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This little blog is about the chord sequences derived from the Major Scale.
These blogs will help: Major Scale Formula
and Major Scale Chord Formula.
If you are not familiar with those concepts just follow along and see what makes sense.
The question often asked is ‘How do you know what key a song is in?’
The answer is found by using the Major Scale.
Once you have discovered the Major Scale formula you need a system to organise it all.
There are a lot of different keys and it seems overwhelming. Luckily, some clever people developed the Circle of Fifths.
The reason we place a finger on the guitar is to alter the pitch.
The pitch is determined by the 2 points of contact on the string.
At one end is the saddle on the bridge. Then at the other is the fret.
So, can you improvise a solo by using only one note?
It is a really good exercise in phrasing and rhythm. You get an understanding of the effect a note creates over a certain chord, within a certain chord sequence, for a certain style of music.
The way you play bends will be determined by a number of variables. This is for those right at the beginning of that journey.
The thickness of the strings on your guitar, the fingers you use (yes, plural), the amount of push or pull those fingers can muster on that string, the sound you have, and of course the style of music you are playing all influence how you approach bending strings.
The idea is for you to print out the pdf and fill in the right hand side with the correct letters that make up the scale.You should try this starting with the note C first.
If that makes sense then repeat but starting with a different letter from the 'musical alphabet'.
Looking at the fretboard we can observe patterns.
A good example is the root note and the 4th. Or is it a 5th and a root note?
A great exercise to help you improve at finding the fretboard notes.
When I was studying guitar, there was a teacher caller Barry Langton, but someone jokingly switched the letters... funny if you were there, meaningless to you now, but he is a great player, and his exercise is a cracker.
Most guitarists now about the Hendrix chord, but what is it?
It is the E7#9 chord. I will break it down so that it makes more sense.
This blog post is just to highlight a couple of things a beginner guitarist might do when they first start to learn. So don't think it is just you. It's all of us.
You can download the song that I teach beginner guitarists here: Seven Nation Army.
This little blog is about how you make a chord shape and how the finger(s) you focus on can hugely affect your ability to play it. I refer to the concept as 'Pushing and Pulling'.
It is a bit hard to explain but hopefully you will get the idea.