In this episode we play our first ever “Blues.” The Blues is a style of music that relies heavy on the chords I, IV and V.
In “Blues in C Major” we…
-Play a C Major, F Major and G Major chord in a classic pattern known as the Blues.
-Play the blues with our hand-signs and with the bells
-Read all 8 notes on the Treble Clef
-Look at the Blues pattern in a more “lead sheet” style, which helps visualize the large pattern at work
Blues in C Major
Playing this video multiple times is a very, very good idea. It consists of all 8 notes played melodically (not at the same time) in one of the most popular chord progressions in the world.
Internalizing the Solfege, letters and sounds of each chord is a MASSIVE part of ear training. Plus, the universal nature of the blues is a powerful reminder of what each chord sounds like.
To prepare for the next lesson AND to review this C Major Blues progression, you can play one more chord listening game like we played in the last two weeks.
If you don’t have bells at home, this is a great hand-sign video, and it’s definitely worth logging in again to get some extra practice.
Plus, you can print out the hand-sign elements from the Resources area to recreate the pattern(look for Printable PsP Elements), or you can use the Chord Triangle elements to arrange your own little I IV V progression!
We’ll finish off Chapter 7 with two chord listening games. In the next lesson, we’ll try to identify the I chord and the IV chord, and in the following lesson, we’ll combine all three for the ultimate in major chord listening games.