PLAY KEY CHANGES, MODAL MIXTURES, AND THE CIRCLE OF FIFTHS

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PLAY KEY CHANGES, MODAL MIXTURES, AND THE CIRCLE OF FIFTHS

When you’re playing songs, sometimes seeing how a chord progression fits into a key (specifically, one of the major scale chord patterns you play in Fretboard Theory 1 Course 6) is really easy. Other times the chords used in a piece of music seem to be completely unrelated. The main reason for this variation is that a song doesn’t have to stay in one key or one type of scale. In fact, composers often switch from one key to another within the same song or combine chords from different keys to form one chord progression.

In this course, you employ some common techniques to play more complicated and more interesting chord progressions. These techniques include changing keys, mixing modes, borrowing chords, and using the circle of fifths.

Properly identifying key changes and similar modulations can help you better understand the music you listen to and play. If you’re a composer or songwriter, you’ll like the variety that key changes offer. If you’re a lead guitarist, you’ll be able to tell when to change scale patterns for solos.

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