Lesson #076, Building Basic Scales and Chords III

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Lesson #076, Building Basic Scales and Chords III

Hi Everyone,

Now that you know how the Major Scale is constructed...R W W H W W W H and knowing the notes on the fingerboard, lets name the notes in a G Major Scale.

Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

G A B C D E F# G

We can name all of the notes in any of the twelve Major Scales we want now using the formula for a Major scale.

Now that we know what the notes are in any given Major scale, we can create chords from the scale. A chord is putting two or more of the notes together from a scale and playing them together. When they are played together you get Harmony. If we played a two note chord.....that is called a Double Stop......if we build a three note chord ...that is called a triad.

We can continue to build upon a chord to create different colors from the numbered scale. If we were playing the piano.....we have ten fingers.........we can construct a ten note chord.


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