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1.2 Chord Progressions (for Composition) FREE SAMPLE

Often times you will see chords written in roman numerals. There are 8 scale tones in the western style of music (ex. C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C). Music note intervals are counted by the number of the first tone and the number of the second tone. If you play the first scale tone combined with the fourth scale tone then the interval between them is considered a fourth (not a third as you would state in mathematics). The tones of scales are commonly stacked in thirds on a piano...

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If you don't already know how the roman numeral system works then a primer is listed in the next paragraph. The octave tones of 8, 9, 11, 13 are simply the same as the original 1, 2, 4, 6 tones. Since they are an octave higher (and above tone 7) the numbering continues above 7 (resulting in the aforementioned 8,9,11,13). The reason they continue counting above 7 is for the purpose of...

The chord structure of the major scale is:

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In roman numerals, the upper case numbers represent major chords and the lower numbers represent minor chords (pretty cool, eh?). Roman numerals is a much more efficient/compact way to write the chords ... This is why the basic chord lessons contained...

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Chord charts will contain:

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For a sound reference, Johann S. Bach and Yngwie Malmsteen use the ... chord quite a bit (as do I in OtwellMusic) and Steve Vai sounds like he uses the ... for some strange sounding guitar licks.

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