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March 15, 2021

Monday, March 15, 2021


How are you doing? Hanging in there, I hope.

Last week's class on how to play "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" was a lot of fun. We went over all of the chords, then turned them upside down (also known as inversions).

Then we added embellishments, rolls, a bit of stride, tension notes and an intro and ending and the song came alive! Hope you will join the next one!

Today's lesson is all about Guide Tones. You may be wondering what they are.

Guide tones are the 3rd and 7th of any chord and they are THE most important notes of a chord, just as important and sometimes even more important than the root.

The good news and something I think is very cool is the the 3rd and 7th of one chord is the 7th and 3rd of another chord.

Say what?

Let's examine this. The 3rd and 7th of a C7 chord is E and Bb. Now if you go down a diminished fifth from C (just go down a fifth then up a half step) you will get Gb or F#. The 3rd and 7th of an F# chord is, you guessed it, E and Bb again.

This is the theory stuff I dig in a big way.

If you do too, please join me in the lesson below!

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See you next week. And, as usual, take good care of yourself.
Much love,
p.s. Please share, like and/or comment on the video if you are so inclined. I like, no love, to share what I know and build a community of piano lovers!!
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