May 22, 2020
Hearing the Changes
Hearing The Changes are knowing what the chords of a song or chord progressions are and when they change. This lesson gets you on the road to developing this ability.
This involves know the chords of the keys and scales that are used for common progressions and songs. And the ability to recognize the sound of intervals, the distance between intervals.
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Here Are The First Steps To Learning To "Hearing the Changes"
Hearing and figuring out the chords to a song takes the same skills as transcribing a song. It's limited to the chords of the song. You might be doing it in real-time as the song you are playing or listening to the song.
Without some of the skills mentioned above it's often a hit or miss, hunt and peck method of figuring out what the chord changes are to a song.
Learning a bit or a lot of the Principles of Music can go a long way in understand how chords and chord progressions move and interact together. There is actually a lot in common between songs.
Here are some tips for figuring out the chords:
After finding where the chord changes. Locate the bass or root of the first chord.
If the song is simple then start checking to see if the chord is a maj, minor, 7th or power 5 chord. Maybe a sus4, sus2 or add 2, add 9 chord.
If it a more sophisticated rich harmony, a.k.a. chords. Then try maj7, m7, 7, dim7, aug7, etc...
With each success - on to the next chord.
Note: Sometimes it is easier to figure this out on piano that the ukulele or guitar. You don't need piano technique - know how to make simple chords and know the names of the piano keys. Pretty easy.
If not quite right, but seems like the right chord based on the root. It might be a bass boicing or slash chord. I C is the bass try C/D, C/E, Cm/F, C/G, Cm/G, C/Bb, C/B. If this fails and it could be any bass note with C as the name of the chord.
Cliche, Common Progressions with Distinct Bass Lines
Here are some examples of this type of progressions.
- Cm Cm/maj7 Cm7 Cm6 ( Cm Cm/B Cm/Bb Cm/A)
This progression is commonly notated wrong. You'll hear it after you become more familiar with the correct notation.
- C Cm7+5 Cm6 Cm7aug5
I call this the Secret Agent sound. Typically supports the melody. Witchcraft is a jazz standard that has the movement.
- Cmaj7 Caug C6 Cmaj7 or C Caug C6 Caug C
Check out Jim D'Ville's Play Ukulele by Ear • Three Chord Club for lots of examples of simple songs we already know that you can learn by ear.
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The art and science of chord fingering. Learning your basic open position chords in common keys.
We have four fingers and there're all not equal. Some shorter then others and some stronger that others. Everybody's hand is a little different. This does play a role in fingering chords. A example shows up with the first chord we will cover, a C major chord. It is a one finger chord. That one finger can be anyone of your four fingers.
Key Signatures - Introduction • Updated: Feb 12, 0202
A key signature is a summary of the sharps or flats in a Major or its relative Natural Minor scale. Key signatures are generally written immediately after the clef at the beginning of a line of standard musical notation. Each major and minor key has an associated key signature that sharpens or flattens the notes which are used in its scale.
Understanding Diatonic Intervals • Updated: Dec 9, 2011
An interval is the distance between two notes. An interval has a name and a type. Intervals can be played one note (melodic) or two notes (harmonic) at a time, ascending or descending.
Simple and Compound Intervals are taken from a major scale.
Chromatic Intervals are NOT taken from a major scale. They are derived from the diatonic intervals.
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