In the guitar keys lesson titled “Finding Your Keys – Part 4“, Steve continued our study of the “Stacked” and “Shifted” maps by expanding them into the:
- “Extended Stacked Map”
- “Extended Shifted Map”
First, we reviewed the Stacked and Shifted maps.
- Why do we need these maps?
- We can only remember so much. Some songs may be lower or higher in tone.
- Having only 6 cans of paint color is limiting.
- The multiple locations gives us the benefit of playability so we’re not jumping around the fretboard
Key of D
1 – D Major
2 – E minor
3 – F# minor
4 – G Major
5 – A Major
6 – B minor
4 Rules to Finding the Chords in Any Given Key
- Follow the map
- Use our note spelling exercise to find the names of those notes
- As we follow the alphabet, each letter of the alphabet must be represented
- Each chord follows the Major and minor convention
This information is helpful to not only play popular cover songs on guitar, but also in composing our own songs.
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