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Even when a non-musician hears a dominant seventh chord on the 5th degree of the scale, they immediately begin to expect resolution. Yup, you don’t have to be a musician to know a song or verse is coming to an end. “Hap-py birth-day to——” There it is. Doesn’t “to” give you that feeling of wanting […] The post Why The 5-Dominant (V7) Chord Is So Powerful appeared first on Hear and Play Music Learning Center.
Mar 13th, 2015
Every key has primary chords and secondary chords. In fact, without even knowing they are called “primary chords,” you’ve probably realized certain chords appear in certain keys more than others. Yup, those chords are the ones built off the 1st, 4th, and 5th degrees of the scale. Consider the C major scale: If you numbered […] The post Using the Circle of Fifths To Learn Your Primary Chords appeared first on Hear and Play Music Learning Center.
Mar 12th, 2015
To pick up where we left off yesterday, I'd like to talk about the connection between major and minor chords. You now realize that you can form any minor scale by knowing the relative major scale it's connected to. In other words, you can play the "A minor" scale if you already know the notes of the "C major" scale because they're related. Here's how to apply this same understanding to chords... The post Major and Minor Chords – “If You Know Your Major, You Know Your Minor” (Part 2) appeared first on Hear and Play Music Learning Center.
Mar 11th, 2015
Learning the connection between major and minor scales is really simple when you understand the shortcut we're going to cover in this blog post. There's absolutely no reason to approach minor scales separately from major scales if you know this trick. I repeat --- throw what you've learned about forming minor scales out the window unless you want to go at it the hard way. Why? The post Major and Minor Scales – “If You Know Your Major, You Know Your Minor” (Part 1) appeared first on Hear and Play Music Learning Center.
Mar 10th, 2015