Kat O1O

||: Love | Music :||

You are currently browsing the Chords category.

Chords (Week 4 – Fri) – Scales: Dim, Aug, Whole Tone

Along with Major and minor scales,
We have Diminished Scales, half Whole scales, and Whole Tone Scales.

 

Octatonic = half Whole

 


If you’d like to sign up for Skype Piano Lessons,  contact me here ————>>

 

That’s it for today

Go to Next Lesson >>

Or start from the beginning! >>

 

 

Subscribe in a reader
Don’t miss a lesson! Subscribe!

 

If you have any questions, just leave them in the comments below!

I’ll get back to you swiftly

 

Posted January 25th, 2013.

Add a comment

Chords (Week 4 – Wed) – Related Augmented Chords

As we know now, everything relates to each other.
Once you know one thing, you already have learned another.

In the last lesson we learned

C Aug  = C, E, G#

Here are 2 related chords that use the same notes:

 

E+ : E, G#, B#(C)

 

Ab+ : Ab(G#), C, E

If you’d like to sign up for Skype Piano Lessons,  contact me here ————>>

 

That’s it for today

Go to Next Lesson >>

Or start from the beginning! >>

 

 

Subscribe in a reader
Don’t miss a lesson! Subscribe!

 

If you have any questions, just leave them in the comments below!

I’ll get back to you swiftly

 

Posted January 23rd, 2013.

Add a comment

Chords (Week 4 – Mon) – C Augmented

As we’ve already established,
there are Major and minor chord qualities.

Major Triad = M3 + m3
minor Triad = m3 + M3

Augmented Triads = M3 + M3

Here is a C Augmented Triad:

It is also notated as C+

If you’d like to sign up for Skype Piano Lessons,  contact me here ————>>

 

That’s it for today

Go to Next Lesson >>

Or start from the beginning! >>

 

 

Subscribe in a reader
Don’t miss a lesson! Subscribe!

 

If you have any questions, just leave them in the comments below!

I’ll get back to you swiftly

 

Posted January 21st, 2013.

Add a comment

Chord Scale Songs – Duppy Conquerer

 

(verses)

||: I     | IV     | V     | IV    :|| (verses)

(bridge)

||: IV     | vi     | IV     | vi     | IV     | vi     |    V7     |

Duppy Conquerer
Also any suggestions for songs to play are welcome!

Just leave the song title and artist in the comments below

 

If you’d like to sign up for Skype Piano Lessons,  contact me here ————>>

 

That’s it for today

Go to Next Lesson >>

Or start from the beginning! >>

 

 

Subscribe in a reader
Don’t miss a lesson! Subscribe!

 

If you have any questions, just leave them in the comments below!

I’ll get back to you swiftly

 

Posted January 18th, 2013.

Add a comment

Chords (Week 3 – Friday) – CM Chord Scale Songs

Here are some songs that are in CM, using the Chord Scale technique.

 

(verses)

||: I     | IV     | V     | IV    :|| (verses)

(bridge)

||: IV     | vi     | IV     | vi     | IV     | vi     |    V7     |

Duppy Conquerer

 

Click here for a FULL LIST of songs using Chord Scales
Also any suggestions for songs to play are welcome!

Just leave the song title and artist in the comments below

 

 

Posted January 18th, 2013.

Add a comment

Chords – (Week 3 – Wed) – Pentatonic & Blues Scales

The Pentatonic Scale (‘penta’ = five, ‘tonic’ = tone) is a five tone scale.

It is the R, minor 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 7th tones of the relative minor scale.

A minor scale

 

*******

Blues Scale

*******

The Blues Scale is just a Pentatonic Scale with the b5 in the middle

(b5 or #4 = ‘blue note’)

 

If you’d like to sign up for Skype Piano Lessons,  contact me here ————>>

 

That’s it for today

Go to Next Lesson >>

Or start from the beginning! >>

 

 

Subscribe in a reader
Don’t miss a lesson! Subscribe!

 

If you have any questions, just leave them in the comments below!

I’ll get back to you swiftly

 

Posted January 16th, 2013.

Add a comment

Chords – (Week 3 – Mon) – Diminished Chords

The Chord which starts on the 7th tone of the C Major Scale is a Diminished Chord

vii = B dim

It is diminished because it’s a minor 3rd stacked on a minor 3rd.
(minor chords are minor 3rd on the bottom and major 3rd stacked on top)

 

vii-7 half diminished = B-7(b5)

This is a beautiful chord that is ‘unresolved’ which can be used as a tension chord.
It is the Root – minor 3rd – minor (or flat) 5th – and minor 7th

If you’d like to sign up for Skype Piano Lessons,  contact me here ————>>

 

Improvise  a B diminished scale over a B-7b5 chord

 

If you’d like to sign up for Skype Piano Lessons,  contact me here ————>>

 

That’s it for today

Go to Next Lesson >>

Or start from the beginning! >>

 

 

Subscribe in a reader
Don’t miss a lesson! Subscribe!

 

If you have any questions, just leave them in the comments below!

I’ll get back to you swiftly

 

Posted January 14th, 2013.

Add a comment

Chords (Week 2 – Sat) – The II-V-I Progression

The II-V-I Chord Progression is one of the most commonly used Chord Progression in jazz and popular music.

Get this under your fingers and you’ll be able to play almost any song!

Here is a II-7 -V7 -IM7 all in Root Position

Those are pretty big leaps.
The best way to play this Chord Progression is to use Chord Voicings.

Remember to Sign Up to be a part of the Kat O1O Sound System! ——->>

Using Root Position Chords and Chord Inversions (which we learned in the previous post)

This voicing uses Root – 2nd Inversion – Root

Notice how between chords are shared notes.

If you’d like to sign up for Skype Piano Lessons,  contact me here ————>>

 

*******

Rootless Chord Voicings

*******

For  use with 7th chords, the most important tones are the 3rd and the 7th.

You can also invert these Rootless Chord Voicing to create smooth voice leading.
Voice leading is moving from chord to chord in as little motion as possible.

 

II-V-I with 3rds and 7ths

 

 

 

Try to practice playing just the 3rd and 7th of all Chords in the Chord Scale of CM!
If you’d like to sign up for Skype Piano Lessons,  contact me here ————>>

 

That’s it for today

Go to Next Lesson >>

Or start from the beginning! >>

 

 

Subscribe in a reader
Don’t miss a lesson! Subscribe!

 

If you have any questions, just leave them in the comments below!

I’ll get back to you swiftly

 

Posted January 12th, 2013.

Add a comment

Chords (Week 2 – Friday) – Chord Inversions

Inversions are the same notes of the chord in different order.

In Root Position, the bottom note is the 1, or Root.

If we invert it up, all you do is put the 1 on the top of the chord.
So now the 3 (E) is at the bottom of the chord.

Above is CM in 1st Inversion

Remember to Sign Up to be a part of the Kat O1O Sound System! ——->>

CM 2nd Inversion

If you’d like to sign up for Skype Piano Lessons,  contact me here ————>>
*******

7th Chords

*******

You can also do Inversions of 7th chords.
Since there’s 4 notes, there are 3 Inversions plus root position.

CM7 Root Position

 

CM7 1st Inversion

 

CM7 2nd Inversion

 

CM7 3rd Inversion

 

*****

You can also invert down.

Let’s try that with an A minor triad

A minor triad in Root Position

 

A minor triad in 2nd Inversion

Invert the A minor triad down to 2nd inversion,
by putting the 5th to the bottom of the chord

 

A minor triad in 1st Inversion

Invert it down once more to get 1st inversion.

If you invert it down again, you’re back at Root position.

 

Practice Inversion of all the chords in the chord scale of C

If you’d like to sign up for Skype Piano Lessons,  contact me here ————>>

 

That’s it for today

Go to Next Lesson >>

Or start from the beginning! >>

 

If you have any questions, just leave them in the comments below!

I’ll get back to you swiftly

 

 

Posted January 11th, 2013.

Add a comment

Chords (Week 2 – Wed) – Relative Minor Scale

Every Major scale has it’s relative minor.

An easy way to figure it out, is that Root note would be the 6th of the Major key.
In the case of CM, the 6th would be A, which would then become the Root.

 

 

 

Remember to Sign Up to be a part of the Kat O1O Sound System! ——->>

 

Slight changes in the scale could change the the minor scale.
If you raise the 7th in the Natural minor scale,
it then becomes a Harmonic Minor Scale.

 

If you’d like to sign up for Skype Piano Lessons,  contact me here ————>>

 

There is also a Melodic Scale which is a bit tricky.
On the way up, you play a minor scale and raise the 6th and 7th notes up a half step.
On the way down, you make them natural.

 

*******

Chords

*******


If you’d like to sign up for Skype Piano Lessons,  contact me here ————>>

 

That’s it for today

Go to Next Lesson >>

Or start from the beginning! >>

 

 

Subscribe in a reader
Don’t miss a lesson! Subscribe!

 

If you have any questions, just leave them in the comments below!

I’ll get back to you swiftly

 

Posted January 9th, 2013.

Add a comment