“Pop and Rock with Colours” is a crystallisation of the knowledge we have gathered and the experiences we have had with ensemble methods since the end of the sixties, mainly within our music therapy field.
One thing which characterises this book is the emphasis on gradual progression, including a number of compositions where it is not necessary to hold down guitar strings at all, or perhaps where only one or two holds are used, as well as open strings. We have also ensured that there is plenty of opportunity to play in parallel keys, which easily makes it possible to use more chords. With the special way we have of tuning where we exclude the third on the guitar, we also make it possible to play entire songs in minor.
A careful assessment of the use of colours also means that we have concluded with giving the tonic chord the colour green, the subdominant chord the colour yellow and the dominant chord the colour red. You will find the reasons for this in the chapter: “Use of colour codes”.
After many years of experience with this work we can certainly declare that it has brought us enormous pleasure. We have had a lot of fun with the exercises, but more especially from performances and tours. So we can give you this piece of advice: get out and play for others as soon as you have got the ensemble to hang together! We hope you enjoy this book and the pleasure of playing together in your pop-rock group!
With very best wishes from
Bjørn Steinmo and Tom Næss