Post by funkykikuchiyo on Apr 5, 2020 20:34:43 GMT -5
If soloing/improvising, always know where your "root" is, and which degrees of the scale the other notes are. It can be all too easy to play "boxes" and you rely on the strength of your phrasing over how it works harmonically at that point. This is doubly important with blues, because there are so many dissonant notes that should be used intentionally, not accidentally. The minor third played over a major chord is the best example; if you're playing boxes you might resolve on that with no bends or accents and sound very noodly.
Leftymeister, this is a great idea for a thread; I know I will learn a thing or two here. Thanks!
I've got two:
If you're having trouble figuring out the key signature of a tune (sometimes it ain't easy), here's a dead simple general rule that applies 99% of the time. If there are chords in the tune, not necessarily next to each other, that are in alphabetical sequence such as A & B, F & G, etc., they are the IV and the V of the key signature. Example: if a tune has a C chord and a D chord in it, the tune is in the key of G.
Another really useful thing to know, especially if you play with others, is to memorize the circle of fifths. It's not that hard to do, and it opens up a boatload of knowledge because you can picture it in your mind and instantly do things like key transposition, chord substitutions, and lots of other stuff on the fly.
Probably basic for most folks here but I did this for some beginners.
I thought I had commented on this. Guess I didn't. I have long heard of Circle of 5ths but did not know what it was. This is cool but I will have to ponder on it a bit, only because some times it jumps to upper left, hops over the chord to the one on the right, then sometimes it is the reverse, jumps up to right then hops over the chord to the one on the left. I do well with patterns but my brain has to work extra hard and just accept a change in pattern.
LTB, for any given key, the I is the key, the IV is to the left, the V is to the right, and the vii minor is below the I.
Do you have a smartphone? If so, check out the app called JAMN. It's a great way to understand the circle of fifths because you can rotate the wheel so the I is on top.
Thank you, that is what I gathered from Peegoo but unless I am wrong the video of the circle of 5ths had a case that did the opposite at least once. Maybe I dreamed that, who knows I can remember what you and Peegoo said as it is a set pattern..