Tag: Theory

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Music Theory for Beginners 5: Key signatures, relative majors and relative minors

An introduction to the relative majors and minors—the key to songwriting and improvising.
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Music Theory for Beginners 4: Introduction to blues scales

Get acquainted with the minor and major blues scales: how to identify the ‘blue notes,’ how they are linked to the pentatonic scales, and simple box patterns.
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Music Theory for Beginners 3: Introduction to pentatonic scales

Learn all about major and minor pentatonic scales: how to identify their notes, how to play them, and easy ‘box patterns’ to remember.
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Music Composition for Beginners 5: Breaking out of CAGED (Part 2)

How to deploy CAGED and our PIRII technique to add variation to the I-IV-V and I-vi chord progressions.
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Music Composition for Beginners 5: Breaking out of CAGED (Part 1)

With our ‘PIRII’ system, you’ll be able to unlock all the basic major and minor chords along the fretboard in a snap.
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Music Composition for Beginners 4: Popular chord progressions

How chords color their progressions, and four iconic examples from pop music.
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Music Composition for Beginners 2: Major, minor and dominant seventh chords

An introduction to major seventh, minor seventh and dominant chords, and how to deploy them while you play.

Music Composition for Beginners 1: Minor, major and power chords (Part 2)

The formulas behind major and minor chords, and how to use CAGED to play them.

Music Composition for Beginners 1: Major, minor and power chords (Part 1)

An introduction to chord formulas and how to form power chords, major chords, and minor chords.
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Music Theory for Beginners 2: Sharps, flats and key changes

An introduction to sharps and flats, keys, and dealing with key changes.