I'm addressing a specific one - The Neighbor Tone. I'm showing how I use it in different scenarios - comping, creating countermelodies, composing. Enjoy!
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