Lesson 3 talks about major and minor chords in a key. 3 major chords, and 3 minor chords… se page 6. Also, note the similarities between major chords and their relative minors (#3, page 6). The relative minor of a major chord is a 6th above or a 3rd below the root of the major chord. Try substituting relative minor chords for their major chords in some songs. It can be a beautiful variation.
We looked at playing chord melody on Shenandoah. Basically, begin by play the chord, but stop at the melody note. Try that first and then add more melody notes that fall around the chord.
For next week: work on your F scale in thirds. Use the page of scales to help you with the "up the neck" pattern. Practice up and down the scale in thirds.
Also…. work on your Gm and Em chords. These take some work so spend some time this week teaching these shapes to your fingers. Remember….. not building the chord, but learning the shapes. Remember to lead with your most challenging finger.
Exercise 7 on page 7 is great one for learning the major and minor chords in the key of C and making the changes.
We'll look at lesson 5 - major and minor chords in F, relative minors in the key of F, and we'll play The Ryans and the Pittmans. The is a fun, rollicking, sea chanty and a great way to practice chords in the key of F and some great vocal harmonies. Use the CD to work on this song.