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Welcome to music theory lesson #8! Great job on completing the following lessons:

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

... but we still have 3 more lessons to unravel:

Day 8: Scales & Chords
Day 9: Ear-Training
Day 10: Playing in every key

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Lesson 8: Scales & Chords

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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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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