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Posted By: GUEST,Les B.
30-Nov-01 - 04:38 PM
Thread Name: Scared of Music theory? Faggggedaboudit!
Subject: RE: Scared of Music theory? Faggggedaboudit!
I like the idea of using Arabic numbers for Notes, and Roman for Chords.

Can anyone clarify why it's "1-3-5" to build the chord, and "1-4-5" to determine the chords ?? And why the use of threes in a seven (or eight?) based string of numbers ?

I understand this in practice, just not the idea behind it.

Kat, are you trying to figure out the key when playing with someone, or when listening to a record, or reading a piece of music? There are different ways for each.

When playing with: -- 1. ask 2. look at the chords the guitar or other chordal instrument is using (assuming they know what they're doing)

When listening: -- 1. hunt around until you find a note on your instrument that matches - you're in the ball park. Then find the very end note of the piece,(or phrase) usually a tune ends on the "home" note, that is if it's a C, it's in the key of C, etc.

When reading: -- if you read music, the sharps & flats at the beginning will tell you, if not(like me), go to the end note, as above.