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Find The Harmony In The Chord

Steve Cass (14763) · [archive]
Style: Basics · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6

This is the fifth lesson the Playbook for the Beginner and Beyond series. It talks about the basic harmony components of the chord. For a complete listing of all lessons in this series, click the link above or perform a search for lessons under my name.

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In the last lesson, Using Chords as a Scale, we talked about what the basic intervals were in the major note scale, and how those same intervals apply to our bass note in the chords used in the C major chord scale, or a major chord scale in any key.

I need to reinforce something else that I said in that lesson, and that is that the bass note of the chords are sometimes the same as the melody note. More precisely, they may be the same note but are different tones (e.g. two different A notes on a musical staff may be an octave or two apart. They are the same note, but are two different tones because one may be oscillating at 440Hz and the other 880Hz). I just wanted to clarify the difference between notes and tones so there's no confusion when mentioning the terms.

Ok, moving right along....