• Electronic Transposition: The Consequence of Indecision


    In a previous article, we considered two approaches to transposition – electronic transposition (mostly bad) vs mental transposition (always good). Here’s the reason why you’re not playing in all 12 keys.

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    The “Mental” vs “Electronic” Approach to Transposition

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    In this article, learn what transposition is, the difference between mental and electronic transposition, which one is bad, and useful methods to transpose any chord, progression, or song into a new key.

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    12 Reasons To Learn All 12 Keys

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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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    The Most Practical Way To Master All 12 Keys

    I’m often asked the best way to learn all 12 keys and while I’ve advocated many methods in the past, the most practical way is to adapt my “3 x 12” rule.

    Simply put: Take 3 songs you know and learn them in all 12 keys.

    It helps if they are songs that utilize a variety of different chords. That’s why picking 3 is important because between them, you should get a good mix of chords off every tone of the scale…

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    The Easiest Way To Learn All 12 Keys

    When it comes to learning all 12 keys, there’s a few ways to do it. You can use the number system and chord approach. In this approach, you simply ask yourself two questions:

    1) What number of the scale am I on (aka “scale degree”)? 2) What kind of chord am I playing?

    If you were in C major…

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    Ask Jermaine: “Transposition and Modulation”

    Every other Monday night, we hold a live “Question & Answer” session in our Gospel Music Training Center and last night we got a great question from Miriam Tierno in NY: “What is the difference between Transposition and Modulation?”

    So I’m going to repeat my answer concerning transposition and modulation here on the blog for everyone to see.

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    The secret behind “big picture thinking”

    bigpicthinkignsmall.jpgOur last radio show was awesome! We took several callers, gave away tons of prizes, and delved into some more music theory concepts!

    One of our callers had a question about a particular altered chord and I spent some time unraveling it with her. In this post, I just want to take some time to review what I told her on the air. I think this will be extremely helpful for people in the same situation.

    Her question had to do with playing a C diminished 7 chord over F bass. She wanted to know what type of chord it was. So we broke it down…

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