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Welcome to music theory lesson #9! Wow, you've completed all but 2 lessons. Look at how much you've achieved in the last week or so:

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
 Day 7: Blues Chord Progression
 Day 8: Scales & Chords

... but we still have 2 more lessons to unravel:

Day 9: Ear-Training
Day 10: Playing in every key

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Lesson 9: Ear-Training

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It is important to be able to recognize chords in songs and progressions.

For example, a major chord is associated with the following moods:

-nursery rhymes

The minor chord is commonly associated with:


The seventh/dominant chord is commonly associated with:


Play a (C major) Chord: (C) (E) (G)

What things come to mind when you play this chord?

Now play a (C minor) Chord: (C) (Eb) (G)

What things now come to mind?

Play a (C7) Chord: (C) (E) (G) (Bb)

What things come to mind when you play a C7?


Listen to a few songs and record what type of chords you hear. Your chart should look like this:

Major Chords
iiiiii (heard a major chord six times)

Minor Chords
iiiiiiiii (heard a minor chord nine times)

Seventh Chords
ii (heard a seventh chord two times)

From this diagram, we can see that this song is mostly minor, which means that it will sound sad most of the time. But since we heard six major chords, it is surrounded by happiness. We also heard a dominant chord twice, so this song has a mixture of all three chords. In addition to chords, rhythm is a huge factor when dealing with different types of music. Even though a song has mostly minor chords, if it has a fast rhythm, sometimes the mood of the song is easily covered up.

When you practice more and more, you will be able to immediately recognize chords and progressions!

We also have an ear-training program which allows you to train your ear. It has over 500 ear-training questions, 20 chapter reviews, 150 exercises, sound examples and more! Visit:

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Keep practicing!

Thank You for your time once again and I'll see you tomorrow for your last music theory lesson!

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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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