Music Is Mathematical

One thing that is helpful when playing a song is to get into the habit of thinking about what scale degree (number) each chord falls on in relation to the key of the song.

If you continue to think this way you will be paving the way for you to comfortably be able to play the songs that you know in any key you want.

For example if a song is in the key of Ab and the chord progression is Abmaj – Cmin7 -Fmin7.

The Ab major scale is Ab-Bb-C-Db-Eb-F-G

  • Ab is the 1st scale degree
  • C is the 3rd scale degree
  • F is the sixth scale degree

If you think of 1maj -3min7-6min7 the key will not matter to you if I know all of your major scales and the corresponding scale numbers to each note of the scale.

You now can apply this information to any key you want. It makes playing in every key much easier if you think of the music like this.

More to come on this subject. Stay Tuned. Also the Learn To Play In All 12 keys DVD goes into great detail about this subject.





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