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Tonic – Subdominant – Dominant – Why you need to know

If you have ever opened up a music theory book, you will see the “functions” of chords within a scale. They are famously named: The “Functions”: Tonic, Subdominant, Dominant Tonic

Hearing the Modes – Made super easy!

Remember the shortcuts to Modes from last week? Here is a great ear training exercise to hearing the modes. It is so amazingly easy, it is wild. Remember there are

Are the Modes all Greek to You? (Super Short Cut!)

Are you Mystified by the Modes? I have a theory (not a music theory in this case, ha) which is that some are eyeing the modes with suspicion because they

What you need to know about “Diminished”

The thing with the word “diminished” is, it is used in so many different contexts it can really throw one for a loop: scale? triad? four note chord? or just

Win a Kala U-Bass!

I am super excited – I have a new endorsement with Kala UBasses!   Ubasses are so much fun, I can’t put mine down!!     Want to Win Yours? To

Second Inversion Hit: Van Halen to Branford Marsalis

After taking a look at the first inversion of a triad (sampled with Deep Blue Something’s Breakfast at Tiffany), let’s check out the second inversion. If you missed the basics, here

Breakfast at Tiffany’s: First Inversion

Last week’s blog post talked about interval inversions. But not only can intervals be inverted – chords also can! How? The same way – just take the lowest note and

In the News (and at The Empress)

Collaborating! One of the most rewarding activities as a musician – is collaborating! Creating, together, something from nothing, sharing a vision, doing the work, the practicing, the promoting, the charts,

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