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If D minor and F major contain all the same notes, do they have all the same chords? (Yes, but watch Chord Functions!)

If D minor and F major contain all the same notes, do they have all the same chords? (Yes, but watch Chord Functions!)

Tapping Chord functions

Well, yes, BUT: there is a crucial difference to understand….

and that difference lies in chord functions. It is all in how notes relate to what is perceived as “home”. In this article I lay out all the reasons why it is very important to distinguish between major and minor key signatures, even though the notes are technically the same. If you play music, compose music or like to understand what you listen to better: understanding that distinction is a must! Plus, all the beautiful sounds that come from it… they sound so familiar, don’t they?

Enjoy the read and practice your diatonic cycles. I know no better practice to wrap your mind around music theory than shedding the diatonic cycle. It is on the wall chart, it is in your favorite songs, it’s been used since Bach’s time, and if you crack it, your confidence in terms of listening and playing will soar! The most important pieces are right there in this article. To practice it with the wall chart, follow the steps in this video.  In my 20-unit Music Theory course, we do the diatonic cycle in the most important keys all over the fretboard! We follow a simple formula that opens this up for you. Participants tell us they love these exercises.

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