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Dancing Siblings In C Minor

Steve Cass (14763) · [archive]
Style: Basics · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

This is the tenth lesson the Playbook for the Beginner and Beyond series. We're going to explore the basics of how the notes come together as siblings and dance in formation in the chord scale of C minor. 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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You'll definitely have a much better time dancing if you're familiar with how we handled this in the counterpart lesson, Dancing Siblings in C Major and the one right before it, Find the Harmony in the Chord. Most definitely, you'll need to be familiar with the prior lesson, Do That Chord Scale Thing in Cm. Should this lesson be confusing, refer to those and any previous ones in the series.

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First, our minor scale from the open position

C minor scale

We gave the individual notes names to signify how they work together as a family

You remember Cassius

Cassius

He's in his original position. Remember George?

Cassius & George

He's in a different position, because we're building this sequence from the barre chord formation

And now we introduce Cassius again, in a different position

Cass x2 + George

This appearance of Cassius twice represents what we call an octave. An octave is represented by two tones that have the same name and are 7 steps apart. They are the same musical note, but they are two separate tones. They are the 1 and the 8 of any scale.