Minor Harmonic System

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Chords and Scales Combined to Make a System for Minor Keys a.k.a – The Minor Diatonic Harmonic Systems Moving to and learning these systems is often reserved for advanced students. It is something that can be taught early and give a student a much needed boost to there theory and master of music.  As before the definitions apply. Review the major harmonic system for the process and procedure to create harmonic systems. It will apply for...

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Chord Inversions

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How to Play Basic Chords in Different Positions You’ve learned that music chords are the structures that are the words of music. Chord Inversions give you new inflection to the words so that you can create a different but similar sound.   Inversions of chords are simply taking notes that would normally be played in one position and changing them to a new position. For three note chords there are two inversions, a 1st inversion and a 2nd...

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Chord Progressions

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How to Move Around the Basic Chords of Music Chord Progressions are one of the most asked about music topics around.  A sequence of chords is what makes music flow from one place to another. A composer of music may use one chord over many measures to add melody and flavor to their music. Eventually they will move to another chord to keep the song or music piece interesting. In other cases the music may change chords on every beat. What seems to...

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Music Theory Chords

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Basic Chords the Musicians Words Let’s explore the element of music theory chords. Music chords are the structures that are the words of music and are constructed with the notes of the scale and in all the key signatures.  A lot of things to consider? It is, however, by taking a step through the process of how various chords are built you will have the fundamental knowledge necessary to work with any key signature and any scale you want...

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Circle of Fifths

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How to Easily Learn Key Signatures Using the Circle of Fifths The Circle of Fifths has been developed as a way for the music student to remember how key signatures are related. It is a great visual aid that show the math we have talked about previously.  This section provides you with steps on how to create your own tool for this basic theory. Using the principals learned in key signature math you can create your own circle to show the fifths....

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Close Chord Progression

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Make Chord Changes with Very Little Movement Close Chord Progression is the ability to make dramatic chord changes with slight movement in notes.  As can be seen in the graphic to  the right the chord movement of a series of fifth changes is accomplished by changing two notes for each chord. There is so much to discuss here, there is just no way to cover it all in such a short page of information. Therefore, we will focus on the concept of...

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Basic Music Theory Elements

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Elements You Need to Start Learning Basic Music Theory There are music elements that form the basic understanding of music theory that you have to study in order to determine how music is played or constructed.  These basic elements are the structure and framework for which music is formed. Knowing these elements is what allows you to study, play, compose, reharmonize, and work with other musicians in a common language. This part of the the...

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Scale Modes

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7 Inversions Just to Get Another Sound The scale modes seem to be one of the hardest things to comprehend by the music students.  They really are just inversions of the major scale which start on the next note in the scale and play all the same notes. What happens is that the intervals change form major to minor all over the place. This seems to the most confusing part of learning the modes. Modes date back to the ancient Greeks where four of...

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Whole Tone Scales

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The Dreamy Scale Striking out in the oppose direction from diminished notes is augmenting or stretching the notes.  Augmenting a note is to raise it a half step. This is what the this scale is all about when compared to a major scale. The scale of the whole tones have a dreamy quality all there own.  The diminished scales have a tension and horror film sound to them, but the whole tones takes us just the opposite way. As derived from the name...

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Music Theory Master Staff

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Mastering the Master Staff Easier than You Think One of the most challenging things that students go through is learning the notes on the master staff. There are the association methods used such as the old favorite every good boy does fine, or FACE. What’s missing is the a good way of making sure you learn the bass clef and treble clef relationships at the same time.   We’ve created a course on Mastering the Master Staff within the...

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Music Theory Scales

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Basic Scales in Music Theory, the Musicians Playground Let’s explore the element of music theory scales. This is where the great musicians understand and know what music scale is being used is how the really neat sounds can occur. Music scales are the structures that make up which notes are used and how chords are constructed within all the key signatures.  Now that sounds like a lot of things to consider. It is! Yet it can be conquered...

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Polytonal Scales

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A Diminished Scale Swap The polytonal is  a scale inversion of the diminished scale which is inverted by a major third down. As with the diminished scale students don’t really learn about polytonal scales unless they study the former and even then they might not truly understand why this scale is different.  Because we have taken the time to discover the diminished scale in detail the inversion of this scale should go very smoothly. The...

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