• What’s Scales Got To Do With It?

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    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!


    “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.

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

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