Major Chord Scale Relations

In this lesson, we explore the relationships between the 3 Major open chords in the Key of C (C, F and G) and the C Major Scale in Open Position. We're going to use this concept in the next lesson to make a chord melody version of Happy Birthday - but you should explore this idea on your own first so that you understand what is going on when we learn Happy Birthday!

Further Info

Of course to do this stuff I assume you know the C, F and G chords properly and are familiar with the notes in the open position and the Open Position C Major Scale. But let's just revise the Major Scale, it's a really good idea to know all those notes in Open Position so try and remember the names of the notes, not just the "shape".

So you know how to play C Chord right? So now let's look at how you might mix up the Major Scale and the chord at the same time. Try and hold as much of the chord down as you can while you play the scale. Then experiment and see if you can play up and down and around about :) Explore on your own... can you find some simple melodies within this chord and scale?

So once you are cool with the C Chord we move onto looking at G Chord. Using just the 3rd and 4th fingers to play the chord means we have all the fingers free to play the scale and you should find it pretty easy, but again explore it a bit and see what you find...

And now you are cool with them we move onto F Chord - and because of its shape it is a little harder to play the scale with, possible, but just a little trickier. It's not used as much because of this, there are workarounds we'll learn in a later lesson... Just hold down as much as you can as shown in the video.

Before you go further on the course, try and use them in a "real song". Just see what you find when you play around, maybe try and find some melodies with the C, F and G chords (Christmas Carols are often an easy place to start), but even if you don't play a proper song, just exploring the concept will help a great deal.

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