Ambiguous Chord Progressions – A Tribe Called Quest | Ezra Sandzer-Bell

Pyramind mentor Ezra Sandzer-Bell goes over the concept of harmonic ambiguity using song examples “Electric Relaxation” and “Award Tour” by A Tribe Called Quest. He demonstrates how to use altered chords and parallel chords to keep your music interesting. We have provided visuals of the chords he mentions, to help you follow along at home.

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