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185 | Key of C - Chord Inversions (Guitar)
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January 24, 2023
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How do you play the 7 chords in the key of C ... in any position on the fretboard? Most people learn only the open positions near the top of the neck, like this:

A lot of information is conveyed in this one image. Specifically:

  1. The numbers on each note represent the fingers used to play the chord. (An "o" means play the note as an open string, while an "x" means mute the string.)
  2. Each chord is labeled by its Roman numeral -- where the numerals are derived from the scale degrees on which the respective harmonies are built (as shown in the image below).
  3. And the letters below each fretboard represent the "CAGED" shape of a given chord. For example:
  • C major is in the "Open C" shape (hence the letter "C" beneath it in the diagram above)
  • D minor is played as a minor version of the "Open D" shape (hence the letter "D" shown)
  • E minor is the minor version of the "Open E" shape, etc.

Once you get a feel for the fretboard diagrams, it's simple. But while these open positions are the most common, you can play these same chords in various shapes up the fretboard. And these diagrams show exactly how to play each one....

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278 - Easy Trick to Play Piano Chords

How do musicians move around the piano keyboard so quickly? And how do they know which notes to play in a progression?

Let's look at the underlying patterns that guide your eyes, mind, and hands to play chords on the piano with ease -- in any shape (or "inversion" ).

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Hey there, everyone! Lesson #19 is coming along, and I want to give you a quick update-- The text is written. I've spent the weekend creating illustrations. 100 of 126-ish are done. We just wrapped one of our weekly supporters streams here. (Weekly? Yes, with things wrapping on the course soon-ish, we are kicking those up to weekly. That starts now. THANK YOU for being here, supporters.) If you'd like a peek at what the supporters streams like, the link to today's stream is here: https://youtube.com/live/4HnquM6Qriw

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281 | The Beatles - Glass Onion (music theory)

The Beatles' song, "Glass Onion" from the White Album is one of their best tracks. It has a distinctively tense sound that gets stuck in your head. So let's look at this tune through the lens of music theory to see how John Lennon wrote this chord progression.

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To play along with (and pick apart) this song, here are the chord diagrams for each section:

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