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Dis Chord…Dat Chord

First off, let me thank Joel and the Insane Guitar crew for asking me to do a guest column. I’m all about the advancement of player skills and the overall understanding of guitar. This month I’d like to discuss a very powerful concept for understanding chord theory and arpeggios called ‘ The Mother Chord Theory ’. I’ll base future columns on your requests. Let’s get on it..

The Major Scale aka Ionian: We’ll use the Key of C to get started.

IN WHOLE-STEPS AND HALF STEPS- WS WS HS WS WS WS HS

FIRST YOU HAVE TO LEARN THE CHORD HARMONIZED SCALE:

ALL CHORDS ONLY USE NOTES FROM THE SCALE..WORKS FOR ALL KEYS.

TRIADS: 3 NOTE CHORDS

PLEASE NOTE THE SPELLING OF EACH CHORD…

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Cmaj Dmin Emin Fmaj Gmaj Amin Bdim

CEG DFA EGB FAC GBD ACE BDF

7TH CHORDS:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Cmaj7 Dmin7 Emin7 Fmaj7 G7 Amin7 Bmin7-5

CEGB DFAC EGBD FACE GBDF ACEG BDFA

EACH DEGREE OF THE SCALE HAS A MAJOR OR MINOR DESIGNATION.

Basically the 1-4-5 are major..has a major third

2-3-6 are minor..has a minor third

7th is diminished..has a minor 3rd and flat 5th

TAKE TIME TO MEMEORIZE EACH CHORD SPELLING.

ON TO THE COOL STUFF..THE MOTHER CHORD THEORY

THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO REALLY LEARN YOUR CHORDS AND ARPEGGIOS.

REMEMBER YOUR CHORD DESIGNATION:

7 TONES:THAT’S REALLY ALL YOUR DEALING WITH..THEY CAN BE NATURAL,SHARP OR FLAT

1 3 5 7 9 11 13 WOW! That’s Cmaj7 + Dmin or CEGB + DFA
C E G B D F A

EX: WHAT IF YOU WANTED TO SPELL C MAJOR 9 EASY.. C E G B D or 1 3 5 7 9

HOW ABOUT : E minor 11.. E G B D F or 1 b3 5 b7 9

ONE MORE : G13 G B D F A C E or 1 3 5 b7 9 11 13

LET’S BREAK DOWN THE MOTHER CHORD..LIKE THE MATRIX ..FREE YOUR MIND!

Cmaj-Cmaj13 C E G B D F A
Emin-Emin13 E G B D F A C
Gmaj-
G13
G B D F A C E
Bmin-Bmin7-5 B D F A C E G
Dmin-Dmin13 D F A C E G B
Fmaj-
Fmaj13
F A C E G B D
Amin-Amin13 A C E G B D F

THIS SHOULD OPEN YOUR MINDS A BIT…PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE!!!

???’S EMAIL ME mark@mark-akin.com

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PASS IT ON J

“ Knowledge is only potential power”

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