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Answers To A Student’s Questions About The Harmonic Series.

Questions People Have About The Harmonic Series. These questions came from my close friend and guitar student Pascal, after he read my blog about the harmonic series, which you can read here: The Harmonic Series & Its Implications on Composition. I wanted to post these questions here for anybody else who is interested in learning
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The Harmonic Tensions

Some Quick Basic Chord Theory. As we discussed in previous blogs, chords are built stacking 3rd intervals. A 3rd interval is a 3-letter distance. From C to E is a 3rd (CDE = 123), from E to G is a 3rd (EFG). These 3 notes (C E G) combined form a C chord. This is
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Modal Interchange Chords in Major

Beef Up Your Chord Progressions With Modal Interchange Chords “Modal Interchange” is a harmonic technique in which you borrow chords from parallel scales. This allows you to add new harmonic colors in addition to the 7 chords of the key you are writing in. Parallel scales are: scales that start on the same root. Examples:
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Fun With Secondary Dominants

The Theory of Secondary Dominants The 5th chord in a scale, always wants to resolve to the first chord in a scale. For example: ||: C | Am | Dm | G7 :|| C || 7th chords (as in: “G7) are also called “dominant chords”. V7 in the scale is called “the dominant chord) because
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The Folky Beginner Chords

The First Chords You Learn On A Guitar. These are the first chords every guitar player typically starts with when learning guitar. I tend to call these chords the “folky beginner chords”, just to give them a name, but to fair: these chords are neither “folky” nor “beginner chords”. Besides folk music: you can also
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