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Repeat over from the beginning.
If you record these chords, you can play the Am pentatonic scale over them. You can also use these chords to write your own song. Try putting words to them. Practice these chords over and over. In our next lesson we will begin to write our first original song using these chords. We will also try to play a few leads over the chords below in the lessons coming up. We will also pick the notes out of the chords and find the relationship to them in the Am pentatonic scales.
Practice the chords below by playing them as illustrated. I usually use my thumb for the Root 6 E bar chords. But that may take you some time to get use to. When you play chords, it is important to put your fingers as close to the frets towards your picking hand.
Tablature below for the A minor pentatonic scale at the 5th fret position. Just pick any of these notes over the Am chord and see how it sounds good.
I have posted the beginning to our first original song we will begin to work on. It is played slow and uses the Am, F and G chords in the open position and 1st position. It's a good idea to listen to it and try to figure it out. I have already written out the tablature for this song and we will be getting to that in the next couple lessons or so. Try to see how close you can come to learning it and then you can check out the music in tab.
You can use the illustration above to pick the notes out of each chord very easily. Look above and find the Am chord. Notice that the notes of the Am chord are A, C and E. Look at the C chord above and notice the notes of that chord are C, E and G. The outer circle shows the chords that make up the key of C Major. If you were sitting at the piano, all of the white keys would be the key of C Major. The key of C Major has no sharp of flat notes. The black keys on the piano are the sharp and flat notes that make up other keys. Look at the illustration above at the C in the outer circle.
From the C note work your way around the circle to the right. C, D, E, F, G, A , B then C again. If you were to use all of these notes and chords to write a song, you would be playing in the key of C major. To play a lead over these chords, you could use the Am pentatonic scale. The Am chord above is a natural minor to the key of C major. It is the Sixth note of the key of C major. Count from the C above and Am will be the sixth note.
Every major key has a natural minor in it. Every sixth note of the major scale will be that keys natural minor. The natural or relative minor has the same notes as its major scale it is in. I will use the key of C major in our lessons and then other keys will be very easy to figure out in future lessons.
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