Tip #3 – Adding Some “Boom” to Your Accompaniment

While it is certainly okay to get by with block chord voicings of harmony for an accompaniment (in fact, in some cases – that’s all that is needed for texture), there are many ways to make it more active and exciting. One of them is by breaking apart chords with a “boom-chick” style.

Take a chord progression for example:

Using the “boom-chick” style found commonly in guitar playing with the “boom” of the low bass note on the stronger beats and the “chick” of the higher chordal tones on the weaker beat, we get something like this:

This can be taken even further by rolling the chords as well as delay the individual voices of the “chick.” Also, if you want a more upward motion to your accompaniment, repeat the “chick” chord voice again, but drop the lowest note to get rid of – what you can call the “excess weight” of the chord.


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Author: Bryan M. Waring

Bryan Waring is a graduate of USM's School of Music with a B.M. in Performance – Composition and is now attending Belmont University for a M.M. in Commercial Media – Composition & Arranging. During his time at USM, he studied violin with Dino Liva and composition with Dr. Daniel Sonenberg, as well as has premiered several pieces during the semiannual Composer's Ensemble concert series. In 2017, Bryan was a writer for the original musical theater work of "Molded By The Flow," directed by Paul Dresher and Rinde Eckert. Outside of school, Bryan has been involved with writing music for videogame developers at Portland's CI2 Lab, collaborating with the King Tide Party, and studying with Larry Groupé (Straw Dogs) in San Diego. Now living in Nashville. Along with composing, Bryan teaches music to children, receiving the Master Teacher Award for his work at ESF Camps; and does audio engineering for live ensembles. Besides talents in music, Bryan is a team-player in any competitive work environment; equipped with skills in leadership, organization, mathematics, creativity, communication, and managing. On the side, Bryan has worked as a model for several skilled artists in the New England area. Among his other accomplishments include obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout in April 2013 with a project of building a side parking area with guide rails for Webb Mountain Park in Monroe, CT.

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