1-4-5-6m Chords

author: BFMVmaniac date: 05/21/2012 category: guitar chords
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There are so many songs out there that go G C D Em or D G A Bm and so on. At first, it might just seem like this is because the writers are unimaginative. But a closer look reveals that there is actually good reason behind it. And that's what we're gonna look at today. Let's Start At The Beginning. G, C, D, and Em. These are all chords in the key of G. They are the 1-4-5-6m chords. Now why do I call it that? Because if you look in a G scale, those chords are the 1st, 4th, 5th, and 6th notes in a G scale. Let's take a look at that: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 O G A B C D E F G Now why is it these chords are used? The 4, 5, and 6m chords all have at least one note in common with the 1 chord. Let's take a look at that: G Chord: G B D C Chord: C E G D Chord: D F# A Em Chord: E G B The reason its the 6m instead of the 6th major, is because the 6m is the relative minor of the 1, which means the scale has the same notes. G scale: G A B C D E F# Em scale: E F# G A B C D Let's Check All That Out In Another Key. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 C D E F G A B C Chord: C E G F Chord: F A c G Chord: G B D Am Chord:A C E C scale: C D E F G A B Am scale: A B C D E F G Pretty cool, huh? And then, if it sounds good, most guitarists will add in 7ths and things of that nature. I hope this helped!
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