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The Major Blues Scale is the lesser known cousin of the minor blues scale. Sometimes called the Jazz Blues Scale, it has a more majorish, jazzier quality than the minor blues. Check it out… Advertisements
The Minor Blues Scale is the blues scale that most people are familiar with, so much so that it usually just called the Blues Scale.
Study the i-V7-i Chord Progression (the minor counterpart of the major I-V-I) and you will understand the harmonic tension and release formula that makes an incredible amount of music tick…
Study the I-V7-I Chord Progression and you will understand the harmonic tension and release formula that makes an incredible amount of music tick…
Commonly-used in classical, pop, jazz, country, and ragtime, Secondary Dominants are a powerful way to expand the harmonic (and melodic) possibilities of music beyond the seven diatonic notes in a major or minor key.
One way to expand the harmonic possibilities of a chord progression beyond diatonic triads is to “borrow” chords from a parallel scale (a scale that has the same key center). The Borrowed Chords substitute (serve a similar harmonic function as) … Continue reading
Harmonic literacy goes beyond knowing the letter name and type of chord being played to understanding how a chord functions in a particulate context. To that end, a common practice for describing chords in functional harmonic terms is to use … Continue reading
A Seventh Chord is typically a four-note chord that includes some kind of 7 in its chord structure. Here is a gallery of the five most commonly-encountered…
A Triad is a three-note chord. Here is a gallery of the most commonly-encountered triads: major, minor, diminished, and augmented…
An Interval is a two-note chord. Here is a gallery of the most commonly-encountered intervals, each possessing an inherent and unique degree of harmonic consonance or dissonance…