12 Bar Blues

There are quite a few variations on the blues, often people will play the I chord for the first 4 bars skipping the IV chord in the second bar. Here are a few popular versions of the blues. 1. Boogie Woogie www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boogie-woogie 2. Sweet Home Chicago by Robert Johnson (in … Continue reading

Practicing Major Scale Key Signatures in Open Position

As you begin to expand your repertoire you will be exposed to more and more key signatures. You might start noticing that some keys are more common than others and some styles of music use some keys more than others. Also certain instruments are more commonly played in certain keys … Continue reading

The Chromatic Scale

The chromatic scale is Western music’s ABCs. It is a symmetrical scale built with twelve consecutive semitones ascending or descending. Most of the instruments we know and use such as the piano keyboard, guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, flute, saxophone, trumpet, xylophone, etc. are equal temperament tuned instruments that utilize the … Continue reading