Lecture 2: Key of C

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The key of C is the blueprint key for all of the other keys.  And remember, just like the master key to a building opens all the doors in the building, the key of C will the same thing for all other keys.  It contains the ingredients or the rules that are universal for music – that is, European music.

There are many different types of scales around the world, and if you’re interested in those types of scales, please check out our exotic section, or our musical oddities section, as we call it – a general strangeness going on in there, but very interesting never the less, which you can help to integrate that into your playing.

You know, there’s a couple scales in there that sound oriental, and I thought that those were just great to go over the blues, and you can integrate those stuff.  But you are probably at the beginner stages right now – that might be something you might be interested in.

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So, key of C – the key of c is the master key, so it’s all the white keys on the piano, so it’s really easy to map out the key of C.  It’s C, D, E, F, G, A, B – that was real easy.  The musical alphabet ends with G, and it just starts over again.  So when it starts over, it just keeps going all the way up, and all the way down – well, all the way up until you can’t hear it anymore.  A piano keyboard has 88 keys on it, and that’s range of human hearing.  Any higher and you’re playing for dogs.  So here we go.

Let’s go ahead and start with the C chord.  So as you know, C is down here.  You’ve got your index finger in the 2nd string and on the 1st fret, and then the rest is history, right?  Okay?  A little technical difficulty there, [?] my volume knob must’ve been turned down or something.  Okay, I’m in G7.  With G7 – if you look G7, it’s just kind of like a giant sea[?], you just throw everything out to the side.  So you take what you did inside here and you move these two out, and then you move this one out to this side.  So I just call it the giant sea[?].

And remember, seven chords have kind of a twangy, blues, backwoods type of sound to them, and just an f.y.i., you can exchange, you can or you can switch out any seven chord for any major chord if you want to do it, so say for instance if you’re playing C and you want to spice it up a  little bit, do the C7 version.  See how that’s a little – it’s a little more rock?  And without it It’s sort of just a straight square, you know, chord – and sort of generic.  Nothing wrong with generic, there’s a time and a place for everything.

Okay, so we did G7, and then F.  F is the dreaded chord.  Nobody likes this chord and the reason why – and I figured it out in my 15 years of teaching I finally figured it out -  this here, we have to hold these two down with this finger, and some people just don’t like this, and I know I didn’t like it when I first started. [?]  And this finger here, the middle finger’s here, and then you’ve got 2 others over here.

So this is the F that I recommend.  Some people like the little partial F, okay, where you’re just staying on top of the 4 – the 4 highest strings over here – and then you avoid the 2 lowest ones.  I go ahead and go for all 5 because one more string and you might as well just be barring[?] it all the way across, so we’re just going to do it like this.  And this also provides you a good way to switch from C, to F.  C, F.

So let’s go ahead and just try and switch from C to F without playing first.  So C, and your index finger stays in the same fret, right, for F, and then back to C and remember, it stays back here, and then the F, and here again – went back to F again.  So there you go.  Pretty easy stuff.  It’s not incredibly easy, but it’s – it can be easy if you take your time out to practice I’d say, 20 to 30 minutes a day.  You can get this stuff.

And just in case you’re wondering, there is a PDF download over here to the right side of this video in the video description that’s a link, and if you click on that link, you can download a zip file that has 4 MP3 files each played in a different beats per minute.  40 beats a minute, 70, 100, and then 130 – and 130 is hard.  So the 40 is like, really super slow, and you should – most people should be able to do that – but at least it gives you a tiered way to play up, as well as provide you with a little background because there’s nothing like sitting in a room all by yourself, playing to nobody.

So it gives you the feeling you’re playing with another guitar - because that guitar is tuned up now, so you have to make sure that you use our tuning video to make sure you’re tuned up to those MP3s, or else, it’s not going to sound good, it’s going to sound like the 3rd grade orchestra.  So let’s go ahead and just get started.  It looks like we’re going to do C 4 times, then F 4 times, then C 4 times, and then G 4 times, and then we’re going to do C again, F again, and then we’re going to do the flip – remember the flip?  We just take the last 2 chords the 2nd time around and flip them around, and then we’ve got G7 and then C, okay, instead of C and then G7.

So when we use a songwriting trick going on there, very peripheral, very, very ornamental type of thing going on there.  If you want to get into the big stuff, look at our songwriting section and I’ll show you how to write a song in like 30 seconds, okay – and we’re talking good songs.  Most of the really good songs you know, are like 3 chords you know, anyway.  So why do we need to spend time on all this complex stuff anyway?

Lecture 2: Key of C

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