Starting Theory, Name of Chord/Scale.


elklandercc
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12/18/2008 4:33 am
I've been meaning to get round to start learning theory so I can easily put songs together instead of just sumbling upon riffs from time to time. So I was jammin to some CKY just a minute ago and it just hit me that I was playing a scale pattern that I was pretty familiar with. So I wanted to know the Scale and the Chord were so I can see thier relationship.

|---------------------------------7-9-10--|
|--------------------------7-9-10---------|
|--------------------6-7-9----------------|
|--------------6-7-9----------------------|
|--------5-7-9----------------------------|
|--5-7-9----------------------------------|

|-------|
|-------|
|----4--|
|----5--|
|----7--|
|----0--|
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equator
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12/18/2008 4:31 pm
The scale is just an A major Scale.
The chord is an Em.

Are you sure you are playing the right chord?
Usually the chord would be a Dominant chord (V7) or in this case E7.
Also extended Dominant chords are commonly used.

Playing that set of notes over the mentioned chords gives you an E Mixolydian Mode.

Hope that answers your question. :)
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ChristopherSchlegel
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12/19/2008 1:43 am
Getting around to learning theory?! Awesome! Here is a brief overview of music theory:

http://guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=495

Originally Posted by: elklandercc
So I wanted to know the Scale and the Chord were so I can see thier relationship.


As equator correctly mentioned what you have there is an A major scale pattern and an E minor chord. Which are note related to one another exactly because the E minor chord has a G natural note and the A major scale has a G-sharp instead.

For what it's worth, I have tutorials that can help explain the theory involved in each item about which you are asking questions!

|---------------------------------7-9-10--|
|--------------------------7-9-10---------|
|--------------------6-7-9----------------|
|--------------6-7-9----------------------|
|--------5-7-9----------------------------|
|--5-7-9----------------------------------|

This is covered in the modes tutorial:

http://guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=370

|-------|
|-------|
|----4--|
|----5--|
|----7--|
|----0--|

The idea (theory) of this shape is covered in the chord inversions tutorial:
http://guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=148

Hope this helps. Let me know how learning theory goes for you.
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