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Basic Scale Theory ?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Ankles, Feb 26, 2002.


  1. Ankles

    Ankles

    Jan 6, 2001
    BostonMA
    My teacher is trying to show me some basic scale theory. Can someone help me to understand the following:

    When building chords (Ex: Off C major scale) there are 3 degrees I,IV,V7. Each chord consist of 1st,3rd,5th of each degree.

    I understand the chord (1,3,5) what I dont understand is, when I finish writing each chord off the 1st degree(C), why do I go to the IV degree (F) in stead of going to the 2nd note in the Cmajor scale(d).

    Hope I am making sense.

    Thanks
     
  2. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    No reason at all! The second chord (II) built off a major scale is a minor chord though - maybe your teacher is just starting with certain chords and getting on to minors later on?


    PS - a V7 chord needs the 1st 3rd, 5thand (flat)7th notes. So to be a dominant 7 it has the flattened 7th - all V chord are dominant 7ths.
     
  3. Ankles

    Ankles

    Jan 6, 2001
    BostonMA
    Well he did say minors were later. We are just focusing on the majors.



    Thanks for the input.
     
  4. Intrepid

    Intrepid

    Oct 15, 2001
    Play a piano....you'll understand better because you can visually see whats going on...
     
  5. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I don't know how else I would see! :D