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Welcome to music theory lesson #7! You've completed:

Day 1: Major Scales
Day 2: Minor Scales / Blues Scale
Day 3: Whole Steps, Half Steps & Intervals
Day 4: Major Chords & Minor Chords
Day 5: Chord Inversions
Day 6: Seventh Chords

... but we still have 4 more lessons to cover:

Day 7: Blues Chord Progression
Day 8: Scales & Chords
Day 9: Ear-Training
Day 10: Playing in every key

* All 10 lessons are taken right out our 300-pg workbook, "The Secrets to Playing Piano by Ear." While we provide thousands of musicians with the opportunity to learn the basics and fundamentals to playing the piano by ear for free (online), we cannot survive as a company without marketing our 300-pg workbook. Thus, you will read about it from time to time. However, if you are tremendously helped by these lessons, imagine what 300 pages will allow you to achieve? So... I recommend that you try out our free lessons and at any time, if you become more serious about learning to play the piano, visit:

Enjoy the 10-day e-mail course!

* 60 more lessons are available online! Just log-in from our homepage with the username "piano" and password "piano"

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Lesson 7: Blues Chord Progression

You now know how to build:

-minor thirds
-major thirds
-perfect fifths
-major chords
-minor chords
-seventh chords

I bet you never thought you'd be able to learn this much in a few days, huh?

We will put some of these chords to work in this lesson! You will need:

-The 300-pg workbook or...
-To visit our website and view the free "Chord Series" lessons

Log-in with the username "piano" and the password "piano"

Note: Without the ( " ") quotation marks

Chords used in this progression: (you will need to know these chords)


You already know how to build a C7 chord

Use the same method to learn an F7 and G7 chord.

REMEMBER: Major third + perfect fifth + minor third

Here's another way to figure out seventh chords

1) Start from the root note of the chord you want to play. That is (F) or (G) ...

2) Add a major third (4 half steps)

3) Then add a minor third (which is the same as a perfect fifth from the root)

4) Then add another minor third

Seventh Chord = major third + minor third + minor third


Major third (combined with perfect fifth) + minor third


I might as well just tell you what the F7 and G7 chords are (but do yourself a favor and learn the rest of them either by purchasing our course or by visiting our site).

C7 = C + E + G + Bb

F7 = F + A + C + Eb

G7 = G + B + D + F


A "chord progression" is a series of chords played one after the other.

A "Blues chord progression" is usually 12 bars long.

In this progression, a bar equals 4 beats. Clapping your hands 4 times (in a rhythmical beat) equals 1 bar. Thus, 12 bars equal 48 beats.

Note: Each bar begins at 1 again. That is, "1-2-3-4" --- "1-2-3-4" as opposed to "1-2-3-4 ---- 5-6-7-8"

How to read the e-mail blues chart below:

1) The chord is listed first; the beat numbers are listed below the chord names.

2) Play the chord for the given amount of beats listed (the bar # is also listed)

For example,

Bar 1

This means that you will play a C7 chord for (4 beats).

So... you will play a C7 Chord while counting to 4

-The 300-pg course explains the blues chord progression in depth. It also covers several other blues, gospel, and jazz chord progressions.


... for more information on the 300-pg course.


bar 1

bar 2

bar 3

bar 4

bar 5

bar 6

bar 7

bar 8

bar 9

bar 10

bar 11

bar 12


Congratulations, you now know how to play the blues!!!!!!!

Make sure you check out our 300-pg workbook! It will guide you into playing several other songs and chord progressions!

Until tomorrow!

P.S. - Call us if you have any questions (1-877-856-4187)

Lesson seven was taken from our 300-pg workbook, "The Secrets to Playing Piano by Ear!" The technique taught here is just one of several different techniques taught in our 300-pg course.

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More Music Theory Piano Lessons

Major Scales Music Theory
Minor Scales / Blues Scale Theory
Whole Steps, Half Steps & Intervals
Major Chords & Minor Chords
Piano Chord Inversions
Piano Seventh Chords
Blues Piano Chord Progression
Piano Scales & Piano Chords
Piano and Keyboard Ear-Training
Playing in Every Major Piano Key
Common Musician Questions P1
Common Musician Questions P2
"4 Steps to Playing Most Songs"


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