• # Do you know the formula?

If I ask you what 3 multiplied by 3 is, you’d probably have the answer really quickly — 9.

2 x 2… 4.

If I ask you what 3291 x 176 is, chances are you probably won’t be able to answer as fast as the previous questions. But you would be able to get out a sheet of paper and go through the steps necessary to solve this problem. That’s because you know the formula.

And when you know the formula to something, it doesn’t matter how large the problem… how vast the parts… how long it will take… because you are confident you’ll arrive at the right answer if you’ve followed the formula correctly.

And the bigger the goal, the longer it may take. But it’s the SAME FORMULA at work.

Sure: 2 x 2 is easy.

At first glance, 222 x 222222 seems much more complex. But once you apply the formula you’ve learned to solve multiplication problems, you’ll eventually arrive at an answer.

In the same way, music has formulas.

There are formulas for creating major scales. Like WWHWWWH (W means whole step / H means half step). All I did was come along and give you an easy way to remember the formula: “Why Won’t He Wear White When Hot.”

Likewise, there are formulas for creating chords. Multiple formulas.

You can go the intervallic approach.You can go the number route.

There are formulas for understanding chord progressions. One is the circular approach.

Then, there are entire formulas for learning songs like my Musician Transformation system. There are over 100 pages of free guides at this link.

In our latest Musician Breakthrough project, there is a 5-part formula to mastering the church service.

I can go on and on…

Mostly everything in music traces back to a formula. Understand the formula and you’ll never worry about not being able to play in all 12 keys. Understand the formula and you’ll never worry about where to use big extended chords vs smaller triad chords. Understand the formula and you’ll never be confused over what chords can substitute for others.

Ultimately, there must be a mindset shift from random thinking to formulaic thinking.

When you think you’re lost, always remember: “There’s a formula in here somewhere” and you’ll more than likely take a 180 degree turn.

Until next time.

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#### Jermaine Griggs

Founder at HearandPlay.com
Hi, I'm Jermaine Griggs, founder of this site. We teach people how to express themselves through the language of music. Just as you talk and listen freely, music can be enjoyed and played in the same way... if you know the rules of the "language!" I started this site at 17 years old in August 2000 and more than a decade later, we've helped literally millions of musicians along the way. Enjoy!

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1 KAthy scott

I must say that all of the information that I get in my e-mail is most helpful,zit’s not complete, If you say click on a link to say for example: show a picture of an exanlpe that you are talking about, This window opens up with a sign up page and you can see the lesson over the top as you stroll the page but you can only see one line at a time. How can I gain access, Oh and it won’t let me join the member page, It’s saying I can’t (Ad) check back later. so I’m stuck with out the extra help that I could get ohterwise if I could become a member in Hear And Play. Sorry this message was long.

Thanks

2 Jermaine Griggs

Kathy Scott, you are missing the big X in the upper right corner of the pop up window (not the main window). once you press this, the pop up window will not come back up. It’s an X hanging off the upper right corner of the pop up window you see. Press that.

If you can’t see the top corner of the window, your monitor settings may be too small and there may be a left-to-right scroll bar on the bottom of your screen. Scroll all the way to the right so that you can see a corner… it must be the corner you are seeing and there is no way an “X” isn’t there. I’ve tried this on 25 computers and there is an X every time.

Sorry for any inconveniences.

Thanks,
JG

3 Jermaine Griggs

Kathy, so I tested this an apparently there’s only an issue with monitors with resolution of 800 x 600. This must be what you have. nowadays, the average screen resolution is way up there. It looks like the right side is being completely cut off and since the pop up doesn’t move, even the scroll bars don’t allow you to see it.

The only way around this for now is to change your screen resolution to at least 1024 x 600 or even 1024 x 768. You can do this in CONTROL PANEL by going to DISPLAY or DISPLAY settings or anything having to do with your monitor.

Thanks,
JG

4 josée

Thanks for the explanation about the pop up! each time I wasted time filling it ,then the following,then I cancelled the email.In fact ,the X was hidden under the lines of the top of the screen (can’t remember the english word) ,but I recognized one millimeter appearing,and there,it was done! And also thanks for all the explanations you give in those posts,so simple to understand,and even funny .The top!

5 Rahul Jain

I heard from a friend using your Musician Transformation Course , that the course leads him to learn the scale degees and all major scales, but it doesnt say so for the minor scales. So is it really not needed to learn the scale degrees in minor scales?

6 Rahul Jain

sorry being off topic
i’ll edit the question:
Is it only neccessary to learn scale degrees in 12 Major scales only and not in 12 minor scales.
I am starting to learn scale degrees in roman numeral way. Please guide if I need to do same with minor scales also.
Thankyou