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Play Guitar By Ear - Two Chord Songs
When you are learning to play guitar by ear it's helpful to use
some easy to remember concepts that help relate the new material
to something we already know, this is called connected learning.
Our western music system, is based on the European diatonic
system, the effect of this music system is not unlike the effect
The 'one' chord is like our 'musical' sun, just as the sun has a
strong magnetic effect on the other planets in the solar system,
our 'one' chord has a musical magnetic effect on the other
chords, meaning each chord in a particular key wants to return
'home' to the 'one' chord.
This musical gravity concept will help us accurately predict the
chord changes in a piece of music, and will make the process of
playing by ear a very simple task.
Our musical solar system:
From our previous studies we were able to place the 'one' chord
in the first and last bars of a song. Returning to our musical
solar system concept, if we think of our 'one' chord as the
musical sun the next chord closest to our musical sun would be
the 'five' chord.
In other words, the chord that has the greatest desire to return
home, because of it's proximity to the musical sun is the 'five'
Visually, think of the 'five' chord as the planet Mercury
orbiting the sun.
Two chord songs:
Now, we will apply this new information to musical situations
that will increase our ability to understand how musicians play
by ear, without any written (visual) information.
Two chord songs reference chart:
Key of C - Chord 1 = C | Chord 5 = G
Key of C# - Chord 1 = C# | Chord 5 = G#
Key of Db - Chord 1 = Db | Chord 5 = Ab
Key of D - Chord 1 = D | Chord 5 = A
Key of D# - Chord 1 = D# | Chord 5 = A#
Key of Eb - Chord 1 = Eb | Chord 5 = Bb
Key of E - Chord 1 = E | Chord 5 = B
Key of F - Chord 1 = F | Chord 5 = C
Key of F# - Chord 1 = F# | Chord 5 = C#
Key of G - Chord 1 = G | Chord 5 = D
Key of G# - Chord 1 = G# | Chord 5 = D#
Key of Ab - Chord 1 = Ab | Chord 5 = Eb
Key of A - Chord 1 = A | Chord 5 = E
Key of A# - Chord 1 = A# | Chord 5 = E#
Key of Bb - Chord 1 = Bb | Chord 5 = F
Key of B - Chord 1 = B | Chord 5 = F#
Here is a typical eight bar, two chord song template in the key
C C G G
| //// | //// | //// | //// |
C C G C
| //// | //// | //// | //// |
Get this progression off the paper and into your head, play this
progression over and over until you own it!
This progression is the basis for all your ear training, knowing
how this progression sounds and feels will turbo charge your
ability to play guitar by ear.
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