This is the sixth lesson the Playbook for the Beginner and Beyond series. We're going to explore the basics of how the siblings dance in formation in the chord scale of C major. 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 previous lesson, Find the Harmony in the Chord
, I introduced to you the Siblings, the family members who play together to create each note in the C major chord scale. We became introduced to Adrian, Brian, Cassius, Donaldo, Edna, Frankie and George. We know there's more in the family, but they're actually half-siblings. And for the most part, these family members fill in whenever they're half-siblings are called upon.
Okay, so we don't really care about half-siblings at this point. What we do
care about is when one of our brothers and sisters needs to represent the flatted third. When a minor chord shows up in our scale, the ii, iii, vi and vii chords, the third is designated as 'b3'. Thus, the notes in the Dm chord, D, A, D, F is designated as 1-5-8-b3. 8=1 and 1=8 as far as we're concerned for the purposes of the basic harmony discussions.
We spent time and created a chord chart for each chord in the C major chord scale, like the 1-5-8-b3 of the Dm above.