• What’s Scales Got To Do With It?

    in Scales

    So far, you should know:

    –how to build a major scale
    –how to build a minor scale
    –how to build a major chord
    –how to build a minor chord
    –how to play a basic 12-bar blues

    Today, we will focus on scales and chords:

    As you know, chords are created from scales.

    For example, in a (major scale), the (1) (3) and (5) degrees make up the major chord.

    In a (minor scale), the (1) (3) and (5) degrees also make up the minor chord.

    When playing a major chord with your left hand (any inversion), the same major scale can be played with your right hand.

    Try this:

    Play a (C major) chord while playing a c major scale (with the right hand.)

    Sounds good doesn’t it?

    The same principle applies to the minor scale. While a minor chord is being played in the left hand, the same minor scale (or the blues scale if you prefer) can be played with the right hand.

    Note: I personally prefer making patterns up with the blues scale. Try playing the blues scale in your own style!

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    Arpeggios
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    “Arpeggio” is the term given when each tone of a chord is played separately (but in order).

    So instead of playing (C) (E) (G) all at once, you play (C), then (E), then (G). While playing a C major chord in your left hand, you can play arpeggios in the right hand. This creates a nice combination!

    Try this: Play the chord changes in lesson 7 on your left hand. With your right hand, play the corresponding major scales to each chord.

    -The 300-pg workbook teaches scales and chords in depth. Visit:

    http://www.hearandplay.com/course

    … for more information!

    Thank you for your time once again and good luck with those arpeggios!

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    { 11 comments… read them below or add one }

    1 julius

    thank you you have helped me a great deal in my dream of playing the piano may God bless you

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    2 Nsikan

    God bless you and your family. Amen

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    3 Nsikan

    God bless Jermaine Griggs and his family. Amen

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    4 Bernie

    God has gifted you so that you can help so many like myself. Love music, a heart to play it, and a desire to learn it. Keep praying for all of us as we pray for you and all your family. May God continue to pour his blessings and anointing upon you and your family.

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    5 randall

    i keep coming up with pleasant melodies in my head and have found the notes and recorded them on paper. i’m finding it rather difficult to create the harmonies that i also hear to blend them together to create the final hymn. did i say that right? in other words, i have a whole bunch of half done songs! any suggestions? thanks for your lessons. i have used the numbering system many times to learn alot of things that keep coming into my head. if only i could create the whole thing! thanks again…. God bless you

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    6 fran

    I was practicing my scales and decided to add the 9, 11 and 13 to each scale just to get familiar with what those notes are in each key, and I discovered that the 9, 11, and 13th of each Major scale are the notes of the minor chord that is one step down the circle of fifths from the relative minor chord of that particular major scale. interesting…

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    7 WALTER RUSSELL

    HI JERMAINE,
    I KNOW IT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME YOU HAVEN’T HEARD FROM ME, BUT I AM STILL HERE ENJOYING YOUR LESSONS.THAT WAS ATRUE THING THAT YOU TOLD ME
    ABOUT CHRISTIANS HELPING YOU WITH LESSONS. I GOT TO THE POINT, I STOP ASKING.I TRY TO SHARE WITH OTHERS WHAT I LEARNT FROM YOU THANKS TO YOU.
    SAY HELLO TO YOUR FAMILY, THANKS AGAIN

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    9 benjamin haruna

    Jerm, that is nice.sir I want to learn hw to play apergio on the piano.hw do I combine both hands

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    10 Medal

    Gosh.. Jarmine Griggs…sir am not finding this easy at all… I av been playing for years now… A Nigerian citizen..were we have low internet facilities the only time I av to visit ur page is at night..pls I don’t understand what ur saying I dont no how I will even hear and play…

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    11 Medal

    I want to use music to glorify my father in heaven.. But its not ease..when I see u play its just like ur an angel from heaven playing but knowing that ur a human like me.. Its not easy at all.. Look at the way u play.. Am just 14 and …Jesus help me

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