Payton Harkins

Payton is a long-time instructor for Bold Music, teaching several styles of guitar, piano, bass, and ukulele to all age groups.

Four Bar Phrasing

What is a Four Bar Phrase? A four bar phrase is the smallest measurable unit in musical composition/writing. First, what is a bar? The term bar and measure are interchangeable. See chart below: What is seen above is 3 bars …

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7th Chord Construction

What is a 7 chord? Simply put, it’s a triad with an extra note on top. 7th chords are the next step in any musician’s vocabulary journey. Understanding and using 7th chords immediately creates a more sophisticated sound and opens …

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