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This is a sample video from the Secret Guitar Teacher website (see link above). It's from the Secret Guitar Teacher's Gym section of the site and is pitched to students who have already studied music theory to the point where they understand key signatures, triad formulas and harmonising the major scale. These are all covered in parts 1 and 2 of the Guitar Music Theory course in the Advanced section of the site.
So this is definitely not for beginners. But if you have already learnt the basics of music theory and are interested in improving your ability to find chords on the fret board and consolidate your ability to actually apply music theory, then this lesson will be great for you.
If you would like a copy of the printout please contact me via the Secret Guitar Teacher site at http://www.secretguitarteacher.com.
Here's the abridged transcript:
This exercise is designed to pull together all the strands learnt on the Guitar Music Theory Course parts 1 and 2. Don't even think of trying to follow this exercise, until you have got a good grasp of key signatures, triad formulas and harmonising the major scale. It will help to have a really good grounding in the CAGED system and Sandwich Exercises as well.
This exercise is not particularly physically hard to learn or to play, but I want to emphasize that it is vital to understand it, as well as to execute it.
The exercise itself involves 64 chord changes, but you'll be relieved to know that we can comfortably cover all of these with just 16 different shapes.
First the open chords:
Each chord is restricted to just four strings and I have labelled each note according to the 'spelling' of the chord. We use the word spelling to mean: 'describing a chord by its formula'. So, as these are all major chords, the spelling is 1 3 5.
Commonly, we then repeat the root note at the top of the octave so we could call this 1 3 5 8, but I prefer to use the letter
'R' for the Root notes. So here we are spelling the chords: R 3 5 R.
Notice that the pattern made by the 'R' notes is straight out of the CAGED system...
We are also going to use three Minor triad open chord shapes and 2 Diminished ones:
These too, are all labelled with their spellings. 1 b3 5 for the minor chords and 1 b3 b5 for the diminished ones.
The first row of shapes are all rooted on the E string, so they will take their name from whatever note you get on that string at the fret you choose to play the shape.. for example:
Do take your time with that and, in particular really try to understand the spellings of each chord. This is the way to get the most benefit from this lesson. Remember, the formula simply refers to steps on the Major Scale based on the root note of each chord so, you can check the chord shapes by referring back to the Major scale like this:
OK, so let's get on with the first part of the exercise: we are going to play the diatonic series of chords for each key starting with C major and working our way round the circle of fifths.
Here's the exercise done slowly with a full running commentary:
Once you are up to speed with this exercise then move on to the next stage where we go through it at a faster tempo against the metronome, but without any commentary.
Going to set the metronome at 72 bpm and aim to play one note every two beats..
Once you have got the hang of the exercise playing along with the video, do work at it on your own at whatever pace you are comfortable with, but try and engage the brain as well as the fingers. This is easiest to achieve by providing your own running commentary. Say the name of each chord as you play it. Try and tell yourself the key signature of each key as it changes.
All this is a really super-efficient way to programme your musician's mind and truly get the most from this gym session.
OK, have fun with that and, once you are on top of this gym session, please move on to the next one, where we will carry out the same sort of drill on the circle of fourths.
See you then!