Okay, here we go guys. The basically building block of functional harmony. The major chord scale. I have listed the three notes of the chord, vertically, in the order from top to bottom(5th,3rd, Root) The chord symbol, and the chord degree. So as you can see, C major is the I chord in a C major progression. This major chord scale is movable. So if we are in the key of G it becomes:-
G A B C D E F E F G A B C D C D E F G A B C Dm Em F G Am Bdim I ii iii IV V vi vii
So as you can see, the pattern is the same for all keys. 4 note major chord scales
G Am Bm C D Em F#dim I ii iii IV V vi vii
Now, I've added a fourth note in. This is what is called a four note chord. This is where all modern western music theory comes from. Right here. This is the key to the majority of chord progression seen in western music. Again, this is movable to other keys. Now go find some chord progression, and write the key in the top corner of the sheet of paper. Now find the related scale degree's(the roman numerals underneath the chords). Notice that whatever key your in, the song will have the majority of chords obeying this major chord scale. So go and find some of your favourite songs(in a major key)charts, print them out, and write out the chord scales above each chord. Feel free to comment if your having troubles on certain songs. I'll be checking comments so any help needed can be posted there. The next article will explain how to use the modes of the major scale over these scale degree's, but I'm sure with just this information the penny will drop with some players, and they will begin to see the correct use of modes. Until next time..
B C D E F G A G A B C D E F E F G A B C D C D E F G A B Cmaj7 Dm7 Em7 Fmaj7 G7 Am7 Bm7b5 I ii iii IV V vi vii