Food For Chord Thought

Alongside teaching you specific skills, now and then I like to sow some seeds for thought! Hopefully, these ideas will bounce around in your subconscious and you’ll make the connections while you sleep!

So, don’t get hung up on the answers. Think about the questions and see where they take you. We'll be exploring all these things during the course. But if they've been brewing in your mind for 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, think about these questions:

  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 find 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 then just let this little lot stew for a while…


Music Theory 2