Expand Your Chord Vocabulary With This Andy Summers Workout

Lesson description: I love The Police - they're possibly my favorite band of the new-wave era. The melodies, the grooves, and the arrangements are all so creative. The intersection of punk & reggae, with jazzy turns and catchy choruses.

Here's what I like to do:

  • Learn how to play 4-5 songs by an artist. Once I've done that, I can start to observe patterns that show up--chord choices, rhythms, & tones.

  • Then, I take those little motifs and put them in a new context--separate from the original material.

It's magical how you can make someone else's brilliant ideas combine with your own! In this example, I took Andy Summers's glassy chords, rhythmic attacks, and syncopated arpeggiation and applied it to a chord progression I've had floating around my head for decades now. It's interesting how "Police-like" it became - I hope it inspires you to do the same!

    Video version: https://youtu.be/w_eX5TzhQ00

    Format: Sibelius-created digital score with tabs & standard notation

    Delivery: Tablature is available as convenient .pdf download, and my custom made backing track is included as a free extra! You'll find the download links on your checkout page and in your email. We encourage you to make a customer account when you check out, so all your future purchases can be found in one place.