# Basic Scale Theory ?

Discussion in 'Ask Michael Dimin' started by Ankles, Feb 26, 2002.

1. ### Ankles

Jan 6, 2001
BostonMA
I am hoping you can shed some light on some basic chord/scale theory.

My teacher is showing me some basic theory. We are working on building bass lines over chord charts. To do this he has me starting from step one.
I have come across a stumbling block.

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. ### Mike Dimin

Dec 11, 1999
Ankles,
I think what your teacher is doing is taking a very common chord progression, the I,IV,V which is found a lot in both rock and blues, and using that form to teach you how to create a line from a chord chart. He could have used any number of chord progressions. I often use the verse to Van Morrisons' "Brown Eyed Girl". I,IV,I,V.

Hope this helps

Mike

3. ### Ankles

Jan 6, 2001
BostonMA
That makes sense to me. I thought of that during the day today.

He also said that we will start on the Major first.
If I am correct the I IV V7 are the only majors off the cmajor.
Is that true?

Thanks a bunch!!!!

Dec 11, 1999
yup

Mike