About Tom Serb

Tom Serb is a Chicago area guitarist who has been making music professionally since 1978. Over the course of the past twenty-five years he has managed to amuse himself by teaching, writing, performing, producing and composing. He is the author of Music Theory for Guitarists (NoteBoat, Inc., 2003), and a frequent contributor to the Guitar Noise forums.

Jun25
Hong Kong Musicians

In this part of Counterpoint things start getting a bit more complicated. Mainly because our musical choices can back us into corners.

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May28
The Clash

Punk music is generally loud, fast, and distorted. And that means you’ll be playing power chords almost all of the time.

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May08

After reading part one, we’ve now got the basic terminology of counterpoint behind us. We now move on to writing counterpoint melodies.

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May05

Counterpoint is a style of music where you have multiple instruments doing different things at the same time, adding up to something bigger than its parts.

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Apr16

Can anyone really play 10, 15, or 20,000 different chords? Yep, you bet. Tom reveals the system for navigating the fretboard that he teaches his students.

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Apr09

We’ve reached the conclusion of Tom Serb’s series on Scales and Modes. If you’ve been following along you’ll know there’s all kinds of scales possible.

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Mar26

Because the starting point of any scale can be shifted to make an entirely new scale, we can quickly get lost in the permutations.

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Mar12

After the pentatonic, major, and common minor scales and the modes, everything else – with one exception – can be considered an exotic scale. Let’s look.

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