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Week 2


  1. Using the number keys, play a 6, 4, 1, 5 chord progression in the key of C Major for 24 bars noting, once again, that, in major keys, the 1, 4, and 5 chords are always major in quality while the 6 chord is always minor.

The songs below feature the "6 4 1 5" progression

  1. Click a song title below. Notice that the software loads the chord sheet and selects the appropriate key and timbre.
  2. Click the "Play" button (top right of window) to listen to the song once without playing along.
  3. Practice playing the song without the music track using the chord sheets provided. The chord sheets provide the number of beats to play each chord number. You may take liberty with the rhythm you use, but stay within the number of beats within the bar.
    • Play along with the music by pressing the appropriate chord number along as the music plays. Additionally, you may press the "a" key to toggle on/off auto-accompaniment and the Spacebar to release chords/accompaniment.
    • If required by the song, the appropriate inversion type will switch automatically when the SHIFT key is pressed and a number key is pressed. Note: songs may use added notes beyond the root, 3rd, and 5th of the chord, but we'll be limiting our instrument to only play triads.
  4. Using the software as an aid, press the appropriate number keys (1 - 7) within the software to play the chords along with the song as it plays.
  5. Click on each of the other songs below and play the appropriate progression for each of these songs repeating the process if time allows.

Songs to Play: Apologize | Run Away | All the Right Moves | If I Were a Boy |

Other Songs to Play: Hear You Me | Machinehead | Hey, Soul Sister

Please work on this activity for 1 1/2 to 2 hours total this week in any way your time allows (spread across several days is recommended) but for no more than 1 1/2 to 2 hours per week.



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