• 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
    major and minor scales

    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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    How to take advantage of the power and versatility of primary chords

    by Jermaine Griggs

    The idea of “primary chords” is not new around here. I talked about them in this past lesson, over here, and even here.

    But today, I want to talk about just how powerful primary chords are.

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    The Secret To Primary And Secondary Chords

    by Jermaine Griggs

    After last week’s e-mail, I received the most replies ever.
    Here’s another one I think will really help you (VERY IMPORTANT
    STRATEGIES BELOW).It’s from a gentleman named Mark.

    ***Comment From Mark H.***

    Hi Jermaine,

    Last week’s e-mail was totally awesome! This number system
    stuff is quite new to me but you’ve totally made it plain. You
    certainly have a knack for breaking stuff down and I want to
    thank you for taking the time to do this.

    On one of your blog posts, you talked about primary and
    secondary chords. You also talked about how each tone of the
    scale has its own chord that is usually played.

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    The “What Key Am I In” Game 7

    by Jermaine Griggs

    popquizsmall.jpgYup! It’s that time again… The “What Key Am I In” Game!

    This time, we’re going to be covering relative minors. It’s an interesting lesson…

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    How to add flavor and spice with the power of chord substitutions

    by Jermaine Griggs

    I’ve talked a lot about substitutions in the past. We’ve studied tritones substitutions, diminished seventh chord substitutions, ditone substitutions, and more.

    Today, I want to go even further and talk about another popular type of substitution… the “tonic substitution.”

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    Here’s a method that’s helping beginners play in minor keys overnight

    by Jermaine Griggs

    pianomansmall.jpgHaving trouble playing in minor keys? You’ll literally laugh when you figure out how simple it is to play minor scales and all the chords that correspond to them, once you know your major scales!

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    The “What Key Am I In” Game 2

    by Jermaine Griggs

    answers-big.jpgTime for another episode of “What Key Am I In?” I’ll give you the chords and you tell me the key…

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    The easiest way to remember minor scales!

    by Jermaine Griggs

    This post is going to be short because the concept is so simple… if you know your major scales!

    Basically, every major scale comes with a paired minor scale. We call that the “relative minor” of whatever major key you’re in. How do you know where to find it? It’s simple…

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