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Minor four

Posted by WayneConrad on Friday, October 26, 2018

My instructor asked me to practice this chord progression in all three voicings and all twelve keys:

I I7 IV iv I V7 I I

In C, that's: C C7 F Fm C G7 C C

That's the first time I've seen a minor four (iv) used.  It sounds neat.  I think this is the chord progression in "Stealin'," which is a fun song.

In my ear training, I spent the better part of a week practicing nothing but the fourth scale degree.  I got that (mostly), so now I've added the other scale degrees back into my practice.  Some of them deteriorated in the week I was off doing the fourth.  I kind of expected that, so now my ear practice has every diatonic scale degree in it.  That way I can reinforce the forth I've just learned, and recover all the other scale degrees I've been neglecting.

The app I used to play MP3s on my phone lets me make an arbitrary playlist out of all the music I have on my phone, so I made one like this that combines two different exercises:

  • tonic
  • second
  • third
  • fourth
  • fourth
  • fifth
  • sixth
  • sixth
  • seventh

I have my phone play this list while I'm driving, in shuffle mode so that it randomly picks the next track.  I've added the scale degrees I'm having the most trouble with twice, so I get extra practice with those.

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