1. Learn to describe melodies in terms of scale degrees. (i.e. 3- 2- 1- 2- 3... is the start to "Mary Had a Little Lamb")
2. Learn to describe (and think about) chord progressions as Roman numerals. (i.e. I-V-I is G-D-G in the key of G Major)
3. Start paying attention to the notes that make up the chords you commonly play.
4. Start paying attention to how closely the melodies relate to the chords being played.
To develop muscle & ear memory for the "music theory that matters most", devote lots of time to these ideas:
If you're anything like me, you'll find the more of these ideas you internalize, the more cool notes start falling at your fingertips!
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The goal of this Interactive E-Book is to provide a tool to help players start seeing how melodies and chords interact, which has literally opened up the world of music for me! From the time that I first started seeing these interactions, by practicing these tunes in the most common keys (G Major, A Major, C Major, D Major, and E Major), it has made learning new songs faster and faster, and it has made my fingers "fall" on the right note infinitely more often. Though these songs may seem overly simple at first glance, the melodies and chords in these songs form the basis of nearly all Western music. Get the chords and melodies down for these songs, in different keys, and I think you'll be amazed at all of the cool ideas start opening up for you in all sorts of songs you play!
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