Many times I am asked "how do I play a harmony lead"

Below I start with a simple melody then I show you some of the most commonly used ways of harmonizing it. Some of the bands that use this: Queen, Steve Vai, Eric Clayton, Beatles etc.

Also read http://www.guitarworld.com/top-10-guitar-harmonies

The following example is using the A major scale:

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It is important to memorize these melodic shapes in all possible positions on the fret board and or the keyboard. Later transpose to all keys (twelve notes - fifteen written keys).


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Basic Song Theory Part 3

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As a teacher I am often asked how are songs made?

Songs use many techniques that I will discuss over the next few months.

 

 

Using the 3 note chords created from the C Major Scale below play their chords in the common progression (sequence) listed below.

 

 

I    = C major = C, E, G  also called Root, third and fifth.

ii   =    D minor   = D, F, A

iii  =    E minor   =  E, G, B

IV =    F major   =  F, A, C

V  =    G major   =  G, B, D

vi   =   A minor   = A, C, E

viio =  B diminished  = B, D, F

 

 

 

 

 

1.  I //// //// IV //// ////

2.  I //// V //// I //// //// I //// V //// I ////     

3.  I //// IV //// V ////

4.  I //// IV //// V //// IV ////

5.  I //// V //// IV ////

6.  I //// V //// IV //// V ////

7.  IV //// I //// V //// I ////

 

//// = hash marks are quarter notes 

or one strum per line /

 

Now record these progressions with a metronome or drum machine and play the C major scale live to chords to experiment creating instrumental and vocal melodies.

It is important to memorize these chords in all possible positions on the fret board and or the keyboard. Later transpose to all keys (twelve notes fifteen written keys).

Now transpose these to each position (register) of your instrument, then to all 15 keys.



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Vince Lauria Sun and Earth Music

Basic Song Theory Part 2

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Family of chords - song writing 101

 

As a teacher I am often asked how are songs made?

Songs use many techniques that I will discuss over the next few months.

First I will explain the harmonized major scale.

Using just the notes of the C major scale lets see how the family of chords are created.

First the notes of C major  

        C       D        E       F       G       A       B       C 

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By taking every other note in a group of three notes this creates chords. We do this for each note (scale degree) in the major scale. (Also we use large and small roman numerals for each position of the scale so that one number system works for all fifteen written keys). Starting with the first note of C major, take C (skip D) take E (skip F) take G.

See below:


I    =     C major   = C, E G  also called Root, third and fifth.

ii   =     D minor   = D, F, A

iii  =     E minor   =  E, G, B

IV =      F major   =  F, A, C

V  =     G major   =  G, B, D

vi   =    A minor   = A, C, E

viio =   B diminished  = B, D, F

 

maj = major or 

 

small m = minor also -  (hyphen)

o means diminished

 

These chord types (major, minor, diminished) stay exactly in the same relative sequence in all keys. Just the root or starting note changes. More on this later.

 

The chords below are created from the notes in the C major scale. 

 

 

C, E, G =  C maj

D, F, A  =  Dm

E, G, B =   Em

F, A, C =   F maj

G, B, D =  G maj

A ,C, E =   Am

B, D, F =   Bo

C, E, G =  C major

 

It is important to memorize these chords in all possible positions on the fret board and or the keyboard. Later transpose to all keys (twelve notes fifteen written keys).

Now transpose these to each position (register) of your instrument, then to all 15 keys.



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Vince Lauria Sun and Earth Music

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Basic Song Theory Part 1

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These lessons are made for any instrument and you must have a basic knowledge of note values and basic chords, major, minor, diminished and dominant. Learning this will make you a better song writer!



C Major Scale number formula, steps, interval relationship and note names.

 

C  Major Scale:

C, D, E, F, G, A, B and C again.  

 

C to D is a whole step. WS

It is also a major second.

 

D to E is a whole step.  WS

It is also a major second.

 

E to F is a half step.  HS

It is a minor second.

 

F to G is a whole step.  WS

It is also a major second.

 

G to A is a whole step.  WS

It is also a major second.

 

A to B is a whole step.  WS

It is also a major second.

 

B to C is a half step.  HS

It is a minor second.

 

 

 

 

 

Here's the breakdown:

 

C to D is a WS is also a major second interval. 

The step formula gives a scale its sound

(WS, WS, HS, WS, WS, WS, HS)

note to note relationship or structure.

 

The number formula is the entire sequence.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8/1/R

The point is to view a scale in three ways.

 

Number formula= 1/R, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 (octave). The Number formula is all the notes

sequentially. Shortcut to define and memorize.

 

 

Step formula=whole step, whole step, half step, whole step, whole step, whole step and half step.

Note to note relationship.

 

Interval distances= major second, major second,

minor second, major second, major second,

major second and minor second.

Note to note relationships.

 

Remember!

Every Major Scale has the exact same note relationship and structure. All 15 keys.



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Bourrée in E minor is a popular lute piece, the fifth movement from Suite in E minor for Lute, BWV 996 (BC L166) written by Johann Sebastian Bach. One of the first pieces I learned on guitar. This piece demonstrates counterpoint and multiple modulations. Still one of my favorites!

 

Key of E natural minor= E, F#, G, A, B, C, D and E. 

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Bourrée in E minor is a popular lute piece, the fifth movement from Suite in E minor for Lute, BWV 996 (BC L166) written by Johann Sebastian Bach. One of the first pieces I learned on guitar. This piece demonstrates counterpoint and multiple modulations. Still one of my favorites!

 

Key of E natural minor= E, F#, G, A, B, C, D and E. 

Family of chords 3 and 4 note harmonizedE natural minor - family of chords.png

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Copyright © 2016 Sun and Earth Music

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Get one on one Skype lessons from Vince Lauria

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Bourrée in E minor is a popular lute piece, the fifth movement from Suite in E minor for Lute, BWV 996 (BC L166) written by Johann Sebastian Bach. One of the first pieces I learned on guitar. This piece demonstrates counterpoint and multiple modulations. Still one of my favorites!

 

Key of E natural minor= E, F#, G, A, B, C, D and E. 

Family of chords 3 and 4 note harmonizedE natural minor - family of chords.png

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