Saturday, 17 June 2017

Piano Chord Chat


I have take some of my time and got all the chords in every key. So I hope this is a blessing to everyone who needs it and if something is wrong please let me know.

Chords
Key of C
C Major –  C,E,G
C Minor –  C, Eb,G
C 7 – C,E,G,Bb or G,Bb,C,E
Cm7- C, Eb, G,Bb or G,Bb,C,Eb
Cmaj7- C,E,G,B or G,B,C,E
C7b5- C,E,F#,Bb
C7#5- C,E,Ab,Bb
C m7b5- C,Eb,F#,Bb
C 7b9 - C,E,G,Bb,C#
C6- C,E,G,A,or G,A,C,E or E,G,A,C
Cm6- C,Eb,G,A or G,A,C,Eb
C69- C,E,G,A,D
C9- C,E,G,Bb,D or C,Bb,D
Cm9- C,Eb,G,Ab,D
Cmaj9- C,E,G,B,D
Cadd9- C,E,G,D
C13- C,Bb,D,F,A
Csus2- C,D,G
Csus4- C,F,G
Cdim- C,Eb,F#
Cdim7- C,Eb,F#,A
Caug- C,E,Ab
Key of C#
C#Major- C#,F,Ab
C#Minor- C#,E,Ab
C#7- C#,F,Ab,B
C#m7- C#,E,Ab,B
C#maj7- C#,F,Ab,C
C#7b5- C#,F,G,B
C#7#5- C#,F,A,B
C#m7b5- C#,E,G,B
C#7b9- C#,F,Ab,B,D
C#6- C#,F,Ab,Bb
C#m6- C#,E,Ab,Bb
C#69- C#,F,Ab,Bb,Eb
C#9- C#,F,Ab,B,Eb
C#m9- C#,E,Ab,B,Eb
C#maj9- C#,F,Ab,C,Eb
C#add9- C#,F,Ab,Eb
C#13- C#,B,Eb,F#,Bb
C#sus2- C#,Eb,Ab
C#sus4- C#,F#,Ab
C#dim- C#,E,A
C#dim7- C#,E,G,Bb
C#aug- C#,F,A

Key of Db
DbMajor- Db,F,Ab
DbMinor- Db,E,Ab
Db 7- Db,F,Ab,B
Dbm7- Db,E,Ab,B
Dbmaj7- Db,F,Ab,C
Db7b5- Db,F,G,B
Db7#5- Db,F,A,Bb
Dbm7b5- Db,E,G,Bb
Db7b9- Db,F,Ab,B.D
Db6- Db,F,Ab,Bb
Dbm6- Db,E,Ab,Bb
Db69- Db,F,Ab,Bb,Eb
Db9- Db,F,Ab,B,Eb
Dbm9- Db,E,Ab,B,Eb
Dbmaj9- Db,F,Ab,C,Eb
Dbadd9- Db,F,Ab,Eb
Db13- Db,B,Eb,F#,Bb
Dbsus2-Db,Eb,F#
Dbsus4-Db,F#,Ab
Db dim-Db,E,G
Dbdim7- Db,E,G,Bb
Db aug- Db,F,A

Key of D
D major- D,F#,A
D minor- D,F,A
D 7- D,F#,A,C
D m7- D,F,A,C
D maj7- D,F#,A,Db
D 7b5- D,F#,Ab,C
D 7#5- D,F#,Bb,C
D m7b5- D,F,Ab,C
D 7b9- D,F#,A,B,Eb
D 6- D,F#,A,B
D m6- D,F,A,B
D 69- D,F#,A,B,E
D 9- D,F#,A,C,E
D m9- D,F,A,C,E
D maj9- D,F#,A,Db,E
D add9- D,F#,A,E
D 13- D,C,E,G,B
D sus2- D,E,A
D sus4- D,G,A
D dim- D,F,Ab
D dim7- D,F,Ab,B
D aug- D,F#,Bb

Key of D#
D# major- D#,G,Bb
D# minor- D#,F#,Bb
D# 7- D#,G,Bb,Db
D# m7- D#,F#,Bb,Db
D# maj7- D#,G,Bb,D
D# 7b5- D#,F,G,Db
D# 7#5- D#,G,B,Db
D# m7b5- D#,F#,A,Db
D# 7b9- D#,G,Bb,Db,E
D# 6- D#,G,Bb,C
D# m6- D#,F#,Bb,C
D# 69- D#,G,Bb,C,F
D# 9- D#,G,Bb,Db,F
D# m9- D#,F#,Bb,Db,F
D# maj9- D#,G,Bb,D,F
D# add9- D#,G,Bb,F
D# 13- D#,Db,F,Ab,C
D# sus2- D#,F,Bb
D# sus4- D#,Ab,Bb
D# dim- D#,F#,A
D# dim7- D#,F#,A,C
D# aug- D#,G,B

Key of Eb
Eb major- Eb,G,Bb
Eb minor- Eb,F#,Bb
Eb 7- Eb,G,Bb,Db
Eb m7- Eb,F#,Bb,Db
Eb maj7- Eb,G,Bb,D
Eb 7b5- Eb,G,A,Db
Eb 7#5- Eb,G,B,Db
Eb m7b5- Eb,F#,A,Db
Eb 7b9- Eb,G,Bb,Db,E
Eb 6- Eb,G,Bb,C
Eb m6- Eb,F#,Bb,C
Eb 69- Eb,G,Bb,C,F
Eb 9- Eb,G,Bb,Db,F
Eb m9- Eb,F#,Bb,Db,F
Eb maj9- Eb,G,Bb,C,E
Eb add9- Eb,G,Bb,F
Eb 13- Eb,Db,F,Ab,C
Eb sus2- Eb,F,Bb
Eb sus4-Eb,F#,Bb
Eb dim- Eb,F#,A
Eb dim7- Eb,F#,A,C
Eb aug- Eb,G,B

Key of E
E major- E,Ab,B
E minor- E,G,B
E 7-E,Ab,B,D
E m7- E,G,B,D
E maj7- E,Ab,B,Eb
E 7b5- E,Ab,Bb,D
E 7#5- E,Ab,C,D
E m7b5- E,G,Bb,D
E 7b9- E,Ab,B,D,F
E 6- E,Ab,B,Db
E m6- E,G,B,Db
E 69- E,F#,B,Db,F#
E 9- E,Ab,B,D,F#
E m9- E,G,B,D,F#
E maj9- E,Ab,B,Eb,F#
E add9- E,Ab,B,F#
E 13- E,D,F#,A,Db
E sus2- E,F#,B
E sus4- E,A,B
E dim- E,G,Bb
E dim7- E,G,Bb,Db
E aug- E,Ab,C

Key of F
F major- FAC
F minor-FAbC
F 7- FACEb
F m7- FAbCEb
F maj7- FACE
F 7b5- FABEb
F 7#5- FADbEb
F m7b5- FAbBEb
F 7b9- FACEbF#
F 6- FACD
F m6- FAbCD
F 69- FACDG
F 9- FACEbG
F m9- FAbCEbG
F maj9- FACEG
F add9- FACG
F 13- FEbGAbD
F sus2- FGC
F sus4- FBbC
F dim-FAbB
F dim7-FAbBD
F aug- FADb

Key of F#
F# major-F#BbEb
F# minor- F#AD#
F# 7- F#BbDbE
F# m7- F#ADbE
F# maj7- F#BbDbF
F# 7b5- F#BbCE
F# 7#5- F#BbDE
F# m7b5- F#ACE
F# 7b9- F#BbDbEG
F# 6- F#BbDbEb
F# m6- F#ADbEb
F# 69- F#BbDbEbAb
F# 9- F#BbDbEAb
F# m9-F#ADbEAb
F# maj9- F#BbDbFAb
F# add9- F#BbDbAb
F# 13- F#EAbBEb
F# sus2- F#AbDb
F# sus4- F#BDb
F# dim- F#AC
F# dim7-F#ACEb
F# aug- F#BbD

Key of Gb
Gb major- GbBbEb
Gb minor - GbADb
Gb 7- GbBbDbE
Gb m7- GbADbE
Gb maj7- GbBbDbF
Gb 7b5- GbBbCE
Gb 7#5- GbBbDE
Gb m7b5- GbACE
Gb 7b9- GbBbDbEG
Gb 6- GbBbDbEb
Gb m6- GbADbEb
Gb 69- GbBbDbEbAb
Gb 9- GbBbDbEAb
Gb m9- GbADbEAb
Gb maj9- GbBbDbFAb
Gb add9- GbBbDbAb
Gb 13- GbEAbBEb
Gb sus2- GbAbDb
Gb sus4- GbBDb
Gb dim- GbAC
Gb dim7- GbACEb
Gb aug- GbBbD

Key of G
G major- GBD
G minor- GBbD
G 7- GBDF
G m7- GBbDF
G maj7- GBDF#
G 7b5- GBDbF
G 7#5- GBEbF
G m7b5- GBbDbF
G 7b9- GBDFAb
G 6- GBDE
G m6- GBbDE
G 69- GBDEG
G 9- GBDFA
G m9- GBbDFA
G maj9- GBDF#A
G add9- GBDA
G 13- GFACE
G sus2-GAD
G sus4-GCD
G dim- GBbDb
G dim7-GBbDbE
G aug- GBEb

Key of G#
G# major- G#,C,Eb
G# minor- G#,B,Eb
G# 7- G#,C,Eb,F#
G# m7- G#,B,Eb,F#
G# maj7- G#,C,Eb,G
G# 7b5- G#,C,D,F#
G# 7#5- G#,C,E,F#
G# m7b5- G#,B,D,F#
G# 7b9- G#,C,Eb,F#,A
G# 6- G#,C,Eb,F
G# m6- G#,B,Eb,F
G# 69- G#,C,Eb,F,Bb
G# 9- G#,C,Eb,F#,Bb
G# m9- G#,B,Eb,F#,Bb
G# maj9- G#,C,Eb,G,Bb
G# add9- G#,C,Eb,Bb
G# 13- G#,F#,Bb,Db,F
G# sus2- G#,Bb,Eb
G# sus4- G#,Db,Eb
G# dim- G#,B,D
G# dim7- G#,B,D,F
G# aug- G#,C,E

Key of Ab
Ab major- Ab,C,Eb
Ab minor- Ab,B,Eb
Ab 7- Ab,C,Eb,F#
Ab m7- Ab,B,Eb,F#
Ab maj7- Ab,C,Eb,G
Ab 7b5- Ab,C,D,F#
Ab 7#5- Ab,C,E,F#
Ab m7b5- Ab,B,D,F#
Ab 7b9- Ab,C,Eb,F#,G
Ab 6- Ab,C,Eb,F
Ab m6- Ab,B,Eb,F
Ab 69-Ab,C,Eb,F,Bb
Ab 9- Ab,C,Eb,F#,Bb
Ab m9- Ab,B,Eb,F#,Bb
Ab maj9- Ab,C,Eb,G,Ab
Ab add9- Ab,C,Eb,Ab
Ab 13- Ab,F#,Bb,Db,F
Ab sus2- Ab,Bb,Eb
Ab sus4- Ab,Db,Eb
Ab dim- Ab,B,D
Ab dim7- Ab,B,D,F
Ab aug- Ab,C,E

Key of A
A major- A,C#,E
A minor- A,C,E
A 7- A,Db,E,G
A m7- A,C,E,G
A maj7- A,Db,E,Ab
A 7b5- A,Db,Eb,G
A 7#5- A,Db,F,G
A m7b5- A,C,Eb,G
A 7b9- A,Db,E,G,Bb
A 6- A,C#,E,F#
A m6- A,C,E,F#
A 69- A,Db,E,F#,B
A 9- A,Db,E,G,B
A m9- A,C,E,G,B
A maj9- A,Db,E,Ab,B
A add9- A,Db,E,B
A 13- A,G,B,D,F#
A sus2- A,B,E
A sus4- A,D,E
A dim- A,C,Eb
A dim7- A,C,Eb,F#
A aug- A,Db,E

Key of A#
A# major- A#,,D,F
A# minor- A#,Db,F
A# 7- A#,D,F,Ab
A# m7- A#,Db,F.Ab
A# maj7- A#,D,F,A
A# 7b5- A#,D,E,Ab
A# 7#5- A#,D,F#,Ab
A# m7b5- A#,Db,E,Ab
A# 7b9- A#,D,F,Ab,B
A# 6- A#,D,F,G
A# m6- A#,Db,F,G
A# 69- A#,D,F,G,C
A# 9- A#,D,F,Ab,C
A# m9- A#,Db,F,Ab,C
A# maj9- A#,D,F,A.C
A# add9- A#,D,F,C
A# 13- A#,Ab,C,Eb,G
A# sus2- A#,C,F
A# sus4- A#,Eb,F
A# dim- A#,Db,E
A# dim7- A#,Db,E,G
A# aug- A#,D,F#

Key of Bb
Bb major- Bb,D,F
Bb minor- Bb,Db,F
Bb 7- Bb,D,F,Ab
Bb m7- Bb,Db,F,Ab
Bb maj7- Bb,D,F,A
Bb 7b5- Bb,D,E,Ab
Bb 7#5- Bb,D,F#,Ab
Bb m7b5- Bb,Db,E,Ab
Bb 7b9- Bb,D,F,Ab,B
Bb 6- Bb,D,F,G
Bb m6- Bb,Db,F,G
Bb 69- Bb,D,F,G,C
Bb 9- Bb,D,F,Ab,C
Bb m9- Bb,Db,F,Ab,C
Bb maj9- Bb,D,F,A,C
Bb add9- Bb,D,F,C
Bb 13- Bb,Ab,C,Eb,G
Bb sus2- Bb,C,F
Bb sus4- Bb,Db,F
Bb dim- Bb,Db,E
Bb dim7- Bb,Db,E,G
Bb aug- Bb,D,F#

Key of B
B major- B,Eb,F#
B minor- B,D,F#
B 7- B, Eb,F#,A
B m7- B,D,F#,A
B maj7- B,Eb,F#,Bb
B 7b5- B,Eb,F,A
B 7#5- B,Eb,G,A
B m7b5- B,D,F,A
B 7b9- B,Eb,F#,A,C
B 6- B,Eb,F#,Ab
B m6- B,D,F#Ab
B 69- B,Eb,F#,Ab,Db
B 9- B,Eb,F#,A,Db
B m9- B,D,F#,A,Db
B maj9- B,C#,F#,Bb,Db
B add9- B,Eb,F#,Db
B 13- B,A,C#,E,Ab
B sus2- B,C#,F#
B sus4- B,E,F#
B dim- B,D,F
B dim7- B,D,F, Ab
B aug- B, Eb,G

Thank you.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Name Your Piano


Hello guys, Just have a piece of advise for you today. Many of you want new chords, some others want to learn a song.
A million other people just want to learn something new to make them feel good.

Truth is, if you do not have a relationship with your piano, you could simply be abusing her/him depending on its gender. Now you are thinking to yourself "gender?" , yes, gender. It's not just about giving the piano a name, it is more about developing a connection with your keyboard. Go ahead try it, if your piano has no name then christen it today and begin to watch how you would appreciate it the more and even value spending time with it. Instruments also have feelings, and they like to feel loved. Never abuse your keyboard.
Have a lovely day.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Chord Transition



Came across the question and I decided to share it with you all for your inputs..

"I'm looking for some smooth transitions going from one key to another key NOT a half-step or whole-step away.
For example: Eb to Gb; A to F something like that."

I will spell the chords out the way one of my whatsapp mentors do @ Mr Hopeman Prosper

Eb to Gb

Eb - GBbEb     Eb
Ab - GbCbEb     Abm7
Db - GbCbDb      Db7sus
Db - FCbDb       Db7
Gb - GbBbDb    Gb

A to F

A - C#EA    A
D - CFA      Dm7
G - BbDG   Gm
C - BbEG    C7
F - ACF       F

Give it a try and give your feedback.

7-3-6 Tritone Chord Progression

I 'll will give you a 7-3-6 CHORD movements to spice up your play. First WITHOUT TRITONES then WITH TRITONES

If you still don't understand the principal of number system then I strongly advise to check the beginners section for appropriate lessons.

Here is a 7-3-6 in the key of Db
In the KEY OF Db (WITHOUT TRITONES)

LH  -  RH
C - Eb Gb Bb Db
F - F A Db F
Bb - Ab C C# F

Here an alternate pattern in the
KEY OF Db (WITHOUT TRITONES)

Left Hand - Right Hand
C - BbDF (C with a Bb major)
FCEb - AC#EbAb (F7#9#5)
BbF - ACDF (BbM9)

7-3-6 WITH TRI-TONES
BbE - BbEbGb
AEb - AbDbF
DAb - DbGbBb or 
AbCC#F - AbCEb

IN THE KEY OF Ab WITH TRI-TONES

Left Hand/Right Hand

FB - FBbDb
EBb - EbAbCEb
EbGAbC - EbFGBb OR 
EGAC - EGAC

Your comments and suggestions are always welcome

Monday, 12 June 2017

The Bosses Boss Birthday



Just want to wish my piano teacher here in Nigeria a happy birthday. You have been a great impact on me thereby in extension to everyone I have taught.



May God reachely bless you and grant you more wisdom in everything you do.
MARO'S PIANO WISH YOU A HAPPY BIRTHDAY.






Have fun sir.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Piano Exercise For Beginners



It is a fact that a number of great contemporary musicians such as keyboard and piano players learn to play music in a premature way. However, these same musicians will encourage you to try your best to learn music the formal way.

All aspiring piano or keyboard players should practice as much piano exercises as possible in order to become a more accomplished pianist.

I will list a few of these exercises then directed you to where you can get comprehensive exercises. Its due to my inability for my blog to host pdf now, but if you are interested in my exercise book, you can contact me privately.

Exercise #1 – Using scales as a form of piano exercise.
Scales are most popular among the different types of exercise that exist in music. Most musicians use scales as warm-up drills before performing and also in their spare time.

There are different types of scale that exist in music and all of them will play a vital role in your performance. When using scales in your practice sessions, it is very important that you don’t just focus on one type but try to practice all the different type of scales that exist. Many great piano players from past to present use mostly scales as their main choice of exercise.

Here are some simple tips that you can use when practicing scales.
Play the scale of your choice with one hand several times and then the same number of times with the other hand. Then play the same scale alternately (left then right hand) in ascending and descending order.

After you have accomplished both task mention above you can try playing the scale with both hands at the same time. After you think that you can move on to another level, then try playing the scale within two octaves. Repeat this activity in different keys.

There are several exercises that exist on the internet for beginner and advanced piano players. I will be directing you to some websites that have great exercises that will help you with your speed and fingering techniques.

If you are interested in developing finger strength, accuracy, gain more speed and develop flexibility in you wrist, then I would recommend the Charles Louis Hanon exercise course. It is known as “The Virtuoso Pianist” and it is a compilation of sixty piano exercises designed specifically to train pianist. There are several websites on the internet that share this information for free.
Go to http://www.hanon-online.com/ to view and participate in these exercises.

You can also visit amazon.com for books and videos with piano exercises for piano players.

Another great site with a number of useful exercises for piano players at the beginner’s level is piano-play-it.com . You can visit them and participate in some of the activities prepared just for you.

A lot of beginner piano players become frustrated at times because their hands or fingers don’t seem to be developing fast enough. This is because a number of them think that exercises such as scales and arpeggios are a waste of time.

My advice to you is if you want to be fast, fluent and accurate then all form of piano exercises are important

My Whatsapp contact number is 07055686850

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Slash Chords


A slash chord is formed when you play a common chord such as a major or minor triad with an additional bass note that is different from the root.

For example – C is the root of the C major chord and is normally played in the left hand to accompany the C chord (CEG) in the right hand. However, if you should play the C major chord along with E in the bass (left hand), then a slash chord is formed.

Slash or compound chords are used mostly in popular music such as jazz, blues, gospel, souls and so on. These chords however, have a unique sound and are used to complement certain chord movements within the music. These types of chord also create a sound like that of a 1st inversion of a major triad.

Slash or compound chords in its written form looks like this C/E (same as I/III or 1/3). 
This can be interpreted as C major chord over an E bass note. The letter that comes first represents the chord you will play with your right hand and the letter that comes after the slash represents the note that you will play in your left hand.

There are several slash piano chords that are used by most pianist. But note that before you attempt to play these chords, it is very important that you know how they are constructed and how to apply them to each major scale.

These three slash piano chords are as follows;
Root Chord/ 3 Bass - (‘3’ means the third note in the scale.)
Major 4 Chord/ 6 Bass – (‘6’ means the sixth note in the scale.)
Major 5 Chord/ 7 Bass – (‘7’ means the seventh note in the scale.)

So if we should apply these three slash chords in the key of C major on the piano, then the results would be as follows



Here is a chart illustrating the twelve major slash piano chords that can be played on the piano.

Remember, practice makes you perfect!

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Monday, 29 May 2017

Do It Yourself (DIY)



A number of individuals have learned to play the piano with no tutor around to guide them. This approach can be referred to as the popular expression "do it yourself".
"Do it yourself" (DIY) is an expression used by individuals who have taken on the task of developing, modifying or repairing something without the aid of a professional.

So, the question is can you learn to play the piano by yourself? The answer is ....Yes you can!

However, the real meaning of "do it yourself" will be altered a bit; because you still will be guided by resources from experts or professional piano teachers. It is like they are right beside you.

So as a beginner you can learn to play the piano by yourself. But it is your duty to search for quality materials that are designed to teach you the piano effectively.

As I've explained earlier, there are a number of resources such as books and videos with piano lessons for beginners on the global market. 
Make sure you take full advantage of all the resources available and if you find yourself stranded, Maro is always available to render help.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Chord Tensions In Jazz


Using chord tensions in your melodies and chord voicings will make ordinary chords sound much more lush and "jazzy". They create more options of different colors in the sound of a chord.

The word "tensions" is really short for "extensions" because they are an extension of the basic seventh chord. Chords are basically a scale stacked every other note. 

For example, a C major scale is CDEFGABC with the notes numbered *12345678* and a C major7 chord is CEGB with the corresponding scale degrees 1357. The tensions of a C major7 are DFA with the numbers 246. Since the tensions are actually considered an extension of the seventh chord, we give them the numbers 9, 11 and 13.

To summarize:
9 is the same as the 2nd note of the scale

11 is the same as the 4th note of the scale

13 is the same as the 6th note of the scale

Often it's sounds nice to play the tensions above the chord tones but you also can place them between the chord tones as well. Some chord tensions work on some types of chords better than others, here's a breakdown of what to use and when:

On a major 7 chord, you can use 9's and 13's to your own taste. 11's clash against the major 3rd too much but you can use #11's, but usually only on major 7's that are NOT the Imaj7 chord (use them on IVmaj7, bIImaj7, bIIImaj7, bIVmaj7, bVImaj7 and bVIImaj7). It's almost become cliche to play a #11 on the final major7 chord of a jazz song.

On a minor 7 chord, you can use 9's and 11's and both sound awesome and really give a minor 7 a full, modern almost R&B sound. You can occasionally use a 13 on a minor chord but it will really stick out as it rubs against the flat 7 (which is sometimes a good thing).

On dominant 7 chords, you can play 9's and 13's. 11's are avoided because like the major 7 chord, it rubs against the major 3rd in a unpleasant way. In addition to 9 and 13, you can "alter" the tensions 9, 11 and 13 by flatting or sharping the 9, sharping the 11, and flatting the 13. This creates many options for different colors and are explained more fully in the Dominant V7 Chords section.

Finally, when you see a chord symbol such as C-11 or C13 it means that you should play all the available chord tones and tensions below as well. So C-11 has the 1,b3,5,b7,9 and 11. But if you see something like C-7(11), then you should just add the one tension listed. So C7(13) has the 1,3,5,b7 and 13.

 Sometimes you see chords like a C-6 but this means there is an added 6 but NO flat 7 it is written as a 6 instead of 13 because the number in a chord symbol only implies the chord tones below the number are played.

Thank you for your time.


Thursday, 11 May 2017

The Major Minor Scale


I’m going to talk about a few things concerning the mystery of the major minor scales.

The major scale is quite deep and beyond just your d r m f s….progression. 
I  want to show you a few today, then go further in a more advanced teaching later.
The major scale is a foundation for all other scales. Get these, and you will never be the same in your musical thoughts.

We know the major scale well I suppose? Do you also remember my statement that if you know your major, you will know your minor?

Why?

You can play any minor scale by simply playing ANY major scale starting and ending on the 6th tone of that major scale. So if you know your numbers, you’ll be good at determining the 6th tone of any scale very quickly. Then, you simply play that SAME major scale (do NOT change a thing about the scale... play the same notes) starting and ending on that 6th tone.

Major scale on the key of C

Relative minor scale for the C Major scale, which is A minor

So placing it on an extension of the C major scale
See how we did that? The picture above shows a C major scale repeated two octaves (which means, it repeats itself again with higher sounding notes). I repeated the scale so that I can show you this simple strategy to learn the “relative” minor scale that goes along with C major.

You see, every major scale has a minor scale that’s related to it. You can call it a “sister” or “brother” scale, or a “cousin”... it doesn’t matter. They are related.

-They share the SAME NOTES.
-They share the SAME NUMBER OF SHARPS & FLATS.
-They share the SAME KEY SIGNATURE.
-They share the SAME CHORDS.

For C major, that “relative” minor is A. How did we get “A?” Easy! It’s the 6th tone. 6 is your magic number when it comes to minor keys. Just remember “6.”

So just play C D E F G A B C but from “A” to “A” --- thus, giving you: A B C D E F G A

But let us go beyond this, and I want you to take the idea about all keys, and I’d talk vaguely so you can easily transpose the knowledge round the keyboard.

Now, we are talking on the mystery of the major scale and its role and relationship with other scales [we have just seen one already].

Going down step-wise to B, I’m going to relate the major scale with a half diminished scale. If ever you have trouble remembering your half diminished scale, just know that you can play it off a major scale.

To play your B half diminished scale, just play your C major scale starting from B to B with some exceptions of using your E , G , and A instead, but still using your A [playing from the 7th of any scale to its octave while you flatten your 3rd, 5th, and 6th will give you a half diminished scale of the 7th note]



Now, when you on the tonic of C maintain the notes of the scale, but add the flattened 3rd to it, it becomes your 8 tone Spanish scale on the key of B also:



When you remove the 3rd on the key of C and add instead the flat 5 to the general scale, you will have yourself a Composite scale on the key of B:



Playing the C major scale with a sharp 4th instead of the fourth will give you a Neapolitan minor on the key of B as well.



Next in line is the beautiful perfect 5th, G in this case. Perfect because going up, it’s a perfect fifth, but down, it’s a fourth. It completes the circle of music. This will in turn give you your basic mixolydian scale. Interchange the 4th with a flat 5th, and you have a mixolydian mode off the one/tonic.



Following the sequence, we know the 6 represents the minor scale, which is also the basic Aeolian scale on C. So in this case, Aeolian means your primary minor, but we have to others of that in every major scale. The Dorian scale and the Phrygian scale [2nd and 3rd respectively] are primary minor scales off two other primary major notes/scales on that same scale.

More to follow soon....
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