It's not the Key, but the Chord ?.

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It's not the Key, but the Chord ?.

Post by alexsunny123 » Tue Jun 15, 2021 7:38 am


I'm working away on my next lesson and as usual, I'm first practicing the chord progression that goes with that lesson... I like to be comfortable with moving between the chords.

My sequence for practicing the progression, is as follows... chord 1, then chord 2.. chord 1 & 2 repeated.. then I progress to next chord and practice.. 1, 2 and 3 repeating this untill I've completed the progression.
I do this with my right hand, left hand and then both together.. I then work with chords in one hand, while trying to play individual notes with the other and this has left me with a question of, what notes can I play?

Just selecting notes at random gives a random result... some notes ok and others are certainly not! I first looked at using just the notes within the Key/Scale what I was playing in, but this again didn't seem to work all the time!?

I've now looked at playing the notes that goes with the Key of the Chord I'm playing and seem to be getting a better result.

Example: When I play the chord of D... I can play notes in the Key of D.. and when I'm playing F" I play the notes that I would find in that Key... but can someone clarify this for me please? Is there a general rule to follow?


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Re: It's not the Key, but the Chord ?.

Post by SJunior22 » Wed Jun 16, 2021 10:51 am

Hi alexsunny123!

If I'm correctly following what you are talking about here, I would advise researching/studying "The Circle of Fifths".

I hope this helps and wish you all the best!

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Re: It's not the Key, but the Chord ?.

Post by rickm » Mon Jun 21, 2021 7:46 pm

You could also try playing the notes from the pentatonic scale for the key of the song, over all the chords of the song. Guitar leads do that all the time.

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Re: It's not the Key, but the Chord ?.

Post by Jarl » Tue Jun 22, 2021 11:39 pm

Simplest would be to pull up the scale for d major (per your example) and play notes in another octave 1,3,5,7. You could also pick two notes to play with your opposite hand. I like to practice the chord progressions with my eyes closed. Scales too.

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