OK…Finally ready to talk and play with you, my friends, on a regular basis, after sparring with my new PC (instead of the friendlier Mac). Got to stop trying to play an E chord on the key pad when trying to type the word E Major – LOL !
I should define a few terms that lots of us may not be familiar with, or have a different idea of the meaning. Somewhere back in time Pythagoras, and some others probably (since many people seem to come up with the same idea at the same time) decided to use the Ionian Mode as the formula to create key center music, or music in keys.
Think there is something to that thing about Pythagoras students playing something on their instruments and stopping an epileptic seizure, then disappearing back into the crowd?!
Anyway; the Ionian mode is the major scale, which is used to create a key. A key is 7 notes used to make 7 chords and 7 modes. C D E F G A B C is the C major scale or the C Ionian mode. Each note is called a degree of the scale and represents a chord. The fifth chord is called a dominant chord. Someone asked me what a dominant chord is. Any chord that has a letter with a number to the fight of it (usually a 7 is a dominant chord for example C7 is a dominant chord. A dominant chord has a flatted 7th. The dominant chord, the major chord and the minor chord are the only ways that harmony can function in key center music. However, any chord can be used for any other chord if you know which one to use. That’s one thing we will talk about next.
Now, lets play a game. It’s called pick a card, I mean pick a chord. I’ll name a chord. Then you (and everybody can play)name a chord. Any kind of chord you want just don’t give it a letter name. In other words, any chord at all like minor7, or Half diminished, or 7#9, or augmented 5th. Any type of chord altered or unaltered and I will tell you which one can be used for my chord, then I will tell you why it works for my chord. Like I say G7 is my chord and you ask which half diminished chord works for G7 and I tell you which one and why. Or you could ask which major7 chord works for G7 or which minor7 or which 7#5 – get it? OK, all of you hit me. Ready? My chord is G7. GO!