Session Suggestion - Chords and their Functions

Discussion in 'Suggestion Box' started by Alan B. Go., Mar 18, 2019.

  1. Alan B. Go.

    Alan B. Go. Blues Explorer

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    Griff - a number of times you have mentioned a "chords function". Can you review and/or detail this for us, please 'n thank you.

    Peace,
    Alan
     
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    Jalapeno Southeastern Michigan

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    It's a good suggestion Alan, but, I think all that is covered in his Guitar Theory Made Useful course. If I understand your question correctly. My opinion is that without a bit of theory under your belt it might get confusing really fast in a one time session.

    Eric
     
  3. Alan B. Go.

    Alan B. Go. Blues Explorer

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    Eric - I've been thru the course (twice actually). I guess I'll have to go back and review it again. Thanks for the tip.
     
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    Jalapeno Southeastern Michigan

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    Check out especially lesson 9 - Chord progressions and the Standard Harmony Rule and its related lessons, such as lesson 10 - What Key is this in?

    Once you know how to harmonize the major scale (I - Major; ii - minor; iii - minor; IV - Major; V - Major/Dominant; vi - minor; vii - diminished/half diminished)

    then when Griff says things like, for example,

    "this G major chord in this progression in the Key of A major is functioning as a V chord for the key of C"

    you understand that normally there wouldn't be a G major in the key of A because by the standard harmony rule it should be a vii chord, the G# diminished, and the G major chord is the V chord in the key of C. Therefore the G in the progression is functioning as a V chord.

    Of course there'd be more context than that, its just an example.

    I hope that helps point you into the right direction.

    Eric