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  • The All-New Song Tutor: Internet-Powered Song Learning Software

    by Jermaine Griggs
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    Over the next few weeks, I’ll be spotlighting all the amazing things you can do with our new software, Song Tutor.

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    Why The 5-Dominant (V7) Chord Is So Powerful

    by Jermaine Griggs
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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 […]

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    Using the Circle of Fifths To Learn Your Primary Chords

    by Jermaine Griggs
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    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 […]

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    Major and Minor Chords – “If You Know Your Major, You Know Your Minor” (Part 2)

    by Jermaine Griggs
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    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…

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    Major and Minor Scales – “If You Know Your Major, You Know Your Minor” (Part 1)

    by Jermaine Griggs
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    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?

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    Musician Motivation Episode #1 – “The Power of Focus”

    by Jermaine Griggs
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    In this first episode of “Musician Motivation,” founder Jermaine Griggs talks about the power of focus and why it’s so vital to your growth as a musician.

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    12 Reasons To Learn All 12 Keys

    by Jermaine Griggs
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    Since I’ve been promoting my “Instant Transposer” software lately, I thought I’d share this list of 12 reasons to learn all 12 keys. Check it out! Reason #1 – Versatility: Nothing feels better than knowing you can play a song or accompany a singer in any key you want. If the singer cannot reach certain notes and […]

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    They Analyzed 1,300 Songs & Here’s What They Found

    by Jermaine Griggs
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    I recently came across a site called, HookTheory.com, where they’ve created innovative tools to analyze songs and chord progressions. I really think they’re on to something great there but what really caught my attention is their analysis of over 1,300 songs. What’s more, they’ve organized their findings into a very intuitive, visual format that anyone […]

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    Here’s a Nice Sounding Chord Movement You Can Use Immediately

    by Jermaine Griggs
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    In this post, I want to share a cool way to play a 1-chord. What do I mean by “1-chord?” It’s simple. Every major key has chords associated with each tone of its scale. For example, the C major’s scale is: By simply numbering the scale, you get: C = 1 D = 2 E […]

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    The Art Of Polychords

    by Jermaine Griggs
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    If you’ve ever wondered how master musicians execute and remember large, extended chord voicings, understanding polychords will be especially helpful for you. A polychord is simply a big chord made up of smaller ones. For example, C minor 11 is: By all means, this would be considered a “big” chord. But do you really have to […]

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