Power Chord Exercise
Play the power chord exercise as written.
Say the root name as you play each for 4 beats. Make sense of the naturally occurring half steps. Memorize names for each position.
We've already learned the first two; B3 is the new chord. Also, we will just write E, A, & B on our charts. This way we can play any type of E, A, or B Major chord [that we may already know], and come to understand that E5 can be our realization when we see the chord symbol E [likewise for others]. Also, B3 is not a conventional chord symbol. We are simply keeping in parallel with the logic of E5 and A5. The B3 = the B tone + its 3rd [D♯]. This also keeps tones on adjacent strings [we'll cover B5 and more B's later - any that you may know, including B7, will work - just as E or A will work for the E5 & A5]. We explore this type of numbering system in Chord Train.
Basic mods include GMaj7, G7, Gm11, Gm, Gsus9, G9.
We've seen that chords are numbered within a key system. The I IV V are Major, ii iii vi are minor, and the viio is diminished (diminished is minor-flat-five). One way we can understand a song is by understanding its harmonic motion within a key. For this session, we will stick with our chord scheme from the Major scale. We will use Roman numerals as a harmonic map to 'plug-in' the chords from the C and G.