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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