Thursday, 20 July 2017

Passing Chords

Many of the musicians have asked me this following question:

Are there any restrictions to the chords that we play to get to our destination?

My answer to that is NO!! because you have many different options to get to your destination. In fact there are 12 different options that you can take.

I understand the questions that are going through your mind what are those gospel passing chords that you can use and insert between two different chords.

Another question that your asking is why 12 because there are 12 different tones.

 This is a good way to be unpredictable in your playing. If you master these then you will be on your way to success.

For example, lets say you are in the Key of Db

Your starting chord is:
Ab-Eb / Ab-Bb-C-Eb  The 5 chord

And your destination is the 1 chord which is
Db-Ab / Ab-Db-Eb-F

You have 12 different options to get from the 5 to the one chord. Here are the possible options.

1) Insert the F chord: F-C / Ab-Db-Eb-Ab

2) Insert the E chord :E/Ab-Db-Gb-Bb

3) Insert the D chord: D/Gb-A-B-D

4) Insert the C chord: C/Bb-Eb-Ab

5) Insert the Gb chord:Gb/Bb-Eb-F-Bb

6) Insert the A chord: A/G-C-F

7) Insert the B chord: B/Bb-Db-Eb-Gb

8) Insert the Bb chord: Bb/Ab-Db-Gb

You could even combine some of these chords together to have a smooth progression

For example,
Start with the Ab chord then move to the F chord then the D chord then finish with the Db chord.

For those bass players work together with your keyboardist and use the root of the chord that he is playing.

For example, if the keyboardist is playing a chord that is Ab-Eb/Ab-C-Eb
Your bass note would be Ab because it's the root of the note.

I hope that this post increase your playing and helps u down the road to further success.

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Monday, 3 July 2017

How To Score A Song First Hand

1. The first tip for learning any song is to start with the bass lines, then fill in the rest of the chords. Having some kind of roadmap for the song will help you learn it easier and faster.

2. Ignore all the runs and focus in on the main chord changes. So many musicians get distracted by the flair that they lose the simpleness of a song.

3. Learn the song(s) in their original key(s) first, then branch off to learning it in other keys.

4. Try not to play the song word for word. Every word doesn't need a chord. Music is their to accompany the singing, not necessarily to match it.

5. Break the song up in pieces instead of trying to get the whole thing at one time. Once you've learned a piece, practice it until its second nature. Then, add on another piece. After every piece you learn, play the previous pieces with it.

Hope this helps.

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Major 11th & 13th

In continuation of where I stopped yesterday
Major 11th (not used as much) and major 13th chords are extensions to 9ths.  

As you look at them, you can see the relationships.  In the key of "C", a major 11th is: C-E-G-B-D-F. A major 13th is C-E-G-B-D-F-A. If you wanted to play all the notes in a major eleventh chord(polychord) You can see that you would need to play a "C" chord and a "B" diminished. Put into numbers, 1-3-5/7-9-11.  
To play a major 13th chord, you would play a C major 7 chord and a D mionor chord. Put into numbers,: 1-3-5-7/9-11-13. 
I wouldn't play all of the notes, though. With both chords, I would leave out the third and the fifth. You have to listen to the chords and drop or use the notes as pleases you.

A minor 11th is formed by combining a 1 minor chord with a major chord on the seventh.  You can see it.

 Note: Key of C, Minor 11th. C-Eb-G-Bb-D-F. For transposing purposes, 1-b3-5-b7-9-11.  Played with both hands; C-Eb-G/Bb-D-F.

To form a minor 13th, you add the 13th. C-Eb-G-Bb-D-F-A.   You can see that this is a minor 7th and a minor chord combined. C-Eb-G-Bb/D-F-A or 1-3-5-b7/9-11-13.

Of all the 11th and thirteenth chords, the one that I use the most is the dominant 13th. They are all, however, good chords to know how to form and use.

I hope that someone finds a chord among the ones posted in this thread that they did not know and that they can really use.