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by Freaky McPants
(12 posts)
9 years ago

Chords

My name is Travis and I am a senior in high school and I am in Jazz band. I know very little about music theory so I have no idea what all the little numbers and letters in chords mean. For example, the chord name for the B flat blues scale is c7. What does this mean. Its like a foreign language man.

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  1. by jbroad572
    (46 posts)

    9 years ago

    Re: Chords

    That's what music is... a language. Learn to speak it through the letters (notes) words (phrases), then sentences. I am just now learning theory myself, but I would highly recommend a book... one I'm reading right now is Music Theory made easy.... a little book but very informative. Seems to be just enough to get me in the right direction. Also may want to do some reading at www.musictheory.net.

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  2. by BariSaxplyr
    (35 posts)

    9 years ago

    Re: Chords

    Hey. Basically in a Bb blues for example, its based on dominant seventh chords, such as Bb7, Eb7 and F7... or for you tenor players, C7, F7, G7 type situation. A dominant, or seventh chord, is a major triad with a flat seven. so C7 would be C, E, G and Bb. Bb7 would be B, D, F Ab. A blues scale is a little different., which is used to improvise also. A C blues scale, would be C, D, Eb, E, F, F#, G, A, Bb. Its a major scale, with a few added notes, and lowered 7th. This scale would be used in a C blues to improvise (along with many other involved chord scales, but this is a good one to start with.) You'll notice a lot some of the notes sound bad or plain, like the F, while the Eb and F# have much more character. I hope this helped, i might have went a little overboard. Anymore questions, feel free to ask. I study this stuff at the Berklee College Music, and have an extensive knowledge of various scales and such. Hope it helped.

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