Archive for January, 2010


What are the “primary chords”?

Sunday, January 31st, 2010
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Primary chords are the most-used chords in any key, and they are all major chords. The I chord is the most-used, followed by the IV and the V chord. In this video we explore the primary chords in all 12 keys:

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Getting to know the key of G major

Friday, January 29th, 2010
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The key of G major has one sharp in the key signature – F# – and the primary chords are G, C, and D. A very easy key to learn.

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Getting to know the key of F major

Friday, January 22nd, 2010
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The key of F major is based on the major scale of F and has only one flat in the key signature — Bb. The primary chords are F, Bb, and C (or C7).

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Getting to know the key of Eb

Thursday, January 14th, 2010
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The key of Eb has 3 flats — Eb, Ab, and Bb. The primary chords are also Eb, Ab, and Bb, making it easy to remember. The secondary chords are Fm, Gm, and Cm, with a distant D dim. Watch this short video on the key of Eb:

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Arpeggios: Broken chords of all types

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010
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An arpeggio is simply a chord broken up into it’s individual notes. Simple arpeggios are root, 3rd, 5th, but there are many other types as well…Alberti bass, open-voiced arps, hand-over arps, 2-1 breakups, 3-1 breakups, straddles, rapid-fire runs, etc. Watch this short video to see several varieties:

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