Music Theory

Studied music theory and initial practice, I’m going to look at bringing a song up to a polished condition and performance worthy.

Now that I understand the structure and flow of the song I need to move into stage two and that is to connect all the pieces or my practice chunks of the song.

Today, an example of how applied music theory, in practice, pays off. In three weeks I’ll be performing for my father’s 80th birthday. Of course I’d pull out a couple of songs that I am very proficient in playing to see if they fit the mark. But then I have been thrown a curve ball!

As music teachers, most of us have had to start from scratch with new students, teaching note names, grand staff navigation, line and space patterns, and the connections between notation and sound.

The three most popular chords usually refers to the three major chords of the diatonic major harmonic system. Don’t let that scare you, it’s a lot of big words to describe the major chords used in any major key signature.

Improvising with scale tones is an extension of what we’ve talked about in creating melodies. Specifically we started with a scale and skipped or sequentially stepped through the notes or tones. Much of what is used in the scale is repeating patterns, so let’s explore what you might do with that scale you have chosen to use over your chord.

Once you’ve learned the basic melody types of skipping and stepping to create melodies you move on to which scale to use. This involves using more than just a basic major or minor scale and moving into new choices.

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