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auggie
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Official: Guitar beginners question and answer thread.
Here is a good link that will get you started, learning relative chords for each key.LINK
Turn the circle so that the key that you want to play in, is on top.
then, look to the left and right of that key, and it shows you, what 4th and 5th to use. Inside of the circle, directly below, shows the relative minor for each chord.
Of course, this is just basic, but it's a good start.

It's also a good tool for transposing any song, into a different key.


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re: Official: Guitar beginners question and answer thread.
Look at the inside of the circle of fifths. The lower case letter is the relative minor of the Major key. That means that minor key has the same notes in it that the major key does.


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re: Official: Guitar beginners question and answer thread.
Here's something for someone just getting started.
You'll often see someone mention the 4th or the 5th. They are referring to a degree, or note, in a scale. Let's take the C major scale, since it has no sharps or flats:

C D E F G A B C

This is the "diatonic" major scale which western music is based on. It is the classic "Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, Ti, Do" scale.

Musicians give each note a number as a way to communicate ideas without having to name each note.

1-C
2-D
3-E
4-F
5-G
6-A
7-B
1-C


So when you read "4th", that is referring to the fourth note of the scale. As seen above, the 4th of the C major scale is F.
You will also see these notated as roman numerals.

I-C
II-D
III-E
IV-F
V-G
VI-A
VII-B
I-C

Chord progressions may be written using these roman numerals. A "I, IV, V" progression will be the "C, F, an G" chords.
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re: Official: Guitar beginners question and answer thread.
When I'm looking for Chords and Lyrics to a particular Song,the Sites that seem to be the best,imho,are:

E-Chords
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Ultimate Guitar(you can change the Key of Songs on this Site.)
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Cowboy Lyrics

There are many more that are as good,or maybe better,but,these are the 3 that I look for when trying to learn a Song.

I look for E-Chord 1st.It usually uses Chords that I'm familiar with.
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bgoodwin
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re: Official: Guitar beginners question and answer thread.
Chords

A major chord consists of the root note (I), the third (III), and the fifth (V) of a the corresponding major scale.

Hence, the C chord is made up of C, E, and G.
The C chord may be noted as C, C Maj, or CM.

A minor chord consists of the root note (I), the flat third (bIII), and the fifth (V).
To make any note flat, just move the pitch lower 1/2 step, which is the same as 1 fret.

Hence the C minor chord is made of C, Eb, and G.
C minor may be noted as Cm or Cmin.
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re: Official: Guitar beginners question and answer thread.
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Guitar beginners question and answer thread.












bgoodwin
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re: Official: Guitar beginners question and answer thread.
Key of G Major
2/4 time (2 downbeats per measure)
Relatively slow
pp - pianissimo (very soft)
rit - ritardo (slow down)
The long > is a decrescendo over the last 4 measures, so it gets even quieter.
The bird's eye looking thing on the second from last measure is a fermata. That note is held a longer amount of time than normal, usually at the discretion of the conductor.
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VABuckeye
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re: Official: Guitar beginners question and answer thread.
Yeah, that's not beginner shite.


SEClint
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re: Official: Guitar beginners question and answer thread.
It is if you have someone there explaining and teaching/instructing


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auggie
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re: Official: Guitar beginners question and answer thread.
Have you been learning those chords? Are you wanting to transpose it?
Is your teacher, teaching you to read music too?
It's better if you learn it.


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re: Official: Guitar beginners question and answer thread.
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Key of G


Nah...


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auggie
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re: Official: Guitar beginners question and answer thread.
Sounds a bit Floydish, but I can't read music so I know I'm not playing it right.
What is that?


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composerdave
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re: Official: Guitar beginners question and answer thread.


This is a piece for piano.

It is in E minor and is being used in the Wiki article as an example of a piece that ends (after a downward sequence employing some fifth relationships) on chord other than the tonic of the key (thereby subverting the expectation of the V7-i resolution). In this case the minor IV (A min). The title is "Child Falling Asleep". The unresolved final chord seems to invoke the feeling of sleep coming in the middle of a thought.

Of course, the OP wasn't pointing to this or the other examples of literature as stuff for beginner guitarists.


auggie
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re: Official: Guitar beginners question and answer thread.
Oh, I see what's going on here now. Yeah Lanier, I wasn't talking about the whole page, Just the chart at the top as a reference for swapping keys and learning mathematical relationships between chords in any progression.

Whatever that little piece is there, I think it would be easier to play in Am instead of Em.

Matter of fact, It's pretty easy to play in Amin.

Play the progression like this, it's pretty nice.
Amin-Dmin-Gmaj-Cmaj-Fmaj-Bmin-E7-Dmin.
That's not exactly right, but it will be close for now and easy to play.
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bgoodwin
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re: Official: Guitar beginners question and answer thread.
My bad, for some reason I thought one sharp in the key signature would place this in G Major.


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auggie


Good man





I’ll be back with questions tonight when I get home
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LSUisKING
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re: Official: Guitar beginners question and answer thread.
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My bad, for some reason I thought one sharp in the key signature would place this in G Major.


That's one option, but if you looks at the first and (usually) last chord, the other option shows itself (that's not fool proof - just an east tell tale).




bgoodwin
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re: Official: Guitar beginners question and answer thread.
Relative major and minor keys.
Looks like we've gone waayyy off the intended topic, though.
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every time


auggie
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re: Official: Guitar beginners question and answer thread.
That's why I think it's better, if questions are just asked and answered, on a thread like this.
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