Food For Chord Thought

As well as teaching you specific things, I like to sow seeds of thought for you! Perhaps these ideas will bounce around in your subconscious, making connections while you’re asleep; in any case, don’t get hung up on the answers. Just think about these questions and see where they take you. We'll be exploring all these things as we go along the course and if they've been brewing a while they'll come together easier when we encounter them.

You already know how to work out all the notes on the fingerboard, so here’s some food for thought for you: 

  1. Play an Open E Chord. Can you figure out the notes you’re playing using your knowledge of the open string notes and the Note Circle? Do you notice anything?
  2. Play an Open A Chord. What are the notes you’re playing? Notice anything?
  3. Play an Open D Chord. What are the notes you’re playing? Notice anything?
  4. Do you see any patterns or similarities between the notes in each chord?
  5. Play an Open E minor Chord. What notes are you playing? How do they compare to the notes in the regular E (major) Chord that you played in the first question?
  6. Work out the notes of a C Chord and an A minor Chord. Again, do you notice anything about the notes in these chords compared to the others?

I’m not going to give you the answers; we’ll be looking at this in the next grade, but I’d like you to give it some thought now, and let it stew for a while…

Music Theory 2