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Posted By: Mary in Kentucky
01-Dec-01 - 10:43 PM
Thread Name: Scared of Music theory? Faggggedaboudit!
Subject: RE: Scared of Music theory? Faggggedaboudit!
Gary, I like that explanation of chords.

An addendum to it: Gary said, "A major chord is made up of the 1st, 3rd, and 5th notes of a given major scale." Another way to analyze this is, four half steps between the 1st and middle notes, three half steps between the middle and last notes. (this is true because of the defined intervals of a major scale.) But just let your ear tell you if it's right. Little kids can tell the difference between a major and a minor chord.

I'm waiting for the next installment on typical chord progressions. I like to hear things said in different ways, and I particularly like the explanations from performers who don't really understand the theory, they just know from experience to throw in a certain chord or a certain sharp or flat to get a certain effect. It's probably not as efficient (for me) as understanding and analyzing the explanations, but I'm envious of performers who can do this.