Miniseries #004 - 02 Take this Hammer + 7th Chords and Backup Discussions II

Monday, May 11, 2009

Miniseries #004, Take this Hammer + 7th Chords and Backup Discussions II

Hi Everyone,

First let me tell you the chords to Take this Hammer. The key is G......
the chords are........G-D-G-C-G-D-G (1_5_1_4_1_5_1)

Lets Look at what is called the Nashville number system for a moment. Look at the chords to Take this Hammer above. Notice the numbers directly beneath the chords. The Nashville number system is as simple as this........If a song or tune is in the key of G.....we use the major scale starting with G.....then we number the scale as re me fa so la ti do...........1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8. the 1 is the G chord......the 5 is the D chord........and the 4 is the C chord .......its that simple.

Lets take another example....say we want to play this song in the key of problem.... play a C# major scale and name and number the notes.......the 1 is a C# chord...the 5 is a G# chord....and the 4 is an F# chord. You can use this system on all the twelve notes and the major scales associated with them. I'll be discussing this in future lessons, but I thought I'd mention it here as well because of its relationship to this video.

Looking at the single string major scale pattern in this video, we can call it a "moveable" pattern. Its moveable because all we have to do is name the note starting on the fourth string........then we have the major scale of the note we started with. We can use this pattern for all the twelve notes to create all of the twelve major scales.

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