Introduction

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To explain what we'll cover, we'll start with our goal and work our way backwards.

  • The goal is to create sheets that use numbers to represent chords instead of letters.
  • Those numbers are based on the notes in each scale, so we'll need to know how to figure out what notes are in each of the 12 major scales. 
  • The notes in each scale are based on a pattern that's used with every major scale, so we'll break down that pattern. 
  • The major scale pattern is based on the distance between notes in the scales, commonly referred to as whole steps and half steps
  • Moving around in whole and half steps will have us landing on flats and sharps, so we'll discuss how those work. 
  • Finally, the note names are what we will be making flat or sharp, so we will start with the note names or musical alphabet.  

Once you put that all together (in reverse order), you'll be able to read and use number charts.

The format we'll use to cover these topics will be short YouTube clips (mostly less than 5 mins each) along with text that explains or provides additional information specific to our use. In some cases, there are two YouTube videos (piano and guitar). The concepts are identical so it doesn't matter which one you watch.


If you didn't understand one of them, watch the other one - it may be worded slightly differently and that may work better. Since we didn't create the clips, they're not customized for us but will provide foundational information that we can then build on. Let's get started!