If you’re unsure of how to bring about the experience of a Spanish sound, but you’d still like to get this style into your playing, then you need to check out this guitar lesson.
In this lesson, I’m going to show you not only the best way to get the Spanish sound, but also how to use the musical technique behind producing it.
It all begins with correctly organizing chords found inside of the Minor key. Let me explain…
The Minor key, (and most of the music played in Minor), will generally produce a naturally sad or dark sound. This sound will typically be one that is heavily influenced from the actions and conditions of the chord types performed within the chords of the backing chord progression.
In the case of the chords that are used in Minor keys, the fifth chord is one of the most important.
We already know that Minor keys typically have a five-chord that is Minor quality.
However, by simply changing the fifth chord of a Minor key from Minor into “Major,” we can influence the sound of the chord progression to produce a more, “Spanish,” effect.
Even though using Major chords built off the fifth degree of Minor keys are not the “correct” Music Theory approach for using chords of Natural Minor harmony, it actually ends up sounding just fine.
The end result is a harmony situation that applies a more “Spanish influence,” across a songs melodic lines and chord harmonies.
NOTE: For further study on this sound, have a look into guitar lessons that focus on the use of a scale called, “Harmonic Minor.”
- Andrew Wasson (Creative Guitar Studio Inc.)